First Presidency Messages

Monthly messages published in the Ensign and Liahona


  • The Blessings of Tithing
    • Henry B. Eyring
    • First Counselor in the First Presidency
    • January 2011
    • Liahona
    • Related Topics: tithing
    To receive the gift of living with God forever in families in the celestial kingdom, we must be able to live the laws of that kingdom. He has given us commandments in this life to help us develop that capacity. The law of tithing is one of those preparatory commandments.

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  • He Is Not Here, but Is Risen
    At the last moment the Master could have turned back. But He did not. He passed beneath all things that He might save all things: the human race, the earth, and all the life that ever inhabited it.

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  • Looking for the Good
    Have you ever noticed that people can usually find whatever they are looking for? Look hard enough, and you can discover both good and bad in almost anyone and anything.

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  • How Great Shall Be Your Joy
    Few joys in life are sweeter and longer lasting than knowing that you have helped others take the restored gospel of Jesus Christ into their hearts. Having that joy is the opportunity of every member of the Church.

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  • Living the Abundant Life
    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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  • 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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  • 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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    • Dieter F. Uchtdorf
    • Second Counselor in the First Presidency
    • January 2010
    • Liahona
    • Related Topics: temples

    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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    • Henry B. Eyring
    • First Counselor in the First Presidency
    • January 2010
    • Ensign
    • Related Topics: friendship
    “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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  •   “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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