An anchor of faith
(The Church) provides people an anchor of faith and certainty in a changing world. . . . The Church puts great emphasis on the family. We teach of the sanctity of the family. We teach the sanctity of marriage. We teach the sanctity of children, of the importance of parents who love and nurture their children. From interview, Boston Globe, Aug. 14, 2000
Be loyal to the Church. Be loyal one to another. Be true to the faith. Be stalwart in doing that which is expected of you.
Respond to every call in the Church. . . . I promise you that if you will do what you are asked to do, you will be able to do it, and you will grow as you do it, and you will enjoy doing it. And when the task is done, you will be grateful for the service which you have given. From member meeting, Trinidad, May 20, 2002
Believe in Jesus Christ
Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of the world. He who left His Father's throne on high and condescended to come to earth to be born in a manger among a hated people in a vassal state; and who became the Savior and Redeemer of the world, the great Healer, the great Teacher, the King and Leader; He who had been under His Father's direction, the Creator of the earth.
Believe in Him. Worship him. Hold His name sacred. Never profane His Holy name. You boys and girls who are here, everyone of you, do not profane the name of Deity, neither the Father nor the Son. Never let their names cross your lips in profanity. Stay above that and look to Them in love and respect and great kindness. From regional conference, Oahu, Hawaii, Jan. 22, 2000
Family home evening
(The Lord) expects us to have family home evening one night a week to gather our children together and teach them the gospel. Isaiah said, "And all thy children (shall be) taught of the LORD." That is the commandment. "All thy children shall be taught of the Lord." And the blessing, "and great," he said, "(shall be) the peace of thy children" (Isaiah 54:13). From member meeting, Noumea, June 17, 2000
Get yourselves ready
Get yourselves ready to be worthy to go to the house of the Lord. Many of you, I know, are, and you go, and you make great sacrifice to go long distances to go. But go. Get a temple recommend in your pocket, in your purse, so that you may go to the house of the Lord. . . . If you don't have it, get it. If you do have it, treasure it. From member meeting, New York, N.Y., March 24, 2002
Out of discipline comes the blessings
We expect a very great deal of our people. . . . We expect they'll be better fathers and mothers, to love and treat their children better. We expect they'll not drink coffee or tea or smoke tobacco or drink alcohol. We expect that they'll pay their tithing. We expect that they'll do these things which are not easy to do. And out of the discipline required to do them, will come strength and love and testimony of the truth of this work. From member meeting, Aruba, March 16, 2001
Preserve and strengthen the family
We go to great lengths to preserve historical buildings and sites in our cities. We need to apply the same fervor to preserving and strengthening the most ancient and sacred of institutions the human family!
We cannot effect a turnaround in a day or a month or a year. But with enough effort, we can begin a turnaround within a generation, and accomplish wonders within two generations a period of time that is not very long in the history of humanity. From meeting, ICMA, Sept. 23, 2001
The payment of an honest tithing is a sacred thing, a divine thing, a part of the plan of the Almighty to test His children as to their worthiness to receive His blessings. From member meeting, Guayaquil, Ecuador, July 31, 1999
Unity among the brethren
I want to sing a song of praise concerning my counselors, the Quorum of the Twelve, and the other General Authorities. They have been 100 percent supportive of everything I have tried to do. No one could have asked for greater unity than we have today in the Church among the General Authorities. I think never in our history have we had a solid unity, such as we have today. We are all united, and we all work with the same purpose. We work together, we communicate together, talk together, pray together, and I think that shows in some of the things that are being accomplished. From interview, Deseret News, Feb. 25, 2000