First Presidency Messages

Monthly messages published in the Ensign and Liahona


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    A Word for the Hesitant Missionary
    Disciples of Jesus Christ have always been under the obligation to take His gospel to the world (see Mark 16:15–16). Nevertheless, sometimes it is difficult to open our mouths and speak about our faith to those around us. While some members of the Church have a natural gift for talking to others about religion, others are a little hesitant or may feel awkward, embarrassed, or even fearful of doing so.

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    The Voice of the Lord
    The Doctrine and Covenants invites all people everywhere to hear the voice of the Lord Jesus Christ (see D&C 1:2, 4, 11, 34; 25:16). It is filled with His messages, warnings, and encouraging exhortations given by revelation to chosen prophets. In these revelations we can see how God can answer our prayers of faith with messages of instruction, peace, and warning.

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    Rediscovering the Christmas Spirit
    Years ago as a young elder, I was called with others to a hospital in Salt Lake City to provide blessings for sick children. Upon entering, we noted a Christmas tree with its bright and friendly lights and saw carefully wrapped packages beneath its outstretched limbs. We then went through corridors where small boys and girls—some with plaster casts upon an arm or leg, others with ailments that perhaps could not be cured so readily—greeted us with smiling faces.

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    One Key to a Happy Family
    • By President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
    • Second Counselor in the First Presidency
    • Oct. 2012
    • Liahona
    • Related Topicsfamily, forgiveness
    The great Russian author Leo Tolstoy began his novel Anna Karenina with these words: “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” While I do not have Tolstoy’s certainty that happy families are all alike, I have discovered one thing that most have in common: they have a way of forgiving and forgetting the imperfections of others and of looking for the good.

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    Sharing the Gospel Heart to Heart
    • By President Henry B. Eyring
    • First Counselor in the First Presidency
    • Sept. 2012
    • Liahona
    • Related Topicsmissionary work
    God will put prepared people in the way of His prepared servants who want to share the gospel. You have had that happen in your own life. How often it happens depends on the preparation of your mind and your heart.

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    The Savior’s Call to Serve
    • By President Thomas S. Monson
    • President of Church
    • Aug. 2012
    • Liahona
    • Related Topicsservice
    All who have studied mathematics know what a common denominator is. For Latter-day Saints, there is a common denominator that binds us together. That common denominator is the individual call each receives to fill assignments in God's kingdom here upon the earth.

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    Always in the Middle
    By many world calendars, July marks the middle of the year. While the beginnings and endings of things are celebrated and remembered, the middle of things often goes unnoticed.

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    Called of God and Sustained by the People
    • By President Henry B. Eyring
    • First Counselor in the First Presidency
    • June 2012
    • Liahona
    • Related TopicsChurch callings
    As members of the Church, we are invited often to sustain people in callings to serve. Years ago an 18-year-old student showed me what it means to sustain the Lord’s servants. I am still blessed by his humble example.

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    “He Is Risen”
    In the following excerpts, President Monson shares his testimony of and gratitude for the Savior’s Resurrection and declares that because the Son conquered death, all of the Father’s children who come to earth will live again.

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    Why Do We Need Prophets?
    • By President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
    • Second Counselor in the First Presidency
    • Mar. 2012
    • Liahona
    • Related Topicsprophets
    Because Heavenly Father loves His children, He has not left them to walk through this mortal life without direction and guidance. The teachings of our Heavenly Father are not the ordinary, predictable, run-of-the-mill kind you can pick up in paperback at the local bookstore. They are the wisdom of an all-powerful, all-knowing celestial Being who loves His children. Encompassed in His words is the secret of the ages—the key to happiness in this life and in the world to come.

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