First Presidency Messages

Monthly messages published in the Ensign and Liahona


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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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    Exhort Them to Pray
    • By President Henry B. Eyring
    • First Counselor in the First Presidency
    • Feb. 2012
    • Liahona
    • Related Topicsprayer
    When I was a little child, my parents taught me by example to pray. I began with a picture in my mind of Heavenly Father being far away. As I have matured, my experience with prayer has changed. The picture in my mind has become one of a Heavenly Father who is close by, who is bathed in a bright light, and who knows me perfectly.

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  • Living the Abundant Life
    At the advent of a new year, I challenge Latter-day Saints everywhere to undertake a personal, diligent, significant quest for what I call the abundant life—a life filled with an abundance of success, goodness, and blessings. Just as we learned the ABCs in school, I offer my own ABCs to help us all gain the abundant life.

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    The Choice to Be Grateful
    • By President Henry B. Eyring
    • First Counselor in the First Presidency
    • Dec. 2011
    • Liahona
    • Related Topicsgratitude
    Our Father in Heaven commands us to be thankful in all things (see 1 Thessalonians 5:18), and He requires that we give thanks for the blessings we receive (see D&C 46:32). We know that all of His commandments are intended to make us happy, and we also know that to break commandments leads to misery.

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