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Stories from only the Quorum of the Twelve and First Presidency taught at General Conference since 1995

 

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McKay, David O.

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Mothers, single

Moyle, John R.

Music

 

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Neilson, Peter

 

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Smith, Hyrum

Smith, Joseph F.

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Weihenmayer, Erik

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Hinckley, Gordon B.

2007

October

Charles W. Penrose writing a song

Gordon B. Hinckley working on railroad watches an angry man

Gordon B. Hinckley has no recollection of fighting with wife of 67 years

Man not worried about peoples comments

Mater Hauchecome holds grudge over being falsely accused

How an old man lived long

 

April

Young Joseph F. Smith meets prophets in a dream.

Sister acts as proxy for 20,000 people in Temple

Young Gordon B. Hinckley attends tithing settlement

 

2006

October

Letter from a man addicted to Pornography

Handcart companies rescued on the plains

Martha Paxman finds her lost wedding ring

Single mother with seven children prays for a night off

Young couple pays tithing and does not go hungry

Woman follows counsel and is blessed

 

April

Letter from Women whose husbands don’t work

Young Man is treated poorly by Church members but is converted later

Joseph Smith forgives W. W. Phelps

 

2005

October

Thousands of Church members serve hurricane victims in the Gulf States

Woman forgives young man who injured her

April

Lottery fever and bingo instead of tithing

 

2004

October

President Hinckley reads woman's letter about pornography

President Hinckley shares about Sister Hinckley's passing

A Controlling Husband

 

April

Farmers in a small Idaho community

Missionary couple digging wells to supply water to small villages

President Hinckley shares health of Sister Hinckley

Ballplayer drops the ball

 

2003

October

 

April

Prayers to end drought in South America

Boy wants to pay tithing

 

2002

October

April

Gordon B. Hinckley working for railroad

Missionaries teach man to pray

Woman in Brazil paying tithing before tuition

 

2001

October

Perpetual Education Fund recipients

April

Perpetual Emigration Fund

Family's conversion in Uraguay

Parley P. Pratt's conversion

Pioneer grandfather burying wife

President Hinckley visiting Aruba

Graduating class of 1928

Young woman who set and achieved high goals

Young woman who lived for fun

 

2000

October

Young men getting in trouble after 11 p.m.

Young girl and the Internet

Boy and rattlesnake

April

Gordon B. Hinckley and walnut tree

Gordon B. Hinckley reorganizing stake

Gordon B. Hinckley's earache

Young Gordon B. Hinckley's prayers

 

1999

October

April

Bishops succor ward members after hurricane

Gordon B. Hinckley's childhood bishop a great friend

Man receives call as temple president

 

1998

October

Missionary writes of his joy in serving

Accident causes man to suffer financial loses

Marjorie P. Hinckley gives family history chart as wedding gift

Mary Fielding Smith exemplifies faith of Relief Society sisters

New York mother insists on high moral standards in home

April

Gospel changes lives of Mexican family

 

1997

October

Disaffected convert writes to Gordon B. Hinckley

April

Gordon B. Hinckley fellowships convert

Young men support new convert

Gordon B. Hinckley's grandfather loses wife on trek

Girl in handcart company dies

 

1996

October

English family experiencing joy of watching conference at home

Single mother's letter expressing gratitude for help

Brigham Young sending rescue teams to handcart companies

April

Joseph F. Smith's dream as missionary

Gordon B. Hinckley spring cleaning home

Young man commits homicide driving drunk

Uncontrolled thoughts lead to sin

Young woman befriending handicapped girl

Gordon B. Hinckley having his mouth washed out

Spencer W. Kimball asking hospital attendant not to profane

 

1995

October

Early emigrants from Liverpool, England

Farmer's tenacity during Depression

Mother taking President Kimball's promise

April

Gordon B. Hinckley and dancing

 

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Monson, Thomas S.

2014

October

 

April

An 18-year old seaman prays nightly despite jeers from others in his company.

A young man bears testimony during sacrament meeting, but is seen later that day dressed differently and smoking.

Joseph Smith tells guards to be silent.

Two women become lifelong friends after one helps the other learn her job as a seamstress in a clothing mill.

Passengers on an airline flight do not complain when their plane is diverted to pick up an injured boy and fly him to the hospital.

A woman regrets not allowing a neighbor to take a shortcut across her property.

 

2013

October

Thomas S. Monson contrasts a shepherd

Two examples of what not to do when hometeaching

A faithful home teacher is filled with gratitude when someone he visited for years joints the Church

Thomas S. Monson gives a priesthood blessing to an elder brother who can no longer see and hear

One sisters prayers are answered by another sister

 

April

President Monson stays with his wife instead of attend celebration

A man in Canada investigates and joins the Church after two full-time missionaries bear powerful testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith

By expressing love in his weekly letters, a full-time missionary brings his father into the Church

Eight-year-old Thomas S. Monson learns obedience after lighting a field on fire

A faithful Church member in Hungary saves his tithing for years until he can give it to his home teachers

 

2012

October

N. Eldon Tanner is surprised to see four men advance in the priesthood

Thomas S. Monson receives inspiration to call branch presidents

John H. Groberg bears his testimony to the king of Tonga

Missionary sees all people as future members

Thomas S. Monson follows a prompting to offer suggestions about missionary work

Thomas S. Monson follows a prompting to visit a friend in the hospital

Thomas S. Monson encourages a young man to serve a mission

A prayer by youth at a temple cultural celebration is answered

A Young Man gives President and Sister Monson a ride

 

April

A marine gives his wounded companion a blessing in World War II

As a bishop, Thomas S. Monson writes personal letters each month to servicemen

After learning of health problems, a woman decides to change her life

Young Thomas S. Monson raced boats down the river

The death of an unbeliever’s wife changes his skepticism

A father is converted to the gospel after attending seminary with his daughter

A young woman overcomes temptation by attending Mutual

 

 

2011

October

Thomas S. Monson thinks he is the lone Church member at boot camp

Thomas S. Monson talks to people on a bus about the Church

Man who thought he could have it both ways

Thomas S. Monson learns the power of prayer after finding five dollars he thought he had lost

Thomas S. Monson is impressed to announce Peter Mourik to speak at the Frankfurt Germany Temple dedication

 

April

Thomas S. Monson invites couple to witness a sealing

Brazilian saints travel long distances from Manaus to the temple

Mau Tham family sacrifices to go the the temple

Thomas S. Monson participates in ground breaking for temple in Rome, Italy

 

2010

October

Clayton M. Christensen refuses to play basketball on Sunday.

Alice in Wonderland and making a choice.

Thomas S. Monson likes music.

A family learns to give thanks even during hard times.

A woman judges another until she cleans her own window.

Sister Monson is judged by another because she sits down in the General Authority section.

A couple who run a boarding house allow a disfigured man to stay in their home.

Sisters juge a recently called sister on looks.  

 

April

Student cheats on an exam by turning pages with his feet, but his day of reconning comes.

President Monson’s promise to a missionary is fulfilled.

A family who loses a 15-year-old son finds comfort through faith in Jesus Christ.

President Monson describes a painting called a hopeless dawn

 

2009

October

Angry father accidentally injures son

Heber J. Grant feels insulted over the amount of pay he received

Thomas B. Marsh gets angry over milk strippings

Two brothers do not speak to each other for 62 years

Dr. Jack McConnell continues to serve others after his retirement

President Monson receives birthday gifts recounting service to others

 

April

Twelve year old Thomas S. Monson called upon to bear testimony

Woman in New York City prays for and receives a visit from the missionaries

A high school band member becomes sick but is healed by a priesthood blessing

President Monson’s great-grandparents lose their son during their journey to the Salt Lake Valley

A blind man seeks a priesthood blessing

A woman endures trials as she travels from East Prussia to Western Germany

President Monson shares how technology has changed

Handicapped girl befriended by a new girl

Esther

 

2008

October

Missionary decides to stay on Spanish speaking mission

Young men visit grave of Martin Harris

Missionary couple serves five years in Poland

Theron Borup prays for help after his plane is shot down in World War ll

President Monson realizes change

Father sets family before work

War prisoner Jay Hess sends brief message to his family

Bordhild Dahl is grateful before and after sight was restored

 

April

Boy imitates Thomas S. Monson

Stalwart missionary with cancer

Thomas S. Monson shares of calling as Prophet

Pioneer ancestors’ hardships

Thomas S. Monson’s appreciation for wife

Thomas S. Monson told not to touch microwave & sits by wife side while in coma

Thomas S. Monson’s introduction to his wife’s father

 

2007

October

General conference talk on resurrection addressed to a woman not of our faith

Olympic runner loses his shoe in a race

Thomas S. Monson called as Bishop at 22

Parent teaches child by example how to pray

Woman asks Thomas S. Monson for a blessing for her daughter

Woman helps take care of her neighbor’s children

Two women aid a grieving widow

 

April

Skeptic man’s wife dies

Four children with muscular dystrophy

President Monson being baptized

President Thomas S. Monson called as an Assistant to the Twelve

Girls addressed in conference decided to be baptized

Thomas S. Monson called as counselor in Stake Presidency without notice

Thomas S. Monson blesses sick friend in Navy

Thomas S. Monson blesses a dying father at family’s request

 

2006

October

Boy finds king’s emerald while doing his duty

As a young deacons quorum president, President Thomas S. Monson ministers

President Thomas S. Monson visits friend in hospital

President Thomas S. Monson visits hospital on man’s birthday

President Tanner teacher President Thomas S. Monson

Young women carry Jami Palmer on a hike

 

April

Tongan teacher explains an octopus lure

Gustav and Margarete Wacker serve faithfully

President Monson’s boy answers questions

President Monson answers questions to Minister

Young Thomas S. Monson has a long interview before receiving the Melchizedek Priesthood

Priest struggles to bless the sacrament

Deacon passes the sacrament from his deathbed

 

2005

October

Thomas S. Monson passing the sacrament

Sacrament passed to large group effectively

Deacons and teachers visit Welfare Square to see the fruits of fast offerings

Home teachers travel one week to visit a member

Priest who stutters baptizes a girl

Thomas S. Monson chosen last to play

Thomas S. Monson visits a Greek couple

Missionaries testify of Joseph Smith to doubtful man

 

April

Father puts family before work

Pioneer family faces hardships

President Monson and son stop hunting to pray

Sister Monson shows kindness to paperboy who later commits suicide

Man becomes active after not letting the bishop in his home

Volunteers fix elderly sister's home

Bishop Monson takes youth to temple

President Monson shopping runs into member

 

2004

October

Young President Monson raises pigeons

School crossing guard teaches man the gospel

President Harold B. Lee writes note to daughter

President J. Reuben Clark Jr. favorite scriptures

Young man cares for grandmother

Relief Society sister learns to read and write

Australian sister helps husband join Church

Woman writes letter to sister of 2030

 

April

Sunday School teacher influences youth

Spencer W. Kimball shows concern for people

Less-active family is discovered and fellowshipped

WW2 solider has moral courage

Man with multiple sclerosis carries Olympic torch

Thomas S. Monson making the wrong basket

Widow awaits for son to visit

2003

October

Thomas S. Monson's son answering question correctly

Thomas S. Monson passing sacrament as a deacon

Thomas S. Monson being called upon in first meeting after call to Twelve

Angry young man leaving home

Thomas S. Monson visiting less active member on birthday

President Monson visiting old Sunday School teacher

Mother wondering if she makes a difference

April

Violinist Benjamin Landart

Woman died before she could use the dress she had been saving

Father puts off work so he can be with his children

Boys building tree house

Two priesthood leaders reactivate quorums

Thomas S. Monson urging man to reactivation

Convert looks up missionaries that baptized them

 

2002

October

Dogs in coal shed

Herman the water snake

Blessing answers family prayers

Missionary's death

April

Hidden wedge

Man feels deceived and doesn't join church

Father goes to bury child but church is locked

Woman learning to forgive herself

Two brothers don't talk

Lady regrets

Two friends forgive

Secret of Tahitian sea captians

Family sacrifices to attend temple

Man's faithful missionary labors

Spencer W. Kimball calling stake patriarch

Student procrastinates for test

Thomas S. Monson buys bubble gum

 

2001

October

Thomas S. Monson preparing Easter talk

Gill Warner's concern about ward member

Young Thomas S. Monson asked to give report

Fritz Hoerold's life

Missionaries praying in airport

Marley's Ghost

Grandma and Mrs Wilcox

Catherine Curtis Spencer

Relief Society bringing food

Baur Dee Sheffield's girls

Juliusz and Dorothy Fussek

April

Young man shown compassion in Salt Lake City

Woman showing compassion to elderly patients

Painting "To The Rescue"

Man helping others find employment

Home teacher visited at crossing guard

 

2000

October

Thomas S. Monson passing sacrament

Stuttering priest baptizing girl

Young Thomas S. Monson visiting Seagull Monument

Farmer sustaining President Hinckley

Navy officers learning to swim

Young man remembering church bell

April

Barnacles on ship

King Darius

Thomas S. Monson neighbor Mrs. Shinas

81-year loving marriage

George Albert Smith giving overcoat

Young Thomas S. Monson in boot camp

Stake president in Star Valley Wyoming

 

1999

October

Car out of gas on Sabbath

"Sabbath Breaker" boat

Single mother praying

Borgstrom family in World War II

Mother's day sacrament meeting

Widow presenting gift of medals

Clark Monson receiving preisthood

King's emerald

Letter from Boy Scout

Hospitalized man's birthday

Less-active member's letter

April

Water from Dead Sea and Sea of Galilee represent preisthood holders

Damming pond's inflow demonstrates sanity

Deacons visit Welfare Square

Speech-impaired priest blesses sacrament

Crippled boy asks man if he works for God

Priesthood leader reactivates prospective elders

Blind stake president guides Thomas S. Monson

Man builds chapels and helps fellow Saints

Blind man is grateful for gospel light

Cheshire cat asks Alice where she wants to go

Russell M. Nelson talks at daughter's funeral

Girl plays violin at care center

Girls carry cancer-stricken friend on hike

 

1998

October

Astronaut thanks God during flight

Boy thanks auctioneer for bicycle

Man is only one to thank schoolteacher

Students elect disabled homecoming queen

Community comforts families of young girls who died

Boy tries to emulate Gordon B. Hinckley

Thomas S. Monson and son pray together on hunt

New bishopric helps young men progress in Aaronic Priesthood

Thomas S. Monson gives blessing and counsel to young boy

Young man regrets lying about his age

Missionary gives $20 to needy family

Eye doctor serves a mission

April

Captain ignores orders and ship sinks

Foreman asks worker about tardiness

Sailors lie about ability to swim

Deer cannot look up for protection

Thomas S. Monson's family vacations at Disneyland

David O. McKay visits graves of missionaries' children

 

1997

October

H. Verlan Anderson does not buy gasoline on Sabbath

Girl donates her walker

Two children "visit home teach"

Boy writes to Gordon B. Hinckley

Minister relates "hot coals" story

Home teachers visit less-active family playing poker

Home teacher visits President Hinckley

Marion G. Romney's home teacher makes quick visit

Home teachers help convert families

Home teachers repair family's home

Thomas S. Monson's mother feeds hoboes

Relief Society teaches sister to read

Magazine representative helps activate family

 

April

Man builds baseball diamond

Carnation identifies members to be fellowshipped

Individual family members commit to baptism a continent apart

Jacob de Jager's calling to place hymnbooks

Stakes experience success in reactivation

Thomas S. Monson finds young man skipping church

Thomas S. Monson's great-granparents lose son

Children care for hospitalized mother

Young woman shares gospel with friends

Class carries cancer-stricken girl on hike

Teacher's lasting influence

 

1996

October

Critically ill father reading scriptures

Thomas S. Monson visiting hospitalized ward member and dying woman paying tithing

Sister receiving prompting to give meat to needy family

Spencer W. Kimball collecting fast offerings in horse and buggy

Thomas S. Monson taking deacons to Welfare Square

Thomas S. Monson's ward's poultry project

Thomas S. Monson collecting fast offerings

April

Missionary struggling to learn language

Youth hosting dinner for older sisters

Home teacher traveling from Germany

Airline passenger's love for injured boy

Boy and telephone operator's friendship

 

1995

October

Thomas S. Monson saving drowning girl

Young man helping patient in nursing home

Young boy and Thomas S. Monson at funeral

Alice and Wonderland and Cheshire Cat

Missionary asked about missionary pamphlets

Stake president who experienced adversity

Young woman playing violin in nursing home

Woman with cancer helping friend

Thomas S. Monson visiting East Germany

April

Missionaries going to Austria and California

Flight attendant reading A Marvelous Work and a Wonder

American infantryman's life spared by enemy

Mercy shown by Civil War soldier Richard Rowland Kirkland

Two brothers who refused to speak to each other for sixty-two years

Brothers and computer incident

Hugh B. Brown and man who could not forgive himself

Woman and Hotel Utah key

Tevye and choice from Fiddler on the Roof

Gift of triple combination from father to daughter

Alice in Wonderland and Cheshire cat

Young woman with cancer carried to Timpanogos Cave

 

 

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Faust, James E.

2007

October

 

April

Young priest ordains a teacher

Families find peace in forgiving those who killed loved ones-three stories

 

2006

October

Martydom of Rafael Monroy and Vincente Morales

Faithfulness of Edward Partridge

President James E. Faust’s grandfathers horse Slowpoke

Priest gives collected food to a single mother

Missionaries leg healed

Young Man adjusts scripture reading

 

April

Deacons learn of the sacredness of the sacrament

Stories of Reformers

Rollins sisters save the printed pages of early revelations

Young women’s example helps a family join the Church

Joan of Arc

 

2005

October

Obtaining the Jerusalem Center

Nurse helps woman with injured leg

Calling as an Assistant to the Twelve

Lyman E. Johnson and Luke S. Johnson regret apostasy

Bishop sits in dunking machine

Devoted visiting teacher befriends “unapproachable” sister

Pres. Faust’s wife serves others

April

Marie Curie perseveres to make discovery

Young man shot at Haun's Mill serves mission

Elders save Lorenzo Snow

Man still home teaching at age 100

President Fausts grandson visits NYC Temple

 

2004

October

19th Century writer achieved great success but died depressed

Blind Welsh convert crosses plains

Young men trusted with vital mission

Young Elder Dickson deals with arm amputation

April

Young man cliff jumps higher and higher because friends encourage him

Military officer refuses to drink alcohol

Lost Batallion regains contact

James E. Faust answers teacher's question

James E. Faust's first radio

 

2003

October

A lecturer who believes Joseph Smith

Orphan girl crossing the plains

Man giving coat to cold person

University student experiences miracle while doing family history work

 

April

Recklessness at Iguacu Falls

Supportive parents who never gave up on wayward son

Young women in Championship volleyball match

 

2002

October

Settling estate of a noble couple

Wealthy man valuing possessions over Church activity

Korean boy--good Samaritan

Rick Rescorla's 9-11 heroism

The little engine that could

Samuel Brannan

Youngest member of Relief Society

Tribute to a single mother

Single sister-exemplary life of service

April

Charles W. Penrose story of ship Titanic

J. Reuben Clark Jr. telling his child he doesn't trust her

Stake President gained testimony after calling

James E. Faust prays during violent storm

Daniel Tyler tells of hearing Joseph Smith pray

 

2001

October

Teacher in one-room schoolhouse 'Big Tom'

Hyrum Smith's faithfulness

Oliver Cowdery

Faithfulness of George P. Hill

Henry B. Eyring's father weeding onions

April

Father saves son in Armenian earthquake

Man who baptized one boy on his mission

John Benbow and others

James E. Faust's baptism

 

2000

October

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

James H. Moyle meeting David Whitmer

James E. Faust's experience in WWII

April

Amanda Smith helping son heal

Heber J. Grant learning penmanship

Heber J. Grant learning to throw

Heber J. Grant trying to learn to sing

"Honeyhives" and mermaids

Past requirements of Beehive girls

Young woman in car accident

 

1999

October

Planting alfalfa seeds

Simonds Ryder

Winnipeg missionary's lasting effect

Missionary who received gunshot wound

Young mother in Northern Ireland

Young woman receiving priesthood blessing

Boy playing piano with Paderewski

James E. Faust's Aunt Ada

Woman attending temple for the first time

April

David O. McKay sees jet travel aiding Church growth

David O. McKay's horse dies seeking freedom

Ephraim Hanks rescues handcart company

 

1998

October

James E. Faust visits war sites in France

Hugh B. Brown blesses sick youth

Zion's Camp tests future Church leaders

Early Saints learn to care for the needy

James E. Faust's grandfather teaches faith and sacrifice

Japanese mother realizes her family is a blessing for tithing

Woman saves money for temple fund

April

Religion instructors fail final exam

Young James E. Faust learns lesson on honor

Some LDS servicemen lower their standards

Life of Clinton L. Cutler an example of faith

Young Woman is homemaker when mother dies

Young woman makes scrapbook about grandmother

 

1997

October

Man seeks acceptance from wrong source

Young man's fear of speaking overcome through faith

Joseph Smith forgives W.W. Phelps

James E. Faust counsels father on role of Church activities

Man claims he believes in prophets

Boy finds lost cow

James E. Faust regrets not helping grandmother

April

James E. Faust's ancestors receive endowments in Nauvoo Temple

Young man learns of home teaching

Wilford Woodruff receives prompting not to board ship

Robert F. Jex's first home teaching experience

 

1996

October

Pioneer boy telling truth about eating buffalo meat

J Ballard Washburn standing up to cheating medical student

James E. Faust's honesty in applying for Officer Candidate School

Football player admitting under oath he was the best center

Young boy telling truth in rope-climbing contest

Elizabeth Jackson losing her husband

Blessing of Relief Society in James E. Faust's life

Relief Society president following promptings of Spirit to meet needs of sister

Elizabeth Hamilton Wright gaining strength to meet challenges through her faith

Relief Society sisters serving injured woman

Three elderly Portuguese women faithfully attend church and read scriptures together

Counsel of James E. Faust to bereaved family to accept Lord's will

Mother realizing taking children to church formed their spiritual foundation

April

Struggles of James E. Faust's pioneer ancestors

James E. Faust receiving counsel to follow Brethren

James E. Faust serving a mission in Brazil

N. Eldon Tanner advising missionaries

Persian student accepting gospel

Thief reading Book of Mormon and repenting

Wilford Woodruff's missions

 

1995

October

Boy Scout exploring cave

Mickey Mantle wanting to be a better example

Young Joseph F. Smith facing mob

James E. Faust's and Heber J. Grant's patriarchal blessings

James E. Faust's father's patriarchal blessing

Patriarch has no blessing of own to give

April

Orphan Lamb

James E. Faust meeting with saints in Manaus, Brazil

 

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Packer, Boyd K.

2014

October

 

April

Boyd K. Packer receives a spiritual manifestation of the truthfulness of the gospel while praying in a bunker during World War ll.

 

2013

October

Boyd K. Packer is counseled to urge members of a struggling stake to read the scriptures

Joseph F. Smith has a dream and is clean

Man feels guilt after many years

 

April

A preditor attacks Pres Packer’s home

 

2012

October

Boyd K. Packer’s boat is hit by a severe ocean storm in Western Somoa

 

April

Boyd K. Packer shares stories of some homeless children

Missionaries give a message of hope to grieving parents

Boyd K. Packer tells of two couples who struggle with circumstances regarding children

Boyd K. Packer is raised by faithful parents, even though his father was less active in the Church

 

 

2011

October

Boyd K. Packer receives his Patriachal Blessing

 

April

William Tyndale

Stake President counsels man to ‘leave it alone’ after the death of his wife

 

2010

October

School class want to vote on the gender of a kitten.

A repentant woman is urged not to look back.

 

April

Harold B. Lee counsels a young soldier to seek a blessing from his father.

President Packer invites a young man’s father to ordain his son an elder.

Son unworthy to bless his mother.

 

 

2009

October

Wilford Woodruff protected by following a prompting to move his wagon

President Packer’s son prays for cow to be healed

Graham Doxey protected from harm from pump-handle railway car

 

April

President Packer had physical challenges as a result of polio at age 5

President Packer enters World War II, past experiences were a great help

 

2008

October

Parade in Salt Lake Valley July 24, 1849

 

April

The recent calling of Pres Monson, vacancy in Twelve, & Seventies

Pres Kimball in Copenhagen Denmark and priesthood keys

Boyd K. Packer’s travels as a member of the Twelve

 

2007

October

Boyd K. Packer puzzled over witness as special witness

April

President Boyd K. Packer receives assurance as he hears Primary choir

 

2006

October

Pioneer leaders raise an ensign to the nations

Man things Mormons have horns

 

April

 

 

2005

October

April

President Packer tells of gaining testimony of Book of Mormon

President Packer wonders if he should fight in war

 

2004

October

Three experiences in trusting the work to others

 

April

Boyd K. Packer as a boy lost his sister

Mother exposes children to smallpox

 

2003

October

April

Four experiences with grandparents

 

2002

October

Harold B. Lee ordains a patriarch

Calling a patriarch

April

Boyd K. Packer watches older boys help smaller boy

Boyd K. Packer attends sacrament by children with special needs

Boyd K. Packer tries to help boy in WW II

Boyd K. Packer sits boy on lap

 

2001

October

Languages spoken in Moroni, Utah

Test questions about Book of Mormon

Conversion of Herbert Schreiter then Manfred Schutze and family

Publication of Book of Mormon

Boyd K. Packer age 10 attempting to read Book of Mormon

Boyd K. Packer meets lady with Bible well marked

April

The touch of the Master's hand

 

2000

October

Boyd K. Packer receiving partriarchal blessing

April

Parable of precious pearl

 

1999

October

Boyd K. Packer learning from his brother Leon

April

Doctoral student studies office of bishop

Bishop leaves horse standing in the field

 

1998

October

Boyd K. Packer's son learns lesson on tithing

People misjudge others' Church activity

Ward schedules nightly activities

April

Relief Society president takes care of rules first then exceptions

Boyd K. Packer visits Relief Society in Czechoslovakia

 

1997

October

Belle S. Spafford serves in Relief Society

J. Reuben Clark Jr. emphasizes how one serves, not where

Spencer W. Kimball issues call

Woman sees needs and serves

April

Joseph F. Smith dreams of meeting Prophet and declaring his cleanliness

Boyd K. Packer experiences shame of dirty uniform, wanting to stay spiritually clean

 

1996

October

April

King choosing safe driver

 

1995

October

Hungry woman on ship

John Breen in Donner-Reed party

April

Spencer W. Kimball and Thorvaldsen statues of Christ and Apostles in Denmark

 

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Perry, L. Tom

2014

October

 

April

L. Tom Perry enjoys living near family.

L. Tom Perry’s grandfather teaches him some lessons.

 

2013

October

As a boy, L. Tom Perry and other Primary children hike to a favorite canyon spot with their teacher

 

April

 

2012

October

Elder Perry writes letter to his mother

 

April

A member of the Church shares the gospel with his seatmate on an airplane.

 

2011

October

 

April

Young L. Tom Perry reflect on Sacrament

 

2010

October

A young priest helps a man with disabilities tke the sacrament.

April

Young L. Tom Perry is taught by his mother.

 

2009

October

Pioneer saints of Sanpete County & the building of the Manti Temple

Norwegian shipbuilders build an invented ship’s hull for the roof of the Manti Utah Temple

 

April

Sheep stuck on cliff with no shepherd

 

2008

October

Elder and Sister Perry visit Walden Pond

 

April

 

2007

October

L. Tom Perry encourages his son, a high jumper, to raise the bar

April

Deacons quorum president helps activate boys

 

2006

October

Waitress talks about the gospel with a truck driver

April

Young Elder Perry is interviewed to receive priesthood

Vacationers honor the Sabbath

 

2005

October

April

Man can't understand how church survives without government help

Three examples of hearts changing: a father, a young single adult, & a single sister

2004

October

Brigham Yound and Heber C. Kimball leave for mission to England

April

 

2003

October

April

Boy quoting a tv program

Parents taking more seriously FHE

 

2002

October

L. Tom Perry's house hunting in New York

High priests group project

April

L. Tom Perry's father working at President Joseph F. Smith's home

 

2001

October

L. Tom Perry and his missionary compainion

L. Tom Perry's first night in mission home

April

Pioneers settling Nauvoo

L. Tom Perry taking sweet roll for lunch

 

2000

October

L. Tom Perry's ancestor sacrifice

L. Tom Perry cleaning house

April

Church leaders going to the temple fasting

 

1999

October

L. Tom Perry's ancestor's conversion

April

L. Tom Perry uses flannel board in business presentation

Richard Ballantyne organizes first Sunday School

 

1998

October

L. Tom Perry teaches grandchildren at family reunion

April

 

1997

October

Russian student describes seminary

S. Dilworth Young pays tribute to seminary teacher

Seminary teacher pioneers program

April

L. Tom Perry follows promtings in job search

First Presidency commences 1856 reform

 

1996

October

L. Tom Perry's regret for not dissuading friend from drinking beer

Creed Haymond refusing to drink wine before track meet

Joseph Smith's concern over men's smoking and chewing tobacco

April

L. Tom Perry's wartime experiences with sacrament and green footlocker

 

1995

October

April

Marjorie P. Hinckley's grandfather and Manti Temple door

Majorie P. Hinckley's great-grandfather and singing

Majorie P. Hinckley

 

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Haight, David B.

2004

October

April

 

2003

October

April

David B. Haight's baptism

David B. Haight tells of after his father passed away

David B. Haight during WW2

 

2002

October

April

 

2001

October

David B. Haight's parents going to Logan Utah Temple

Arturo Toscanini on radio

April

Of couple missionaries serving in Zimbabwe

Of conversion of man in Scotland

David B. Haight playing the violin

 

2000

October

Of pioneers doing temple work before coming west

Of girl memorizing the proclamation on the family

Of being a strong link in the family

Of David B. and Ruby Haights marriage

April

Gordon B. Hinckley pulling stumps

Organization of the Church

Lights on Tabernacle pulpit

 

1999

October

April

Couples serve misssions

David B. Haight introduces gospel to stewardess

 

1998

October

April

David B. Haight attends family baptism and ordination

Young man writes to David B. Haight about aging

David B. Haight visits Peter Whitmer farmhouse

 

1997

October

David B. Haight realizes life's greatest moment with family

David B. Haight's grandparents walk across the plains

William Clayton writes "Come, Come, Ye Saints"

April

David B. Haight recalls events of the twentieth century

David B. Haight receives Aaronic Priesthood

David B. Haight plays football

 

1996

October

Prophets' influence on David B. Haight

W.W. Phelps composing hymn after mob attack

April

David B. Haight's experiences with priesthood revelation

David B. Haight's call as a General Authority

Leo Tolstoi discussing Church with ambassador

 

1995

October

David B. Haight's friendship with George Romney

David B. and Ruby Haight going to California

David B. Haights parents sacrificing to marry in the temple

April

 

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Maxwell, Neal A.

2004

October

April

Elder Maxwell reminisce of life's experiences

 

2003

October

April

M. Thirl Marsh sharing earnings with friend

 

2002

October

April

 

2001

October

April

 

2000

October

April

Neal A. Maxwell's grand-daughter

 

 

1999

October

April

Girl unselfishly prays for dying father

Leaders are unselfish

 

1998

October

April

Young Neal A. Maxwell raises pigs and learns to work carefully

 

1997

October

April

 

1996

October

April

Dying boy requesting blessing and singing of hymn

Boy comforting mother after father's death

Ill Brazilian girl comforting mother

Boy expressing love to hospital attendant

Child teaching parents

Brazillian student joining Church

 

1995

October

April

 

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Nelson, Russell M.

2014

October

 

April

A woman is hysterical during turbulence on a flight.

Russell M. Nelson’s colleague demands him to separate his religion from his profession.

Russell M. Nelson’s daughter Emily shows courage and faith as she is dying of cancer.

 

2012

October

A Man responds to a prompting to “stop the boys on the bikes.”

 

 

April

Elder & Sister Nelson ask if a fish has ever said thank you

 

2011

October

Russian converts prize their temple marriage

 

April

 

2010

October

Russell M. Nelson shares the Book of Mormon with friends.

A young man joins the Church after exploring mormon.org.

April

Russell M. Nelson sees resemblance of ancestors in family pictures

 

2009

October

­Elder Nelson can not read his own handwriting

Elder Nelson performs the sealing of a family he met 10 years earlier

 

2008

October

 

April

Elder Nelson meets tribal king in Africa

 

2007

October

 

April

Woman mired in sin seeks forgiveness

 

2006

October

 

April

Husband ignores wife on an airplane

 

2005

October

President and Sister Kimball healed during a visit to New Zealand

April

Elder Nelson shares the passing of his wife

A dying man tries to save his life with money

 

2004

October

Missionary Couples serve throughout the world (Three Stories)

 

April

 

2003

October

Boy praying before operation

April

Prayerful man with faulty heart valves

 

2002

October

April

A son born with affliction

Death came quickly to family

Missionary afflicted with cancer writes letter

 

2001

October

Rafting down Colorado river

April

 

2000

October

Elder Russell M. Nelson's family scripture study

April

 

1999

October

April

Mob leaves missionary alone

Son disqualified as a blood donor

Russell M. Nelson's family gathers at conference

 

1998

October

April

Russell M. Nelson expresses love for family

 

1997

October

Car accident does not deter Gordon B. Hinckley

Gordon B. Hinckley receives inspiration for site of Guayaquil Ecuador Temple

April

Russell M. Nelson's daughter wants to get out of the boat

 

1996

October

April

 

1995

October

April

Elder Russell M. Nelson loses daughter

 

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Oaks, Dallin H.

2014

October

 

April

Stake president released and called as nursery leader.

 

2012

October

 

April

President Gordon B. Hinckley asks a new member if he is willing to sacrifice so much for the gospel

The 16-year-old brother of a Brazilian missionary works to support his family

 

2011

October

Woman wonders what Jesus has done for her

April

Young Dallin Oaks camps out

Captain Ray Cox forgoes sleep to keep soldiers alive

Aaron Ralston summons courage to save his life

 

2010

October

­Three examples of both lines of communication: Priesthood and Personal.

April

A Woman who receives a blessing declines another, saying it’s up to her now to exercise faith.

Girl in Texas, USA, is miraculously healed.

Individual’s faith centered in Jesus Christ, not the trails.

 

2009

April

Mother Teresa, an example of unselfish service

A man changed his attitude about church

 

2007

October

Young Dallin H. Oaks learns about making better choices

Son says the best part of the summer was looking at stars with his father

 

April

 

 

2006

October

 

April

Nigerian doctor dreams of his friend speaking to a congregation

Conversion of man in northern India

Cambodian boy testifies of Christ

Conversion of Thai woman

 

2005

October

Elder Oak’s father died at seven

 

April

 

2004

October

Man becomes addicted

April

 

2003

October

Man who changed and is now serving a mission as a senior

Man who held high callings now serving in ward bishopric

April

Conversion of Filipino bishop

 

2002

October

J. Reuben Clark on serving

Returned missionary's letter

April

 

2001

October

April

Of men who sold melons

 

2000

October

Of father giving children their inheritance

April

 

1999

October

April

Martin Harris

 

1998

October

Young Dallin H. Oaks learns about administering the sacrament

April

Dallin H. Oaks tells minister gospel is for all

 

1997

October

Young men refuse oath to kill Joseph Smith

April

Boy calls for Bishop's help

 

1996

October

Newly baptized member receiving the Holy Ghost

Faithfulness of mission president's family

April

 

1995

October

Kimball family's prayer being answered

Extreme devotion to causes of Screwtape Letters

Virginia Reed in Donner-Reed party

April

 

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Ballard, M. Russell

2014

October

 

April

M. Russell Ballard “follows-up” with Barbara Bowen, whom he meets at a college dance, begins dating, and eventually marries.

A returned missionary follows-up just in time.

An eight-year-old boy invites his friend and his friend’s family to a ward open house in Buenos Aires.

 

2013

October

A family enjoys missionary success after taking to heart the challenge to hasten the work of salvation

 

April

A Girl realizes that from one seed can come millions of tomatoes

 

2011

October

Young M. Russell Ballard collected honey with his father

 

April

Gold prospector learns to value flakes of gold

A Less-Active brother comes back to church through love & service

 

2010

October

A flyfisherman’s tacticts are compared to Lucifer’s.

A woman begins the descent into addiction through prescription drugs.

April

 

2009

April

Elder Ballard decides to sell a certain model of car despite his father’s counsel not to do so

 

2008

October

Growth of the Church

 

April

Russell M. Ballard appreciates his wife by sitting with children at church

 

2007

October

 

April

Reformers

 

 

2006

October

 

April

A sister in France shares reason for success

 

2005

October

People wanting family more than food in times of crisis

April

Man tries to teach a colt to be led

 

2004

October

The power of testifying--three examples

April

Elder Ballard's grandson killed three months after marriage

 

2003

October

April

Branch President in Maine who taught the gospel to many

 

2002

October

April

Family baptized and fellowshipped

 

2001

October

Cross-faith friendship

April

A young woman removes her earrings

 

2000

October

Little girl who rode old bike to church

April

 

1999

October

April

Pioneers keep temple covenants

 

1998

October

Wilford Woodruff learns of urgency of this dispensation

Convert's ward does not fellowship him

April

 

1997

October

George Q. Cannon defends Saints against troublemakers

Joseph F. Smith stands up to gunman

April

William Clayton expresses no fear on journey

Joy of rescued handcart company

 

1996

October

Joseph F. Smith's affection for his oxen

Peter Howard McBride nearly freezing

Elsie Neilson pulling husband on handcart

Margaret McNeil walking to Utah

April

M. Russell Ballard visiting refugee camps

Testimony of cancer-stricken young woman

 

1995

October

The valiant life and contributions of Hyrum Smith

April

 

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Wirthlin, Joseph B.

2008

October

Young Joseph B. Wirthlin listens to his mother’s counsel after he lost a football game

Wirthlin family finds humor in embarrassing dating situation

Parents receive blessings from raising a son with autism

Daughter with persistent health problems puts her trust in God

 

April

As a seven-year-old, stands up for an older boy with disabilities

 

2007

October

Joseph Smith helps young boy

Man paints his sick wife’s fingernails

 

April

Joseph B. Wirthlin learns not to take eye of ball

Joseph B. Wirthlin resists cheating

William F. Perschon serves others

 

2006

October

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin speaks of those who have influenced him

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin’s father called

 

April

Horse bought at auction becomes a champion

Joseph Smith shows kindness to Recent Converts

 

2005

October

Village moves to higher ground before tsunami

April

Man told to stop going to church

Joseph Smith shows kindness to children

James E. Talmage helps a sick family

 

2004

October

Father endures deaths of four children

Pres. Heber J. Grant desires to be faithful to the end

April

Man wouldn't declare bankruptcy but paid debt in full

 

2003

October

Parable of a man who changed

April

Man receives witness to strengthen testimony

Elder Wirthlin's father gains testimony

 

2002

October

One-on-one with grandchildren

Cataract--diminished light

April

Joseph B. Wirthlin deciding to get up early

 

2001

October

Erik Weihenemayer's ascent of Everest

John Wooden, basketball coach

April

Joseph B. Wirthlin taking food to needy

Deacons going to Welfare Square

 

2000

October

Parley P. Pratt going on a mission

David O. McKay praying for a testimony

Joseph B. Withlin gaining a testimony

April

 

1999

October

Ice skates and football equipment

Life in the Depression

Joseph B. Wirthlin receiving the Aaronic Priesthood

April

Bishop helps man regain self-reliance

 

1998

October

April

 

1997

October

David O. McKay bears testimony to Joseph B. Wirthlin

April

 

1996

October

April

Pioneer suffering in Nauvoo

 

1995

October

April

 

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Scott, Richard G.

2014

October

 

April

The love and example of Richard G. Scott’s grandmother and his future wife aid him in his spiritual progression.

Richard G. Scott’s parents took many years to join the Church.

 

2013

October

 

April

A full-time missionary wants to pattern his future family after his mission president’s family

 

2012

October

Youth in Russia index 2,000 names each and submit an ancestor’s name for temple work

Sister Scott, and another sister enjoy doing Family History Work

 

April

Richard G. Scott shares pattern to solving problems

 

 

 

2011

October

Richard G. Scott makes an audio recording of the Book of Mormon for his family

 

April

Richard G. Scott is urged to play with the children instead of fixing the washing machine

Elder Scott’s wife, Jeanne, saves love notes

Richard G. Scott cares for young son with heart problems

Richard G. Scott comforted after losing wife and children

 

2010

October

April

 

2009

May

Elder Scott receives an outpouring of inspiration during church

 

April

Elder Scott decides to attend temple once a week

Elder Scott’s wife’s ancestor receives calling to work in Nauvoo temple

Elder & Sister Scott are comforted by the promises of the temple following the death of two children

 

2008

October

Man, who once lost priesthood, receives it and gives wife blessing

 

April

Young Woman who had been abused fully recovers

 

 

2007

October

 

April

 

 

2006

October

 

April

Elder Richard G. Scott’s daughter serves mission

Elder Richard G. Scott shares what mission meant to him

 

2005

October

April

Stories of people using Preach My Gospel

 

2004

October

April

Gospel changes people in Quiriza, Bolivia

 

2003

October

April

Man who didn't believe in nuclear particles

 

2002

October

April

 

2001

October

April

Of young man taking life easy

Of young man who would not swim on Sunday

 

2000

October

April

 

1999

October

April

Deaths of Richard G. Scott's children motivate his parents to be sealed in temple

 

1998

October

April

 

1997

October

April

 

1996

October

April

Ill woman finding joy

Ill mother making gift

Boy finding joy in simple experience

Richard G. Scott enjoying seascape

 

1995

October

April

 

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Hales, Robert D.

2014

October

 

April

Joseph Smith and the lost 116 page manuscript.

 

2013

October

 

April

In 9th Grade Robert D. Hales is taught a lesson by his father

 

2011

October

David O McKay prays for testimony and receives it years later

April

 

2010

October

Robert D. Hales varnishes a floor until he gets himself stuck in a corner.

April

Elder Hale’s grandson asks him to go to an inappropriate movie

Elder Hale’s grandson interrupts his reading the newspaper to ask, “Are you in there?”

Elder Hale’s mother teaches the importance of family meals.

A mother enjoys helping her daughter with Personal Progress.

 

2009

April

Sister Hales chooses not to buy a dress she could not afford and, later, not to buy a coat she did not need

 

2007

October

Marion G. Romney teaches Robert D. Hales about personal revelation

Robert D. Hales and Boyd K. Packer receive revelation to call stake president

Robert D. Hales and Ezra Taft Benson receive revelation to call stake president

News reporter asks Harold B. Lee when he last received a revelation

April

Pilot refuses to learn emergency procedures

Pilot, disoriented at night, crashes

 

2006

October

 

April

Pres Kimball teaches Elder Hales

 

2005

October

Stories of the Reformers

April

Missionary Couples serve around the world

 

2004

October

Elder Hales responds to man experiencing trials

April

Elder Hales applying scriptures to son's life

 

2003

October

April

 

2002

October

Paying tithing and being able to receive temple blessings

Tithing to a charity

Tithing--poor families blessing

April

Robert D. Hales as a boy pedaling bicycle to create light

 

2001

October

April

Blessings coming to couple serving mission

Couple's missionary experience

Couple's missionary service sets example

Couple missionaries in Hong Kong

 

2000

October

April

 

1999

October

April

 

1998

October

April

Injured teenage girl learns from her challenges

Tanzanian runner finishes race

 

1997

October

April

 

1996

October

Robert D. Hales comforting pilot's widow with concept of eternal families

Terminally ill man preparing for death

April

Parent wanting consequences lessoned for child

 

1995

October

The ideal spiritual journey through life

April

 

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Holland, Jeffrey R.

2014

October

 

April

Two sister missionaries walk away without saying anything to a man who swears at them, throws food at them, and tries to hit one of them.

 

2013

October

A sister finds purpose as a mother after being severely injured in a plane crash

 

April

Jeffrey R. Holland tells a 14-year-old boy he need never apologize for ‘only believing’

 

 

2010

October

Jeffrey R. Holland’s parents pay for his mission.

April

Three divorced women tell of their former husbands’ struggles with pornography

 

2008

October

Boy is rescued by his father after crossing a flooded river

 

April

 

2007

October

 

April

 

 

2006

October

Woman listens to general conference on a hike with friends

April

 

 

2005

October

April

Heber C. Kimball leaves family to serve mission

 

2004

October

Woman expresses gratitude for latter-day Apostles

April

Sister missionary selling favorite violin to serve mission

Chilean Elder's conversion much like Parly P. Pratt's

Missionary arriving from Bolivia with mismatched clothes and shoes to big

Stake President called but had no car only bicycle and faith

Man walks four hours and arrives two hours early just to get a good seat

Saints make long journey to attend temple

 

2003

October

April

 

2002

October

Bishop answering telephone just before date with wife

April

 

2001

October

Mary Fielding Smith paying tithing

April

Potato farming couple missionaries

Family renting home & living in storage locker to keep missionary in field

 

2000

October

Football player struck by lightning and new Elder blessing

April

Peter Nielson donating $600 to St. George Tabernacle

John R. Moyle hammering the declaration "Holiness to the Lord"

 

1999

October

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland as a young father with family in old car near Kanarraville

April

Woman wants closer relationship with her father

Father realizes son follows his example

Man knows his father loved him

 

1998

October

April

 

1997

October

April

 

1996

October

April

Drusilla Hendricks receiving help from neighbors

 

1995

October

April

Rudger Clawson and mobbers

Tom Yates's faithful integrity

 

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Eyring, Henry B.

2014

October

 

April

Heinrich Eyring immigrates to America, joins the Church, serves three faithful mission, and leaves his family a heritage of hope.

Henry B. Eyring is shaped by boyhood heroes: his father, his Aaronic Priesthood leader, a U.S. marine, and baseball player Joe DiMaggio.

Forty years after being called to teach Kathy Johnson (future wife of Henry B. Eyring), Ruby Haight still showed love and concern for her.

 

2013

October

Young Henry B. Eyring is blessed as he accompanies his bishop on visits to members in need

Mildred and Henry Eyring become unified in their decision to move back to Utah, near her family

A parent receives an answer as to why they were given such a difficult child

 

April

An orphan boy becomes the first member of the Church in a city of 130,000

While serving in New Mexico, USA, and in New England, USA, Henry B. Eyring sees God’s hand in building His kingdom

 

2012

October

Henry B. Eyring carves a board for each of his sons to represent their special gifts

Henry B. Eyring’s granddaughter looks for Jesus at a temple open house

Henry B. Eyring leaves Stanford University for employment at Ricks College

Henry B. Eyring’s daughter-in-law prays on the beach and deidcates her time to the Lord

Henry B. Eyring’s daughter is aided by her Visiting Teacher

 

April

Henry B. Eyring prays for a trial

As a young man, Henry B. Eyring, helped prepare a solid foundation

A woman forgives another

Henry B. Eyring’s mother suffers for 10 years cancer and is polished

Henry B. Eyring testifies of prophet

 

 

2011

October

Young Henry B. Eyring and his bishop visit a sister in their ward

Gordon B. Hinckley, and Henry B. Eyring review a manuscript late at night

President Kimball passes out during meeting and is more concerned about the meeting

Henry B. Eyring speaks at a university where he was asked not to share his witness of Jesus Christ

Henry B. Eyring takes his daughters to visit a friend dying of cancer

A dying man dresses in Sunday clothes for a priesthood blessing

Years after running away from home, a man reads the Book of Mormon and gains a testimony

Ward provides service

 

April

Family gives to those in need

Community gives service after the Teton Dam breaks—especially one family

Wise Parents provide ways for family to serve

Young Henry Eyring learns from deacons quorum

Quorum searches for member lost in the woods

Henry B. Eyring visits home of faithful high priest

Young man gets his education in the priesthood of God

 

2010

October

Spencer W. Kimball visits Henry B. Eyring’s father in the hospital.

Henry B. Eyrings ancestors join the Church.

A grandfather seeks to thank the young deacon that encouraged him years before.

President Eyring follows counsel from prophets to pay off mortgage, he is able to in a miraculous way.

A Relief Society president collects clothing to give to the poor.

Mayor grateful for what LDS do in his town.

 

April

Woman is in misery because she wandered as a teenager.

The Eyrings’ young son gets lost, prays for help, and is found.

Woman taught primary until she was almost 90.

President Eyring visits a sick friend and gives him a blessing.

Deacon plans routes on own.

 

 

2009

October

President Eyring is always ready with consecrated oil & was ready when a critically injured girl was healed after priesthood blessing

Bishop asks young men to contact absent friends and report back

“No empty chairs, please” engraved on gravestone

President Eyring’s father cares for ailing wife

History of Relief Society

Visiting teacher inspired to bring yellow tulips

 

April

A young father lost his job, but remained optimistic because he had prepared himself

A poor young couple gave assistance to a poorer couple

President Eyring’s bishop serves others despite health challenges

In mortal danger, soldiers protect their fallen comrades

Bishop Eyring receives inspiration to visit with a member of his ward

 

2008

October

Missionary helps 12 or 13 companions with out knowing it

Henry B. Eyring receives encouragement from President James E. Faust

Henry B. Eyring at war

Two good people get in argument

 

April

Henry B Eyring Testimony grows

U.S. President calls President Hinckley

 

 

2007

October

Henry B. Eyring’s call into First Presidency

Henry B. Eyring speaks to leaders and ministers of U.S. churches

Henry B. Eyring impressed to write down a few thoughts each day

 

April

 

 

2006

October

Deacons quorum president recording class for missing member

Deacons quorum president befriends a member

April

Elder Eyring learning to pray like a child

 

2005

October

Elder Eyring’s father repenting along the way

April

Elder Eyring as young missionary baptizes a young man

 

2004

October

Elder Eyring tries to honor Paul and learns from President Faust

Priesthood leaders take action after Idaho dam breaks

April

 

2003

October

Early morning seminary teacher increases attendance

April

Branch President who invited friends to church

Man who prays every day to meet someone who is prepared to hear the gospel

Man bearing testimony during scientific speech

 

2002

October

Henry B. Eyring released as a Bishop

April

 A young man shares the gospel with his friend

 

2001

October

April

Deacons Quorum president being good shepherd

Elders quorum president becoming a good shepherd

 

2000

October

Henry B. Eyring parting from his father

Henry B. Eyring's father praying after the death of his mother

April

Stake president urged by father to pray a lot

 

1999

October

Man who found Book of Mormon in trunk and repented

April

Henry B. Eyring's great-grandmother imprisoned for teaching doctrine

 

1998

October

Henry B. Eyring regrets not warning his employer

Neighbors' love is catalyst for man joining Church

April

 

1997

October

April

Jacob Haun neglects to deliver Prophet's message

Reddick Allred follows counsel to rescue handcart company

 

1996

October

Dedication of Home/Visiting teachers to a couple

April

Henry B. Eyring's great-grandfather's testimony

Henry B. Eyring's grandmother's testimony during illness

 

1995

October

A Young man who invited a Less-Active boy to Church

April

 

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Uchtdorf, Dieter F.

2014

October

 

April

Rip Van Winkle sleeps through the American Revolution.

Dieter F. Uchtdorf sits in the cockpit of Airforce One.

A waiter tries to please an ungrateful patron

 

2013

October

A man has a dream in which a Latter-day Saint couple explain opportunities for service in the Church

Dieter F. Uchtdorf falls while skiing and has trouble getting up until his grandson helps him

 

April

The gospel helps a young woman overcome the darkness of an abusive upbringing

West African Saints begin sining hymns after the electrical power goes out in their meetinghouse

Dieter F. Uchtdorf and members of his family flee from East Germany

Different people and choices they made

 

2012

October

Dieter F. Uchtdorf flies a Piper Cub and an F-18

 

April

Dieter F. Uchtdorf, reflects on how he was called to serve as a Deacons quorum president

Dieter F. Uchtdorf shares lessons he learned as a Stake President

 

2011

October

Dieter F. Uchtdorf helps build a meetinghouse while attending air force pilot training

A faithful couple exert a positive influence on those around them

When river floods town, President Kimball asks for money but is taught a lesson instead

Seeking inspiration during the Great Depression, Harold B. Lee leans of the greatest organization on earth

Young Dieter F. Uchtdorf remembers the taste of canned peaches

Dieter F. Uchtdorf and the ‘forget me not’ flower

Charlie and the Chocolate factory

A woman becomes bitter because she is not married and does not have children

 

April

Man doesn’t realize what priveleges are included on cruise ship

Some pilots go through the motions

Girl prays for the prophet to come

President Uchtdorf’s family shares Sunday events when talking about the weekend

 

2010

October

Pilot slowing down during turbulence.

Astronauts & Cosmonauts use pencil.

Legendary football coach, Vince Lombardi, teaches basics.

Sportsfans becoming too prideful.

President James E. Faust teaches President Uchtdorf to be humble.

Dieter F. Uchtdorf and his favorite pen.

 

April

A Professor uses marshmallows to test the patience of four-year-olds

Young Deiter F. Uchtdorf learns to be patient in school work.

Young Dieter F. Uchtdorf puzzled why some ran faster than him because he kept the word of wisdom

People add a sign, “You are my hands,” to a stature of Christ without hands.

Jewish legend tells of two brothers who  secretly give a portion of their harvest to one another.

Sister compares herself to an crumpled up $20 bill.

German Saints blessed by humanitarian service after World Ward II.

President Uchtdorf describes how he met and eventually won the love of Sister Uchtdorf.  

Fairy tales have one thing in common: each must overcome adversity.

 

2009

Nov

President Uchtdorf reflects on war time years as refugee (three stories in one)

 

April

A plane crashes because the crew became distracted by a small burned-out lightbulb

 

2008

October

President Uchtdorf’s mother prays to find her children

Men “lift where they stand” to move a grand piano

Stonecutter John Rowe Moyle walks six hours to work on the Salt Lake Temple

 

April

Airplane crashes into a mountain

Thomas S. Monson visits bedridden member in Germany

Conversion of Harriet Uchtdorf and family

 

2007

October

During time of despair Deiter F. Uchtdorf’s family finds the Church

April

 

2006

October

 

April

Young Dieter F. Uchtdorf delivers laundry on an ugly bike

 

2005

October

Small instruments fly plane

April

Young Dieter F. Uchtdorf pupms bellows for organ

 

2004

October

Elderly sister invites young Elder Uuchtdorf's family to church

 

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Bednar, David A.

2014

October

 

April

A truck gains traction in the snow after it is filled with a heavy load of firewood.

 

2013

October

 

April

The family of Susan Bednar (then a young woman) is blessed by living the law of tithing

Elder Bednar tells of his experience on the Disposition of Tithes

 

2012

October

 

April

David A. Bednar’s father asks why priesthood holders don’t do their home teaching

As Bishop and Stake President, David A. Bednar would ask sister how he could be serve and help them

 

2011

October

Aaronic Priesthood youth teach a family history class

 

April

 

2009

Nov

Elder & Sister Bednar share about their own family scripture study

 

April

David A. Bednar called as a stake president and sought counsel

1846 exodus across Mississippi river

 

2008

October

Sister Bednar offers prayer of thanks during time of tragedy

 

April

Mother and sick son pray that he will be healed

Parents pray to embrace dying daughter

 

2007

October

 

April

Parable of the pickles and spiritual transformation

 

2006

October

Elder David A. Bednar’s response to those who get offended

Thomas B. Marsh (offended) and Brigham Young’s (humility) responses

April

 

 

2005

October

April

Wife receives Christmas card after husband's death

Priesthood leader dreams about a young man in his stake

Elder Bednar's favorite song sung at first general conference

 

2004

October

Elder Bednar comforted during transition of BYU-Idaho

 

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Cook, Quentin L.

2014

October

 

April

Vilate Kimball writes her husband about the “glorious doctrine” of baptism for the dead, as revealed by Joseph Smith.

A sister in the temple hears a voice that she later discovers is scriptural.

 

2013

October

Quintin L. Cook and his wife make an agreement

Quentin L. Cook and other attorneys at his firm decide to create a family-friendlywork environmnet

 

April

Family goes to stake center for refuge on day of Sept 11 attack

A Hindu woman feels peace during the open house of the Suva Fiji Temple

 

2012

October

Young Man realized danger of pornography acceptance

British Olympian Eric Liddell refuses to run a race on Sunday

 

April

Quentin L. Cook learns from his mothers example

A learned man must gain testimony of Book of Mormon by the Spirit

Quentin L. Cook’s children share how they do family scripture study

 

2011

October

Alma Sonne cancels reservation for the Titanic and Irene Corbett perishes aboard the Titanic

 

April

Purse contents reflect a young woman’s gospel living

Sister in Tonga suggest a way to help Young Adult Men

 

2010

October

A bishop helps a man repent of dishonesty.

William Wilberforce and the song Amazing Grace.

April

Stake President helps warns others about wave coming.

 

 

2009

October

Jewish leaders amazed at humanitarian efforts of LDS

Quentin L. Cook’s grandfather saddened because spring had become polluted

80 year old widow still serving

 

April

Charles Dickens is impressed with Latter-day Saint emigrants

A convert shares his challenge of accepting prophets and apostles

Elder Cook’s grandfather covenants to serve the Lord if he could find the right religion

Recent Convert shares conversion

 

2008

October

Quentin L. Cook gets stuck on snowy road

Helen Mar Whitney’s and Bathsheba Smith’s pioneer experiences

Ellen Yates grieves with mother of young man involved in car accident that killed Sister Yates’s husband

 

April

Homeowner appreciative of firefighters

Quentin L. Cook’s Great-Grandfather helps rescue handcart companies

Thomas S. Monson’s Church leadership experience

 

 

2007

October

Quentin L. Cook’s call as an Apostle

People in Tonga find fresh water in the ocean

Quentin L. Cook’s daughter finds joy in serving

 

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Christofferson, D. Todd

2014

October

 

April

A skeptic becomes a believer after he sees his wife die.

 

2013

October

A woman in Mexico is magnified doing her regular duties

Anna Daines joins a volunteer group and helps her community overcome prejudice toward Latter-day Saints

 

April

In the book Les Miserables, Jean Valjean is helped by a Bishop

The mother of D. Todd Christofferson helps a young woman in need to reach her potential

 

2012

October

A young man in India works hard to help his family and to get an education

A quorum helps a father get back to work

 

April

 

2011

October

Survivor of the Donner Party remembers the morning he say Johnson’s Ranch

April

Hugh B. Brown prunes a current bush and then is figuratively pruned himself

Richard G. Scott corrected by his wife—told to look people in the eye

 

2010

October

D. Todd Christofferson’s grandfather shears sheep and pays for a mission.

A business partner divides assets unequally.

April

William Tyndale is martyred for translating the Bible into English

 

2009

October

President James E. Faust answers boldly

Young D. Todd Christofferson learns a lesson after stealing a candy bar

April

Member finds peace after losing everything in an earthquake

 

2008

October

Young single adults in eastern Europe attend conference

Home teacher gives a table to an immigrant family

 

April

D. Todd Christofferson’s life

D. Todd Christofferson gets a phone call from a retired minister

 

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Andersen, Neil L.

2014

October

 

April

Woman’s mobile home moved on top of another home during a tornado

A Laurel stands up for traditional marriage despite being ridiculed and called names.

 

2013

October

A faithful Brazillian mother, prohibited by her husband from attending church, sends her children to church

 

April

Couples in Mozambique follow the Savior instead of their traditions

 

2012

October

A family’s faith does not falter following the death of their daughter

Two accounts of trials: Single woman, and a man with same-sex attraction

Elder Andersen has a colleague who questioned the Church

 

April

President Thomas S. Monson saves a balloon for three years to give back to a young cancer survivor.

The three children in the Saintelus family are rescued after the Haiti earthquake.

 

2011

October

James O. Mason and his wife decide not to wait to have children

Scott and Betty Dorius adopt children after 25 years of marriage

 

April

Sid Going chooses a mission over Rugby

 

2010

October

Parly P. Pratt & Frederek G. Williams make mistakes.

Newly baptized and called stake president proceed on faith.

April

A father’s consistent teachings about Jesus Christ bring comfort to his children after his death.

 

2009

Nov

A man is given a priesthood blessing

President James E. Faust 65 years later still regretted not helping his grandmother

Older couple returns to Church activity

 

April

After his calling as a General Authority, President Packer reminds him he is a ‘nobody’

 

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Abuse

Young Woman who had been abused fully recovers

A woman begins the descent into addiction through prescription drugs.

 

Activation

Deacons quorum president helps activate boys

Sister in Tonga suggest a way to help Young Adult Men

A Less-Active brother comes back to church through love & service

 

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Adversity

Ill woman finding joy

Ill mother making gift

Boy finding joy in simple experience

James E. Faust's experience in WWII

Stake president who experienced adversity

Critically ill father reading scriptures

Russell M. Nelson talks at daughter's funeral

Borgstrom family in World War II

Accident causes man to suffer financial loses

Member finds peace after losing everything in an earthquake

A young father lost his job, but remained optimistic because he had prepared himself

A poor young couple gave assistance to a poorer couple

President Eyring’s bishop serves others despite health challenges

Elder & Sister Scott are comforted by the promises of the temple following the death of two children

President Monson’s great-grandparents lose their son during their journey to the Salt Lake Valley

A blind man seeks a priesthood blessing

A woman endures trials as she travels from East Prussia to Western Germany

President Uchtdorf reflects on war time years as refugee (three stories in one)

President Uchtdorf describes how he met and eventually won the love of Sister Uchtdorf.  

Fairy tales have one thing in common: each must overcome adversity.

A sister finds purpose as a mother after being severely injured in a plane crash

 

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Ancestor

L. Tom Perry's ancestor's conversion

Marjorie P. Hinckley's grandfather and Manti Temple door

Majorie P. Hinckley's great-grandfather and singing

L. Tom Perry's ancestor sacrifice

Struggles of James E. Faust's pioneer ancestors

James E. Faust's ancestors receive endowments in Nauvoo Temple

Marjorie P. Hinckley gives family history chart as wedding gift

Orphan girl crossing the plains

University student experiences miracle while doing family history work

Quentin L. Cook’s Great-Grandfather helps rescue handcart companies

Pioneer ancestors’ hardships

Russell M. Nelson sees resemblance of ancestors in family pictures

Heinrich Eyring immigrates to America, joins the Church, serves three faithful mission, and leaves his family a heritage of hope.

 

Angels

Boy is rescued by his father after crossing a flooded river

 

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Anger

Charles W. Penrose writing a song

Gordon B. Hinckley working on railroad watches an angry man

Gordon B. Hinckley has no recollection of fighting with wife of 67 years

Man not worried about peoples comments

Mater Hauchecome holds grudge over being falsely accused

How an old man lived long

Two good people get in argument

Angry father accidentally injures son

Heber J. Grant feels insulted over the amount of pay he received

Thomas B. Marsh gets angry over milk strippings

Two brothers do not speak to each other for 62 years

 

Anxiously Engaged

Robert D. Hales as a boy pedaling bicycle to create light

 

Assumptions

Cross-faith friendship

 

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Attitude

Henry B. Eyring's grandmother's testimony during illness

Woman with cancer helping friend

19th Century writer achieved great success but died depressed

Young Joseph B. Wirthlin listens to his mother’s counsel after he lost a football game

Wirthlin family finds humor in embarrassing dating situation

Missionary helps 12 or 13 companions with out knowing it

Bordhild Dahl is grateful before and after sight was restored

Quentin L. Cook gets stuck on snowy road

A man changed his attitude about church

After learning of health problems, a woman decides to change her life

A member of the Church shares the gospel with his seatmate on an airplane.

 

 

Balance

Joseph B. Wirthlin deciding to get up early

 

Baptism

John Benbow and others

James E. Faust's baptism

Atiati's baptism

David B. Haight's baptism

President Monson being baptized

Girls addressed in conference decided to be baptized

 

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Basics

David B. Haight recalls events of the twentieth century

David B. Haight plays football

Pilot slowing down during turbulence.

Astronauts & Cosmonauts use pencil.

Legendary football coach, Vince Lombardi, teaches basics.

 

Be Prepared

Football player struck by lightning and new Elder blessing

 

Be your best

John Wooden, basketball coach

L. Tom Perry encourages his son, a high jumper, to raise the bar

 

Bishop

Boy calls for Bishop's help

Doctoral student studies office of bishop

Bishop leaves horse standing in the field

Orphan Lamb

New bishopric helps young men progress in Aaronic Priesthood

Bishops succor ward members after hurricane

Gordon B. Hinckley's childhood bishop a great friend

Bishop Eyring receives inspiration to visit with a member of his ward

Sheep stuck on cliff with no shepherd

Bishop asks young men to contact absent friends and report back

 

Bible

Reformers

 

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Book of Mormon

Languages spoken in Moroni, Utah

Test questions about Book of Mormon

Conversion of Herbert Schreiter then Manfred Schutze and family

Publication of Book of Mormon

Boyd K. Packer age 10 attempting to read Book of Mormon

Boyd K. Packer meets lady with Bible well marked

Thief reading Book of Mormon and repenting

Chilean Elder's conversion much like Parly P. Pratt's

President Harold B. Lee writes note to daughter

President Packer tells of gaining testimony of Book of Mormon

President Packer wonders if he should fight in war

Richard G. Scott makes an audio recording of the Book of Mormon for his family

Years after running away from home, a man reads the Book of Mormon and gains a testimony

A learned man must gain testimony of Book of Mormon by the Spirit

Quentin L. Cook’s children share how they do family scripture study

 

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Callings

Stake president urged by father to pray a lot

Elders quorum president becoming a good shepherd

Deacons Quorum president being good shepherd

Henry B. Eyring released as a Bishop

Bishop answering telephone just before date with wife

Boy calls for Bishop's help

J. Reuben Clark on serving

David B. Haight's call as a General Authority

L. Tom Perry and his missionary compainion

Belle S. Spafford serves in Relief Society

J. Reuben Clark Jr. emphasizes how one serves, not where

Spencer W. Kimball issues call

Harold B. Lee ordains a patriarch

Calling a patriarch

Orphan Lamb

Henry B. Eyring's father weeding onions

Home teacher traveling from Germany

Jacob de Jager's calling to place hymnbooks

Man helping others find employment

Spencer W. Kimball calling stake patriarch

Man receives call as temple president

Gordon B. Hinckley reorganizing stake

Stake President called but had no car only bicycle and faith

Man who held high callings now serving in ward bishopric

Two priesthood leaders reactivate quorums

Less-active family is discovered and fellowshipped

Man becomes active after not letting the bishop in his home

Bishop Monson takes youth to temple

Calling as an Assistant to the Twelve

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin’s father called

President Thomas S. Monson called as an Assistant to the Twelve

Thomas S. Monson called as counselor in Stake Presidency without notice

Boyd K. Packer puzzled over witness as special witness

Henry B. Eyring’s call into First Presidency

Quentin L. Cook’s call as an Apostle

Quentin L. Cook’s daughter finds joy in serving

The recent calling of Pres Monson, vacancy in Twelve, & Seventies

Boyd K. Packer’s travels as a member of the Twelve

Thomas S. Monson shares of calling as Prophet

Stonecutter John Rowe Moyle walks six hours to work on the Salt Lake Temple

Henry B. Eyring receives encouragement from President James E. Faust

Men “lift where they stand” to move a grand piano

Henry B. Eyring at war

After his calling as a General Authority, President Packer reminds him he is a ‘nobody’

Sheep stuck on cliff with no shepherd

Woman taught primary until she was almost 90.

Newly baptized and called stake president proceed on faith.

Spencer W. Kimball visits Henry B. Eyring’s father in the hospital.

A grandfather seeks to thank the young deacon that encouraged him years before.

Dieter F. Uchtdorf, reflects on how he was called to serve as a Deacons quorum president

Dieter F. Uchtdorf shares lessons he learned as a Stake President

Thomas S. Monson receives inspiration to call branch presidents

Boyd K. Packer’s boat is hit by a severe ocean storm in Western Somoa

As a boy, L. Tom Perry and other Primary children hike to a favorite canyon spot with their teacher

Stake president released and called as nursery leader.

 

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Cannon, George Q.

George Q. Cannon defends Saints against troublemakers

 

Caring for others

Drusilla Hendricks receiving help from neighbors

 

Challenges

Injured teanage girl learns from her challenges

Erik Weihenemayer's ascent of Everest

Thomas S. Monson's family vacations at Disneyland

Accident causes man to suffer financial loses

Hugh B. Brown prunes a current bush and then is figuratively pruned himself

Richard G. Scott shares pattern to solving problems

After learning of health problems, a woman decides to change her life

Woman’s mobile home moved on top of another home during a tornado

A truck gains traction in the snow after it is filled with a heavy load of firewood.

 

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Character

Some LDS servicemen lower their standards

Joseph B. Wirthlin resists cheating

 

Charity

George Albert Smith giving overcoat

 

Child of God

Horse bought at auction becomes a champion

L. Tom Perry encourages his son, a high jumper, to raise the bar

Sister compares herself to an crumpled up $20 bill.

 

Children

Dying boy requesting blessing and singing of hymn

Boy comforting mother after father's death

Ill Brazilian girl comforting mother

Boy expressing love to hospital attendant

Child teaching parents

Brazillian student joining Church

Boyd K. Packer watches older boys help smaller boy

Boyd K. Packer attends sacrament by children with special needs

Boyd K. Packer tries to help boy in WW II

Boyd K. Packer sits boy on lap

Horse bought at auction becomes a champion

Boyd K. Packer shares stories of some homeless children

Boyd K. Packer tells of two couples who struggle with circumstances regarding children

Henry B. Eyring carves a board for each of his sons to represent their special gifts

Henry B. Eyring’s granddaughter looks for Jesus at a temple open house

 

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Choice

Tevye and choice from Fiddler on the Roof

Alice in Wonderland and Cheshire cat

Captain ignores orders and ship sinks

Cheshire cat asks Alice shere she wants to go

Ballplayer drops the ball

Parable of a man who changed

Young man cliff jumps higher and higher because friends encourage him

Man becomes addicted

Young Dallin H. Oaks learns about making better choices

Son says the best part of the summer was looking at stars with his father

Elder Nelson meets tribal king in Africa

Airplane crashes into a mountain

Robert D. Hales varnishes a floor until he gets himself stuck in a corner.

Clayton M. Christensen refuses to play basketball on Sunday.

Alice in Wonderland and making a choice.

Sid Going chooses a mission over Rugby

Man who thought he could have it both ways

Young Thomas S. Monson raced boats down the river

Dieter F. Uchtdorf and members of his family flee from East Germany

Different people and choices they made

Dieter F. Uchtdorf sits in the cockpit of Airforce One.

 

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Church Discipline

Parent wanting consequences lessoned for child

 

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The

Leo Tolstoi discussing Church with ambassador

David B. Haight visits Peter Whitmer farmhouse

Organization of the Church

James E. Faust meeting with saints in Manaus, Brazil

Blind man is grateful for gospel light

Farmer's tenacity during Depression

Gospel changes lives of Mexican family

Gospel changes people in Quiriza, Bolivia

Growth of the Church

Parade in Salt Lake Valley July 24, 1849

Elder Andersen has a colleague who questioned the Church

Dieter F. Uchtdorf flies a Piper Cub and an F-18

While serving in New Mexico, USA, and in New England, USA, Henry B. Eyring sees God’s hand in building His kingdom

The gospel helps a young woman overcome the darkness of an abusive upbringing

West African Saints begin sining hymns after the electrical power goes out in their meetinghouse

 

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Clayton, William

William Clayton writes "Come, Come, Ye Saints"

 

Cleanliness

L. Tom Perry cleaning house

Joseph F. Smith dreams of meeting Prophet and declaring his cleanliness

Boyd K. Packer experiences shame of dirty uniform, wanting to stay spiritually clean

Barnacles on ship

King Darius

Joseph F. Smith's dream as missionary

Gordon B. Hinckley spring cleaning home

Uncontrolled thoughts lead to sin

Young Joseph F. Smith meets prophets in a dream.

Elder Hale’s grandson asks him to go to an inappropriate movie

 

Coincidence

Eye doctor serves a mission

 

Commandments

Parent wanting consequences lessoned for child

 

Commitment

Young men refuse oath to kill Joseph Smith

Clayton M. Christensen refuses to play basketball on Sunday.

Henry B. Eyring’s daughter-in-law prays on the beach and deidcates her time to the Lord

 

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Compassion

Airline passenger's love for injured boy

Boy and telephone operator's friendship

Young man shown compassion in Salt Lake City

Woman showing compassion to elderly patients

Thomas S. Monson visits bedridden member in Germany

 

Consequence

Ballplayer drops the ball

 

Conversion

Man bearing testimony during scientific speech

Conversion of Filipino bishop

Nigerian doctor dreams of his friend speaking to a congregation

Conversion of man in northern India

Cambodian boy testifies of Christ

Conversion of Thai woman

Conversion of Harriet Uchtdorf and family

The gospel helps a young woman overcome the darkness of an abusive upbringing

 

Councils

Little girl who rode old bike to church

 

Courage

Henry B. Eyring's great-grandmother imprisoned for teaching doctrine

Rudger Clawson and mobbers

Tanzanian runner finishes race

George Q. Cannon defends Saints against troublemakers

Joseph F. Smith stands up to gunman

Young men refuse oath to kill Joseph Smith

Mob leaves missionary alone

Young Joseph F. Smith facing mob

WW2 soldier has moral courage

Man with multiple sclerosis carries Olympic torch

Missionaries testify of Joseph Smith to doubtful man

Rollins sisters save the printed pages of early revelations

Joan of Arc

Joseph B. Wirthlin resists cheating

Thomas S. Monson called as counselor in Stake Presidency without notice

As a seven-year-old, stands up for an older boy with disabilities

Homeowner appreciative of firefighters

Quentin L. Cook’s Great-Grandfather helps rescue handcart companies

Stalwart missionary with cancer

In mortal danger, soldiers protect their fallen comrades

Esther

President James E. Faust answers boldly

Young D. Todd Christofferson learns a lesson after stealing a candy bar

Clayton M. Christensen refuses to play basketball on Sunday.

Thomas S. Monson thinks he is the lone Church member at boot camp

A Laurel stands up for traditional marriage despite being ridiculed and called names.

Russell M. Nelson’s daughter Emily shows courage and faith as she is dying of cancer.

Joseph Smith tells guards to be silent.

 

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Covenants, keeping

Dedication of Home/Visiting teachers to a couple

Pioneers keep temple covenants

David A. Bednar called as a stake president and sought counsel

1846 exodus across Mississippi river

Clayton M. Christensen refuses to play basketball on Sunday.

 

Cowdery, Oliver

Oliver Cowdery

 

Death

Deaths of Richard G. Scott's children motivate his parents to be sealed in temple

Elder Russell M. Nelson loses daughter

Elder Ballard's gradson killed three months after marriage

Elder Nelson shares the passing of his wife

A dying man tries to save his life with money

Skeptic man’s wife dies

Missionaries give a message of hope to grieving parents

The death of an unbeliever’s wife changes his skepticism

A family’s faith does not falter following the death of their daughter

 

 

Debt

Man wouldn't declare bankruptcy but paid debt in full

Sister Hales chooses not to buy a dress she could not afford and, later, not to buy a coat she did not need

A young father lost his job, but remained optimistic because he had prepared himself

President Eyring follows counsel from prophets to pay off mortgage, he is able to in a miraculous way.

 

Desire

Young Dallin Oaks camps out

Captain Ray Cox forgoes sleep to keep soldiers alive

Aaron Ralston summons courage to save his life

 

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Diligence

Joseph B. Wirthlin learns not to take eye of ball

 

Distraction

A plane crashes because the crew became distracted by a small burned-out lightbulb

Rip Van Winkle sleeps through the American Revolution.

Dieter F. Uchtdorf sits in the cockpit of Airforce One.

 

 

Disobedience

Lyman E. Johnson and Luke S. Johnson regret apostasy

Pres Kimball teaches Elder Hales

 

Don't give up

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland as a young father with family in old car near Kanarraville

Boy playing piano with Paderewski

Marie Curie perseveres to make discovery

Thomas S. Monson chosen last to play

Quentin L. Cook’s Great-Grandfather helps rescue handcart companies

 

Duty

Two priesthood leaders reactivate quorums

Thomas S. Monson urging man to reactivation

Boy finds king’s emerald while doing his duty

A plane crashes because the crew became distracted by a small burned-out lightbulb

In mortal danger, soldiers protect their fallen comrades

 

Education

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland as a young father with family in old car near Kanarraville

L. Tom Perry's father working at President Joseph F. Smith's home

 

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Effort

Olympic runner loses his shoe in a race

Thomas S. Monson called as Bishop at 22

Dieter F. Uchtdorf falls while skiing and has trouble getting up until his grandson helps him

 

 

Encouragement

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland as a young father with family in old car near Kanarraville

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin speaks of those who have influenced him

 

Endure

Injured teanage girl learns from her challenges

Tanzanian runner finishes race

Russell M. Nelson's daughter wants to get out of the boat

 

Evil

Recklessness at Iguacu Falls

 

Eternal Families

Robert D. Hales comforting pilot's widow with concept of eternal families

Terminally ill man preparing for death

 

Eternal Life

Four children with muscular dystrophy

 

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Example

Neighbors' love is catalyst for man joining Church

Man knows his father loved him

Mickey Mantle wanting to be a better example

Single sister-exemplary life of service

Young woman shares gospel with friends

Teacher's lasting influence

Boy tries to emulate Gordon B. Hinckley

Thomas S. Monson and son pray together on hunt

Crippled boy asks man if he works for God

Man builds chapels and helps fellow Saints

Young Thomas S. Monson in boot camp

Man feels deceived and doesn't join church

Sunday School teacher influences youth

President Monson and son stop hunting to pray

Obtaining the Jerusalem Center

Nurse helps woman with injured leg

Gustav and Margarete Wacker serve faithfully

Young women’s example helps a family join the Church

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin speaks of those who have influenced him

Boy imitates Thomas S. Monson

Stalwart missionary with cancer

D. Todd Christofferson’s life

Charles Dickens is impressed with Latter-day Saint emigrants

President Uchtdorf reflects on war time years as refugee (three stories in one)

Mayor grateful for what LDS do in his town.

Purse contents reflect a young woman’s gospel living

A faithful couple exert a positive influence on those around them

A dying man dresses in Sunday clothes for a priesthood blessing

Quinten L. Cook learns from his mothers example

A full-time missionary wants to pattern his future family after his mission president’s family

The love and example of Richard G. Scott’s grandmother and his future wife aid him in his spiritual progression.

Henry B. Eyring is shaped by boyhood heroes: his father, his Aaronic Priesthood leader, a U.S. marine, and baseball player Joe DiMaggio.

An 18-year old seaman prays nightly despite jeers from others in his company.

A young man bears testimony during sacrament meeting, but is seen later that day dressed differently and smoking.

 

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Extreme Devotion

Extreme devotion to causes of Screwtape Letters

Virginia Reed in Donner-Reed party

President Monson’s great-grandparents lose their son during their journey to the Salt Lake Valley

A woman endures trials as she travels from East Prussia to Western Germany

 

Faith

One-on-one with grandchildren

Elsie Neilson pulling husband on handcart

Young men refuse oath to kill Joseph Smith

Young man's fear of speaking overcome through faith

Boy finds lost cow

Life of Clinton L. Cutler an example of faith

Amanda Smith helping son heal

Man builds baseball diamond

Widow presenting gift of medals

Stake president in Star Valley Wyoming

Family's conversion in Uraguay

Parley P. Pratt's conversion

President Hinckley visiting Aruba

Woman in Brazil paying tithing before tuition

Stake President called but had no car only bicycle and faith

Man walks four hours and arrives two hours early just to get a good seat

Man who didn't believe in nuclear particles

Boy praying before operation

Prayerful man with faulty heart valves

Blind Welsh convert crosses plains

Elder Hales responds to man experiencing trials

Handcart companies rescued on the plains

Martha Paxman finds her lost wedding ring

Girls addressed in conference decided to be baptized

Pilot, disoriented at night, crashes

Young Gordon B. Hinckley attends tithing settlement

Henry B. Eyring speaks to leaders and ministers of U.S. churches

Quentin L. Cook’s daughter finds joy in serving

Stalwart missionary with cancer

Mother and sick son pray that he will be healed

Parents pray to embrace dying daughter

President Uchtdorf’s mother prays to find her children

Parents receive blessings from raising a son with autism

Daughter with persistent health problems puts her trust in God

Member finds peace after losing everything in an earthquake

Elder Ballard decides to sell a certain model of car despite his father’s counsel not to do so

President Monson’s great-grandparents lose their son during their journey to the Salt Lake Valley

A blind man seeks a priesthood blessing

A woman endures trials as she travels from East Prussia to Western Germany

The Eyrings’ young son gets lost, prays for help, and is found.

Individual’s faith centered in Jesus Christ, not the trails.

Stake President helps warns others about wave coming.

A family who loses a 15-year-old son finds comfort through faith in Jesus Christ.

A Relief Society president collects clothing to give to the poor.

Mayor grateful for what LDS do in his town.

James O. Mason and his wife decide not to wait to have children

Jeffrey R. Holland tells a 14-year-old boy he need never apologize for ‘only believing’

A woman is hysterical during turbulence on a flight.

Russell M. Nelson’s colleague demands him to separate his religion from his profession.

Russell M. Nelson’s daughter Emily shows courage and faith as she is dying of cancer.

 

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Faithfulness

Three elderly Portuguese women faithfully attend church and read scriptures together

Mother realizing taking children to church formed their spiritual foundation

Hyrum Smith's faithfulness

Faithfulness of George P. Hill

Henry B. Eyring's father weeding onions

Single sister-exemplary life of service

David O. McKay visits graves of missionaries' children

Borgstrom family in World War II

Gordon B. Hinckley working for railroad

Woman in Brazil paying tithing before tuition

Pres. Heber J. Grant desires to be faithful to the end

Martydom of Rafael Monroy and Vincente Morales

Faithfulness of Edward Partridge

Stalwart missionary with cancer

Elder & Sister Bednar share about their own family scripture study

Henry B. Eyring visits home of faithful high priest

Heinrich Eyring immigrates to America, joins the Church, serves three faithful mission, and leaves his family a heritage of hope.

 

 

Family

David B. Haight realizes life's greatest moment with family

Gordon B. Hinckley pulling stumps

L. Tom Perry teaches grandchildren at family reunion

James E. Faust counsels father on role of Church activities

Father saves son in Armenian earthquake

Parents taking more seriously FHE

People wanting family more than food in times of crisis

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin speaks of those who have influenced him

Young Dallin H. Oaks learns about making better choices

Son says the best part of the summer was looking at stars with his father

Father sets family before work

War prisoner Jay Hess sends brief message to his family

Elder & Sister Bednar share about their own family scripture study

“No empty chairs, please” engraved on gravestone

President Eyring’s father cares for ailing wife

Harold B. Lee counsels a young soldier to seek a blessing from his father.

President Packer invites a young man’s father to ordain his son an elder.

Elder Hale’s grandson interrupts his reading the newspaper to ask, “Are you in there?”

Elder Hale’s mother teaches the importance of family meals.

A mother enjoys helping her daughter with Personal Progress.

Richard G. Scott is urged to play with the children instead of fixing the washing machine

Quentin L. Cook’s children share how they do family scripture study

A young man in India works hard to help his family and to get an education

Boyd K. Packer is raised by faithful parents, even though his father was less active in the Church

President Monson stays with his wife instead of attend celebration

A preditor attacks Pres Packer’s home

Family goes to stake center for refuge on day of Sept 11 attack

Dieter F. Uchtdorf and members of his family flee from East Germany

Quentin L. Cook and other attorneys at his firm decide to create a family-friendlywork environmnet

L. Tom Perry enjoys living near family.

L. Tom Perry’s grandfather teaches him some lessons.

 

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Family History

Aaronic Priesthood youth teach a family history class

Youth in Russia index 2,000 names each and submit an ancestor’s name for temple work

Sister Scott, and another sister enjoy doing Family History Work

Vilate Kimball writes her husband about the “glorious doctrine” of baptism for the dead, as revealed by Joseph Smith.

A sister in the temple hears a voice that she later discovers is scriptural.

 

 

Family, Proclamation of

Of girl memorizing the proclamation on the family

Of being a strong link in the family

 

Family Scripture Study

Elder Russell M. Nelson's family scripture study

Elder & Sister Bednar share about their own family scripture study

 

Fast, Law of

Joseph B. Wirthlin taking food to needy

Deacons going to Welfare Square

M. Russell Ballard visiting refugee camps

Spencer W. Kimball collecting fast offerings in horse and buggy

Thomas S. Monson taking deacons to Welfare Square

Thomas S. Monson collecting fast offerings

 

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Fathers

Tom Yates's faithful integrity

Woman wants closer relationship with her father

Father saves son in Armenian earthquake

Gift of triple combination from father to daugther

Dogs in coal shed

Herman the water snake

Harold B. Lee counsels a young soldier to seek a blessing from his father.

President Packer invites a young man’s father to ordain his son an elder.

Henry B. Eyring carves a board for each of his sons to represent their special gifts

 

 

Fear

William Clayton expresses no fear on journey

Young man's fear of speaking overcome through faith

Thomas S. Monson chosen last to play

 

 

Focus

Of men who sold melons

 

Follow the Prophet

Jacob Haun neglects to deliver Prophet's message

Reddick Allred follows counsel to rescue handcart company

A young woman removes her earrings

James E. Faust receiving counsel to follow Brethren

Wilford Woodruff receives prompting not to board ship

Man claims he believes in prophets

Village moves to higher ground before tsunami

Lyman E. Johnson and Luke S. Johnson regret apostasy

People in Tonga find fresh water in the ocean

President Eyring follows counsel from prophets to pay off mortgage, he is able to in a miraculous way.

Mother taking President Kimball's promise

 

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Follow Priesthood Leaders

Bishop sits in dunking machine

­Three examples of both lines of communication: Priesthood and Personal.

 

Follow the Spirit

Bishop answering telephone just before date with wife

Relief Society president following promptings of Spirit to meet needs of sister

Wilford Woodruff receives prompting not to board ship

Ephraim Hanks rescues handcart company

President Thomas S. Monson visits friend in hospital

President Thomas S. Monson visits hospital on man’s birthday

Girls addressed in conference decided to be baptized

General conference talk on resurrection addressed to a woman not of our faith

Woman asks Thomas S. Monson for a blessing for her daughter

One sisters prayers are answered by another sister

 

 

Forgiveness

Hungry woman on ship

John Breen in Donner-Reed party

Two brothers who refused to speak to each other for sixty-two years

Hugh B. Brown and man who could not forgive himself

Woman and Hotel Utah key

Grandma and Mrs Wilcox

Hidden wedge

Father goes to bury child but church is locked

Woman learning to forgive herself

Two brothers don't talk

Lady regrets

Two friends forgive

Woman forgives young man who injured her

Joseph Smith forgives W. W. Phelps

Families find peace in forgiving those who killed loved ones-three stories

Ellen Yates grieves with mother of young man involved in car accident that killed Sister Yates’s husband

Stake President counsels man to ‘leave it alone’ after the death of his wife

A woman forgives another

 

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Foundation

A son born with affliction

Death came quickly to family

Missionary afflicted with cancer writes letter

President Tanner teacher President Thomas S. Monson

 

Friends

A young man shares the gospel with his friend

David O. McKay bears testimony to Joseph B. Wirthlin

Man seeks acceptance from wrong source

Boy and telephone operator's friendship

Thomas S. Monson neighbor Mrs. Shinas

Young woman befriending handicapped girl

Boy and rattlesnake

Young man cliff jumps higher and higher because friends encourage him

Young women’s example helps a family join the Church

Handicapped girl befriended by a new girl

 

Gambling

Lottery fever and bingo instead of tithing

 

General Conference

Arturo Toscanini on radio

Parable of precious pearl

English family experiencing joy of watching conference at home

Gordon B. Hinckley and walnut tree

Woman listens to general conference on a hike with friends

 

Goals

Joseph B. Wirthlin learns not to take eye of ball

 

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Grandparents

Four experiences with grandparents

 

Gratitude

Ice skates and football equipment

Life in the Depression

Neal A. Maxwell's grand-daughter

L. Tom Perry taking sweet roll for lunch

Astronaut thanks God during flight

Boy thanks auctioneer for bicycle

Man is only one to thank schoolteacher

Students elect disabled homecoming queen

Community comforts families of young girls who died

Eye doctor serves a mission

Thomas S. Monson blesses sick friend in Navy

Henry B. Eyring impressed to write down a few thoughts each day

Sister Bednar offers prayer of thanks during time of tragedy

Bordhild Dahl is grateful before and after sight was restored

Thomas S. Monson likes music.

A family learns to give thanks even during hard times.

Elder & Sister Nelson ask if a fish has ever said thank you

A waiter tries to please an ungrateful patron

 

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Haight, David B.

David B. Haight attends family baptism and ordination

Young man writes to David B. Haight about aging

Lights on Tabernacle pulpit

David B. Haight playing the violin

 

Hanks, Ephraim

Ephraim Hanks rescues handcart company

 

Happiness

Ill woman finding joy

Ill mother making gift

Boy finding joy in simple experience

 

Harris, Martin

Martin Harris

 

Haymon, Creed

Creed Haymond refusing to drink wine before track meet

 

Heritage

Rudger Clawson and mobbers

Pioneer suffering in Nauvoo

Russell M. Nelson expresses love for family

Pioneer family faces hardships

Pioneer ancestors’ hardships

Heinrich Eyring immigrates to America, joins the Church, serves three faithful mission, and leaves his family a heritage of hope.

 

 

Hinckley, Gordon B.

Car accident does not deter Gordon B. Hinckley

Gordon B. Hinckley receives inspiration for site of Guayaquil Ecuador Temple

 

Hinckley, Marjorie P.

Majorie P. Hinckley

President Hinckley shares health of Sister Hinckley

President Hinckley shares about Sister Hinckley's passing

 

Holy Ghost

Newly baptized member receiving the Holy Ghost

L. Tom Perry follows promptings in job search

Man receives witness to strengthen testimony

Elder Wirthlin's father gains testimony

Lost Batallion regains contact

James E. Faust's first radio

Obtaining the Jerusalem Center

Nurse helps woman with injured leg

Theron Borup prays for help after his plane is shot down in World War ll

 

Home

Young man remembering church bell

New York mother insists on high moral standards in home

A preditor attacks Pres Packer’s home

 

 

Home Teaching

Dedication of Home/Visiting teachers to a couple

Young man learns of home teaching

Robert F. Jex's first home teaching experience

Home teacher traveling from Germany

Two children "visit home teach"

Boy writes to Gordon B. Hinckley

Minister relates "hot coals" story

Home teachers visit less-active family playing poker

Home teacher visits President Hinckley

Marion G. Romney's home teacher makes quick visit

Home teachers help convert families

Home teachers repair family's home

Home teacher visited at crossing guard

Man still home teaching at age 100

Home teachers travel one week to visit a member

David A. Bednar’s father asks why priesthood holders don’t do their home teaching

A faithful Church member in Hungary saves his tithing for years until he can give it to his home teachers

Two examples of what not to do when home teaching

A faithful home teacher is filled with gratitude when someone he visited for years joints the Church

 

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Honesty

Pioneer boy telling truth about eating buffalo meat

J Ballard Washburn standing up to cheating medical student

James E. Faust's honesty in applying for Officer Candidate School

Football player admitting under oath he was the best center

Young boy telling truth in rope-climbing contest

Young James E. Faust learns lesson on honor

Sailors lie about ability to swim

Young man regrets lying about his age

Navy officers learning to swim

Young women in Championship volleyball match

Joseph B. Wirthlin resists cheating

President James E. Faust answers boldly

Young D. Todd Christofferson learns a lesson after stealing a candy bar

Student cheats on an exam by turning pages with his feet, but his day of reconning comes.

A business partner divides assets unequally.

A bishop helps a man repent of dishonesty.

William Wilberforce and the song Amazing Grace.

 

Honor

Young James E. Faust learns lesson on honor

 

Honor Parents

Children care for hospitalized mother

Elder Ballard decides to sell a certain model of car despite his father’s counsel not to do so

 

Hope

Missionary who received gunshot wound

Young mother in Northern Ireland

The little engine that could

Woman mired in sin seeks forgiveness

During time of despair Deiter F. Uchtdorf’s family finds the Church

President Uchtdorf’s mother prays to find her children

 

Humility

Families find peace in forgiving those who killed loved ones-three stories

After his calling as a General Authority, President Packer reminds him he is a ‘nobody’

Sportsfans becoming too prideful.

President James E. Faust teaches President Uchtdorf to be humble.

Dieter F. Uchtdorf and his favorite pen.

 

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Hymns

Majorie P. Hinckley's great-grandfather and singing

 

Immorality

Son disqualified as a blood donor

Young girl and the Internet

 

Inspiration

James E. Faust answers teacher's question

James E. Faust's first radio

President Boyd K. Packer receives assurance as he hears Primary choir

 

Instrument in God's Hands

Thomas S. Monson saving drowning girl

Lost Batallion regains contact

 

Integrity (see Honesty)

Tom Yates's faithful integrity

As a young man, Henry B. Eyring, helped prepare a solid foundation

 

 

Introspection

First Presidency commences 1856 reform

 

 

Jesus Christ

The touch of the Master's hand

Elizabeth Jackson losing her husband

Religion instructors fail final exam

Teacher in one-room schoolhouse 'Big Tom'

Ellen Yates grieves with mother of young man involved in car accident that killed Sister Yates’s husband

Individual’s faith centered in Jesus Christ, not the trails.

A father’s consistent teachings about Jesus Christ bring comfort to his children after his death.

Woman wonders what Jesus has done for her

West African Saints begin sining hymns after the electrical power goes out in their meetinghouse

 

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Journal

Henry B. Eyring's great-grandfather's testimony

Henry B. Eyring impressed to write down a few thoughts each day

 

Joy

Ill woman finding joy

Ill mother making gift

Boy finding joy in simple experience

Richard G. Scott enjoying seascape

Parents receive blessings from raising a son with autism

Gold prospector learns to value flakes of gold

Some pilots go through the motions

Charlie and the Chocolate factory

A woman becomes bitter because she is not married and does not have children

 

 

Judging others

Foreman asks worker about tardiness

Sister Monson shows kindness to paperboy who later commits suicide

A woman judges another until she cleans her own window.

Sister Monson is judged by another because she sits down in the General Authority section.

A couple who run a boarding house allow a disfigured man to stay in their home.

Sisters juge a recently called sister on looks.

 

Kindness

Sister Monson shows kindness to paperboy who later commits suicide

Man told to stop going to church

Joseph Smith shows kindness to children

James E. Talmage helps a sick family

Young Man is treated poorly by Church members but is converted later

Joseph Smith forgives W. W. Phelps

Joseph Smith shows kindness to Recent Converts

As a seven-year-old, stands up for an older boy with disabilities

Home teacher gives a table to an immigrant family

A woman judges another until she cleans her own window.

Sister Monson is judged by another because she sits down in the General Authority section.

A couple who run a boarding house allow a disfigured man to stay in their home.

Sisters juge a recently called sister on looks.

Elder Scott’s wife, Jeanne, saves love notes

Two women become lifelong friends after one helps the other learn her job as a seamstress in a clothing mill.

Passengers on an airline flight do not complain when their plane is diverted to pick up an injured boy and fly him to the hospital.

A woman regrets not allowing a neighbor to take a shortcut across her property.

 

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Language

Gordon B. Hinckley having his mouth washed out

Spencer W. Kimball asking hospital attendant not to profane

 

Leadership

Blind stake president guides Thomas S. Monson

Man builds chapels and helps fellow Saints

Young President Monson raises pigeons

Man tries to teach a colt to be led

 

Living on edge

Boy Scout exploring cave

David O. McKay's horse dies seeking freedom

 

Love

David B. Haight introduces gospel to stewardess

Angry young man leaving home

Spencer W. Kimball shows concern for people

Four children with muscular dystrophy

Joseph Smith helps young boy

Man paints his sick wife’s fingernails

Thomas S. Monson told not to touch microwave & sits by wife side while in coma

A man is given a priesthood blessing

President Eyring’s father cares for ailing wife

President Uchtdorf describes how he met and eventually won the love of Sister Uchtdorf.  

Dieter F. Uchtdorf helps build a meetinghouse while attending air force pilot training

Dieter F. Uchtdorf and the ‘forget me not’ flower

By expressing love in his weekly letters, a full-time missionary brings his father into the Church

Two women become lifelong friends after one helps the other learn her job as a seamstress in a clothing mill.

Passengers on an airline flight do not complain when their plane is diverted to pick up an injured boy and fly him to the hospital.

A woman regrets not allowing a neighbor to take a shortcut across her property.

Forty years after being called to teach Kathy Johnson (future wife of Henry B. Eyring), Ruby Haight still showed love and concern for her.

 

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Marriage

Of David B. and Ruby Haights marriage

81-year loving marriage

A Controlling Husband

Husband ignores wife on an airplane

Letter from Women whose husbands don’t work

Gordon B. Hinckley has no recollection of fighting with wife of 67 years

How an old man lived long

Thomas S. Monson’s appreciation for wife

Thomas S. Monson’s introduction to his wife’s father

President Uchtdorf describes how he met and eventually won the love of Sister Uchtdorf.  

Thomas S. Monson invites couple to witness a sealing

Elder Scott’s wife, Jeanne, saves love notes

Richard G. Scott corrected by his wife—told to look people in the eye

Mildred and Henry Eyring become unified in their decision to move back to Utah, near her family

Quintin L. Cook and his wife make an agreement

M. Russell Ballard “follows-up” with Barbara Bowen, whom he meets at a college dance, begins dating, and eventually marries.

 

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McKay, David O.

David O. McKay praying for a testimony

 

Media

Boy quoting a tv program

 

Mercy

Joseph Smith forgives W.W. Phelps

American infantryman's life spared by enemy

Mercy shown by Civil War soldier Richard Rowland Kirkland

Two brothers who refused to speak to each other for sixty-two years

Brothers and computer incident

Hugh B. Brown and man who could not forgive himself

Woman and Hotel Utah key

 

Miracles

Atiati's baptism

Girl donates her walker

Stuttering priest baptizing girl

Thomas S. Monson buys bubble gum

Young Elder Dickson deals with arm amputation

Elder Bednar comforted during transition of BYU-Idaho

Priest who stutters baptizes a girl

Missionaries leg healed

Henry B. Eyring speaks to leaders and ministers of U.S. churches

Theron Borup prays for help after his plane is shot down in World War ll

A blind man seeks a priesthood blessing

Wilford Woodruff protected by following a prompting to move his wagon

President Packer’s son prays for cow to be healed

Graham Doxey protected from harm from pump-handle railway car

A Woman who receives a blessing declines another, saying it’s up to her now to exercise faith.

Girl in Texas, USA, is miraculously healed.

Jeffrey R. Holland’s parents pay for his mission.

President Eyring follows counsel from prophets to pay off mortgage, he is able to in a miraculous way.

Girl prays for the prophet to come

The three children in the Saintelus family are rescued after the Haiti earthquake.

N. Eldon Tanner is surprised to see four men advance in the priesthood

 

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Missionaries

Tom Yates's faithful integrity

Potatoe farming couple missionaries

Family renting home & living in storage locker to keep missionary in field

Of young man taking life easy

Faithfulness of mission president's family

Dallin H. Oaks tells minister gospel is for all

Returned missionary's letter

Mob leaves missionary alone

James E. Faust serving a mission in Brazil

N. Eldon Tanner advising missionaries

Missionary who received gunshot wound

Missionaries going to Austria and California

Young boy and Thomas S. Monson at funeral

Missionary asked about missionary pamphlets

Missionary struggling to learn language

Sister missionary selling favorite violin to serve mission

Violinist Benjamin Landart

Elder Richard G. Scott’s daughter serves mission

Elder Richard G. Scott shares what mission meant to him

Missionary helps 12 or 13 companions with out knowing it

Missionary decides to stay on Spanish speaking mission

Sid Going chooses a mission over Rugby

The 16-year-old brother of a Brazilian missionary works to support his family

 

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Missionaries, Couple

Blessings coming to couple serving mission

Couple's missionary experience

Couple's missionary service sets example

Couple missionaries in Hong Kong

Couples serve missions

Of couple missionaries serving in Zimbabwe

Eye doctor serves a mission

Juliusz and Dorothy Fussek

Farmers in a small Idaho community

Missionary couple digging wells to supply water to small villages

Man who changed and is now serving a mission as a senior

Missionary Couples serve throughout the world (Three Stories)

Missionary Couples serve around the world

Missionary couple serves five years in Poland

 

Missionary Work

A Young Deacon Touches a Life

Henry B. Eyring regrets not warning his employer

Neighbors' love is catalyst for man joining Church

Henry B. Eyring's great-grandmother imprisoned for teaching doctrine

A young man shares the gospel with his friend

David B. Haight introduces gospel to stewardess

Of conversion of man in Scotland

L. Tom Perry and his missionary compainion

Conversion of Herbert Schreiter then Manfred Schutze and family

Persian student accepting gospel

Thief reading Book of Mormon and repenting

Wilford Woodruff's missions

Elizabeth Hamilton Wright gaining strength to meet challenges through her faith

Winnipeg missionary's lasting effect

Man who baptized one boy on his mission

John Benbow and others

Flight attendant reading A Marvelous Work and a Wonder

Carnation identifies members to be fellowshipped

Individual family members commit to baptism a continent apart

Young woman shares gospel with friends

Missionary gives $20 to needy family

Eye doctor serves a mission

Blind man is grateful for gospel light

Gill Warner's concern about ward member

Man's faithful missionary labors

Missionary writes of his joy in serving

Family's conversion in Uraguay

President Hinckley visiting Aruba

Missionaries teach man to pray

Branch President who invited friends to church

Man who prays every day to meet someone who is prepared to hear the gospel

Missionary arriving from Bolivia with mismatched clothes and shoes to big

Branch President in Maine who taught the gospel to many

Young Elder Dickson deals with arm amputation

School crossing guard teaches man the gospel

Elderly sister invites young Elder Uuchtdorf's family to church

Stories of people using Preach My Gospel

Elder Eyring as young missionary baptizes a young man

Man can't understand how church survives without government help

Three examples of hearts changing: a father, a young single adult, & a single sister

Nigerian doctor dreams of his friend speaking to a congregation

Conversion of man in northern India

Cambodian boy testifies of Christ

Conversion of Thai woman

A sister in France shares reason for success

Young women’s example helps a family join the Church

Waitress talks about the gospel with a truck driver

Man things Mormons have horns

Woman listens to general conference on a hike with friends

Henry B. Eyring speaks to leaders and ministers of U.S. churches

Conversion of Harriet Uchtdorf and family

D. Todd Christofferson gets a phone call from a retired minister

A convert shares his challenge of accepting prophets and apostles

Elder Cook’s grandfather covenants to serve the Lord if he could find the right religion

Recent Convert shares conversion

Woman in New York City prays for and receives a visit from the missionaries

A high school band member becomes sick but is healed by a priesthood blessing

D. Todd Christofferson’s grandfather shears sheep and pays for a mission.

Russell M. Nelson shares the Book of Mormon with friends.

A young man joins the Church after exploring mormon.org.

Henry B. Eyrings ancestors join the Church.

Young man gets his education in the priesthood of God

President Uchtdorf’s family shares Sunday events when talking about the weekend

Thomas S. Monson talks to people on a bus about the Church

Henry B. Eyring speaks at a university where he was asked not to share his witness of Jesus Christ

Years after running away from home, a man reads the Book of Mormon and gains a testimony

A member of the Church shares the gospel with his seatmate on an airplane.

A father is converted to the gospel after attending seminary with his daughter

A Man responds to a prompting to “stop the boys on the bikes.”

John H. Groberg bears his testimony to the king of Tonga

Missionary sees all people as future members

An orphan boy becomes the first member of the Church in a city of 130,000

A man in Canada investigates and joins the Church after two full-time missionaries bear powerful testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith

By expressing love in his weekly letters, a full-time missionary brings his father into the Church

Couples in Mozambique follow the Savior instead of their traditions

A man has a dream in which a Latter-day Saint couple explain opportunities for service in the Church

A family enjoys missionary success after taking to heart the challenge to hasten the work of salvation

Two sister missionaries walk away without saying anything to a man who swears at them, throws food at them, and tries to hit one of them.

Richard G. Scott’s parents took many years to join the Church.

M. Russell Ballard “follows-up” with Barbara Bowen, whom he meets at a college dance, begins dating, and eventually marries.

A returned missionary follows-up just in time.

An eight-year-old boy invites his friend and his friend’s family to a ward open house in Buenos Aires.

 

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Mother

Mob leaves missionary alone

Mother's day sacrament meeting

New York mother insists on high moral standards in home

Mother wondering if she makes a difference

Russell M. Ballard appreciates his wife by sitting with children at church

Thomas S. Monson told not to touch microwave & sits by wife side while in coma

Young L. Tom Perry is taught by his mother.

Elder Hale’s mother teaches the importance of family meals.

A mother enjoys helping her daughter with Personal Progress.

Elder Perry writes letter to his mother

 

Morality

School class want to vote on the gender of a kitten.

 

Mothers, single

Tribute to a single mother

Single mother praying

Single mother's letter expressing gratitude for help

Single mother with seven children prays for a night off

 

Moyle, John R.

John R. Moyle hammering the declaration "Holiness to the Lord"

 

Music

President Boyd K. Packer receives assurance as he hears Primary choir

Thomas S. Monson likes music.

 

Nauvoo

Pioneer suffering in Nauvoo

 

Neilson, Peter

Peter Neilson donating $600 to St. George Tabernacle

 

Obedience

King choosing safe driver

Relief Society president takes care of rules first then exceptions

David O. McKay's horse dies seeking freedom

Ephraim Hanks rescues handcart company

Woman follows counsel and is blessed

Joseph B. Wirthlin learns not to take eye of ball

Pilot refuses to learn emergency procedures

Pilot, disoriented at night, crashes

Young Joseph F. Smith meets prophets in a dream.

Airplane crashes into a mountain

Eight-year-old Thomas S. Monson learns obedience after lighting a field on fire

A faithful Church member in Hungary saves his tithing for years until he can give it to his home teachers

Joseph Smith and the lost 116 page manuscript.

 

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Offended

Elder David A. Bednar’s response to those who get offended

Thomas B. Marsh (offended) and Brigham Young’s (humility) responses

Parly P. Pratt & Frederek G. Williams make mistakes.

 

Parenting

Henry B. Eyring parting from his father

One-on-one with grandchildren

L. Tom Perry's house hunting in New York

Boyd K. Packer's son learns lesson on tithing

People misjudge others' Church activity

Ward schedules nightly activities

Mother realizing taking children to church formed their spiritual foundation

Young men getting in trouble after 11 p.m.

Parents taking more seriously FHE

Supportive parents who never gave up on wayward son

Angry young man leaving home

Father puts family before work

President Monson and son stop hunting to pray

Son says the best part of the summer was looking at stars with his father

Boy imitates Thomas S. Monson

Jeffrey R. Holland’s parents pay for his mission.

Wise Parents provide ways for family to serve

James O. Mason and his wife decide not to wait to have children

Scott and Betty Dorius adopt children after 25 years of marriage

In 9th Grade Robert D. Hales is taught a lesson by his father

A parent receives an answer as to why they were given such a difficult child

 

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Patience

Stake president who experienced adversity

Young woman playing violin in nursing home

Thomas S. Monson visiting East Germany

Man becomes active after not letting the bishop in his home

A Professor uses marshmallows to test the patience of four-year-olds

Young Deiter F. Uchtdorf learns to be patient in school work.

Young Dieter F. Uchtdorf puzzled why some ran faster than him because he kept the word of wisdom

David O McKay prays for testimony and receives it years later

 

 

Patriarch

Harold B. Lee ordains a patriarch

Calling a patriarch

 

Patriarchal blessing

Boyd K. Packer receiving partriarchal blessing

James E. Faust's and Heber J. Grant's patriarchal blessings

James E. Faust's father's patriarchal blessing

Patriarch has no blessing of own to give

Young woman receiving priesthood blessing

President Packer had physical challenges as a result of polio at age 5

Boyd K. Packer receives his Patriachal Blessing

 

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Peace

Family baptized and fellowshipped

Single mother with seven children prays for a night off

Elder and Sister Perry visit Walden Pond

A Hindu woman feels peace during the open house of the Suva Fiji Temple

 

 

Perfection

Erik Weihenemayer's ascent of Everest

 

Perpetual Education Fund

Perpetual Education Fund recipients

 

Persecution

W.W. Phelps composing hymn after mob attack

 

Perseverance

Marie Curie perseveres to make discovery

Young man shot at Haun's Mill serves mission

Elders save Lorenzo Snow

Young Dieter F. Uchtdorf delivers laundry on an ugly bike

Olympic runner loses his shoe in a race

Thomas S. Monson called as Bishop at 22

Stonecutter John Rowe Moyle walks six hours to work on the Salt Lake Temple

 

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Pioneer

Pioneer suffering in Nauvoo

Joseph F. Smith's affection for his oxen

Peter Howard McBride nearly freezing

Elsie Neilson pulling husband on handcart

Margaret McNeil walking to Utah

William Clayton expresses no fear on journey

Joy of rescued handcart company

David B. Haight's grandparents walk across the plains

William Clayton writes "Come, Come, Ye Saints"

Of pioneers doing temple work before coming west

Pioneers settling Nauvoo

Thomas S. Monson's great-granparents lose son

Catherine Curtis Spencer

Early emigrants from Liverpool, England

Brigham Young sending rescue teams to handcart companies

Gordon B. Hinckley's grandfather loses wife on trek

Girl in handcart company dies

Mary Fielding Smith exemplifies faith of Relief Society sisters

Perpetual Emigration Fund

Pioneer grandfather burying wife

Pioneer family faces hardships

Handcart companies rescued on the plains

Martha Paxman finds her lost wedding ring

Pioneer leaders raise an ensign to the nations

Thomas B. Marsh (offended) and Brigham Young’s (humility) responses

Helen Mar Whitney’s and Bathsheba Smith’s pioneer experiences

Charles Dickens is impressed with Latter-day Saint emigrants

President Monson’s great-grandparents lose their son during their journey to the Salt Lake Valley

Pioneer saints of Sanpete County & the building of the Manti Temple

Norwegian shipbuilders build an invented ship’s hull for the roof of the Manti Utah Temple

 

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Pornography

President Hinckley reads woman's letter about pornography

Letter from a man addicted to Pornography

Three divorced women tell of their former husbands’ struggles with pornography

A repentant woman is urged not to look back.

Young Man realized danger of pornography acceptance

 

 

Pratt, Parley P.

Parley P. Pratt going on a mission

 

Prayer

Stake president urged by father to pray a lot

Henry B. Eyring parting from his father

Henry B. Eyring's father praying after the death of his mother

Kimball family's prayer being answered

L. Tom Perry's first night in mission home

Boy finds lost cow

James E. Faust prays during violent storm

Young father in England prays as family and bomb doesn't go off

Daniel Tyler tells of hearing Joseph Smith pray

Alice and Wonderland and Cheshire Cat

Deer cannot look up for protection

Thomas S. Monson and son pray together on hunt

Letter from Boy Scout

Missionaries praying in airport

Blessing answers family prayers

Secret of Tahitian sea captians

Family sacrifices to attend temple

Young Gordon B. Hinckley's prayers

Prayers to end drought in South America

Prayerful man with faulty heart valves

Boy praying before operation

Mother wondering if she makes a difference

Australian sister helps husband join Church

President and Sister Kimball healed during a visit to New Zealand

Parent teaches child by example how to pray

Woman asks Thomas S. Monson for a blessing for her daughter

Mother and sick son pray that he will be healed

Parents pray to embrace dying daughter

Sister Bednar offers prayer of thanks during time of tragedy

Theron Borup prays for help after his plane is shot down in World War ll

Woman in New York City prays for and receives a visit from the missionaries

A woman endures trials as she travels from East Prussia to Western Germany

President Packer’s son prays for cow to be healed

Graham Doxey protected from harm from pump-handle railway car

The Eyrings’ young son gets lost, prays for help, and is found.

Thomas S. Monson learns the power of prayer after finding five dollars he thought he had lost

The three children in the Saintelus family are rescued after the Haiti earthquake.

Henry B. Eyring’s daughter-in-law prays on the beach and deidcates her time to the Lord

Thomas S. Monson follows a prompting to offer suggestions about missionary work

A prayer by youth at a temple cultural celebration is answered

One sisters prayers are answered by another sister

Boyd K. Packer receives a spiritual manifestation of the truthfulness of the gospel while praying in a bunker during World War ll.

 

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Preparation

Pilot refuses to learn emergency procedures

L. Tom Perry encourages his son, a high jumper, to raise the bar

Twelve year old Thomas S. Monson called upon to bear testimony

A high school band member becomes sick but is healed by a priesthood blessing

President Eyring is always ready with consecrated oil & was ready when a critically injured girl was healed after priesthood blessing

 

Priesthood

Football player struck by lightning and new Elder blessing

Ice skates and football equipment

Joseph B. Wirthlin receiving the Aaronic Priesthood

David B. Haight's experiences with priesthood revelation

David B. Haight receives Aaronic Priesthood

High priests group project

Spencer W. Kimball and Thorvaldsen statues of Christ and Apostles in Denmark

Young man learns of home teaching

James E. Faust visits war sites in France

Hugh B. Brown blesses sick youth

Early Saints learn to care for the needy

Water from Dead Sea and Sea of Galilee represent preisthood holders

Clark Monson receiving preisthood

Thomas S. Monson passing sacrament

Stuttering priest baptizing girl

Young Thomas S. Monson visiting Seagull Monument

Gordon B. Hinckley's earache

Young Gordon B. Hinckley's prayers

David B. Haight tells of after his father passed away

Young men trusted with vital mission

Young Elder Dickson deals with arm amputation

Three experiences in trusting the work to others

Elder Oak’s father died at seven

Thomas S. Monson passing the sacrament

Deacons and teachers visit Welfare Square to see the fruits of fast offerings

Elder Eyring learning to pray like a child

Pres Kimball in Copenhagen Denmark and priesthood keys

Man, who once lost priesthood, receives it and gives wife blessing

Men “lift where they stand” to move a grand piano

Young men visit grave of Martin Harris

Theron Borup prays for help after his plane is shot down in World War ll

In mortal danger, soldiers protect their fallen comrades

Twelve year old Thomas S. Monson called upon to bear testimony

A high school band member becomes sick but is healed by a priesthood blessing

A blind man seeks a priesthood blessing

A man is given a priesthood blessing

President Eyring is always ready with consecrated oil & was ready when a critically injured girl was healed after priesthood blessing

Son unworthy to bless his mother.

Harold B. Lee counsels a young soldier to seek a blessing from his father.

President Packer invites a young man’s father to ordain his son an elder.

A Woman who receives a blessing declines another, saying it’s up to her now to exercise faith.

Girl in Texas, USA, is miraculously healed.

President Eyring visits a sick friend and gives him a blessing.

A young priest helps a man with disabilities tke the sacrament.

Young Henry Eyring learns from deacons quorum

Quorum searches for member lost in the woods

Henry B. Eyring visits home of faithful high priest

Young man gets his education in the priesthood of God

Young Henry B. Eyring and his bishop visit a sister in their ward

A marine gives his wounded companion a blessing in World War II

Thomas S. Monson gives a priesthood blessing to an elder brother who can no longer see and hear

 

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Priesthood, blessings of

The ideal spiritual journey through life

Man doesn’t realize what priveleges are included on cruise ship

A marine gives his wounded companion a blessing in World War II

Boyd K. Packer’s boat is hit by a severe ocean storm in Western Somoa

 

 

Priesthood, duty concerning

King's emerald

Thomas S. Monson preparing Easter talk

Young Thomas S. Monson asked to give report

Thomas S. Monson passing sacrament as a deacon

Priesthood leaders take action after Idaho dam breaks

Young President Monson raises pigeons

Heber C. Kimball leaves family to serve mission

Priest who stutters baptizes a girl

Thomas S. Monson visits a Greek couple

President Monson’s boy answers questions

President Monson answers questions to Minister

Young Thomas S. Monson has a long interview before receiving the Melchizedek Priesthood

Priest struggles to bless the sacrament

Deacon passes the sacrament from his deathbed

Deacons quorum president recording class for missing member

Deacons quorum president befriends a member

As a young deacons quorum president, President Thomas S. Monson ministers

Deacons quorum president helps activate boys

Men “lift where they stand” to move a grand piano

Twelve year old Thomas S. Monson called upon to bear testimony

Deacon plans routes on own.

Spencer W. Kimball visits Henry B. Eyring’s father in the hospital.

A grandfather seeks to thank the young deacon that encouraged him years before.

A young priest helps a man with disabilities tke the sacrament.

Some pilots go through the motions

David A. Bednar’s father asks why priesthood holders don’t do their home teaching

As Bishop and Stake President, David A. Bednar would ask sister how he could be serve and help them

As a bishop, Thomas S. Monson writes personal letters each month to servicemen

A quorum helps a father get back to work

Thomas S. Monson receives inspiration to call branch presidents

Young Henry B. Eyring is blessed as he accompanies his bishop on visits to members in need

Thomas S. Monson contrasts a shepherd

 

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Priesthood, legacy of

Rudger Clawson and mobbers

David B. Haight's experiences with priesthood revelation

Damming pond's inflow demonstrates sanity

Thomas S. Monson's son answering question correctly

Young Elder Perry is interviewed to receive priesthood

Young priest ordains a teacher

Thomas S. Monson blesses sick friend in Navy

Thomas S. Monson blesses a dying father at family’s request

Seeking inspiration during the Great Depression, Harold B. Lee leans of the greatest organization on earth

A dying man dresses in Sunday clothes for a priesthood blessing

Henry B. Eyring is shaped by boyhood heroes: his father, his Aaronic Priesthood leader, a U.S. marine, and baseball player Joe DiMaggio.

 

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Priorities

Of young man taking life easy

Joseph B. Wirthlin deciding to get up early

Rafting down Colorado river

David B. Haight's friendship with George Romney

David B. and Ruby Haight going to California

Woman died before she could use the dress she had been saving

Father puts off work so he can be with his children

Father puts family before work

Pres Kimball in Copenhagen Denmark and priesthood keys

Father sets family before work

War prisoner Jay Hess sends brief message to his family

A plane crashes because the crew became distracted by a small burned-out lightbulb

Elder Hale’s grandson interrupts his reading the newspaper to ask, “Are you in there?”

Elder Hale’s mother teaches the importance of family meals.

A mother enjoys helping her daughter with Personal Progress.

Richard G. Scott is urged to play with the children instead of fixing the washing machine

James O. Mason and his wife decide not to wait to have children

Scott and Betty Dorius adopt children after 25 years of marriage

Dieter F. Uchtdorf shares lessons he learned as a Stake President

Young Thomas S. Monson raced boats down the river

President Monson stays with his wife instead of attend celebration

 

Procrastination

Henry B. Eyring regrets not warning his employer

Man who found Book of Mormon in trunk and repented

Marley's Ghost

Grandma and Mrs Wilcox

Widow awaits for son to visit

President Monson realizes change

 

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Promptings, following

L. Tom Perry follows promtings in job search

Thomas S. Monson visiting hospitalized ward member and dying woman paying tithing

Sister receiving prompting to give meat to needy family

Girl donates her walker

Widow presenting gift of medals

Hospitalized man's birthday

Thomas S. Monson buys bubble gum

Boy wants to pay tithing

James E. Faust answers teacher's question

Thomas S. Monson urging man to reactivation

Thomas S. Monson visiting less active member on birthday

Man becomes active after not letting the bishop in his home

Wilford Woodruff protected by following a prompting to move his wagon

President Packer’s son prays for cow to be healed

Graham Doxey protected from harm from pump-handle railway car

Visiting teacher inspired to bring yellow tulips

Girl prays for the prophet to come

Thomas S. Monson is impressed to announce Peter Mourik to speak at the Frankfurt Germany Temple dedication

A Man responds to a prompting to “stop the boys on the bikes.”

Thomas S. Monson follows a prompting to offer suggestions about missionary work

Thomas S. Monson follows a prompting to visit a friend in the hospital

Thomas S. Monson encourages a young man to serve a mission

A prayer by youth at a temple cultural celebration is answered

A Young Man gives President and Sister Monson a ride

 

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Prophets

Prophets' influence on David B. Haight

Church leaders going to the temple fasting

L. Tom Perry's father working at President Joseph F. Smith's home

Boy tries to emulate Gordon B. Hinckley

Farmer sustaining President Hinckley

Woman expresses gratitude for latter-day Apostles

Student cheats on an exam by turning pages with his feet, but his day of reconning comes.

President Monson’s promise to a missionary is fulfilled.

Henry B. Eyring testifies of prophet

 

Reactivation

Stakes experience success in reactivation

Thomas S. Monson finds young man skipping church

Magazine representative helps activate family

Damming pond's inflow demonstrates sanity

Presthood leader reactivates prospective elders

Less-active member's letter

Fritz Hoerold's life

Painting "To The Rescue"

 

Recent Converts

Convert's ward does not fellowship him

Carnation identifies members to be fellowshipped

Gordon B. Hinckley fellowships convert

Young men support new convert

Disaffected convert writes to Gordon B. Hinckley

Convert looks up missionaries that baptized them

 

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Reformers

Stories of the Reformers

Stories of Reformers

Reformers

 

 

Relief Society

Relief Society president takes care of rules first then exceptions

Boyd K. Packer visits Relief Society in Czechoslovakia

Blessing of Relief Society in James E. Faust's life

Relief Society president following promptings of Spirit to meet needs of sister

Relief Society sisters serving injured woman

Three elderly Portuguese women faithfully attend church and read scriptures together

Youngest member of Relief Society

Relief Society teaches sister to read

Magazine representative helps activate family

Relief Society bringing food

Relief Society sister leanrs to read and write

Woman writes letter to sister of 2030

Woman follows counsel and is blessed

History of Relief Society

Visiting teacher inspired to bring yellow tulips

 

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Repentance

Man who found Book of Mormon in trunk and repented

Barnacles on ship

Ballplayer drops the ball

Elder Eyring’s father repenting along the way

Woman mired in sin seeks forgiveness

Young Woman who had been abused fully recovers

Airplane crashes into a mountain

Man, who once lost priesthood, receives it and gives wife blessing

President James E. Faust 65 years later still regretted not helping his grandmother

Older couple returns to Church activity

Elder Nelson performs the sealing of a family he met 10 years earlier

Woman is in misery because she wandered as a teenager.

A bishop helps a man repent of dishonesty.

A repentant woman is urged not to look back.

Survivor of the Donner Party remembers the morning he say Johnson’s Ranch

Boyd K. Packer tells of two couples who struggle with circumstances regarding children

Joseph F. Smith has a dream and is clean

Man feels guilt after many years

 

 

Rescue

Sister in Tonga suggest a way to help Young Adult Men

When river floods town, President Kimball asks for money but is taught a lesson instead

A Girl realizes that from one seed can come millions of tomatoes

In the book Les Miserables, Jean Valjean is helped by a Bishop

The mother of D. Todd Christofferson helps a young woman in need to reach her potential

Dieter F. Uchtdorf falls while skiing and has trouble getting up until his grandson helps him

 

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Resurrection

General conference talk on resurrection addressed to a woman not of our faith

A family who loses a 15-year-old son finds comfort through faith in Jesus Christ.

President Monson describes a painting called a hopeless dawn

The death of an unbeliever’s wife changes his skepticism

A skeptic becomes a believer after he sees his wife die.

 

 

Revelation

President and Sister Kimball healed during a visit to New Zealand

Marion G. Romney teaches Robert D. Hales about personal revelation

Robert D. Hales and Boyd K. Packer receive revelation to call stake president

Robert D. Hales and Ezra Taft Benson receive revelation to call stake president

News reporter asks Harold B. Lee when he last received a revelation

A convert shares his challenge of accepting prophets and apostles

Bishop Eyring receives inspiration to visit with a member of his ward

Elder Scott receives an outpouring of inspiration during church

Wilford Woodruff protected by following a prompting to move his wagon

President Packer’s son prays for cow to be healed

Graham Doxey protected from harm from pump-handle railway car

­Elder Nelson can not read his own handwriting

­Three examples of both lines of communication: Priesthood and Personal.

Henry B. Eyring leaves Stanford University for employment at Ricks College

 

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Ryder, Simonds

Simonds Ryder

 

Sabbath day observance

Of young man who would not swim on Sunday

H. Verlan Anderson does not buy gasoline on Sabbath

Car out of gas on Sabbath

"Sabbath Breaker" boat

Vacationers honor the Sabbath

British Olympian Eric Liddell refuses to run a race on Sunday

 

 

 

Sacrament

L. Tom Perry's wartime experiences with sacrament and green footlocker

Minister relates "hot coals" story

Thomas S. Monson passing the sacrament

Sacrament passed to large group effectively

Vacationers honor the Sabbath

Deacons learn of the sacredness of the sacrament

Priest struggles to bless the sacrament

Deacon passes the sacrament from his deathbed

Young L. Tom Perry reflect on Sacrament

 

 

Sacrament prayer

Young Dallin H. Oaks learns about administering the sacrament

Speech-impared priest blesses sacrament

 

Sacrifice

Peter Nielson donating $600 to St. George Tabernacle

John R. Moyle hammering the declaration "Holiness to the Lord"

Family renting home & living in storage locker to keep missionary in field

Elsie Neilson pulling husband on handcart

Little girl who rode old bike to church

David B. Haights parents sacrificing to marry in the temple

L. Tom Perry's ancestor sacrifice

Woman saves money for temple fund

Catherine Curtis Spencer

Family sacrifices to attend temple

Girl in handcart company dies

Sister missionary selling favorite violin to serve mission

Missionary arriving from Bolivia with mismatched clothes and shoes to big

Man walks four hours and arrives two hours early just to get a good seat

Saints make long journey to attend temple

Man wouldn't declare bankruptcy but paid debt in full

Man giving coat to cold person

Violinist Benjamin Landart

Brigham Yound and Heber C. Kimball leave for mission to England

Heber C. Kimball leaves family to serve mission

Priest gives collected food to a single mother

Young Man adjusts scripture reading

Sister acts as proxy for 20,000 people in Temple

Deacons quorum president helps activate boys

Quentin L. Cook’s Great-Grandfather helps rescue handcart companies

Pioneer ancestors’ hardships

Helen Mar Whitney’s and Bathsheba Smith’s pioneer experiences

William Tyndale is martyred for translating the Bible into English

Jeffrey R. Holland’s parents pay for his mission.

William Tyndale

Sid Going chooses a mission over Rugby

Young man gets his education in the priesthood of God

Brazilian saints travel long distances from Manaus to the temple

Mau Tham family sacrifices to go the the temple

President Gordon B. Hinckley asks a new member if he is willing to sacrifice so much for the gospel

The 16-year-old brother of a Brazilian missionary works to support his family

Two sister missionaries walk away without saying anything to a man who swears at them, throws food at them, and tries to hit one of them.

 

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Sanctification

Parable of the pickles and spiritual transformation

 

Scriptures

Mother taking President Kimball's promise

Parley P. Pratt's conversion

Elder Hales applying scriptures to son's life

President J. Reuben Clark Jr. favorite scriptures

President James E. Faust’s grandfathers horse Slowpoke

Young Man adjusts scripture reading

William Tyndale is martyred for translating the Bible into English

William Tyndale

Quentin L. Cook’s children share how they do family scripture study

Boyd K. Packer is counseled to urge members of a struggling stake to read the scriptures

 

 

Seek first kingdom of God

David B. Haight's friendship with George Romney

David B. and Ruby Haight going to California

 

Selfishness

Girl unselfishly prays for dying father

Leaders are unselfish

Settling estate of a noble couple

Wealthy man valuing possessions over Church activity

Samuel Brannan

 

Self-mastery

Heber J. Grant learning penmanship

Heber J. Grant learning to throw

Heber J. Grant trying to learn to sing

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Charles W. Penrose story of ship Titanic

J. Reuben Clark Jr. telling his child he doesn't trust her

A Professor uses marshmallows to test the patience of four-year-olds

 

Self-reliance

Bishop helps man regain self-reliance

 

Seminary

Russian student describes seminary

S. Dilworth Young pays tribute to seminary teacher

Seminary teacher pioneers program

Early morning seminary teacher increases attendance

A father is converted to the gospel after attending seminary with his daughter

 

 

Service

A Young Deacon Touches a Life.

Reddick Allred follows counsel to rescue handcart company

Deacons Quorum president being good shepherd

Elders quorum president becoming a good shepherd

Drusilla Hendricks receiving help from neighbors

J. Reuben Clark on serving

Returned missionary's letter

Belle S. Spafford serves in Relief Society

Woman sees needs and serves

Religion instructors fail final exam

Early Saints learn to care for the needy

Young woman with cancer carried to Timpanogos Cave

Young man helping patient in nursing home

Young woman playing violin in nursing home

Woman with cancer helping friend

Youth hosting dinner for older sisters

Children care for hospitalized mother

Thomas S. Monson's mother feeds hoboes

Girl plays violin at care center

Girls carry cancer-stricken friend on hike

Baur Dee Sheffield's girls

Juliusz and Dorothy Fussek

Missionary writes of his joy in serving

President Monson visiting old Sunday School teacher

Young man cares for grandmother

Volunteers fix elderly sister's home

Thousands of Church members serve hurricane victims in the Gulf States

Pres. Faust’s wife serves others

Priest gives collected food to a single mother

Young women carry Jami Palmer on a hike

William F. Perschon serves others

Sister acts as proxy for 20,000 people in Temple

Woman helps take care of her neighbor’s children

Two women aid a grieving widow

Thomas S. Monson’s Church leadership experience

U.S. President calls President Hinckley

Thomas S. Monson visits bedridden member in Germany

Men “lift where they stand” to move a grand piano

Stonecutter John Rowe Moyle walks six hours to work on the Salt Lake Temple

Missionary couple serves five years in Poland

A poor young couple gave assistance to a poorer couple

President Eyring’s bishop serves others despite health challenges

In mortal danger, soldiers protect their fallen comrades

Mother Teresa, an example of unselfish service

Dr. Jack McConnell continues to serve others after his retirement

President Monson receives birthday gifts recounting service to others

Jewish leaders amazed at humanitarian efforts of LDS

Quentin L. Cook’s grandfather saddened because spring had become polluted

80 year old widow still serving

People add a sign, “You are my hands,” to a stature of Christ without hands.

Jewish legend tells of two brothers who  secretly give a portion of their harvest to one another.

German Saints blessed by humanitarian service after World Ward II.

D. Todd Christofferson’s grandfather shears sheep and pays for a mission.

Family gives to those in need

Community gives service after the Teton Dam breaks—especially one family

Wise Parents provide ways for family to serve

A Less-Active brother comes back to church through love & service

Some pilots go through the motions

Dieter F. Uchtdorf helps build a meetinghouse while attending air force pilot training

Henry B. Eyring takes his daughters to visit a friend dying of cancer

Ward provides service

President Thomas S. Monson saves a balloon for three years to give back to a young cancer survivor.

A prayer by youth at a temple cultural celebration is answered

A Young Man gives President and Sister Monson a ride

Henry B. Eyring’s daughter is aided by her Visiting Teacher

In the book Les Miserables, Jean Valjean is helped by a Bishop

The mother of D. Todd Christofferson helps a young woman in need to reach her potential

 

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Sins of omission

James E. Faust regrets not helping grandmother

Robert D. Hales varnishes a floor until he gets himself stuck in a corner.

 

Small things

Oliver Cowdery

Hyrum Smith's faithfulness

Thomas S. Monson visits a Greek couple

Small instruments fly plane

Young Dieter F. Uchtdorf delivers laundry on an ugly bike

Elder Richard G. Scott shares what mission meant to him

Airplane crashes into a mountain

Gold prospector learns to value flakes of gold

A Girl realizes that from one seed can come millions of tomatoes

 

 

Smith, Hyrum

The valiant life and contributions of Hyrum Smith

Hyrum Smith's faithfulness

 

Smith, Joseph F.

Joseph F. Smith stands up to gunman

 

Spiritual Rebirth

Parable of the pickles and spiritual transformation

 

Stewardship

Orphan Lamb

 

Sunday School

Richard Ballantyne organizes first Sunday School

 

Teaching

Henry B. Eyring's great-grandmother imprisoned for teaching doctrine

L. Tom Perry teaches grandchildren at family reunion

L. Tom Perry uses flannel board in business presentation

Richard Ballantyne organizes first Sunday School

Teacher's lasting influence

Thomas S. Monson gives blessing and counsel to young boy

Boy wants to pay tithing

Elder Eyring tries to honor Paul and learns from President Faust

Young men visit grave of Martin Harris

Some pilots go through the motions

A father is converted to the gospel after attending seminary with his daughter

As a boy, L. Tom Perry and other Primary children hike to a favorite canyon spot with their teacher

Forty years after being called to teach Kathy Johnson (future wife of Henry B. Eyring), Ruby Haight still showed love and concern for her.

 

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Technology

David O. McKay sees jet travel aiding Church growth

President Monson shares how technology has changed

 

Temple

Deaths of Richard G. Scott's children motivate his parents to be sealed in temple

Of pioneers doing temple work before coming west

Church leaders going to the temple fasting

James E. Faust's ancestors receive endowments in Nauvoo Temple

Woman saves money for temple fund

James E. Faust's Aunt Ada

Woman attending temple for the first time

Thomas S. Monson visiting East Germany

Family sacrifices to attend temple

Saints make long journey to attend temple

President Fausts grandson visits NYC Temple

Sister acts as proxy for 20,000 people in Temple

Elder Scott decides to attend temple once a week

Elder Scott’s wife’s ancestor receives calling to work in Nauvoo temple

Elder & Sister Scott are comforted by the promises of the temple following the death of two children

David A. Bednar called as a stake president and sought counsel

Brazilian saints travel long distances from Manaus to the temple

Mau Tham family sacrifices to go the the temple

Thomas S. Monson participates in ground breaking for temple in Rome, Italy

Richard G. Scott cares for young son with heart problems

Richard G. Scott comforted after losing wife and children

Russian converts prize their temple marriage

Youth in Russia index 2,000 names each and submit an ancestor’s name for temple work

A Hindu woman feels peace during the open house of the Suva Fiji Temple

A sister in the temple hears a voice that she later discovers is scriptural.

 

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Temple marriage

David B. Haights parents sacrificing to marry in the temple

David B. Haight's parents going to Logan Utah Temple

 

Temptation

Tongan teacher explains an octopus lure

A plane crashes because the crew became distracted by a small burned-out lightbulb

A flyfisherman’s tacticts are compared to Lucifer’s.

A woman begins the descent into addiction through prescription drugs.

A young woman overcomes temptation by attending Mutual

 

 

Tender Mercies

Wife receives Christmas card after husband's death

Priesthood leader dreams about a young man in his stake

Elder Bednar's favorite song sung at first general conference

 

Testimony

Henry B. Eyring's great-grandfather's testimony

Henry B. Eyring's grandmother's testimony during illness

David O. McKay bears testimony to Joseph B. Wirthlin

Parley P. Pratt going on a mission

David O. McKay praying for a testimony

Joseph B. Withlin gaining a testimony

Testimony of cancer-stricken young woman

Planting alfalfa seeds

Simonds Ryder

James H. Moyle meeting David Whitmer

James E. Faust's experience in WWII

Stake President gained testimony after calling

Letter from Boy Scout

Gospel changes lives of Mexican family

Gordon B. Hinckley's earache

A lecturer who believes Joseph Smith

The power of testifying--three examples

Australian sister helps husband join Church

President Packer tells of gaining testimony of Book of Mormon

Young Dieter F. Uchtdorf pupms bellows for organ

President Monson shopping runs into member

Missionaries testify of Joseph Smith to doubtful man

Young priest ordains a teacher

Boyd K. Packer puzzled over witness as special witness

Henry B Eyring Testimony grows

Twelve year old Thomas S. Monson called upon to bear testimony

David O McKay prays for testimony and receives it years later

As a young man, Henry B. Eyring, helped prepare a solid foundation

A learned man must gain testimony of Book of Mormon by the Spirit

A man in Canada investigates and joins the Church after two full-time missionaries bear powerful testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith

Boyd K. Packer receives a spiritual manifestation of the truthfulness of the gospel while praying in a bunker during World War ll.

 

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Thoughts

Boyd K. Packer learning from his brother Leon

Uncontrolled thoughts lead to sin

 

Tithing

Mary Fielding Smith paying tithing

Paying tithing and being able to receive temple blessings

Tithing to a charity

Tithing--poor families blessing

James E. Faust's grandfather teaches faith and sacrifice

Japanese mother realizes her family is a blessing for tithing

Thomas S. Monson visiting hospitalized ward member and dying woman paying tithing

Sister receiving prompting to give meat to needy family

Woman in Brazil paying tithing before tuition

Boy wants to pay tithing

Man can't understand how church survives without government help

Young couple pays tithing and does not go hungry

Thomas S. Monson blesses a dying father at family’s request

Young Gordon B. Hinckley attends tithing settlement

The family of Susan Bednar (then a young woman) is blessed by living the law of tithing

Elder Bednar tells of his experience on the Disposition of Tithes

 

Traditions

Russell M. Nelson's family gathers at conference

 

Trials

Deaths of Richard G. Scott's children motivate his parents to be sealed in temple

Cataract--diminished light

Missionary's death

Boyd K. Packer as a boy lost his sister

19th Century writer achieved great success but died depressed

Blind Welsh convert crosses plains

Father endures deaths of four children

Elder Nelson shares the passing of his wife

Young Joseph B. Wirthlin listens to his mother’s counsel after he lost a football game

Parents receive blessings from raising a son with autism

Daughter with persistent health problems puts her trust in God

Elder & Sister Scott are comforted by the promises of the temple following the death of two children

President Packer had physical challenges as a result of polio at age 5

President Packer enters World War II, past experiences were a great help

President Monson’s great-grandparents lose their son during their journey to the Salt Lake Valley

A woman endures trials as she travels from East Prussia to Western Germany

President Uchtdorf reflects on war time years as refugee (three stories in one)

A father’s consistent teachings about Jesus Christ bring comfort to his children after his death.

Hugh B. Brown prunes a current bush and then is figuratively pruned himself

Alma Sonne cancels reservation for the Titanic and Irene Corbett perishes aboard the Titanic

Henry B. Eyring prays for a trial

Henry B. Eyring’s mother suffers for 10 years cancer and is polished

A family’s faith does not falter following the death of their daughter

Two accounts of trials: Single woman, and a man with same-sex attraction

Henry B. Eyring’s daughter-in-law prays on the beach and deidcates her time to the Lord

A sister finds purpose as a mother after being severely injured in a plane crash

Woman’s mobile home moved on top of another home during a tornado

A truck gains traction in the snow after it is filled with a heavy load of firewood.

 

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Unity

Young single adults in eastern Europe attend conference

 

Unselfishness

Counsel of James E. Faust to bereaved family to accept Lord's will

Korean boy--good Samaritan

Rick Rescorla's 9-11 heroism

M. Thirl Marsh sharing earnings with friend

 

Urgency

Wilford Woodruff learns of urgency of this dispensation

 

Visiting Teaching

Dedication of Home/Visiting teachers to a couple

Devoted visiting teacher befriends “unapproachable” sister

 

 

Wealth

Of father giving children their inheritance

 

Weihenmayer, Erik

Erik Weihenemayer's ascent of Everest

 

Welfare

Bishop helps man regain self-reliance

Joseph B. Wirthlin taking food to needy

Deacons going to Welfare Square

Thomas S. Monson's ward's poultry project

Missionary gives $20 to needy family

Deacons visit Welfare Square

Relief Society bringing food

Farmers in a small Idaho community

Missionary couple digging wells to supply water to small villages

Seeking inspiration during the Great Depression, Harold B. Lee leans of the greatest organization on earth

Young Dieter F. Uchtdorf remembers the taste of canned peaches

 

 

Wirthlin, Joseph B.

Joseph B. Withlin gaining a testimony

 

Women

Young Woman is homemaker when mother dies

Graduating class of 1928

President Hinckley shares about Sister Hinckley's passing

A woman in Mexico is magnified doing her regular duties

Anna Daines joins a volunteer group and helps her community overcome prejudice toward Latter-day Saints

A sister finds purpose as a mother after being severely injured in a plane crash

A faithful Brazillian mother, prohibited by her husband from attending church, sends her children to church

 

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Wooden, John

John Wooden, basketball coach

 

Woodruff, Wilford

Wilford Woodruff learns of urgency of this dispensation

 

Word of Wisdom

L. Tom Perry's regret for not dissuading friend from drinking beer

Creed Haymond refusing to drink wine before track meet

Joseph Smith's concern over men's smoking and chewing tobacco

King choosing safe driver

Boyd K. Packer receiving partriarchal blessing

Young man commits homicide driving drunk

Military officer refuses to drink alcohol

Man becomes addicted

Young Dieter F. Uchtdorf puzzled why some ran faster than him because he kept the word of wisdom

 

 

Work

Young Neal A. Maxwell raises pigs and learns to work carefully

Student procrastinates for test

Boys building tree house

President Uchtdorf reflects on war time years as refugee (three stories in one)

Gordon B. Hinckley, and Henry B. Eyring review a manuscript late at night

President Kimball passes out during meeting and is more concerned about the meeting

Young M. Russell Ballard collected honey with his father

A young man in India works hard to help his family and to get an education

A quorum helps a father get back to work

 

 

Young Women

Young woman makes scrapbook about grandmother

"Honeyhives" and mermaids

Past requirements of Beehive girls

Young woman in car accident

Young woman who set and achieved high goals

Young woman who lived for fun

Purse contents reflect a young woman’s gospel living

A young woman overcomes temptation by attending Mutual

 

 

Zions Camp

Zion's Camp tests future Church leaders

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The Actual Stories:

 

This story is told concerning Charles W. Penrose. He was a convert to the Church and served as a missionary in England for some 11 years. When he was released, he sold some of his belongings to pay for his trip to Zion. Some of the Saints observing him said that he was taking Church property.

This angered him so, that he went upstairs in his residence, sat down, and wrote these verses, which are familiar to you. (See Karen Lynn Davidson, Our Latter-day Hymns: The Stories and the Messages [1988], 323.)

School thy feelings, O my brother;
Train thy warm, impulsive soul.
Do not its emotions smother,
But let wisdom’s voice control.
School thy feelings; there is power
In the cool, collected mind.
Passion shatters reason’s tower,
Makes the clearest vision blind. . . . 

School thy feelings; condemnation
Never pass on friend or foe,
Though the tide of accusation
Like a flood of truth may flow.
Hear defense before deciding,
And a ray of light may gleam,
Showing thee what filth is hiding
Underneath the shallow stream.
School thy feelings, O my brother;
Train thy warm, impulsive soul.
Do not its emotions smother,
But let wisdom’s voice control.

(“School Thy Feelings,Hymns, no. 336)

President Gordon B. Hinckley, “Slow to Anger,” Ensign, Nov 2007, 62.

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Gordon B. Hinckley working on railroad watches an angry man

Many years ago I worked for one of our railroads. A switchman was aimlessly strolling about the platform one day. I asked him to move a car to another track. He exploded. He threw his cap on the pavement and jumped up and down on it, swearing like a drunken sailor. I stood there and laughed at his childish behavior. Noting my laughter, he began to laugh at his own foolishness. He then quietly climbed on the switch engine, drove it over to the empty car, and moved it to an empty track.

I thought of a verse from Ecclesiastes: “Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools” (Ecclesiastes 7:9).

President Gordon B. Hinckley, “Slow to Anger,” Ensign, Nov 2007, 62.

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Gordon B. Hinckley has no recollection of fighting with wife of 67 years

I think of my own marriage. My eternal companion passed away three and a half years ago. But we lived together for 67 years. I have no recollection of ever having a quarrel with her. She traveled with me and spoke on every continent, pleading for the exercise of restraint, kindness, and love.

President Gordon B. Hinckley, “Slow to Anger,” Ensign, Nov 2007, 63.

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Man not worried about peoples comments

A small publication that came to me some years ago carried the following:

Once a man who had been slandered by a newspaper came to Edward Everett asking what to do about it. Said Everett, “Do nothing! Half the people who bought the paper never saw the article. Half of those who saw it, did not read it. Half of those who read it, did not understand it. Half of those who understood it, did not believe it. Half of those who believed it are of no account anyway” (“Sunny Side of the Street,” Nov. 1989; see also Zig Ziglar, Staying Up, Up, Up in a Down, Down World [2000], 174).

President Gordon B. Hinckley, “Slow to Anger,” Ensign, Nov 2007, 63.

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Grudges, if left to fester, can become serious maladies. Like a painful ailment they can absorb all of our time and attention. Guy de Maupassant has written an interesting chronicle that illustrates this.

It concerns Master Hauchecome, who on market day went to town. He was afflicted with rheumatism, and as he stumbled along he noticed a piece of string on the ground in front of him. He picked it up and carefully put it in his pocket. He was seen doing so by his enemy, the harness maker.

At the same time it was reported to the mayor that a pocketbook containing money had been lost. It was assumed that what Hauchecome had picked up was the pocketbook, and he was accused of taking it. He vehemently denied the charge. A search of his clothing disclosed only the piece of string, but the slander against him had so troubled him that he became obsessed with it. Wherever he went he bothered to tell people about it. He became such a nuisance that they cried out against him. It sickened him.

“His mind kept growing weaker and about the end of December he took to his bed.

“He passed away early in January, and, in the ravings of [his] death agony, he protested his innocence, repeating:

“ ‘A little [piece] of string—a little [piece] of string. See, here it is, [Mister Mayor.]’ ” (See “The Piece of String,” http://www.online-literature.com/Maupassant/270/.)

President Gordon B. Hinckley, “Slow to Anger,” Ensign, Nov 2007, 64-66.

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The story is told that reporters were interviewing a man on his birthday. He had reached an advanced age. They asked him how he had done it.

He replied, “When my wife and I were married we determined that if we ever got in a quarrel one of us would leave the house. I attribute my longevity to the fact that I have breathed good fresh air throughout my married life.”

President Gordon B. Hinckley, “Slow to Anger,” Ensign, Nov 2007, 66.

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Young Gordon B. Hinckley attends tithing settlement

When I was a small boy, each December my father would take us all across the street to the home of Bishop Duncan for tithing settlement. The bishop did not have an office in the ward building, and so he had to conduct business in his home. We would all sit in his living room and, one by one, he would invite us into the dining room. Our tithing might be 25 cents, or maybe 50 cents, but it was a full tithing. He wrote out a receipt and recorded the amount in the ward record. The amount may have been so small that it cost more to record it than it was worth. But it established a habit which continued through all of these years. With the payment of tithing have come innumerable blessings as the Lord has promised.

I was married during the Depression, when money was scarce, but we paid our tithing, and somehow we never went hungry or lacked anything we needed.

President Gordon B. Hinckley, “Let Virtue Garnish Thy Thoughts Unceasingly,” Ensign, May 2007, 117

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I was recently told of a woman in Idaho Falls, a widow. Over a period of 15 years she acted as proxy in giving the temple endowment to 20,000 individuals in the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple. She completed her 20,000th endowment on a Friday and returned on Saturday to do five more. She passed away the following week.

Just think of what this one little woman did. She performed these vicarious endowments for as many people as are assembled in this Conference Center this morning. Think of the reception she must have received on the other side.

President Gordon B. Hinckley, “The Things of Which I Know,” Ensign, May 2007, 85.

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I repeat it because those who heard it then have long since forgotten, and those who did not hear it need to hear it. It concerns President Joseph F. Smith, who served as President of the Church from 1901 to 1918, altogether 17 years.

Joseph F. Smith was the son of Hyrum Smith, who was the brother of the Prophet Joseph and was martyred with him in Carthage. Joseph F. was born at Far West, Missouri, on November 13, 1838. He came out of Missouri as an infant. As a lad not yet six years of age, he heard a knock on the window of his mother's home in Nauvoo. It was a man who had hurriedly ridden from Carthage and who told Sister Smith that her husband had been killed that afternoon.

When he was 9, he drove an ox team with his mother across the plains to this valley. At the age of 15 he was called on a mission to Hawaii. He made his way to San Francisco and there worked in a shingle mill to earn enough money to buy passage to the islands.

Hawaii was not a tourist center then. It was populated by the native Hawaiians, who were, for the most part, poor but generous with what they had. He learned to speak their language and to love them. While serving there he experienced a remarkable dream. I quote from his narrative concerning this. Said he:

"I was very much oppressed [when I was] on a mission. I was almost naked and entirely friendless, except [for] the friendship of a poor, benighted . . . people. I felt as if I was so debased in my condition of poverty, lack of intelligence and knowledge, just a boy, that I hardly dared look a . . . man in the face.

"While in that condition I dreamed [one night] that I was on a journey, and I was impressed that I ought to hurry—hurry with all my might, for fear I might be too late. I rushed on my way as fast as I possibly could, and I was only conscious of having just a little bundle, a handkerchief with a small bundle wrapped in it. I did not realize . . . what it was, when I was hurrying as fast as I could; but finally I came to a wonderful mansion. . . . I thought I knew that was my destination.

As I passed towards it, as fast as I could, I saw a notice [which read B-A-T-H], 'Bath.' I turned aside quickly and went into the bath and washed myself clean. I opened up this little bundle that I had, and there was [some] white, clean [clothing], a thing I had not seen for a long time, because the people I was with did not think very much of making things exceedingly clean. But my [clothing was] clean, and I put [it] on. Then I rushed to what appeared to be a great opening, or door. I knocked and the door opened, and the man who stood there was the Prophet Joseph Smith. He looked at me a little reprovingly, and the first words he said: 'Joseph, you are late.' Yet I took confidence and [replied]:

" 'Yes, but I am clean—I am clean!'

"He clasped my hand and drew me in, then closed the great door. I felt his hand just as tangible as I ever felt the hand of man. I knew him, and when I entered I saw my father, and Brigham [Young] and Heber [C. Kimball], and Willard [Richards], and other good men that I had known, standing in a row. I looked as if it were across this valley, and it seemed to be filled with a vast multitude of people, but on the stage were all the people that I had known. My mother was there, and she sat with a child in her lap; and I could name over as many as I remember of their names, who sat there, who seemed to be among the chosen, among the exalted. . . . 

"[When I had this dream,] I was alone on a mat, away up in the mountains of Hawaii—no one was with me. But in this vision I pressed my hand up against the Prophet, and I saw a smile cross his countenance. . . . 

"When I awoke that morning I was a man, although only [still] a boy. There was not anything in the world that I feared [after that]. I could meet any man or woman or child and look them in the face, feeling in my soul that I was a man every whit. That vision, that manifestation and witness that I enjoyed at that time has made me what I am, if I am anything that is good, or clean, or upright before the Lord, if there is anything good in me. That has helped me out in every trial and through every difficulty" (Gospel Doctrine, 5th ed. [1939], 542–43).

The core of that meaningful dream is found in the reproof given by Joseph Smith to young Joseph F. Said the Prophet, "Joseph, you are late."

Replied Joseph F., "Yes, but I am clean—I am clean!"

The result of that dream was that a boy was changed into a man. His declaration "I am clean" gave him self-assurance and courage in facing anyone or any situation. He received the strength that comes from a clear conscience fortified by the approbation of the Prophet Joseph.

This prophetic dream holds something for every man and boy assembled in this vast congregation tonight. It is an old saying among us that "cleanliness is next to godliness."

President Gordon B. Hinckley, “I Am Clean,” Ensign, May 2007, 61

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Some years ago in the Salt Lake Tabernacle, Elder Marion D. Hanks conducted a panel discussion. Included in that panel was an attractive and able young woman, divorced, the mother of seven children then ranging in ages from 7 to 16. She said that one evening she went across the street to deliver something to a neighbor. Listen to her words, as I recall them:

"As I turned around to walk back home, I could see my house lighted up. I could hear echoes of my children as I had walked out of the door a few minutes earlier. They were saying: 'Mom, what are we going to have for dinner?' 'Can you take me to the library?' 'I have to get some poster paper tonight.' Tired and weary, I looked at that house and saw the light on in each of the rooms. I thought of all of those children who were home waiting for me to come and meet their needs. My burdens felt heavier than I could bear.

"I remember looking through tears toward the sky, and I said, 'Dear Father, I just can't do it tonight. I'm too tired. I can't face it. I can't go home and take care of all those children alone. Could I just come to You and stay with You for just one night? I'll come back in the morning.'

"I didn't really hear the words of reply, but I heard them in my mind. The answer was: 'No, little one, you can't come to me now. You would never wish to come back. But I can come to you.' "

President Gordon B. Hinckley, “In the Arms of His Love,” Ensign, Nov 2006, 117

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Elder Lynn Robbins of the Seventy tells this story of a stake president from Panama.

As a young man recently returned from his mission, he found the girl he wanted to marry. They were happy, but very poor.

Then came a particularly difficult time when their food and money ran out. It was a Saturday, and the cupboard was literally bare. Rene felt distraught that his young wife was hungry. He decided he had no other choice than to use their tithing money and go purchase food.

As he was leaving the house, his wife stopped him and asked him where he was going. He told her he was going to buy food. She asked him where he got the money. He told her that it was the tithing money. She said, "That is the Lord's money—you will not use that to buy food." Her faith was stronger than his. He put the money back, and they went to bed hungry that night.

The next morning they had no breakfast, and they went to church fasting. Rene gave the tithing money to the bishop, but he was too proud to tell the bishop that they were in need.

After the meetings he and his wife left the chapel and started to walk home. They hadn't gone very far when a new member called to them from his house. This man was a fisherman and told them he had more fish than he could use. He wrapped five little fish in a newspaper for them, and they thanked him. As they continued to walk home, they were stopped by another member who gave them tortillas; then someone else stopped them and gave them rice; another member saw them and gave them beans.

When they arrived home, they had enough food for two weeks. They were even more surprised when they unwrapped the package of fish and found two very large fish and not the five smaller ones they thought they had seen. They cut the fish in portions and stored it in their neighbor's freezer.

They have repeatedly testified that never since then have they gone hungry.

President Gordon B. Hinckley, “In the Arms of His Love,” Ensign, Nov 2006, 117-118

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I received just the other day a letter from a dear friend. Her name is Helen, and her husband's name is Charlie. She writes as follows, among other things:

"Today Charlie and I spoke at our sacrament meeting. In my talk I related the advice you gave me when I graduated from Idaho Falls High School and had made plans to attend Ricks College. You told me that I should attend the Church College of Hawaii, where I would have a better chance to meet and marry a young man of Chinese ancestry.

"I took your advice and went to CCH, where I met Charlie and married him. We have been married 37 years and have five children. All of our five children have served missions. . . . Three of our children married in the Hawaiian temple. We have two single children, and we hope they will find worthy individuals to take to the temple soon. We have six adorable grandchildren and two more on the way.

"I have been blessed to have a faithful husband who honors his priesthood and has been worthy to serve the Lord as bishop, stake president, and mission president. It has been my privilege to support him in all his Church assignments. I have served as stake Relief Society president for almost five years.

"Today, as I count my many blessings, I could not help but think of what a great influence you have been in my life. I just want you to know that I followed your counsel, and because of that my life has been blessed abundantly. I thank you for taking the time to follow my progress when I left Hong Kong to come to America."

President Gordon B. Hinckley, “In the Arms of His Love,” Ensign, Nov 2006, 118

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This is an important anniversary year in the history of the Church, as all of you know. It is the 150th anniversary of the coming of the Willie and Martin handcart companies and the Hunt and Hodgett wagon companies which accompanied them.

Much has been written concerning this, and I need not go into detail. All of you are familiar with the story. Suffice it to say that those who set out on the long journey from the British Isles to the valley of the Great Salt Lake began their travel in faith. They had little or no knowledge of what they were getting into. But they moved forward. They began their journey with great expectation. That expectation gradually failed them as they moved west. As they commenced the tedious journey following the Platte River and then up the valley of the Sweetwater, the cold hand of death took its fearsome toll. Their food was rationed; their oxen died; their carts broke down; they had inadequate bedding and clothing. Storms raged. They sought shelter, but they found none. The storms beat about them. They literally starved to death. Scores died and were buried in the frozen ground.

Fortunately, they were passed by Franklin D. Richards on his way from England. He had a lightweight conveyance with horses and was able to travel much faster. He came on to this valley. It was this very season of the year. The general conference was in session. When Brigham Young received the news, he immediately stood before the congregation and said:

"I will now give this people the subject and the text for the Elders who may speak to-day and during the conference, it is this, on the 5th day of October, 1856, many of our brethren and sisters are on the plains with hand-carts, and probably many are now 700 miles from this place, and they must be brought here, we must send assistance to them. The text will be, 'to get them here.' I want the brethren who may speak to understand that their text is the people on the plains, and the subject matter for this community is to send for them and bring them in before the winter sets in. . . . 

"I shall call upon the Bishops this day, I shall not wait until to-morrow, nor until [the] next day, for 60 good mule teams and 12 or 15 wagons. I do not want to send oxen, I want good horses and mules. They are in this Territory, and we must have them; also 12 tons of flour and 40 good teamsters, . . . 60 or 65 good spans of mules, or horses, with harness. . . . 

"I will tell you all," said he, "that your faith, religion, and profession of religion, will never save one soul of you in the celestial kingdom of our God, unless you carry out just such principles as I am now teaching you. Go and bring in those people now on the plains, and attend strictly to those things which we call temporal, or temporal duties, otherwise your faith will be in vain; the preaching you have heard will be in vain to you, and you will sink to hell, unless you attend to the things we tell you" (Deseret News, Oct. 15, 1856, 252).

Immediately horses and mules and strong wagons were offered. Flour in abundance was forthcoming. Warm clothing and bedding were quickly assembled. Within a day or two the loaded wagons were moving eastward through the snow.

When the rescuers reached the beleaguered Saints, they were like angels from heaven. People wept tears of gratitude. The handcart people were transferred into wagons so they could travel more quickly to the Salt Lake community.

Some two hundred died, but a thousand were saved.

Among those who were in dire circumstances on the plains was my wife's great-grandmother. She was part of the Hunt wagon company.

Today, my wife's gravesite in the Salt Lake City Cemetery looks down at the gravesite of her great-grandmother, Mary Penfold Goble, who died in the arms of her daughter as she was entering this valley on December 11, 1856. She was buried the next day. She had lost three of her children on that long journey. The feet of a surviving daughter were terribly frozen.

What a story it is. It is filled with suffering and hunger and cold and death. It is replete with accounts of freezing rivers that had to be waded through; of howling blizzards; of the long, slow climb up Rocky Ridge. With the passing of this anniversary year, it may become largely forgotten. But hopefully it will be told again and again to remind future generations of the suffering and the faith of those who came before. Their faith is our inheritance. Their faith is a reminder to us of the price they paid for the comforts we enjoy.

President Gordon B. Hinckley, “The Faith to Move Mountains,” Ensign, Nov 2006, 83-84.

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When the Manti Utah Temple was under construction  some 120 years ago, George Paxman worked as a finish carpenter. He and his young wife, Martha, had one child and were expecting another.

While hanging one of the heavy east doors of the temple, George suffered a strangulated hernia. He was in terrible pain. Martha laid him in a wagon and took him to the town of Nephi, where she put him on the train and took him to Provo. There he died. Spurning marriage, she remained a widow for 62 years, supporting herself with needlework.

Now permit me to diverge from this narrative to say that when I was engaged to marry my wife, I gave her a ring. When we were married, I gave her a wedding band. She wore them for years. Then one day I noticed that she had taken them off and was wearing this little gold wedding band. It had belonged to her grandmother. The ring had been given her by her husband, George. The ring was the only thing he left in this life. One day in the spring, Martha was housecleaning. She brought all of the furnishings out to give the house a thorough cleaning. Upon shaking the straw from the mattress, she looked down, and the ring was gone. She looked everywhere most carefully. It was the only physical remembrance of her beloved husband. She raked through the straw with her fingers but could not find the ring. Tears fell from her eyes. She went to her knees and prayed that the Lord would help her to find the ring. When she opened her eyes, she looked down and there it was.

Now I hold it in my hand. It is too small for all of you to see. It is 18 karat gold, old and scarred and bent. But it represents faith, the faith of a widow who pleaded with the Lord in her extremity. Such faith is the wellspring of activity. It is the root of hope and trust. It is this simple faith that all of us so much need.

President Gordon B. Hinckley, “The Faith to Move Mountains,” Ensign, Nov 2006, 84.

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I previously mentioned pornography. It easily becomes an addiction of the worst kind. Let me read to you from a letter I received from a victim:

"I would like to share something with you that I have not been able to share with anyone else. I am a 35-year-old male. For most of my adult life I have been addicted to pornography. I am very ashamed to admit this, . . . but for the most part, my addiction is as real as that of an alcoholic or a drug addict. . . . 

"The main reason for my writing is to tell you that the Church can't do enough to counsel the members to avoid pornography. I was first introduced to this material as a child. I was molested by an older male cousin, and pornography was used to attract my interest. I am convinced that this exposure at an early age to sex and pornography is at the root of my addiction today.

"I think it is ironic that those who support the business of pornography say that it is a matter of freedom of expression. I have no freedom. I have lost my free agency because I have been unable to overcome this. It is a trap for me, and I can't seem to get out of it. Please, please, please plead with the brethren of the Church not only to avoid but eliminate the sources of pornographic material in their lives. Besides the obvious things like books and magazines, they need to turn off cable movie channels in their homes. I know many who have these services and claim that they are able to screen the bad things out, but this is not true. . . . 

"Pornography and perversion have become so commonplace in our lives that the sources of this material are everywhere. I have found pornographic magazines by the roadside and in dumps. We need to talk to our children and explain how evil these things are and encourage them to avoid looking at them when they come across them. . . . 

"Finally, President Hinckley, please pray for me and others in the Church who may be like me to have the courage and strength to overcome this terrible affliction.

"I am unable to sign my name, and I hope that you will understand."

The computer is a wonderful instrument when it is properly used. But when it is used to deal with pornography or so-called chat rooms or for any other purpose that leads to evil practices or evil thoughts, then there must be self-discipline enough to turn it off.

President Gordon B. Hinckley, “Rise Up, O Men of God,” Ensign, Nov 2006, 60.

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I receive letters from time to time suggesting items that the writers feel should be dealt with at conference. One such came the other day. It is from a woman who indicates that her first marriage ended in divorce. She then met a man who seemed to be a very kind and considerate individual. However, she discovered soon after marriage that his finances were in disarray; he had little money, yet he quit his job and refused employment. She was then forced to go to work to provide for the family.

Years have passed, and he still is unemployed. She then speaks of two other men who are following the same pattern, refusing to work while their wives are compelled to spend long hours providing for their households.

Said Paul to Timothy, "But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel" (1 Timothy 5:8). Those are very strong words.

The Lord has said in modern revelation:

"Women have claim on their husbands for their maintenance, until their husbands are taken. . . . 

"All children have claim upon their parents for their maintenance until they are of age" (D&C 83:2, 4).

From the early days of this Church, husbands have been considered the breadwinners of the family. I believe that no man can be considered a member in good standing who refuses to work to support his family if he is physically able to do so.

President Gordon B. Hinckley, “The Need for Greater Kindness,” Ensign, Nov 2006, 58.

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I have permission to tell you the story of a young man who grew up in our community. He was not a member of the Church. He and his parents were active in another faith.

He recalls that when he was growing up, some of his LDS associates belittled him, made him feel out of place, and poked fun at him.

He came to literally hate this Church and its people. He saw no good in any of them.

Then his father lost his employment and had to move. In the new location, at the age of 17, he was able to enroll in college. There, for the first time in his life, he felt the warmth of friends, one of whom, named Richard, asked him to join a club of which he was president. He writes: "For the first time in my life someone wanted me around. I didn't know how to react, but thankfully I joined. . . . It was a feeling that I loved, the feeling of having a friend. I had prayed for one my whole life. And now after 17 years of waiting, God answered that prayer."

At the age of 19 he found himself as a tent partner with Richard during their summer employment. He noticed Richard reading a book every night. He asked what he was reading. He was told that he was reading the Book of Mormon. He adds: "I quickly changed the subject and went to bed. After all, that is the book that ruined my childhood. I tried forgetting about it, but a week went by and I couldn't sleep. Why was he reading it every night? I soon couldn't stand the unanswered questions in my head. So one night I asked him what was so important in that book. What was in it? He handed me the book. I quickly stated that I never wanted to touch the book. I just wanted to know what was in there. He started to read where he had stopped. He read about Jesus and about an appearance in the Americas. I was shocked. I didn't think that the Mormons believed in Jesus."

Richard asked him to sing in a stake conference choir with him. The day came and the conference started. "Elder Gary J. Coleman from the First Quorum of the Seventy was the guest speaker. I found out during the conference that he also [was a convert]. At the end Richard proceeded to pull me by the arm up to talk to him. I finally agreed, and as I was approaching him he turned and smiled at me. I introduced myself and said that I wasn't a member and that I had just come to sing in the choir. He smiled and said he was happy that I was there and stated that the music was great. I asked him how he knew the Church was true. He told me a short version of his testimony and asked if I had read the Book of Mormon. I said no. He promised me that the first time I read it, I would feel the Spirit."

On a subsequent occasion this young man and his friend were traveling. Richard handed him a Book of Mormon and asked that he read it aloud. He did so, and suddenly the inspiration of the Holy Spirit touched him.

Time passed and his faith increased. He agreed to be baptized. His parents opposed him, but he went forward and was baptized a member of this Church.

His testimony continues to strengthen. Only a few weeks ago he was married to a beautiful Latter-day Saint girl for time and eternity in the Salt Lake Temple. Elder Gary J. Coleman performed his sealing.

That is the end of the story, but there are great statements in that story. One is the sorry manner in which his young Mormon associates treated him.

Next is the manner in which his newfound friend Richard treated him. It was totally opposite from his previous experience. It led to his conversion and baptism in the face of terrible odds.

President Gordon B. Hinckley, “The Need for Greater Kindness,” Ensign, Nov 2006, 59-60.

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William W. Phelps, who was close to the Prophet Joseph, betrayed him in 1838, which led to Joseph's incarceration in Missouri. Recognizing the great evil of the thing he had done, Brother Phelps wrote to the Prophet, asking forgiveness. The Prophet replied in part as follows:

"It is true, that we have suffered much in consequence of your behavior—the cup of gall, already full enough for mortals to drink, was indeed filled to overflowing when you turned against us. . . . 

"However, the cup has been drunk, the will of our Father has been done, and we are yet alive, for which we thank the Lord. . . . 

"Believing your confession to be real, and your repentance genuine, I shall be happy once again to give you the right hand of fellowship, and rejoice over the returning prodigal.

"Your letter was read to the Saints last Sunday, and an expression of their feeling was taken, when it was unanimously Resolved, That W. W. Phelps should be received into fellowship.

" 'Come on, dear brother, since the war is past,

" 'For friends at first, are friends again at last' " (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, sel. Joseph Fielding Smith [1976], 165–66).

President Gordon B. Hinckley, “The Need for Greater Kindness,” Ensign, Nov 2006, 58.

 

 

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Woman forgives young man who injured her

A time back, I clipped a column from the Deseret Morning News, written by Jay Evensen. With his permission, I quote from a part of it. Wrote he:

"How would you feel toward a teenager who decided to toss a 20-pound frozen turkey from a speeding car headlong into the windshield of the car you were driving? How would you feel after enduring six hours of surgery using metal plates and other hardware to piece your face together, and after learning you still face years of therapy before returning to normal—and that you ought to feel lucky you didn't die or suffer permanent brain damage?

"And how would you feel after learning that your assailant and his buddies had the turkey in the first place because they had stolen a credit card and gone on a senseless shopping spree, just for kicks? . . .

"This is the kind of hideous crime that propels politicians to office on promises of getting tough on crime. It's the kind of thing that prompts legislators to climb all over each other in a struggle to be the first to introduce a bill that would add enhanced penalties for the use of frozen fowl in the commission of a crime.

"The New York Times quoted the district attorney as saying this is the sort of crime for which victims feel no punishment is harsh enough. 'Death doesn't even satisfy them,' he said.

"Which is what makes what really happened so unusual. The victim, Victoria Ruvolo, a 44-year-old former manager of a collections agency, was more interested in salvaging the life of her 19-year-old assailant, Ryan Cushing, than in exacting any sort of revenge. She pestered prosecutors for information about him, his life, how he was raised, etc. Then she insisted on offering him a plea deal. Cushing could serve six months in the county jail and be on probation for 5 years if he pleaded guilty to second-degree assault.

"Had he been convicted of first-degree assault—the charge most fitting for the crime—he could have served 25 years in prison, finally thrown back into society as a middle-aged man with no skills or prospects.

"But this is only half the story. The rest of it, what happened the day this all played out in court, is the truly remarkable part.

"According to an account in the New York Post, Cushing carefully and tentatively made his way to where Ruvolo sat in the courtroom and tearfully whispered an apology. 'I'm so sorry for what I did to you.'

"Ruvolo then stood, and the victim and her assailant embraced, weeping. She stroked his head and patted his back as he sobbed, and witnesses, including a Times reporter, heard her say, 'It's OK. I just want you to make your life the best it can be.' According to accounts, hardened prosecutors, and even reporters, were choking back tears" ("Forgiveness Has Power to Change Future," Deseret Morning News, Aug. 21, 2005, p. AA3).

What a great story that is, greater because it actually happened, and that it happened in tough old New York. Who can feel anything but admiration for this woman who forgave the young man who might have taken her life?

President Gordon B. Hinckley, “Forgiveness,” Ensign, Nov 2005, 83-84.

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Thousands of Church members serve hurricane victims in the Gulf States

Now, as all of us are aware, the Gulf States area of the United States has recently suffered terribly from raging winds and waters. Many have lost all they had. The damage has been astronomical. Literally millions have suffered. Fear and worry have gripped the hearts of many. Lives have been lost.

With all of this, there has been a great outpouring of help. Hearts have been softened. Homes have been opened. Critics love to talk about the failures of Christianity. Any such should take a look at what the churches have done in these circumstances. Those of many denominations have accomplished wonders. And far from the least among these has been our own Church. Great numbers of our men have traveled considerable distances, bringing with them tools and tents and radiant hope. Men of the priesthood have given thousands upon thousands of hours in the work of rehabilitation. There have been three and four thousand at a time. There are some there tonight. We cannot say enough of thanks to them. Please know of our gratitude, of our love, and of our prayers in your behalf.

Two of our Area Seventies, Brother John Anderson, who resides in Florida, and Brother Stanley Ellis, who lives in Texas, have directed much of this effort. But they would be the first to say that the credit belongs to the great numbers of men and boys who have given assistance. Many have worn shirts that say "Mormon Helping Hands." They have won the love and respect of those they have assisted. Their assistance has gone not only to members of the Church in trouble, but to great numbers of those concerning whom no religious affiliation has been made.

They have followed the pattern of the Nephites as recorded in the book of Alma: "They did not send away any who were naked, or that were hungry, or that were athirst, or that were sick, or that had not been nourished; and they did not set their hearts upon riches; therefore they were liberal to all, both old and young, both bond and free, both male and female, whether out of the church or in the church, having no respect to persons as to those who stood in need" (Alma 1:30).

Women and girls in many parts of the Church have rendered a Herculean effort in providing hygiene and cleaning kits by the tens of thousands. The Church has provided equipment, food, water, and comfort.

We have contributed substantial amounts of money to the Red Cross and other agencies. We have given millions from fast offerings and humanitarian funds. To every one of you I say thanks in behalf of your beneficiaries and thanks in behalf of the Church.

Now, I do not say, and I repeat emphatically that I do not say or infer, that what has happened is the punishment of the Lord. Many good people, including some of our faithful Latter-day Saints, are among those who have suffered. Having said this, I do not hesitate to say that this old world is no stranger to calamities and catastrophes. Those of us who read and believe the scriptures are aware of the warnings of prophets concerning catastrophes that have come to pass and are yet to come to pass.

President Gordon B. Hinckley, “If Ye Are Prepared Ye Shall Not Fear,” Ensign, Nov 2005, 60-61.

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Lottery fever and bingo instead of tithing

Some 20 years ago, speaking in conference, I said: "Lottery fever recently peaked when New York State announced that three winning tickets would split $41 million. People [had] lined up to buy tickets. One winning ticket was held by 21 factory workers, with 778 second-place winners, and 113,000 who received token amounts. That may sound pretty good.

"But there were also 35,998,956 losers, each of whom had paid for a chance to win [and received nothing]" (in Conference Report, Oct. 1985, 67; or Ensign, Nov. 1985, 52).
Some American states have imposed heavy taxes on casinos as a source of revenue. The operating company also must have its profit. Then comes the winning ticket holder. All others who bought tickets are left empty-handed.

I am so grateful that when the Lord established this Church He gave us the law of tithing. I talked at one time with an officer of another church which, I understand, relies on the playing of bingo for a substantial part of its income. I said to this man, "Have you ever considered tithing to finance your church?" He replied, "Yes, and oh, how I wish that we might follow this practice instead of playing bingo. But I do not expect this change in my lifetime."

President Gordon B. Hinckley, "Gambling," Ensign, May 2005, 59.

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A Controlling Husband

I once knew a man who has since passed on but who insisted on making all of the decisions for his wife and children. They could not buy a pair of shoes without him. They could not take a piano lesson. They could not serve in the Church without his consent. I have since witnessed the outcome of that attitude, and that outcome is not good.

My father never hesitated to compliment my mother. We children knew that he loved her because of the way he treated her. He deferred to her. And I shall ever be profoundly grateful for his example. Many of you have been blessed likewise.

President Gordon B. Hinckley, "The Women in Our Lives," Ensign, Nov 2004, 84.

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President Hinckley shares about Sister Hinckley's passing

My brethren and sisters, at the outset, if you will bear with me, I wish to exercise a personal privilege. Six months ago, at the close of our conference, I stated that my beloved companion of 67 years was seriously ill. She passed away two days later. It was April 6, a significant day to all of us of this Church. I wish to thank publicly the dedicated doctors and wonderful nurses who attended her during her final illness.

My children and I were at her bedside as she slipped peacefully into eternity. As I held her hand and saw mortal life drain from her fingers, I confess I was overcome. Before I married her, she had been the girl of my dreams, to use the words of a song then popular. She was my dear companion for more than two-thirds of a century, my equal before the Lord, really my superior. And now in my old age, she has again become the girl of my dreams.

Immediately following her passing there was a tremendous outpouring of love from across the world. Great quantities of beautiful floral offerings were sent. Large contributions were made in her name to the Perpetual Education Fund and her academic chair at Brigham Young University . There were literally hundreds of letters. We have boxes filled with them from many we know and from very many we do not know. They all express admiration for her and sympathy and love for us whom she left behind.

We regret that we have been unable to respond individually to these many expressions. So I now take this occasion to thank you every one for your great kindness toward us. Thank you so very, very much, and please excuse our failure to reply. The task was beyond our capacity, but your expressions have shed an aura of comfort in our time of grief.

I am grateful to be able to say that in our long life together I cannot remember a serious quarrel. Small differences occasionally, yes, but nothing of a serious nature. I believe our marriage has been as idyllic as anyone's could possibly be.

I recognize that many of you are similarly blessed, and I compliment you most warmly, for when all is said and done there is no association richer than the companionship of husband and wife, and nothing more portentous for good or evil than the unending consequences of marriage.

President Gordon B. Hinckley, "The Women in Our Lives," Ensign, Nov. 2004, 82-83.

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President Hinckley reads woman's letter about pornography

I speak of pornography in all of its manifestations.

I do so because of letters that come to me from broken-hearted wives.

I should like to read portions of one received only a few days ago. I do so with the consent of the writer. I have deleted anything that might lead to disclosure of the parties concerned. I have exercised limited editorial liberty in the interest of clarity and flow of language.

I quote now:

"Dear President Hinckley,

"My husband of 35 years died recently. . . . He had visited with our good bishop as quickly as he could after his most recent surgery. Then he came to me on that same evening to tell me he had been addicted to pornography. He needed me to forgive him [before he died]. He further said that he had grown tired of living a double life. [He had served in many important] Church callings while knowing [at the same time] that he was in the grips of this 'other master.'

"I was stunned, hurt, felt betrayed and violated. I could not promise him forgiveness at that moment but pleaded for time. . . . I was able to review my married life [and how] pornography had . . . put a stranglehold on our marriage from early on. We had only been married a couple of months when he brought home a [pornographic] magazine. I locked him out of the car because I was so hurt and angry. . . .

"For many years in our marriage . . . he was most cruel in many of his demands. I was never good enough for him. . . . I felt incredibly beaten down at that time to a point of deep depression. . . . I know now that I was being compared to the latest 'porn queen'. . . .

"We went to counseling one time and . . . my husband proceeded to rip me apart with his criticism and disdain of me. . . .
"I could not even get into the car with him after that but walked around the town . . . for hours, contemplating suicide. [I thought,] 'Why go on if this is all that my "eternal companion" feels for me?'

"I did go on, but zipped a protective shield around myself. I existed for other reasons than my husband and found joy in my children, in projects and accomplishments that I could do totally on my own. . . .

"After his 'death bed confession' and [after taking time] to search through my life, I [said] to him, 'Don't you know what you have done?' . . . I told him I had brought a pure heart into our marriage, kept it pure during that marriage, and intended to keep it pure ever after. Why could he not do the same for me? All I ever wanted was to feel cherished and treated with the smallest of pleasantries . . . instead of being treated like some kind of chattel. . . .

"I am now left to grieve not only for his being gone but also for a relationship that could have been [beautiful, but was not]. . . .

"Please warn the brethren (and sisters). Pornography is not some titillating feast for the eyes that gives a momentary rush of excitement. [Rather] it has the effect of damaging hearts and souls to their very depths, strangling the life out of relationships that should be sacred, hurting to the very core those you should love the most."

And she signs the letter.

What a pathetic and tragic story. I have omitted some of the detail but have read enough that you can sense her depth of feeling. And what of her husband? He has died a painful death from cancer, his final words a confession of a life laced with sin.

President Gordon B. Hinckley, "A Tragic Evil among Us," Ensign, Nov. 2004, 59-60.

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Ballplayer drops the ball

Many years ago I told a story in conference that I think I will repeat. It is a story about a baseball player. I realize that some of you in various parts of the world do not know much about baseball. You do not even care about it. But this story brings with it a tremendous lesson.

The event occurred in 1912. The World Series was being played, and this was the final game to determine the winner of the series. The score was 2-1 in favor of the New York Giants, who were in the field. The Boston Red Sox were at bat. The man at bat knocked a high, arching fly. Two New York players ran for it. Fred Snodgrass in center field signaled to his associate that he would take it. He came squarely under the ball, which fell into his glove. But he did not hold it there. The ball went right through his grasp and fell to the ground. A howl went up in the stands. The fans could not believe that Snodgrass had dropped the ball. He had caught hundreds of fly balls before. But now, at this most crucial moment, he had failed to hold the ball, and the Red Sox went on to win the world championship.

Snodgrass came back the following season and played brilliant ball for nine more years. He lived to be 86 years of age, dying in 1974. But after that one slip, for 62 years, whenever he was introduced to anybody, the expected response was, "Oh, yes, you're the one who dropped the ball."

Unfortunately, we see people dropping the ball all the time. There is the student who thinks she is doing well enough and then, under the stress of the final exam, fails. There is the driver who is extremely careful. But, in one single moment of carelessness, he becomes involved in a tragic accident. There is the employee who is trusted and who does well. Then, in an instant, he is faced with a temptation he cannot resist. A mark is placed upon him which never seems entirely to disappear.

There is the outburst of anger that destroys in a single moment a long-standing friendship. There is the little sin that somehow grows and eventually leads to separation from the Church.
There is the life lived with decency; then comes the one destructive, ever-haunting, one-time moral breakdown, the memory of which seems never to fade.

On all such occasions, someone dropped the ball. A person may have had plenty of self-confidence. He or she may have been a bit arrogant, thinking, "I do not really have to try." But when he or she reached for the ball, it passed through the glove and fell to the ground. There is repentance, yes. There is forgiveness, of course. There is a desire to forget. But somehow, the time the ball was dropped is long remembered.

President Gordon B. Hinckley, "Stay on the High Road," Ensign, May 2004, 114-115.

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President Hinckley shares health of Sister Hinckley

Now, my brothers and sisters, I reluctantly desire a personal indulgence for a moment. Some of you have noticed the absence of Sister Hinckley. For the first time in 46 years, since I became a General Authority, she has not attended general conference. Earlier this year we were in Africa to dedicate the Accra Ghana Temple. On leaving there we flew to Sal, a barren island in the Atlantic, where we met with members of a local branch. We then flew to St. Thomas, an island in the Caribbean. There we met with a few others of our members. We were on our way home when she collapsed with weariness. She's had a difficult time ever since. She's now 92, a little younger than I am. I guess the clock is winding down, and we do not know how to rewind it.

It is a somber time for me. We've been married for 67 years this month. She is the mother of our five gifted and able children, the grandmother of 25 grandchildren and a growing number of great-grandchildren. We've walked together side by side through all of these years, coequals and companions through storm and sunshine. She has spoken far and wide in testimony of this work, imparting love, encouragement, and faith wherever she's gone. Women have written letters of appreciation from all over the world. We continue to hope and pray for her and express from the depths of our hearts our appreciation for all who have attended her and looked after her and for your great faith and prayers in her behalf.

President Gordon B. Hinckley, "Concluding Remarks," Ensign, May 2004, 103-104.

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Missionary couple digging wells to supply water to small villages

Neil Darlington is a chemical engineer who worked for a large industrial company in Ghana. Eventually, he retired.

He and his wife were then called as a missionary couple. They were sent to Ghana. Brother Darlington says, "In areas of famine, disease, and social unrest, we were there as representatives of the Church, extending a helping hand to the destitute, the hungry, the distressed."

In small villages they drilled new wells and repaired old ones. Those of us who have fresh, clean water in abundance can scarcely appreciate the circumstances of those who are without.

Can you picture this couple, devoted Latter-day Saint missionaries? They drill into the dry earth. Their drill reaches the water table below, and the miracle liquid comes to the surface and spills over the dry and thirsty soil. There is rejoicing. There are tears. There is now water to drink, water with which to wash, water to grow crops. There is nothing more treasured in a dry land than water. How absolutely beautiful is water pouring from a new well.

On one occasion, when the tribal chiefs and the elders of the village gathered to thank them, Brother Darlington asked the chief if he and Sister Darlington could sing a song for them. They looked into the eyes of the dark-skinned men and women before them and sang "I Am a Child of God" as an expression of their common brotherhood.

This one couple, through their efforts, have provided water for an estimated 190,000 people in remote villages and refugee camps. Contemplate, if you will, the miracle of this accomplishment

President Gordon B. Hinckley, "'I Was an Hungered, and Ye Gave Me Meat'," Ensign, May 2004, 60.

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Farmers in a small Idaho community

A recent issue of the Church News carried the story of a group of farmers in a small Idaho community. May I read briefly from that account?

"It is 6 a.m. in late October, and frost already hangs in the air over the sugar beet fields of Rupert, Idaho.

"The long arms of the 'beeters' stretch out over twelve rows, slicing the tops off sugar beets. Behind them, the harvesters thrust their steel fingers into the soil and scoop up the beets, pulling them up toward a belt and into a waiting truck.

" . . . This is the Rupert Idaho Welfare Farm, and those who are working here today are volunteers. . . . At times more than 60 machines [are] working in harmony together- . . . all owned by local farmers."

The work goes on throughout the day.

"[At] 7 p.m. . . . the sun has set, leaving the land dark and cold once again. The farmers head home, exhausted and happy.

"They have finished well another day.

"They have harvested the Lord's sugar beets" (Neil K. Newell, "A Harvest in Idaho," Church News, 20 Mar. 2004, 16).

Such remarkable volunteer service goes on constantly to assure supplies for the storehouses of the Lord.

President Gordon B. Hinckley, "'I Was an Hungered, and Ye Gave Me Meat'," Ensign, May 2004, 59.

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Boy wanting to pay tithing

Brother Artel Ricks tells an intersting story of an inspired Primary teacher. Artel was a little boy five or six years old. One night his family sat around the dinner table and talked about tithing. They told him "that tithing is one-tenth of all we earn and that it is paid to the Lord by those who love Him."

 

He loved the Lord, and so he wanted to give the Lord his tithing. He went and got his savings and took one-tenth of his small savings. He says: "I...went to the only room in the house with a lock on the door--the bathroom--and there knelt by the bathtub. Holding the three or four coins in my upturned hands, I asked the Lord to accept them. [I was certain He would appear and take them from me.] I pleaded with the Lord for some time, but [nothing happened. Why would He not accept my tithing?]. As I rose from my knees, I felt so unworthy that I could not tell anyone what had happened. ...

 

A few days later at Primary, the teacher said she felt impressed to talk about something that was not in the lesson. I sat amazed as she then taught us how to pay tithing [to the bishop, the Lord's servant]. But what I learned was far more important than how to pay tithing. I learned that the Lord had heard and answered my prayer, that He loved me, and that I was important to Him. In later years I came to appreciate still another lesson my Primary teacher had taught me that day--to teach as prompted by the Spirit.

 

So tender was the memory of that occasion that for more than thirty years I could not share it. Even today, after sixty years, I still find it difficult to tell about it without tears coming to my eyes. The pity is that a wonderful Primary teacher never knew that through her, the Lord spoke to a small boy (Coins for the Lord," Ensign, Dec. 1990, 47).

 

President Gordon B. Hinckley, "You Are a Child of God," Ensign, May 2003, 117-118.

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Prayers to end drought in South America

Way back in 1969, I was in South America. I flew from Argentina to Santiago, Chile. The Andes mountains were dry. There was no snow. The grass was burned. Chile was in the midst of a devestating drought.

 

The people pleaded for help in bringin moisture.

 

We dedicated two new buildings on that visit. In each of those dedicatory services we pleaded with the Lord for rain upon the land. I have the testimony of many who were in those meetings that the heavens were opened and the rains fell with such abundance that the people asked the Lord to shut them off.

 

President Gordon B. Hinckley, "Benediction," Ensign May 2003, 100.

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Woman in Brazil paying tithing before tuition

Let me give you a story of a woman in São Paulo, Brazil. She worked while going to school to provide for her family. I use her own words in telling this story. She says:

"The university in which I studied had a regulation that prohibited the students that were in debt from taking tests. For this reason, when I received my salary I would first separate the money for tithing and offerings, and the remainder was allotted for the payment of the school and other expenses.

"I remember a time when I . . . faced serious financial difficulties. It was a Thursday when I received my salary. When I figured the monthly budget, I noticed that there wouldn't be enough to pay [both] my tithing and my university. I would have to choose between them. The bimonthly tests would start the following week, and if I didn't take them I could lose the school year. I felt great agony. . . . My heart ached. I had a painful decision before me, and I didn't know what to decide. I pondered between the two choices: to pay tithing or to risk the possibility of not obtaining the necessary credits to be approved in school.

"This feeling consumed my soul and remained with me up to Saturday. It was then that I remembered that when I was baptized I had agreed to live the law of tithing. I had taken upon myself an obligation, not with the missionaries, but with my Heavenly Father. At that moment, the anguish started to disappear, giving place to a pleasant sensation of tranquility and determination. . . .

"That night when I prayed, I asked the Lord to forgive me for my indecision. On Sunday, before the beginning of sacrament meeting, I contacted the bishop, and with great pleasure I paid my tithing and offerings. That was a special day. I felt happy and peaceful within myself and with Heavenly Father.

"The next day I was in my office; I tried to find a way to be able to take the tests that would begin on Wednesday. The more I thought, the further I felt from a solution. At that time I worked in an attorney's office, and my employer was the most strict and austere person I had ever met.

"The working period was ending when my employer approached and gave the last orders of the day. When he had done so, with his briefcase in his hand he bid farewell. . . . Suddenly, he halted, and looking at me he asked, 'How is your college?' I was surprised, and I couldn't believe what I was hearing. The only thing I could answer with a trembling voice was, 'Everything is all right!' He looked thoughtfully at me and bid farewell again. . . .

"Suddenly the secretary entered the room, saying that I was a very fortunate person! When I asked her why, she simply answered: 'The employer has just said that from today on the company is going to pay fully for your college and your books. Before you leave, stop at my desk and inform me of the costs so that tomorrow I can give you the check.'

"After she left, crying and feeling very humble, I knelt exactly where I was and thanked the Lord for His generosity. I . . . said to Heavenly Father that He didn't have to bless me so much. I only needed the cost of one month´s installment, and the tithing I had paid on Sunday was very small compared to the amount I was receiving! During that prayer the words recorded in Malachi came to my mind: 'Prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it' (Mal. 3:10). Up to that moment I had never felt the magnitude of the promise contained in that scripture and that this commandment was truly a witness of the love that God, our Heavenly Father, gives to His children here on earth."

President Gordon B. Hinckley, "We Walk By Faith," Ensign, May 2002, 73-74.

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Missionaries teach man to pray

Let me tell you of a man I know. I will not mention his name lest he feel embarrassed. His wife felt there was something missing in their lives. She spoke with a relative one day who was a member of the Church. The relative suggested that she call the missionaries. She did so. But the husband was rude to them and told them not to come again.

Months passed. One day another missionary, finding the record of this visit, decided that he and his companion would try again. He was a tall elder from California who carried a big smile on his face.

They knocked on the door; the man answered. Could they come in for a few minutes? they asked. He consented.

The missionary said, in effect, "I wonder if you know how to pray." The man answered that he knew the Lord's Prayer. The missionary said, "That is good, but let me tell you how to give a personal prayer." He went on to explain that we get on our knees in an attitude of humility before the God of heaven. The man did so. The missionary then went on to say, "We address God as our Father in Heaven. We then thank Him for His blessings, such as our health, our friends, our food. We then ask for His blessings. We express our innermost hopes and desires. We ask Him to bless those in need. We do it all in the name of His Beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, concluding with 'amen.' "

It was a pleasant experience for the man. He had gleaned a little light and understanding, a touch of faith. He was ready to try another step.

Line upon line, the missionaries patiently taught him. He responded as his faith grew into a dim light of understanding. Friends from his branch gathered around to reassure him and answer his questions. The men played tennis with him, and he and his family were invited to their homes for dinner.

He was baptized, and that was a giant step of faith. The branch president asked him to be a Scoutmaster to four boys. That led to other responsibilities, and the light of faith strengthened in his life with each new opportunity and experience.

That has continued. Today he stands as a capable and loved stake president, a leader of great wisdom and understanding, and above all, a man of great faith.

President Gordon B. Hinckley, "We Walk By Faith," Ensign, May 2002, 73.

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Gordon B. Hinckley working for railroad

Long ago I worked for one of our railroads whose tracks threaded the passes through these western mountains. I frequently rode the trains. It was in the days when there were steam locomotives. Those great monsters of the rails were huge and fast and dangerous. I often wondered how the engineer dared the long journey through the night. Then I came to realize that it was not one long journey, but rather a constant continuation of a short journey. The engine had a powerful headlight that made bright the way for a distance of 400 or 500 yards. The engineer saw only that distance, and that was enough, because it was constantly before him all through the night into the dawn of the new day.

President Gordon B. Hinckley, "We Walk By Faith," Ensign, May 2002, 72.

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Perpetual Education Fund recipients

The first is that of a young man who served in the Bolivia Cochabamba Mission. He lives with his faithful mother and nieces in a poor neighborhood. Their little home has a concrete floor, one lightbulb, the roof leaks, and the window is broken. He was a successful missionary. He says:

"My mission was the best thing that I have been able to do in my life. I learned to be obedient to the commandments and to be patient in my afflictions. I also learned some English and to manage my money, my time, and my skills better.

"Then, when I finished my mission, going home was difficult. My American companions went back to a university. But there is a lot of poverty in our country. It is very difficult to get an education. My mother does her best, but she can't help us. She has suffered so much, and I am her hope.

"When I learned of the Perpetual Education Fund, I felt so happy. The prophet recognized our efforts. I was filled with joy. . . . There was a possibility I could study, become self-reliant, have a family, help my mother.

"I will study accounting at a local school where I can study and work. It is a short course, just three years long. I have to keep working as a janitor, but that is OK. Once I graduate and get a job in accounting, I will work toward higher education in international business.

"This is our opportunity, and we cannot fail. The Lord trusts us. I have read many times in the Book of Mormon the words the Lord told the prophets, that as we keep the commandments, we would prosper in the land. This is being fulfilled. I am so grateful to God for this great opportunity to receive what my brothers and sisters did not have, to help my family, to accomplish my goals. And I am excited to repay the loan to see others be so blessed. I know the Lord will bless me as I do it."

Now, isn't that wonderful? Now another. A young man in Mexico City was approved to receive a loan of approximately $1,000 to make it possible for him to attend school to become a diesel mechanic. He has said: "My promise is to give my best in order to feel satisfied with my efforts. I know this program is valuable and important. Because of this, I am trying to take maximum advantage of this for the future. I will be able to serve and help the poor and help counsel my family members. I thank my Father in Heaven for this beautiful and inspired program."

A loan was recently approved for another young man from Mexico City, who served in the Nevada Las Vegas Mission. He desires to become a dental technician. His training will require 15 months of dedicated work. He says, "My promise upon finishing my studies at the technical school with the help of the Perpetual Education Fund is to repay the loan so that other returned missionaries can enjoy these blessings."

President Gordon B. Hinckley, "Reaching Down to Lift Another," Ensign, November 2001, 53.

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Young woman who lived for fun

In the yearbook of which I have spoken is the picture of a young woman. She was bright and effervescent and beautiful. She was a charmer. Life for her could be summed up in one short word—fun. She dated the boys and danced away the days and nights, studying a little but not too much, just enough to get grades that would take her through graduation. She married a boy of her own kind. Alcohol took possession of her life. She could not leave it alone. She was a slave to it. Her body succumbed to its treacherous grip. Sadly, her life faded without achievement.

There is a picture of another girl in that yearbook. She was not particularly beautiful. But she had a wholesome look about her, a sparkle in her eyes, and a smile on her face. She knew why she was in school. She was there to learn. She dreamed of the kind of woman she wanted to be and patterned her life accordingly.

She also knew how to have fun, but knew when to stop and put her mind on other things.

There was a boy in school at the time. He had come from a small rural town. He had very little money. He brought lunch in a brown paper bag. He looked a little like the farm from which he had come. There was nothing especially handsome or dashing about him. He was a good student. He had set a goal for himself. It was lofty and, at times, appeared almost impossible of attainment.

These two fell in love. People said, "What does he see in her?" Or, "What does she see in him?" They each saw something wonderful which no one else saw.

Upon graduating from the university, they married. They scrimped and worked. Money was hard to come by. He went on to graduate school. She continued to work for a time, and then their children came. She gave her attention to them.

A few years ago, I was riding a plane home from the East. It was late at night. I walked down the aisle in the semidarkness. I saw a woman asleep with her head on the shoulder of her husband. She awakened as I approached. I immediately recognized the girl I had known in high school so long before. I recognized the boy I had also known. They were now approaching old age. As we talked, she explained that their children were grown, that they were grandparents. She proudly told me that they were returning from the East, where he had gone to deliver a paper. There at a great convention he had been honored by his peers from across the nation.

I learned that they had been active in the Church, serving in whatever capacity they were asked to serve. By every measure, they were successful. They had accomplished the goals which they had set for themselves. They had been honored and respected and had made a tremendous contribution to the society of which they were a part. She had become the woman of whom she had dreamed. She had exceeded that dream.

As I returned to my seat on the plane, I thought of those two girls of whom I have spoken to you tonight. The life of the one had been spelled out in a three-letter word: F-U-N. It had been lived aimlessly, without stability, without contribution to society, without ambition. It had ended in misery and pain and early death.

The life of the other had been difficult. It had meant scrimping and saving. It had meant working and struggling to keep going. It had meant simple food and plain clothing and a very modest apartment in the years of her husband's initial effort to get started in his profession. But out of that seemingly sterile soil there had grown a plant, yes, two plants, side by side, that blossomed and bloomed in a beautiful and wonderful way.

Those beautiful blossoms spoke of service to fellowmen, of unselfishness one to another, of love and respect and faith in one's companion, of happiness as they met the needs of others in the various activities which they pursued.

As I pondered the conversation with these two, I determined within myself to do a little better, to be a little more dedicated, to set my sights a little higher, to love my wife a little more dearly, to help her and treasure her and look after her.

President Gordon B. Hinckley, "How Can I Become the Woman of Whom I Dream?," Ensign, May 2001, 94.

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Young woman who set and achieved high goals

In the yearbook of which I have spoken is the picture of a young woman. She was bright and effervescent and beautiful. She was a charmer. Life for her could be summed up in one short word—fun. She dated the boys and danced away the days and nights, studying a little but not too much, just enough to get grades that would take her through graduation. She married a boy of her own kind. Alcohol took possession of her life. She could not leave it alone. She was a slave to it. Her body succumbed to its treacherous grip. Sadly, her life faded without achievement.

There is a picture of another girl in that yearbook. She was not particularly beautiful. But she had a wholesome look about her, a sparkle in her eyes, and a smile on her face. She knew why she was in school. She was there to learn. She dreamed of the kind of woman she wanted to be and patterned her life accordingly.

She also knew how to have fun, but knew when to stop and put her mind on other things.

There was a boy in school at the time. He had come from a small rural town. He had very little money. He brought lunch in a brown paper bag. He looked a little like the farm from which he had come. There was nothing especially handsome or dashing about him. He was a good student. He had set a goal for himself. It was lofty and, at times, appeared almost impossible of attainment.

These two fell in love. People said, "What does he see in her?" Or, "What does she see in him?" They each saw something wonderful which no one else saw.

Upon graduating from the university, they married. They scrimped and worked. Money was hard to come by. He went on to graduate school. She continued to work for a time, and then their children came. She gave her attention to them.

A few years ago, I was riding a plane home from the East. It was late at night. I walked down the aisle in the semidarkness. I saw a woman asleep with her head on the shoulder of her husband. She awakened as I approached. I immediately recognized the girl I had known in high school so long before. I recognized the boy I had also known. They were now approaching old age. As we talked, she explained that their children were grown, that they were grandparents. She proudly told me that they were returning from the East, where he had gone to deliver a paper. There at a great convention he had been honored by his peers from across the nation.

I learned that they had been active in the Church, serving in whatever capacity they were asked to serve. By every measure, they were successful. They had accomplished the goals which they had set for themselves. They had been honored and respected and had made a tremendous contribution to the society of which they were a part. She had become the woman of whom she had dreamed. She had exceeded that dream.

As I returned to my seat on the plane, I thought of those two girls of whom I have spoken to you tonight. The life of the one had been spelled out in a three-letter word: F-U-N. It had been lived aimlessly, without stability, without contribution to society, without ambition. It had ended in misery and pain and early death.

The life of the other had been difficult. It had meant scrimping and saving. It had meant working and struggling to keep going. It had meant simple food and plain clothing and a very modest apartment in the years of her husband's initial effort to get started in his profession. But out of that seemingly sterile soil there had grown a plant, yes, two plants, side by side, that blossomed and bloomed in a beautiful and wonderful way.

Those beautiful blossoms spoke of service to fellowmen, of unselfishness one to another, of love and respect and faith in one's companion, of happiness as they met the needs of others in the various activities which they pursued.

As I pondered the conversation with these two, I determined within myself to do a little better, to be a little more dedicated, to set my sights a little higher, to love my wife a little more dearly, to help her and treasure her and look after her.

President Gordon B. Hinckley, "How Can I Become the Woman of Whom I Dream?," Ensign, May 2001, 94.

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Graduating class of 1928

Someone gave me a copy of my high school yearbook the other day. It seems that when people get tired of old books, they send them to me. I spent an hour thumbing through it, looking at the pictures of my friends of 73 years ago, my high school class of 1928.

Most of those in that yearbook have now lived their lives and gone beyond. Some seem to have lived almost without purpose, while others lived with great achievements.

I looked at the faces of the boys who were my friends and associates. Once they were youthful and bright and energetic. Now those who are left are wrinkled and slow in their walk. Their lives still have meaning, but they are not as vital as they once were. I looked in that old yearbook at the faces of the girls I knew. Many of them have passed on, and the remainder live in the shadows of life. But they are still beautiful and fascinating.

My thoughts go back to those young men and women of my youth, back to where you are today. By and large, we were a happy lot. We enjoyed life. I think we were ambitious. The dark and terrible Depression which swept over the earth would not come for another year. Nineteen twenty-eight was a season of high hopes and splendid dreams.

In our quieter moments we were all dreamers. The boys dreamed of mountains yet to climb and careers yet to be lived. The girls dreamed of becoming the kind of woman that most of them saw in their mothers.

President Gordon B. Hinckley, "How Can I Become the Woman of Whom I Dream?," Ensign, May 2001, 93.

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President Hinckley visiting Aruba

I sat in a meeting in Aruba the other evening. I dare say that most of those who hear me do not know where Aruba is or that there is even such a place. It is an island off the coast of Venezuela. It is a protectorate of the Netherlands. It is an inconspicuous place in this vast world. There were about 180 in the meeting. On the front row were eight missionaries: six elders and two sisters. The congregation consisted of men and women, boys and girls of various racial strains. A little English was spoken, much of Spanish, and some expressions of other languages. As I looked into the faces of that congregation, I thought of the faith there represented. They love this Church. They appreciate all that it does. They stand and testify of the reality of God the Eternal Father and of His Resurrected Beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. They testify of the Prophet Joseph Smith and of the Book of Mormon. They serve where they are called to serve. They are men and women of faith who have embraced the true and living gospel of the Master, and in their midst are these eight missionaries. I am sure that it is a lonely place for them. But they are doing what they have been asked to do because of their faith. The two young women are beautiful and happy. As I looked at them, I said to myself, Eighteen months is a long time to be in this faraway place. But they do not complain. They speak of the great experience they are having and of the wonderful people they meet. Shining through all of their service is the reassuring faith that the work in which they are engaged is true and that the service they are giving is given unto God.

The Miracle of Faith: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 2001)
It is so with our missionaries wherever they might serve, whether it be right here in Salt Lake City or in Mongolia. They go and serve with faith in their hearts. It is a phenomenon of great power that quietly whispers, "This cause is true, and to you there is an obligation to serve it regardless of the cost."

The Miracle of Faith: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 2001)
Again, people cannot understand it, these thousands of bright and able young men and women who forgo social life, leave school, and selflessly go wherever they are sent to teach the gospel. They go by the power of faith, and they teach by the power of faith, planting a seed of faith here and another there which grow and mature into converts of strength and capacity.

The Miracle of Faith: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 2001)
 

President Gordon B. Hinckley, "The Miracle of Faith," Ensign, May 2001, 69.

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Pioneer grandfather burying wife

I have in my office a small statue of my own pioneer grandfather burying beside the trail his wife and her brother who died on the same day. He then picked up his infant child and carried her to this valley.

President Gordon B. Hinckley, "The Miracle of Faith," Ensign, May 2001, 68.

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Parley P. Pratt's conversion

I read again the other day Parley P. Pratt's account of his reading the Book of Mormon and coming into the Church. Said he:

        "I opened it with eagerness, and read its title page. I then read the testimony of several witnesses in relation to the manner of its being found and translated. After this I commenced its contents by course. I read all day; eating was a burden, I had no desire for food; sleep was a burden when the night came, for I preferred reading to sleep.

        "As I read, the spirit of the Lord was upon me, and I knew and comprehended that the book was true, as plainly and manifestly as a man comprehends and knows that he exists" (Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt, ed. Parley P. Pratt Jr. [1938], 37).

The Miracle of Faith: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 2001)
The gift of faith touched his life.

The Miracle of Faith: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 2001)
 

President Gordon B. Hinckley, "The Miracle of Faith," Ensign, May 2001, 68.

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Family's conversion in Uraguay

We have just returned from a long journey from Salt Lake City to Montevideo, Uruguay, to dedicate a temple, the 103rd working temple of the Church. It was a time of great rejoicing for our members there. Thousands gathered in that beautiful and sacred building and in surrounding chapels.

The Miracle of Faith: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 2001)
One of the speakers, a woman, told a story, the likes of which you have heard many times. As I remember it, she recounted a time in their lives when the missionaries knocked on their door. She had not the remotest idea of what they were teaching. However, she invited them in, and she and her husband listened to their message.

The Miracle of Faith: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 2001)
It was, for them, an unbelievable story. They told of a boy who lived in the state of New York. He was 14 years of age when he read in the book of James: "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him" (James 1:5).

The Miracle of Faith: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 2001)
Desiring wisdom, because various creeds each claimed to have the truth, young Joseph determined to go into the woods and pray to the Lord.

The Miracle of Faith: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 2001)
This he did, and he experienced a vision in response to his prayer. God the Eternal Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, the Resurrected Lord, appeared before him and spoke with him.

The Miracle of Faith: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 2001)
Other manifestations followed. Among these was securing from a hill near his home golden plates which he translated by the gift and power of God.

The Miracle of Faith: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 2001)
Heavenly messengers appeared to him, bestowing upon him keys of the priesthood and the authority to speak in the name of God.

The Miracle of Faith: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 2001)
How could anyone believe such a story? It seemed preposterous. And yet these people believed as they were instructed. Faith came into their hearts to accept that which they had been taught. It was a miracle. It was a gift from God. They could not believe it, and yet they did.

The Miracle of Faith: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 2001)
Following their baptism, their knowledge of the Church grew. They learned more of temple marriage, of families united for eternity under the authority of the holy priesthood. They were determined to have this blessing. But there was no temple anywhere near them. They scrimped and saved. When they had enough, they traveled all the way from Uruguay to Utah with their children, here to be sealed together as a family in the bonds of eternal marriage. She is today an assistant to the matron in the new Montevideo Uruguay Temple. Her husband is a counselor in the temple presidency.

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President Gordon B. Hinckley, "The Miracle of Faith," Ensign, May 2001, 67-68.

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Perpetual Emigration Fund

I begin by taking you back 150 years and more. In 1849 our forebears faced a serious problem. Our people had then been in the Salt Lake Valley for two years. Missionaries in the British Isles and Europe continued to gather converts. They came into the Church by the hundreds. When they were baptized, they desired to gather to Zion. Their strength and their skills were needed here, and their wish to come was very strong. But many of them were distressingly poor, and they had no money with which to buy passage. How were they to get here?

The Perpetual Education Fund: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 2001)
Under the inspiration of the Lord, a plan was devised. What was known as the Perpetual Emigration Fund was established. Under this plan, funded by the Church, notwithstanding its serious poverty at that time, money was loaned to those members who had little or nothing. Loans were made with the understanding that when the converts arrived here, they would find employment, and as they were able to do so, they would pay off the loan. The money repaid would then be loaned to others to make it possible for them to emigrate. It was a revolving resource. It was truly a Perpetual Emigration Fund.

The Perpetual Education Fund: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 2001)
With the help of this fund, it is estimated that some 30,000 converts to the Church were enabled to gather to Zion. They became a great strength to the work here. Some of them came with needed skills, such as stone masonry, and others developed skills. They were able to perform a tremendous service in constructing buildings, including the Salt Lake Temple and Tabernacle, and doing other work which required expertise. They came here by wagons and by handcarts. Notwithstanding the terrible handcart tragedy of 1856, when approximately 200 of them died from cold and sickness on the plains of Wyoming, they traveled safely and became an important part of the family of the Church in these mountain valleys.

The Perpetual Education Fund: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 2001)
For instance, James Moyle was a stonecutter in Plymouth, England, when he was baptized at the age of 17. Of that occasion he wrote: "I then covenanted with the Lord that I would serve Him through good and evil report. It was the turning point in my life, as it kept me from evil company" (in Gordon B. Hinckley, James Henry Moyle [1951], 18).

The Perpetual Education Fund: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 2001)
Notwithstanding his skill as a mason, he had little money. He borrowed from the Perpetual Emigration Fund and left England in 1854, sailed to America, crossed the plains, and almost immediately secured employment as a stonemason on the Lion House at $3 a day. He saved his money, and when he had $70, the amount of his indebtedness, he promptly repaid the Emigration Fund. He said, "I then considered that I was a free man" (Moyle, 24).

The Perpetual Education Fund: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 2001)
When the Perpetual Emigration Fund was no longer needed, it was dissolved. I believe that many within the sound of my voice are descendants of those who were blessed by reason of this fund. You are today prosperous and secure because of what was done for your forebears.

The Perpetual Education Fund: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 2001)
 

President Gordon B. Hinckley, "The Perpetual Education Fund," Ensign, May 2001, 51.

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Boy and rattlesnake

I have never forgotten a story that Elder Robert Harbertson told at this Tabernacle pulpit. He spoke of an Indian boy who climbed a high mountain. It was cold up there. At his feet was a snake, a rattlesnake. The snake was cold and pleaded with the young man to pick it up and take it down where it was warmer.

The Indian boy listened to the enticings of the serpent. He gave in. He gathered it up into his arms and covered it with his shirt. He carried it down the mountain to where it was warm. He gently put it on the grass. When the snake was warm it raised its head and struck the boy with its poisonous fangs.

The boy cursed at the snake for striking him as an answer to his kindness. The snake replied, "You knew what I was when you picked me up" ("Restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood," Ensign, July 1989, 77).

President Gordon B. Hinckley, "Your Greatest Challenge, Mother," Ensign, November 2000, 97.

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Young girl and the Internet

A recent magazine article contains the story of a 12-year-old girl who got hooked on the Internet. In a chat room she met an admirer. One thing led to another until the discussion became sexually explicit. As she conversed with him, she thought he was a boy of about her own age.

"Great Shall Be the Peace of Thy Children": President Gordon B. Hinckley (October 2000)
When she met him, she found "a tall, overweight gray-haired man." He was a vicious predator, a scheming pedophile. Her mother, with the help of the FBI, saved her from what might have been a tragedy of the worst kind (see Stephanie Mansfield, "The Avengers Online," Reader's Digest, Jan. 2000, 100-104).

"Great Shall Be the Peace of Thy Children": President Gordon B. Hinckley (October 2000)
 

President Gordon B. Hinckley, "'Great Shall Be the Peace of They Children," Ensign, November 2000, 51.

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Young men getting in trouble after 11 p.m.

My officer friend told me recently of two young men in the backseat of a police car, handcuffs about their wrists. They had started out innocently enough that evening. Four of them in a car went about looking for excitement. They found it. Soon there was a fight. Then the police cars converged. The boys were detained and handcuffed.

"Great Shall Be the Peace of Thy Children": President Gordon B. Hinckley (October 2000)
These were good young men. They were not of the kind that go to the jailhouse periodically. The mother of one of them had said to him before he left home, "Bad things happen after 11 o'clock."

"Great Shall Be the Peace of Thy Children": President Gordon B. Hinckley (October 2000)
He had quickly learned the meaning of that statement. He was embarrassed. He was ashamed to face his mother.

"Great Shall Be the Peace of Thy Children": President Gordon B. Hinckley (October 2000)
 

President Gordon B. Hinckley, "'Great Shall Be the Peace of They Children," Ensign, November 2000, 50.

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Young Gordon B. Hinckley's prayers

Later in my youth, my brother and I slept in an unheated bedroom in the winter. People thought that was good for you. Before falling into a warm bed, we knelt to say our prayers. There were expressions of simple gratitude. They concluded in the name of Jesus. The distinctive title of Christ was not used very much when we prayed in those days.

My Testimony: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 2000)
I recall jumping into my bed after I had said amen, pulling the covers up around my neck, and thinking of what I had just done in speaking to my Father in Heaven in the name of His Son. I did not have great knowledge of the gospel. But there was some kind of lingering peace and security in communing with the heavens in and through the Lord Jesus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Testimony: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 2000)

 

 

When I went on a mission to the British Isles, that testimony quickened.

 

President Gordon B. Hinckley, "My Testimony," Ensign, May 2000, 70.
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Gordon B. Hinckley's earache

The earliest instance of which I have recollection of spiritual feelings was when I was about five years of age, a very small boy. I was crying from the pain of an earache. There were no wonder drugs at the time. That was 85 years ago. My mother prepared a bag of table salt and put it on the stove to warm. My father softly put his hands upon my head and gave me a blessing, rebuking the pain and the illness by authority of the holy priesthood and in the name of Jesus Christ. He then took me tenderly in his arms and placed the bag of warm salt at my ear. The pain subsided and left. I fell asleep in my father's secure embrace. As I was falling asleep, the words of his administration floated through my mind. That is the earliest remembrance I have of the exercise of the authority of the priesthood in the name of the Lord.

My Testimony: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 2000)
 

President Gordon B. Hinckley, "My Testimony," Ensign, May 2000, 70.

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Gordon B. Hinckley reorganizing stake

All of the Authorities who are here tonight could testify that in the reorganization of stakes they have had remarkable and inspiring experiences. I recall being assigned to reorganize a stake about 40 years ago. The president had suddenly died. The Brethren asked me to go down and speak at the funeral and reorganize the stake. I had never done this before. I was new as a General Authority. I was to be all alone.

The Stake President: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 2000)
When I arrived, I was taken to another town, where I participated in the funeral service. I asked all of the stake officers and the bishops to remain after the service and announced that a reorganization of the stake would take place the next evening.

The Stake President: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 2000)
I asked the mission president to sit with me as I interviewed the brethren, none of whom I knew. We interviewed late into the evening. I soon discovered there were problems in the stake. There were divisive feelings. When we were all through, I said to the mission president, "I am not satisfied. Are there not others?" He said, "I know of only one man whom we have not interviewed. He moved here rather recently on a transfer in his company. He is the second counselor in a bishopric. I do not know him well. He resides in another city."

The Stake President: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 2000)
I said, "Let's go see him." We drove and went to the hotel where I would be staying for the night. Here I was, having interviewed all of these brethren and having not found one that I considered worthy to preside and having scheduled the reorganization for the next evening.

The Stake President: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 2000)
We arrived late at the hotel. I called the man; a sleepy voice answered the phone. I said that I wished to see him that evening. I apologized for calling him so late. He said, "I've just gone to bed, but I'll put on my clothes and come."

The Stake President: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 2000)
He came to the hotel. The conversation that followed was most interesting. He was a graduate of BYU in petroleum geology. He worked for a big oil company. He had served elsewhere in positions of responsibility in the Church. He knew the program of the Church. He had served a mission. He knew the gospel. He was mature in the Church. And the territory for which he was responsible as an employee of the oil company was exactly the same as the territory of the stake. I told him we would telephone him in the morning and excused him.

The Stake President: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 2000)
The mission president went on his way, and I went to bed.

The Stake President: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 2000)
At about three o'clock the next morning I awoke. Doubts began to flood my mind. This man was almost a total stranger to the people of the stake. I got out of bed and got on my knees and pleaded with the Lord for direction. I did not hear a voice, but I had a very distinct impression that said, "I told you who should be stake president. Why do you continue to ask?"

The Stake President: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 2000)
Ashamed of myself for troubling the Lord again, I went to bed and fell asleep. I phoned the man early the next morning and issued to him a call to serve as president of the stake. I asked him to select counselors.

The Stake President: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 2000)
That evening when people gathered for the meeting, there was much speculation as to who would be the stake president, but no one even thought of this man. When I announced his name, people looked at one another for a clue to discovering who he was. I had him come to the stand. I announced his counselors and had them come to the stand.

The Stake President: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 2000)
Even though they did not know him, the people sustained him. Things began to happen in that stake. The people had known for a long time that they needed a stake center, but they had been uncertain and argumentative as to where it should go. He went to work and within 18 months had a beautiful new stake center ready for dedication. He unified the stake. He traveled up and down, meeting the people and extending his love to them. That stake, which had grown tired, came to life and literally bubbled with new enthusiasm. It stands as a shining star in the large constellation of stakes in this Church.

The Stake President: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 2000)
Brethren, I can testify to you that revelation from the Lord is made manifest in the naming of a stake president. I once spoke in this meeting on bishops, and tonight I wish to say a few words about stake presidents.

The Stake President: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 2000)
 

President Gordon B. Hinckley, "To the Stake President," Ensign, May 2000, 49-50.

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Gordon B. Hinckley and walnut tree

And now, my brothers and sisters, I would like to tell you about another feature of this wonderful building. If I get a little personal and even a little sentimental, I hope you will forgive me.

To All the World in Testimony: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 2000)
I love trees. When I was a boy we lived on a farm in the summer, a fruit farm. Every year at this season we planted trees. I think I have never missed a spring since I was married, except for two or three years when we were absent from the city, that I have not planted trees, at least one or two—fruit trees, shade trees, ornamental trees, and spruce, fir, and pine among the conifers. I love trees.

To All the World in Testimony: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 2000)
Well, some 36 years ago I planted a black walnut. It was in a crowded area where it grew straight and tall to get the sunlight. A year ago, for some reason it died. But walnut is a precious furniture wood. I called Brother Ben Banks of the Seventy, who, before giving his full time to the Church, was in the business of hardwood lumber. He brought his two sons, one a bishop and the other recently released as a bishop and who now run the business, to look at the tree. From all they could tell it was solid, good, and beautiful wood. One of them suggested that it would make a pulpit for this hall. The idea excited me. The tree was cut down and then cut into two heavy logs. Then followed the long process of drying, first naturally and then kiln drying. The logs were cut into boards at a sawmill in Salem, Utah. The boards were then taken to Fetzer's woodworking plant, where expert craftsmen designed and built this magnificent pulpit with that wood.

To All the World in Testimony: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 2000)
The end product is beautiful. I wish all of you could examine it closely. It represents superb workmanship, and here I am speaking to you from the tree I grew in my backyard, where my children played and also grew.

To All the World in Testimony: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 2000)
It is an emotional thing for me. I have planted another black walnut or two. I will be long gone before they mature. When that day comes and this beautiful pulpit has grown old, perhaps one of them will do to make a replacement. To Elder Banks and his sons, Ben and Bradley, and to the skilled workers who have designed and built this, I offer my profound thanks for making it possible to have a small touch of mine in this great hall where the voices of prophets will go out to all the world in testimony of the Redeemer of mankind.

To All the World in Testimony: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 2000)

 

And so to all who have made this sacred edifice possible, and to all of you who are here assembled on this historic occasion, I express gratitude and appreciation, my love and my thanks for this day and this sacred and beautiful house of worship, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

President Gordon B. Hinckley, "To All the World in Testimony," Ensign, May 2000, 6.

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Man receives call as temple president

I telephoned a man last week. He is retired. He has served as a mission president, and he and his wife are now serving as missionaries. I asked him if they would be willing to go to preside over a new temple. He broke down with emotion. He was overcome. He could not talk. He and his wife will leave their children and grandchildren for another long period to serve the Lord in another capacity. Will they miss their grandchildren? Of course they will. But they will go, and they will serve faithfully.

President Gordon B. Hinckley, "'He is not Here, But is Risen'," Ensign, May 1999, 70.

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Gordon B. Hinckley's childhood bishop a great friend

All during the years of my childhood and youth, even until the time I was ordained an elder and came home from a mission, I had only one bishop. He was a remarkable man. He served for 25 years. We knew him, and he knew us. We always addressed him as "Bishop Duncan," and he always called us by our first names. We had great respect for him, an almost awesome respect. But we had no fear of him. We knew that he was our friend. His was a very large ward, and how very well he served his people.

The Shepherds of the Flock: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 1999)
I spoke at his funeral. Next to my own father, he probably had the greatest influence on my young life. How grateful I am for him.

The Shepherds of the Flock: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 1999)
 

President Gordon B. Hinckley, "The Shepherds of the Flock," Ensign, May 1999, 53.

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Bishops succor ward members after hurricane

As all of you are aware, last fall a terrible storm hit Central America. For six days and nights, Hurricane Mitch locked in over that area and particularly over Honduras. The winds blew ferociously and the rains fell without letup. Rivers swelled and took with them houses that had been built along their banks. More than 200 bridges were washed out in Honduras, destroying means of travel. The soil from the highlands washed towards the sea in a deluge of filthy mud. Houses were filled to the tops of the windows. Yards and streets were filled. People fled in terror, leaving all behind them.

The Shepherds of the Flock: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 1999)
One of our bishops secured a big truck and went about gathering his people, taking them to higher ground. When the truck could no longer get through, he somehow secured a boat. He was looking after his flock.

The Shepherds of the Flock: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 1999)
I went down there to see what had happened and to give comfort, where possible. I beheld a miracle. I witnessed in operation the simple and marvelously effective organization of this Church.

The Shepherds of the Flock: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 1999)
Every member of this Church has a bishop or a branch president. I have only commendation for other relief efforts which came in from across the world. But I have unending admiration for the wonderful manner in which the Church operated. The bishops appealed to their stake presidents, who appealed to the Area Presidency, who appealed to headquarters here in Salt Lake City. Within hours, great quantities of basic foodstuffs, medicine, and clothing were on their way from our storehouses.

The Shepherds of the Flock: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 1999)
A warehouse was rented in San Pedro Sula in the area of the greatest damage. It was the bishops who marshaled their people to work shifts in the warehouse putting into plastic bags enough food to take care of a family for a week, clothing to put on their backs, medicine to safeguard them against disease. Every bishop knew his own people. He, with his Relief Society president, knew their needs. These were not faceless strangers working as employees of government. They were friends, each a member of a ward family small enough that they knew one another's needs. There was no argument, no greedy grasping for food and clothing. Everything was orderly. It was systematic. It was friendly. It was motivated by love and concern, and it was done quickly to meet an immediate need. It was the gospel at work in a quiet and magnificent manner.

The Shepherds of the Flock: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 1999)
The waters finally subsided, but mud was left in a thick and ugly coating on everything. Nothing became more valuable than shovels and wheelbarrows. And together, again under the direction of the bishops, the mud was cleaned from the houses.

The Shepherds of the Flock: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 1999)
We visited a meetinghouse on a Saturday. There were many people there, with a bishop, a loving father to his flock, giving direction. The pews, which had been floating in the water, were taken out and carefully cleaned. Mud was scraped from the walls and the floors. Then the mops came out and the polishing cloths, and before nightfall that Saturday evening, the building had been made ready for worship services on the Sabbath.

The Shepherds of the Flock: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 1999)
I stand in humble gratitude and respect and admiration for the bishops of this Church. In the most dire of circumstances, I watched them in La Lima, Honduras. I spoke with them, shook their hands, loved them. How thankful I am for these men who, without regard for their own comfort, give of their time, of their wisdom, of their inspiration in presiding over our wards throughout the world. They receive no compensation other than the love of their people. There is no rest for them on the Sabbath, nor very much at other times. They are the ones closest to the people, best acquainted with their needs and circumstances.

The Shepherds of the Flock: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 1999)
 

President Gordon B. Hinckley, "The Shepherds of the Flock," Ensign, May 1999, 52-53.

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New York mother insists on high moral standards in home

My wife likes to tell of Sam Levenson. He speaks of growing up in a crowded New York tenement where the environment was anything but good. Here in this slum, his mother reared her eight precocious children. He said, "The moral standard of the home had to be higher than that of the street." His mother would say to them when they acted the way they acted on the street, "You are not on the street; you are in our home. This is not a cellar nor a poolroom. Here we act like human beings."

 

President Gordon B. Hinckley, "Walking in the Light of the Lord," Ensign, November 1998, 99.

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Mary Fielding Smith exemplifies faith of Relief Society sisters

I pulled a book from my shelf the other evening. I read again the life of Mary Fielding Smith, wife of Hyrum Smith, sister-in-law of Joseph Smith, mother and grandmother of two presidents of the Church. A convert to the Church, originally from England and then from Canada, she came to Kirtland in her late 30s. There she met and married Hyrum Smith, who was left with six children after the death of his first wife.

Mary loved him and brought an added dimension into his life. In that process she set a course which brought her happiness only to be followed by immeasurable sorrow, for there was laid upon her a terrifying and fearful responsibility which took her from Nauvoo across Iowa to Winter Quarters and, in 1848, on the long trail that led to the Salt Lake Valley. At the age of 51 she was worn out, weary from the struggle. She passed away September 21, 1852.

Her life is the epitome of the Relief Society woman of those days. In fact, some of her experiences predated the organization of the society in 1842.

Mary's boy Joseph was born at a time when her husband was snatched away by the mob militia then terrorizing Far West. Hyrum and the Prophet Joseph were taken to Liberty, Missouri, where they were imprisoned. Under the compulsion of Governor Lilburn W. Boggs's extermination order, she left Missouri with the stepchildren for whom she had taken responsibility, as well as her own son. Her sister Mercy placed Mary, who was seriously ill, on a bed in a wagon box with her infant boy cradled at her side.

In February 1839, when winter was still upon the land, they traveled east across the state and then across the Mississippi to Quincy, Illinois, bumping along in a springless wagon where every jolt brought pain.

When her husband and the Prophet escaped from Liberty Jail and came to Quincy, life again improved. The Saints moved to what became Nauvoo and established their beautiful city on the Mississippi. But their peace was short-lived. Her little boy was less than six years old when a knock came at night on her window and a man said, "Sister Smith, your husband has been killed!"

Joseph F. never forgot his mother's weeping through the night.

Her world was shattered. She was on her own now with a large family to care for. In the summer of 1846, they bade their comfortable home good-bye and rode a flatboat across the Mississippi. Taking matters into her own hands, she was able to trade, borrow, and barter for ox teams and wagons.

While living in Winter Quarters, she and her brother went down the Missouri River to purchase provisions and clothing. They had two wagons, each having two yoke of oxen. Camping for the night, they discovered in the morning that their two best oxen were gone. Young Joseph and his uncle spent the entire morning looking for the lost animals. They found nothing. Disheartened, he returned to tell his mother. Their situation was desperate, terribly so. As he approached, he saw her on her knees praying fervently, speaking with the Lord about their problem. When she arose to her feet, there was a smile on her face. She told her son and her brother to get their breakfast and she would look around. Following a little stream of water, and disregarding the words of a man who was in the area, she went directly along the bank of the river.

Pausing, she called to her son and brother. She pointed to their oxen, which had been tied to a clump of willows growing in the bottom of a deep gulch. The thief, who had tried to misdirect her, lost his prize and they were saved.

Mary's faith imprinted itself in her son's boyish heart. He never forgot it. He never doubted her closeness to the Lord.

All of you are familiar with her experience when one of her oxen, exhausted and worn, lay down to die while they were en route to these valleys in the West. In a mixture of utter desperation and simple faith, she secured consecrated oil and asked her brother and an associate to administer to the ox. They did so. It rose to its feet with a renewal of strength and carried them for the remainder of their long journey.

Such was the faith, sweet and simple and beautiful, which graced this woman's life. She walked in the light of the Lord. She lived by that light. It guided her in all of her actions. It became the lodestar of her life. She exemplified the tremendous faith of the women of this Church--the women of the Relief Society, who today on a thousand fronts carry on the dedicated work of this remarkable organization.

President Gordon B. Hinckley, "Walking in the Light of the Lord," Ensign, November 1998, 97-98.

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Marjorie P. Hinckley gives family history chart as wedding gift

A great challenge! At the marriage of each of our daughters and granddaughters, my wife has presented a special gift. It is not a vacuum cleaner or dishes or anything utilitarian. It is a seven-generation family history chart of her maternal line, beautifully framed. It is made up of photographs of her maternal great-great-grandmother, of her great-grandmother, of her grandmother, her mother, herself, her daughter, and her newly married granddaughter.

Every woman in that picture for seven generations has been a Relief Society worker. This beautiful family history chart becomes an ever-present reminder to the younger ones of this generation of the great responsibility they carry, of the great obligation they have to move forward this work in the tradition of their mothers and grandmothers in service in the Relief Society organization.

President Gordon B. Hinckley, "Walking in the Light of the Lord," Ensign, November 1998, 97.

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Accident causes man to suffer financial loses

No one knows when emergencies will strike. I am somewhat familiar with the case of a man who was highly successful in his profession. He lived in comfort. He built a large home. Then one day he was suddenly involved in a serious accident. Instantly, without warning, he almost lost his life. He was left a cripple. Destroyed was his earning power. He faced huge medical bills. He had other payments to make. He was helpless before his creditors. One moment he was rich, the next he was broke.

President Gordon B. Hinckley, "To the Boys and To the Men," Ensign, November 1998, 53.

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Missionary writes of his joy in serving

Permit me to read to you parts of a letter from a young man now serving a mission. It is written to his family, and I hope I do not violate propriety in reading it to this great gathering. I will not disclose the name of the writer or the mission in which he serves.

To the Boys and to the Men: President Gordon B. Hinckley (October 1998)
  
He says:

        "This past year has been great! I transferred out of the mission office and came to this small branch. My life has changed dramatically since that last transfer. I have in the past few months learned what is really important. I have learned what matters. I have learned to forget myself. I have learned to work effectively. I have learned to love others. I have learned that God loves me and that I love Him. In short, I have learned to live what I believe. . . .

        "I have learned about people and things. I have watched tears of joy come to those who never knew they were children of God. I have seen the prayers of the penitent be answered. I have seen people absorb the gospel of Jesus Christ and want to change into new persons, all because of a feeling....

        "I often dream about the plan of salvation. I think about the marvelous work and a wonder that has taken place. I think about the power and force of angels that stand among us. I wonder at times how many of these are around me helping to bear testimony in a language I never thought could be fully understood.

        "I ponder upon the peaceable things of immortal glory visioned by Enoch.... I am thankful to God to be who I am. My greatest blessing in life is to be alive—alive in the service of our God. In this, I find great peace and joy."

To the Boys and to the Men: President Gordon B. Hinckley (October 1998)
 

President Gordon B. Hinckley, "To the Boys and To the Men," Ensign, November 1998, 52.

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Gospel changes lives of Mexican family

Let me tell you a story that I heard recently in Mexico. In Torreón I was driven about in the fine automobile that belonged to the man of whom I speak. His name is David Castañeda.

Testimony: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 1998)
Thirty years ago he, his wife, Tomasa, and their children lived on a dry little run-down ranch near Torreón. They owned 30 chickens, 2 pigs, and 1 thin horse. The chickens provided a few eggs to sustain them and the means whereby to earn an occasional peso. They walked in poverty. Then the missionaries called on them. Sister Castañeda said, "The elders took the blinders from our eyes and brought light into our lives. We knew nothing of Jesus Christ. We knew nothing of God until they came."

Testimony: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 1998)
She had two years of schooling, her husband none. The elders taught them, and they were eventually baptized. They moved into the little town of Bermejillo. They were fortuitously led into the junk business, buying wrecked automobiles. This led to association with insurance companies and others. They gradually built a prosperous business in which the father and his five sons worked. With simple faith they paid their tithing. They put their trust in the Lord. They lived the gospel. They served wherever called to do so. Four of their sons and three of their daughters filled missions. The youngest son is presently serving in Oaxaca. They have now built a very substantial business and have been prospered therein. They have been taunted by their critics. Their answer is a testimony of the power of the Lord in their lives.

Testimony: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 1998)
Some 200 of their family and friends have joined the Church due to their influence. Over 30 sons and daughters of family and friends have served missions. They donated the land on which a chapel now stands.

Testimony: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 1998)
The children, now grown to maturity, and the parents take turns going to Mexico City each month, there to work in the temple. They stand as a living testimony of the great power of this work of the Lord to lift and change people. They are typical of thousands upon thousands throughout the world who experience the miracle of Mormonism as a testimony of the divinity of the work comes into their lives.

Testimony: President Gordon B. Hinckley (April 1998)
 

President Gordon B. Hinckley, "Testimony," Ensign, May 1998, 70.

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Disaffected convert writes to Gordon B. Hinckley

I should like to read you a letter. It is of a kind that we occasionally receive. A man writes:

        "I feel compelled to write to you after reading your comments from the April general conference. I was especially moved by your comments on 'Converts and Young Men.' I was reading the article on the Internet and was touched by your words. Your perception of converts and their special needs was especially moving to me since I was a convert to the Church. I wanted to write to you and tell you that I agree with all of your statements, and that had more members been aware of the needs of a convert I would probably have stayed in the Church.

        "I was converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1994. This was after a long period of time in which I was searching for the true church. I had explored just about every denomination and church but never found what I was looking for. From my first contact with the missionaries, I knew that they were presenting something to me that would change my life. I listened to what they had to say, and I heard what I was looking for all those years. I don't know if there are words to describe how I felt after hearing their message. I was finally at peace. It all made sense. I earnestly studied the Church and felt as if I had found a 'home.' I decided to be baptized on October 8, 1994. It was one of the greatest days of my life.

        "However, after my baptism, things with the Church changed. I suddenly was thrown into an environment where I was supposed to know what was going on. I now was not the focus of attention but just another member. I was treated as if I was in the Church for years.

        "I had been told that there would be six discussions following my joining the Church. They never took place. At this same time, I was feeling intense pressure from my fiancée to not be in the Church. She was extremely anti-Mormon [in her] beliefs and didn't want me to be a part of it. We fought often about the Church. I thought that I could make her see my side of the story. I thought that if I just had more time to participate in the Church, she wouldn't think of it as a bad thing or as a cult. I thought that she would see from my example that this was the true Church and she would come to accept it.

        "I used the missionaries for a lot of support. They helped ... to think of ways to convince my fiancée that I had made the right decision. That worked until the missionaries were transferred. They moved away, and I was basically left alone. At least, that is how I thought. I looked to the members for support, but there was none. The bishop helped, but he could only do so much. I gradually lost my 'warm, fuzzy feeling' about the Church. I felt like a stranger. I began to doubt the Church and its message. Eventually, I started to listen more to my fiancée. Then I made a decision that maybe I had rushed into the Church too quickly. I wrote my bishop and asked that my name be removed from the Church records. I allowed this to be done. That was a low point in my life.

        "Now, it's two years since I left the Church. I have gone back to [my old church] and haven't been involved with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since then. I am constantly praying and asking God to guide me. I know in my heart that He will guide me to His true Church. However, I don't know if that is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or if it even exists at all. I regret that I left the Church and had my name removed from the records, but at the time I felt that there was no other option. The experience left a bad impression with me, and it would be difficult to overcome.

        "As the Church prepares to implement a program for the retention of new converts, I wanted you to know ... that I think a lot of new converts may have similar experiences to mine. I know that there are people who are joining the Church against the advice of friends and family. This is a big step for them, and they should be supported at this critical time. I know from my past that had the support been there, I would not be writing this letter to you.

        "Thank you for your time," and he signs the letter.

Some Thoughts on Temples, Retention of Converts, and Missionary Service: President Gordon B. Hinckley (October 1997)
What a tragedy.

President Gordon B. Hinckley, "Some Thoughts on Temples, Retention of Converts, a