First Presidency Messages

Monthly messages published in the Ensign and Liahona


  • The Lord Needs Missionaries
    Every worthy, able young man should prepare to serve a mission. Such service is a priesthood duty—an obligation the Lord expects of us who have been given so very much.…Sisters, while you do not have the same priesthood responsibility…you also make a valuable contribution as missionaries …To the mature brothers and sisters of the Church, I remind you that the Lord needs many, many more of you to serve as full-time missionaries.

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  • Can We See the Christ?
    The Christmas season is wonderful in many ways. It is a season of charitable acts of kindness and brotherly love. It is a season of being more reflective about our own lives and about the many blessings that are ours. It is a season of forgiving and being forgiven. It is a season to enjoy the music and lights, parties and presents. But the glitter of the season should never dim our sight and prevent us from truly seeing the Prince of Peace in His majesty.

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  • The Book of Mormon as a Personal Guide
    • By President Henry B. Eyring
    • First Counselor in the First Presidency
    • Sept. 2010
    • Liahona
    • Related TopicsBook of Mormon
    Each time I read even a few lines in the Book of Mormon, I feel my testimony strengthened that the book is true, that Jesus is the Christ, that we can follow Him home, and that we can take those we love home with us. It has been for me the book of books. It is the word of God.

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  • Temple Blessings
    • By President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
    • Second Counselor in the First Presidency
    • Aug. 2010
    • Liahona
    • Related Topicstemples

    I can still remember when my parents took our family to the newly erected Swiss Temple, the first in Europe, to become a forever family. I was 16 then and the youngest of four children. We knelt together at the altar to be sealed on earth by the power of the priesthood, with a wonderful promise that we could be sealed for eternity. I will never forget this magnificent moment.

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  • Faithful Friends
    • By President Henry B. Eyring
    • First Counselor in the First Presidency
    • July 2010
    • Ensign
    • Related Topicsfriendship
    “Living prophets of God have asked us to be faithful friends to those who come into the Church as converts and to go to the rescue of those who have drifted away. We can do it, and we will do it if we always remember the Savior.”

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  • Canaries with Gray on Their Wings
      “The Redeemer chose imperfect people to teach the way to perfection. He did so then. He does so now—even yellow canaries with gray on their wings. He calls you and me to serve Him here below. Our commitment must be total. And in our struggle, should we stumble, let us plead: ‘Lead us, oh lead us, great Molder of men, out of the darkness to strive once again.’”

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  • A Great Work of God
    “I bear witness that the Lord watches over His Church and directs it through His prophet, President Thomas S. Monson. It is no ordinary blessing to live in these latter days. These are glorious times, foreseen by ancient prophets and attended by watchful, angelic hosts. The Lord is mindful of His Church.”

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  • Moral Courage
    “God has given us more than enough help to banish fear and give us courage, whatever we may face in life. As we reach out for His help, He can lift us toward that eternal life we seek.”

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  • On Being Spiritually Prepared
    “Mortality is a period of testing, a time to prove ourselves worthy to return to the presence of our Heavenly Father. In order for us to be tested, we must face challenges and difficulties. These can break us, and the surface of our souls may crack and crumble—that is, if our foundations of faith, our testimonies of truth are not deeply embedded within us.”

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  • Hold on a Little Longer
    “If ever you are tempted to become discouraged or to lose faith, remember those faithful Saints who remained true in Kirtland. Hold on a little longer. You can do this! You are part of a special generation. You were prepared and preserved to live at this important time in the existence of our beautiful planet earth. You have a celestial pedigree and therefore have all the necessary talents to make your life an eternal success story.”

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