“It is a comparatively easy thing for a man to say he believes in God and in the atoning blood of Jesus Christ, that he believes in repentance of sin, in baptism for the remission of sin, and in the laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost. It is apparently easy for a man to progress thus far. But when it comes to loving one’s neighbor as oneself, it is not so easy. . . . For few men indeed, or women, even in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, can say truthfully, ‘I love my neighbor as I love myself’” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph F. Smith, p. 194-195).
“Opposition to God and His Christ, opposition to light and truth has existed since the beginning to the present day. This is the warfare that commenced in heaven, that has existed through all time, and that will continue until the winding up scene, until He reigns whose right it is to reign, when He shall come in clouds of glory to reward every man according to the deeds done in the body” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Wilford Woodruff, p. 219).
“The Devil is just as much opposed to Jesus now as he was when the revolt took place in heaven. And as the Devil increases his numbers by getting the people to be wicked, so Jesus Christ increases his numbers and strength by getting the people to be humble and righteous. The human family are going to the polls by and by, and they wish to know which party is going to carry the day” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Brigham Young, p. 332).
“How careful men ought to be what they do in the last days, lest they are cut short of their expectations, and they that think they stand should fall, because they keep not the Lord’s commandments; whilst you, who do the will of the Lord and keep His commandments, have need to rejoice with unspeakable joy, for such shall be exalted very high, and shall be lifted up in triumph above all the kingdoms of this world’ (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith, p. 164).
“The development of this power to love God and fellowmen is, to me, the greatest power that one may possess here upon the earth. The power of love is the power by which great leaders lead. The power of love is the power by which great teachers teach. The power of love is the power by which one may achieve true accomplishment. The power of love is the power by which a ... woman ... can lead her children in righteousness. ... Where the home is, there love should be” (“Four Lessons from One Life,” BYU, May 14, 1974).
“I invite every one of you, wherever you may be as members of this church, to stand on your feet and with a song in your heart move forward, living the gospel, loving the Lord, and building the kingdom. Together we shall stay the course and keep the faith, the Almighty being our strength” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Gordon B. Hinckley, p. 338).
“The ability to stand by one’s principles, to live with integrity and faith according to one’s belief---that is what matters, that is the difference between a contribution and a commitment. That devotion to true principle---in our individual lives, in our homes and families, and in all places that we meet and influence other people---that devotion is what God is ultimately requesting of us” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Howard W. Hunter, p. 246).
“We have not been using the Book of Mormon as we should. Our homes are not as strong unless we are using it to bring our children to Christ. Our families may be corrupted by worldly trends and teachings unless we know how to use the book to expose and combat falsehoods” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson, p. 127).
“A true Latter-day Saint home is a haven against the storms and struggles of life. Spirituality is born and nurtured by daily prayer, scripture study, home gospel discussions and related activities, home evenings, family councils, working and playing together, serving each other, and sharing the gospel with those around us. Spirituality is also nurtured in our actions of patience, kindness, and forgiveness toward each other and in our applying gospel principles in the family circle. Home is where we become experts and scholars in gospel righteousness, learning and living gospel truths together” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball, p. 210).
“I often think, and I suppose you do, too, of that great and wonderful discourse—-the greatest that was ever preached, so far as we know---which we call the Sermon on the Mount. . . . If we will only hearken to those teachings, we may come back again into the presence of God, the Father, and His Son Jesus Christ” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith, p. 234).
“Man soon learns that there is no one great thing that he can do to attain happiness or eternal life. He learns that life is mad up, not of great sacrifices and duties but of little things, in which smiles’ and kindness and small obligations given habitually are what win and preserve the heart and secure comfort.
“Spirituality, our true aim, is the consciousness of victory over self and of communion with the Infinite. Spirituality impels one to conquer difficulties and acquire more and more strength. To feel one’s faculties unfolding and truth expanding in the soul is one of life’s sublimest experiences” (Conference Report, October 1969, p. 8).
“I look upon the Word of Wisdom as kind advice of our Father in heaven, who desires to see His children become more like Him. … I take it as the fatherly counsel of one who, knowing what I needed, said to me: ‘My son, these things are not good for you, and if you will avoid them I will give you the companionship of my Holy Spirit and joy while you live in the world and in the end eternal life’” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: George Albert Smith, p. 204).
“Obedience to the Gospel will save the world from sin, abolish war, strife and litigation, and usher in the millennial reign. It will restore the earth to its rightful owner, and prepare it for the inheritance of the just. These are all principles of [the] Gospel of Christ, and the effects which will flow from their acceptance and adoption by mankind” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph F. Smith, p.394).
“I suppose that many of the audience now before me have come from a long distance to meet with us in this general conference; and that all have been moved to gather here by pure motives---by a desire to improve and perfect themselves in matters that pertain to their usefulness in the kingdom of God. In order that we may not be disappointed in this, it becomes necessary that we prepare our hearts to receive and profit by the suggestions that may be made by the speakers during the progress of the Conference, which may be prompted by the Spirit of the Lord. I have thought, and still think, that our being edified does not so much depend upon the speaker as upon ourselves” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Lorenzo Snow, p. 42).
“I feel to warn my brethren and sisters, the Latter-day Saints, to live their religion, to trim their lamps, because as the Lord lives his word will be fulfilled. The coming of Jesus is nigh at the door. … The man that is righteous cannot save the wicked. We have got to live our own righteousness, that is keep the commandments of God” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Wilford Woodruff, p. 256).