Messages of inspiration from President Thomas S. Monson


He will take us from where we stand now if we will come to Him, and He will build us upward, not only spiritually, but He will build us up with confidence within ourselves. — “The Three R’s of Choice,” BYU Devotional, Nov. 5, 1963

God the Father

The Apostle Paul told the Athenians on Mars Hill that we are “the offspring of God” (Acts 17:29). Since we know that our physical bodies are the offspring of our mortal parents, we must probe for the meaning of Paul’s statement. The Lord has declared that “the spirit and the body are the soul of man” (Doctrine and Covenants 88:15). It is the spirit which is the offspring of God. The writer of Hebrews refers to Him as “the Father of spirits” (Hebrews 12:9). God Himself is a soul, composed of a spirit and of a body of flesh and bones, as tangible as man’s. He is a resurrected, glorified, exalted, omniscient, omnipotent person and is omnipresent in spirit and power and influence, the ruler of the heavens and the earth and all things therein. The spirits of all men are literally His “begotten sons and daughters” (Doctrine and Covenants 76:24). — “An Invitation to Exaltation,” satellite broadcast, March 4, 1984


What we say and how we say it tend to reflect what we are. In the life of the Apostle Peter, when he attempted to distance himself from Jesus and pretended to be other than what he was, his tormenters detected his true identity with the penetrating statement, “Thy speech betrayeth thee” (Matthew 26:73). The words we utter will reflect the feelings of our hearts, the strength of our character, and the depth of our testimonies. — “The Upward Reach,” Ensign, November 1993, p. 49

Make a friend of your father

Beyond the friends of our peer group even our own age, will you make a friend of your father? Really, each of you has three fathers. First, your Heavenly Father. He stands ready to answer the prayer of your heart. Being the father of your spirit, and having created you in His own image, knowing the end from the beginning, His wisdom faileth not and His counsel is ever true. Make a friend of Him.

Second, you have your earthly father. He labors to ensure your happiness. Together with your mother, he prays for your guidance and well being. Make a friend of him.

Third, there is the father of your ward, even the bishop. He has been called of God by prophecy and the laying on of hands, by those who are in authority, to preach the gospel and administer in the ordnance thereof. In short, he is endowed to provide you with counsel and help. Make a friend of him. — “Decisions Determine Destiny,” LDS Student Association Young Women’s Meeting, Logan, Utah, May 16, 1968


Great promises await us if we are true and faithful to the oath and covenant of this precious priesthood which we hold. May we be worthy sons of our Heavenly Father. May we ever be exemplary in our homes and faithful in keeping all of the commandments, that we may harbor no animosity toward any man but rather be peacemakers, ever remembering the Savior’s admonition, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another,” (John 13:35). — “School They Feelings, O My Brother,” Ensign, November 2009, p. 69

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To you who are parents, I say, show love to your children. You know you love them, but make certain they know it as well. They are so precious. Let them know. Call upon our Heavenly Father for help as you care for their needs each day and as you deal with the challenges which inevitably come with parenthood. You need more than your own wisdom in rearing them. — “Abundantly Blessed,” Ensign, May 2008, p. 112