Elder Russell M. Nelson

Quorum of the Twelve

Spiritual and personal roots and branches are an important part of our identities.

Each of us has ancestral roots. Men and women receive genetic markers from their mothers and fathers. In addition, we receive genetic gifts that make us unique.

"Because we have a spirit as well as a body, we also have spiritual roots that go way back. They shape our values, our beliefs and our faith. Spiritual roots guide our commitment to the ideals and teachings of the Lord."

The luscious fruits of virtue and chastity, honesty, temperance, integrity and fidelity are not found growing in an individual whose life is not built on a firm testimony of gospel truths.

Latter-day Saints also need to know the roots of their religion. Though officially organized in 1830, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was restored from roots that go way back.

"Truths from previous dispensations have now been gathered, amplified and clarified."

The Articles of Faith written by the Prophet Joseph Smith refer to many of the doctrines that undergird the church.

"As we teach of these doctrines, we realize how very firm is our foundation. As we apply these doctrines in our lives, the roots of our religion become part of our own spiritual strength."

Men and women are eternal beings who came to this mortal existence to acquire a body, to be tried and tested. "We are to form families and be sealed in holy temples. To these everlasting truths, we are personally rooted."

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