Gospel Classics

Words from the Prophets and Apostles


  • 40 Years of Prophetic Messages

    For 40 years, Presidents of the Church and other Prophets and Apostles have used the New Era magazine to deliver counsel to the youth of the Church. Read a short statement from each President of the Church who served during those 40 years.

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  • The Story That Is Ever New

    No one ever lived upon the earth who exerted the same influence upon the destinies of the world as did our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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  • Why These Temples?

    • By President Gordon B. Hinckley (1910–2008)
    • Fifteenth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
    • Oct. 2010, Liahona
    • Related Topics family, temples, temple work

    Who in these times of stress would not welcome an opportunity to shut out the world and enter into the Lord’s house, there to ponder quietly the eternal things of God? …

    Surely these temples are unique among all buildings. They are houses of instruction. They are places of covenants and promises. At their altars we kneel before God, our Creator, and are given promise of His everlasting blessings.

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  • A Temple-Motivated People

    Let us be a temple-attending and a temple-loving people. Let us hasten to the temple as frequently as time and means and personal circumstances allow. Let us go not only for our kindred dead, but let us also go for the personal blessing of temple worship, for the sanctity and safety which is provided within those hallowed and consecrated walls.

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  • A History of Temples

    • By Elder James E. Talmage (1862–1933)
    • Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
    • Oct. 2010, Liahona
    • Related Topics temples

    The essential idea of a temple is and ever has been that of a place specially set apart for service regarded as sacred; in a more restricted sense, a temple is a building constructed for and exclusively devoted to sacred rites and ceremonies. …

    … Temples have never been regarded as places of ordinary public assembly but as sacred enclosures consecrated to the most solemn ceremonials of that particular system of worship.

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  • What Did the Pioneers Bring?

    • By President Stephen L Richards (1879–1959)
    • First Counselor in the First Presidency
    • July 2010, Ensign
    • Related Topics pioneers

    To understand the pioneers and their accomplishments, we must examine their motives. … They came for freedom and peace, as others have done. They came to make homes for themselves, as others have done. They came to worship God and practice their religion to the satisfaction of their consciences, as others have done; but here is one thing they came for which, so far as I know, has no counterpart in any other pioneer movement: they came with the avowed purpose of establishing a society so that they would be able to take back to the civilization from which they had fled, yes, even to their persecutors, the principles of life and conduct which were the source of their own inspiration, cohesion, success, and happiness. …

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  • Built upon the Rock

    • By Elder Orson F. Whitney (1855–1931)
    • Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
    • June 2010, Liahona
    • Related Topics obedience, prophets

    In 1847 the Latter-day Saints, under the leadership of President Brigham Young, … [were commanded] to organize themselves into companies of hundreds, fifties, and tens, preparatory to the long and wearisome ox-team journey to the Salt Lake Valley.

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  • The Certainty of the Resurrection

    • By President Spencer W. Kimball (1895–1985)
    • Apr. 2010, Ensign
    • Related Topics resurrection

    One Christmastime some years ago, we walked the paths that Jesus walked. We spent some precious hours in what is said to be the Garden of Gethsemane and tried to imagine the sufferings through which He moved in anticipation of His Crucifixion and Resurrection. We were near the places where He prayed, where He was taken prisoner, where He was tried and condemned.

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  • The Law of the Fast

    • By Elder Robert L. Simpson (1915–2003)
    • Of the Seventy
    • Mar. 2010, Ensign
    • Related Topics fasting

    The law of the fast is a perfect law, and we cannot begin to approach perfection until we decide to make it a part of our lives.

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  • Looking toward the Temple

    • By Elder John A. Widtsoe (1872–1952)
    • Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
    • Feb. 2010, Ensign
    • Related Topics temples, temple work

    The temple is a house or home of the Lord. Should the Lord visit the earth, He would come to His temple. We are of the Lord’s family. We are His children begotten in our preexistent [premortal] life. Hence, as the earthly father and mother and their family gather in the family home, so the worthy members of the Lord’s family may gather as we do in the house of the Lord.

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