“I would like to say to the Latter-day Saints, if we are worthy to be called Latter-day Saints, it will be because we are living the lives of saints, and it is the purpose of the Gospel to qualify us in that way. The world has gotten into such a condition and has been deceived by the adversary for such a long time and has declared that the mere belief in God is all that is necessary, that I am fearful for it. That is only a trick of the adversary” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: George Albert Smith, p. 3).
“I am mentioning [this] in the hope that parents will realize that the example of integrity, of devotion, of loyalty to the Gospel, and the disposition not to find fault, but to labor diligently and unceasingly for the advancement of truth, is a marvelous heritage to leave to their children” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Heber J. Grant, p. 207).
“It is necessary to partake of the Sacrament, as a witness to him that we do remember him, are willing to keep the commandments he has given us, that we may have his Spirit to be with us always---even to the end, and also that we may continue in the forgiveness of sins” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph F. Smith, p. 101).
“I do feel that the Lord is gracious unto us, and that we should prize above all things upon the earth the words of eternal life that are given unto us. As long as we are governed by the Holy Spirit our minds are strengthened, and our faith is and will be increased. And we shall labor for the building up of the kingdom of God” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Wilford Woodruff, p. 158).
“We are too much after our own affairs and drinking into the spirit of the world, and yielding and catering to that feeling and influence. Now, while we wish the world well and would desire to promote their happiness, we cannot be governed by their practices nor be under their influences. God is the Lord our God; he is to be our king and law-giver, and he must rule over us” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: John Taylor, p. 60).
“We have more friends behind the veil than on this side, and they will hail us more joyfully than you were ever welcomed by your parents and friends in this world; and you will rejoice more when you meet them than you ever rejoiced to see a friend in this life; and then we shall go on from step to step, from rejoicing to rejoicing, and from one intelligence and power to another, our happiness becoming more and more exquisite and sensible as we proceed in the words and powers of life “ (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Brigham Young, p. 282-283).
“I hope I shall see [my friends] again, that I may toil for them, and administer to their comfort also. They shall not want a friend while I live; my heart shall love those, and my hands shall toil for those, who love and toil for me, and shall ever be found faithful to my friends. Shall I be ungrateful? Verily no! God forbid!” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith, p. 462).
“We can change our behavior. Our very desires can change. How? There is only one way. True change---permanent change---can come only through the healing, cleansing, and enabling power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. He loves you---each of you! He allows you to access His power as you keep His commandments, eagerly, earnestly, and exactly. It is that simple and certain. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a gospel of change!” (“Decisions for Eternity,” Ensign, November 2013).
“It may be safely assumed that no person has ever lived entirely free of suffering and tribulation. Nor has there ever been a period in human history that did not have its full share of turmoil, ruin, and misery. . . . Whenever we are inclined to feel burdened down with the blows of life’s fight, let us remember that others have passed the same way, have endured, and then have overcome” (“Meeting Life’s Challenges,” Ensign, November 1993).
“You recognize the promptings of the Spirit by the fruits of the Spirit---that which enlighteneth, that which buildeth up, that which is positive and affirmative and uplifting and leads us to better thoughts and better words and better deeds is of the Spirit of God. That which tears down, which leads us into forbidden paths---that is of the adversary. I think it is just that plain, just that simple” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Gordon B. Hinckley, p. 120).
“The gospel of Jesus Christ, which gospel we teach and the ordinances of which we perform, is a global faith with an all-embracing message. It is neither confined nor partial nor subject to history or fashion. Its essence is universally and eternally true. Its message is for all the world, restored in these latter days to meet the fundamental needs of every nation, kindred, tongue, and people on the earth. It has been established again as it was in the beginning---to build brotherhood, to preserve truth, and to save souls” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Howard W. Hunter, p. 123).
“We hope that you will continue to generate good thoughts and feelings in your heart and mind and quickly dismiss those which are harmful and destructive to you. We trust your prayers are being offered daily and even hourly, if needed. As the Book of Mormon teaches, ‘Live in thanksgiving daily, for the many mercies and blessings which [God] doth bestow upon you’ (Alma 34:38)” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson, p. 210).
“There must be a faith in God that will cause men to cleanse their lives; to forget themselves in the service of their fellow men and to overcome all weaknesses of the flesh; a faith that will bring about a repentance which is total, continuing and which will bring them to baptism, the priesthood, and temple ordinances” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball, p. 138).
“This new volume of scripture was to be a witness, not only for Christ and to contain the everlasting Gospel, but was also to be a witness for the Jewish scriptures---the Bible; and these two records . . . were to grow together bearing testimony of the everlasting gospel. As such a witness these records stand today testifying of the truth to the condemnation of all who reject their teachings” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith, p. 130).
“Marriage is a relationship that cannot survive selfishness, impatience, domineering, inequality, and lack of respect. Marriage is a relationship that thrives on acceptance, equality, sharing, giving, helping, doing one’s part, learning together, enjoying humor” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: David O. McKay, p. 150).
“If we as parents will so order our lives that our children will know and realize in their hearts that we are in very deed Latter-day Saints, that we actually know what we are talking about, they, by seeking after the Lord, will get that same testimony” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Heber J. Grant, p. 206).