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Messages of inspiration from President Monson

"Out of the best books"

Reading "out of the best books" stretches our mental muscles and expands our horizons. It takes us out of our mundane worlds and lets us travel as far as our imaginations and the picture painting words of the authors can carry us. Reading keeps us vibrant, it keeps us alive and makes us far more interesting to our marriage mates and our families. It is also a form of insurance against mental aging. We are only as old as we think we are. Some people say that one way to keep alive is to keep interested in many things, and the way to keep interested is to read widely and wisely. — "Constant Truths in Changing Times," BYU Commencement, May 26, 1967

Charity

I consider charity — or the "pure love of Christ" — to be the opposite of criticism and judging. In speaking of charity, I do not … have in mind the relief of the suffering through the giving of our substance. That, of course, is necessary and proper. … I have in mind the charity that manifests itself when we are tolerant of others and lenient toward their actions, the kind of charity that forgives, the kind of charity that is patient.

I have in mind the charity that impels us to be sympathetic, compassionate and merciful, not only in times of sickness and affliction and distress but also in times of weakness or error on the part of others.

There is serious need for the charity that gives attention to those who are unnoticed, hope to those who are discouraged, aid to those who are afflicted. True charity is love in action. The need for charity is everywhere. — "Charity Never Faileth," Ensign, November 2010, pp. 124-125

"As you and I go to the holy houses of God, as we remember the covenants we make within, we will be more able to bear every trial and to overcome each temptation. In this sacred sanctuary we will find peace; we will be renewed and fortified."
"As you and I go to the holy houses of God, as we remember the covenants we make within, we will be more able to bear every trial and to overcome each temptation. In this sacred sanctuary we will find peace; we will be renewed and fortified." Photo: Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

The Holy Temple

The world can be a challenging and difficult place in which to live. We are often surrounded by that which would drag us down. As you and I go to the holy houses of God, as we remember the covenants we make within, we will be more able to bear every trial and to overcome each temptation. In this sacred sanctuary we will find peace; we will be renewed and fortified. — "The Holy Temple — A Beacon to the World," Ensign, May 2011, p. 92

Patience

If any of us feels his challenges are beyond his capacity to meet them, let him or her read of Job. By so doing, there comes the feeling, "If Job could endure and overcome, so will I."

Job was a "perfect and upright" man who "feared God, and eschewed evil" (Job 1:1). Pious in his conduct, prosperous in his fortune, Job was to face a test which could have destroyed anyone. Shorn of his possessions, scorned by his friends, afflicted by his suffering, shattered by the loss of his family, he was urged to "curse God, and die" (Job 2:9). He resisted this temptation and declared from the depths of his noble soul, "Behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high" (Job 16:19). "I know that my redeemer liveth" (Job 19:25).

Job became a model of unlimited patience. To this day we refer to those who are long-suffering as having the patience of Job. He provides an example for us to follow. — "Models to Follow," Ensign, November 2002, p. 60

Obedience

How might you and I demonstrate our love for God and love for our fellowmen? Through obedience to God's commands and the counsel of His servants. We have the privilege to obey the law of tithing, to obey the code of morality, to obey in each facet of our lives the word of our Heavenly Father. — "A Time to Choose," BYU Devotional, Jan. 16, 1973

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