“We need not wait for a cataclysmic event, a dramatic occurrence in the world in which we live, or a special invitation to be an example---even a model to follow. Our opportunities lie before us here and now. But they are perishable. Likely they will be found in our own homes and in the everyday actions of our lives. Our Lord and Master marked the way. . . . He in very deed was a model to follow---even an example of the believers” (“An Example of the Believers,” Ensign, November 1992).
“To do one’s best in the face of the commonplace struggles of life---and possibly in the face of failure---and to continue to endure and to persevere in the ongoing difficulties of life when those struggles and tasks contribute to others’ progress and happiness and one’s own eternal salvation---this is true greatness” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Howard W. Hunter, p. 162-163; What is True Greatness,” Ensign, May 1982).
“Another face of pride is contention. Arguments, fights, unrighteous dominion, generation gaps, divorces, spouse abuse, riots, and disturbances all fall into this category of pride.
“Contention in our families drives the Spirit of the Lord away. It also drives many of our family members away. Contention ranges from a hostile spoken word to worldwide conflicts. The scriptures tell us that “only by pride cometh contention.” (Prov. 13:10; see also Prov. 28:25.)” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson, p. 235; “Beware of Pride,” Ensign, May 1989).
“Since forgiveness is an absolute requirement in attaining eternal life, man naturally ponders: How can I best secure that forgiveness? One of many basic factors stands out as indispensable immediately: One must forgive to be forgiven” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball, p. 92).
“The Savior’s blood, His atonement, will save us, but only after we have done all we can to save ourselves by keeping His commandments. All of the principles of the gospel are principles of promise by which the plans of the Almighty are unfolded to us” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Harold B. Lee, p. 24).
“One of the greatest responsibilities that is ever entrusted to any human being is that of building his [her] own personality. The chief business of our lives is to build a house that will bear the weight of eternal life. . . . With the guidance of the Spirit of the Lord we will find contentment and happiness in doing his will. The divine law declares that we may obtain the fulness of his kingdom through our faithfulness and obedience, Our Eternal Father cannot offer more” (MIA Conference, June 1965; Take Heed To Yourselves! p. 416-417).
“‘Mormonism,’ so-called, is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, consequently it is the power of God unto salvation to all those who believe and obey its teachings. It is not those who say, ‘Lord, Lord,’ who enjoy the companionship of His spirit but those who do His will” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: George Albert Smith, p. 3).
“There are some who are forever asking to know what the Lord wants of them, and who seem to be hesitating on that account. I am thoroughly convinced that all the Lord wants of you and me or of any other man or woman in the Church is for us to perform our full duty and keep the commandments of God” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Heber J. Grant, p. 27).
“All the bodies that lie in the graves are called forth; not all at the first resurrection, nor in the morning of the first resurrection, but some perhaps in the last resurrection; and every soul will be required to go before the bar of God and be judged according to the deeds done in the body. If his works have been good, then he receives the reward of well doing; if [they have] been evil, then he will be banished from the presence of the Lord” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph F. Smith, p. 100).
“Be upright, just and merciful, exercising a spirit of nobility and godliness in all your intentions and resolutions---in all your acts and dealings. Cultivate a spirit of charity; be ready to do for others more than you would expect from them if circumstances were reversed. Be ambitious to be great, not in the estimation of the worldly minded, but in the eyes of God” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Lorenzo Snow, p. 260).
“My feelings and views are that the Lord never did have a people from Father Adam to the present time that were called upon to build up His Kingdom and establish His Zion in the world, or to preach the gospel of repentance to the children of men, but what they were dependent entirely upon the God [of] heaven for their support” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Wilford Woodruff, p. 103).
“We should be honest and honorable in our dealings one with another. If we try to defraud our brother, how can we expect God to bless us in that, for [our brother] is a child of our Heavenly Father just as much as we are. … [God] feels interested in his welfare, and if we try to take advantage to the injury of the Lord’s child; do you think [the Lord] would be pleased with us?” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: John Taylor, p.148).
“I say to the Latter-day Saints, all we have to do is to learn of God. Let the liars lie on, and let the swearers swear on, and they will go to perdition. All we have to do is to go onward and upward, and keep the commandments of our Father and God; and he will confound our enemies” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Brigham Young, p. 262).
“I do not dwell upon your faults, and you shall not upon mine. Charity, which is love, covereth a multitude of sins, and I have often covered up all the faults among you; but the prettiest thing is to have no faults at all. We should cultivate a meek, quiet and peaceable spirit” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith, p. 428).
“Now is the time to align our goals with God’s goals. His work and His glory---‘to bring to pass the ----immortality and eternal life of man’---can become ours. . . . We are to emulate the example of the Lord, to love as He did, to pray as He did, and to endure to the end as He did” (“Now Is the Time to Prepare, Ensign, May 2005).
“I know your lives are busy. I know that you have much to do. But I make you a promise that if you will go to the House of the Lord, you will be blessed; life will be better for you. Now, please, please, my beloved brethren and sisters, avail yourselves of the great opportunity to go to the Lord’s house and thereby partake of all of the marvelous blessings that are yours to be received there” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Gordon B. Hinckley, p. 318).
“Eternal life, God’s life, the life we are seeking, is rooted in two commandments. The scriptures say that “on these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:40). Love God and love your neighbor. The two work together; they are inseparable. In the highest sense they may be considered as synonymous. And they are commandments that each of us can live” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Howard W. Hunter, p. 257)