Believe in Jesus Christ
Believe in Jesus Christ. . . . He is the Son of God who came to earth, who left the royal courts on high, and came and dwelt among men, and gave His life for each of us, for you and for me. It is through Him that we approach the Father. Be not faithless, but believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior and the Redeemer of the world. — From member meeting, Moscow Russia, Sept. 10, 2002
Christmas is so marvelous as we remember Him who came as our Redeemer, as our Savior, as our Lord, as the Prince of Peace, the Holy One of Israel. He was the great Jehovah. He came as the great Messiah to bring salvation to all the world. . . . God be thanked for the gift of His Son who gave His life that we might live and that we might go on to eternal exaltation if we walk in harmony with His divine laws and His sacred covenants. — From sacrament meeting, East Mill Creek 12th Ward, Dec. 26, 1999
Don't be a weak link
Life is a great chain of generations that we in the Church believe must be linked together. I fear there will be some broken links. Do not let yourself become such, I pray. Never permit yourself to become a weak link in the chain of your generations. It is so important that we pass on without blemish our inheritance of body and brains; and, if you please, faith and virtue, untarnished to the generations who will come after us. — From BYU devotional, Nov. 30, 1999
Education unlocks the door of opportunities. You will rise according to your education. Work at it. Sacrifice for it. Do it. Pray about it, and the Lord will bless you. You will see yourselves rise and become men and women of strength and capacity. — From member meeting, Noumea, June 17, 2000
Every convert needs a friend
It is a difficult experience at times to join the Church. We pull people out of their old associations. They feel alone. . . .
I plead with you to put your arms around every convert who comes into this Church, to see that he or she is not left alone. . . . Every convert to the Church needs a friend, someone to stand by his or her side to help them when they feel alone, to answer their questions, to give them an anchor in the Church. Everyone needs a companion. . . .
You be there to bless them, and they will bless and remember you all the days of their lives. — From member meeting, Jamaica, May 15, 2002
Follow the counsel of the Church
Follow the counsel of the Church. Be self-reliant, avoid debt (and) extravagant spending, try to live as reasonably as you can, and rear your families in righteousness and in good habits. God will bless you. — From conference, American Fork Region, Aug. 25, 2002
People are not without hope. Everybody ought to recognize that in the most dire circumstances there is an element of hope; that people can recover from what they have done; that they can do better; that they can turn around; that they can improve and increase their happiness by so doing. — From press interview regarding Standing for Something, Feb. 11, 2000
Only a caricature
Looking to our history our critics may see little of divinity in the great work of the Prophet Joseph and those associated with him. Were our forebears human? Of course they were. They doubtless made some mistakes. Some of them acknowledged making mistakes. But the mistakes were minor, when compared with the marvelous work which they accomplished. To highlight the mistakes and gloss over the greater good is to draw a caricature. Caricatures are amusing, but they are often ugly and dishonest. A man may have a wart on his cheek and still have a face of beauty and strength, but if the wart is emphasized unduly in relation to his other features, the portrait is lacking in integrity" (satellite broadcast, CES Fireside, 9 Sept. 2001).
Just as Abraham paid tithes to Melchizedek, the great high priest of the Old Testament, so do our people contribute their tithes to the work of the Lord. They do so cheerfully with faith in the promise of Malachi that God will open the windows of heaven and shower down blessings upon them. We pay our tithing, and can testify to the goodness of the Lord. — From National Press Club, March 8, 2000
We recognize good
We recognize the good that every other church in the world does. We have no quarrel with other churches. We do not argue, we do not debate, or anything of the kind. We simply say to people not of our faith, "You bring with you all the truths that you have and let us see if we can add to it." That is the mission and the message of this Church. — From meeting Singapore, Jan. 30, 2000