Messages of inspiration from President Thomas S. Monson

'Come, follow me'

When our Savior walked upon the earth, He was asked which was the great commandment in the law. He answered: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it. Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." His was a gospel of love, not of hate. It was one of encouragement, not of finding fault or being critical. However, more than just teaching the law of love, Jesus lived that law. It was said of Him, He "went about doing good … for God was with him." He "increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man." His beckoning plea to you and to me was "Follow thou me." This, then, is our responsibility: to follow the Savior of the world, the Son of God, even Jesus Christ. We must respond to that plea, "Come, follow me." — Bolivia Stake Conference Broadcast, March 16, 2008

Effective communication

When we let the Lord be our guide in developing communication skills, He can help us to be humble, to present ourselves to the right people at the proper time and in an atmosphere where we will be trusted and worthy of a listening ear. When communication skills are accompanied by spirituality, the Lord can work through His servants to accomplish His purposes. — "How to Communicate Effectively," General Authority Training Meeting, December 1967


Jesus provided us many examples of compassionate concern. The crippled man at the pool of Bethesda; the woman taken in adultery; the woman at Jacob's well; the daughter of Jairus; Lazarus, brother of Mary and Martha … each needed help.

To the cripple at Bethesda, Jesus said, "Rise, take up thy bed, and walk" (John 5:8). To the sinful woman came the counsel, "Go, and sin no more" (John 8:11). To help her who came to draw water, He provided a well of water, "springing up into everlasting life" (John 4:14). To the dead daughter of Jairus came the command, "Damsel, I say unto thee arise" (Mark 5:41). To the entombed Lazarus, "Come forth" (John 11:43).

The Savior has always shown unlimited capacity for compassion. …

One may well ask the penetrating question: These accounts pertain to the Redeemer of the world. Can there actually occur in my own life, on my own Jericho road, such a treasured experience?

I phrase my answer in the words of the Master, "Come and see" (John 1:39). — "Compassion," Ensign, May 2001, p. 18

Joy in the journey

There are those of you who are single — perhaps in school, perhaps working — yet forging a full and rich life, whatever the future may hold. Some of you are busy mothers of growing children; still others are single mothers struggling to raise your children without the help of a husband and father. Some of you have raised your children but have realized that challenges have only multiplied as your children have had children of their own, and their need for your help is ongoing. There are those of you who have aging parents who require the loving care only you can give.

Wherever you are in life, your individual tapestry is woven with threads common to you and to all women. …

Each one of you is living a life filled with much to do. I plead with you not to let the important things in life pass you by, planning instead for that illusive and nonexistent future day when you'll have time to do all that you want to do. Instead, find joy in the journey — now. — "Joy in the Journey," BYU Women's Conference, May 2, 2008


As we travel throughout the world, very often the members of the Church, and particularly the priesthood leaders, ask us, "What do you consider the greatest problem facing the Church?" I usually answer, "Our major challenge for the membership of the Church is to live in the world without being of the world." I would like to emphasize that in this day in which we live, the floodwaters of immorality, irresponsibility, and dishonesty lap at the very moorings of our individual lives. If we do not safeguard those moorings, if we do not have deeply entrenched foundations to withstand such eroding influences, we are going to be in difficulty. — "The Need to Add Men to the Melchizedek Priesthood," Regional Representatives Seminar, April 6, 1984

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