“From the Book of Mormon we learn how disciples of Christ live in times of war. From the Book of Mormon we see the evils of secret combinations portrayed in graphic and chilling reality. . . . we see in the Book of Mormon the dangers of materialism and setting our hearts on the things of the world. Can anyone doubt that this book was meant for us and that in it we find great power, great comfort, and great protection?” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson, p. 140).
“The Sabbath is a holy day in which to do worthy and holy things. Abstinence from work and recreation is important, but insufficient. The Sabbath calls for constructive thoughts and acts, and if one merely lounges about doing nothing on the Sabbath, he is breaking it” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball, p. 170).
“Some of you do not now have a companion in your home. Some of you have lost your wife or husband or you may not yet have found a companion. In your ranks are some of the noblest members of the Church---faithful, valiant, striving to live the Lord’s commandments, to help build the kingdom on earth, and to serve your fellow men.” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Harold B. Lee, p. 114).
“If there is any one thing that brings joy and peace and satisfaction to the heart of man, beyond anything else that I know of, it is the abiding testimony which I have, and which you have, that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. That is a truth that cannot be changed” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith, p. 54).
“So live, then, that each day will find you conscious of having willfully made no person unhappy. No one who has lived a well-spent day will have a sleepless night because of a stricken conscience. . . . Mankind needs a spiritual awakening, brethren and sisters. The carnal minded are causing heartaches and threatening the extinction of the race” (“Something Higher Than Self,” BYU Speeches).
“I pray that the love of the gospel of our Lord will burn in our souls and enrich our lives, that it will cause husbands to be kinder to wives, and wives to be kinder to husbands, parents to children, and children to parents because of the gospel of Jesus Christ, which is a gospel of love and kindness” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: George Albert Smith, p. 230).
We are the light of the world. We have received the inspiration of Almighty God. We have received a testimony of the gospel, and we do know that God lives, that Jesus is the Christ, that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. . . . Every true Latter-day Saint has this testimony burning within his or her heart. Now, are we so living that the good deeds that we perform bring credit to the work of God? Are our examples worthy of the imitation of all men? Do we by our example show that we have faith in the gospel?” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Heber J. Grant, p. 97).
“We believe that these severe, natural calamities are visited upon men by the Lord for the good of his children, to quicken their devotion to others, and to bring out their better natures, that they may love and serve him. We believe, further, that they are the heralds and tokens of his final judgment, and the schoolmasters to teach the people to prepare themselves by righteous living for the coming of the Savior to reign upon the earth” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph F. Smith, p. 393).
“If we keep the light of the Spirit within us, we can so walk in the gospel that we can measurably enjoy peace and happiness in this world; and while we are traveling onward, striving for peace and happiness that lies in our path, in the distance, we shall have a peace of mind that none can enjoy but those who are filled with the Holy Spirit” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Lorenzo Snow, p. 77).
“Let us magnify our calling and build up the Zion and kingdom of God until it is perfected before the heavens and the earth, and not disappoint those who sent us, nor those who have seen us by vision and revelation, but let us finish and fulfil our destiny to the satisfaction of our Heavenly Father, his angels, and all good men” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Wilford Woodruff, p. 148).
“It is not a work that will be done in a little corner, but it will reach throughout time into eternity. It will go back into eternity, and take hold of those who have died thousands of years ago, and bring them into the kingdom of God. It will pour blessings upon generations to come, and ultimately unite heaven and earth together, and this we will accomplish in the name of Israel’s God. The powers of heaven lend us their aid, and our fathers in the eternal world are uniting with us; for we have the promise of the life which now is, and also that which is to come” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: John Taylor, p. 226).
“Now, all you children, are you looking to the salvation of your fathers? Are you seeking diligently to redeem those that have died without the Gospel, inasmuch as they sought the Lord Almighty to obtain promises for you? For our fathers did obtain promises that their seed should not be forgotten. O ye children of the fathers, look at these things. You are to enter into the temples of the Lord and officiate for your forefathers” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Brigham Young, p. 310).
“It is highly significant that the English language has these two wonderful words---freedom and liberty---to describe precious privileges that we enjoy. In contrast, most European languages have only one word, such as German, freiheit; French, liberte; or Russian, svoboda.
“But we who love the word of God need not depend on the dictionary alone for our understanding of the concept of freedom. We can study the scriptures to gain spiritual insight. In analyzing the standard works in the English language, I find that the word freedom appears in thirty-three verses of holy scripture. Twenty-seven of those thirty-three verses of holy scripture are in the Book of Mormon. To me, it is quite remarkable that the number of verses with the terms freedom or liberty in the Book of Mormon is nearly double that of the other books of scripture combined!” (“Liberty, License, and Law,” July 1, 1990, The Spirit of America, p. 58)
“We conclude that whenever the Lord revealed Himself to men in ancient days, and commanded them to offer sacrifice to Him, that it was done that they might look forward in faith to the time of His coming, and rely upon the power of that atonement for a remission of their sins. And this they have done, thousands who have gone before us, whose garments are spotless” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith, p. 49).
“Since President Monson’s challenge six months ago, I have tried to follow his counsel. Among other things, I’ve made lists of what the Book of Mormon is, what it affirms, what it refutes, what it fulfills, what it clarifies, and what it reveals. Looking at the Book of Mormon through these lenses has been an insightful and inspiring exercise! I recommend it to each of you” (“The Book of Mormon: What Would Your Life Be Like without It?,” Ensign, November 2017).
“From that majestic world of spirits we enter the grand stage of life to prove ourselves obedient to all things commanded of God. During mortality we grow from helpless infancy to inquiring childhood and then to reflective maturity. We experience joy and sorrow, fulfillment and disappointment, success and failure. We taste the sweet, yet sample the bitter. This is mortality” (“Mrs. Patton—,” Ensign, November 2007).
“Each of you has the responsibility of standing as a witness of the everlasting truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Your responsibility is to open the eyes of others ‘and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God’” (Nairobi, Kenya, Aug. 4, 2005, “Inspirational Thoughts,” Ensign, February 2007).
“I want to say to all within the sound of my voice tonight that you have every reason in this world to be happy and to be optimistic and to be confident. Every generation since time began has had some things to overcome and some problems to work out. Furthermore, every individual person has a particular set of challenges that sometimes seem to be earmarked for us individually. We understood that in our premortal existence” (“An Anchor to the Souls of Men,” BYU Speeches, February 7, 1993).
“Saints of Zion, do you realize we are living in the days of the fulfillment of these signs and wonders? You are among those who will see many of these prophecies fulfilled. Just as certain as was the destruction of the temple at Jerusalem and the scattering of the Jews, so shall these words of the Savior be certain to your generation.”
“We know not the day nor the hour of his coming, but of this you may feel assured: You stand close to the great day of the Lord!” (“Prepare Yourselves for the Great Day of the Lord,” BYU Devotional, April 14, 1981).