Messages of inspiration from President Monson

Constancies of time

Whether speaking of your generation or of mine, there are some constancies amid the changes of the times. The past is behind — we must learn from it. The future is ahead — we must prepare for it. The present is now — we must live in it. — From CES Fireside, Ricks College, Jan. 14, 2001


When you have an abiding faith in the living God, when your outward actions reflect your inner convictions, you have the composite strength of exposed and hidden virtues. They combine to give safe passage through whatever rough seas might arise. Wherever we may be, our Heavenly Father can hear and answer the prayer offered in faith. — From BYU devotional Nov. 13, 2007

Lord's errand

As we go about our daily lives, we discover countless opportunities to follow the example of the Savior. When our hearts are in tune with His teachings, we discover the unmistakable nearness of His divine help. It is almost as though we are on the Lord's errand; and we then discover the truth, when we are on the Lord's errand, we are entitled to the Lord's help. — From CES satellite broadcast Jan. 14, 2001

Magnify calling

What does it mean to magnify a calling? It means to build it up in dignity and importance, to make it honorable and commendable in the eyes of all men, to enlarge and strengthen it, to let the light of heaven shine through it to the view of other men. And how does one magnify a calling? Simply by performing the service that pertains to it. — From General Conference Priesthood session, April 1986

Noble birthright

You are of a noble birthright. Eternal life in the kingdom of our Father is your goal. Such a goal is not achieved in one glorious attempt but rather is the result of a lifetime of righteousness, an accumulation of wise choices, even a constancy of purpose. Like the coveted "A" grade on the report card of a difficult and required college course, the reward of eternal life requires effort. — From CES Fireside, Nov. 6, 2005

Priesthood of God

My brethren, let us ever remember that the priesthood of God which we bear is a sacred gift which brings to us and to those we serve the blessings of heaven. May we, in whatever place we may be, honor and protect that priesthood. — From General Conference Priesthood session, April 2007


Perhaps there has never been a time when we had greater need to pray and to teach our family members to pray. Prayer is a defense against temptation. It is through earnest and heartfelt prayer that we can receive the needed blessings and the support required to make our way in this sometimes difficult and challenging journey we call mortality. — From General Conference Relief Society Meeting, October 2007


Make certain as you prepare that you do not procrastinate. Someone has said that procrastination is the thief of time. Actually, procrastination is much more. It is the thief of our self-respect. It nags at us and spoils our fun. It deprives us of the fullest realization of our ambitions and our hopes. — From CES Fireside, Ricks College, Jan. 14, 2001

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