Seeing beyond the Leaf
President Dieter F. UchtdorfSecond Counselor in the First PresidencyMarch 2014 When I received the invitation to participate in this symposium, I felt like it was something close to my heart. I’m not entirely sure of all the reasons why, but I do know this: history is important. And keeping ourselves anchored to the lessons learned from history will enable us to emulate the best of what it means to be human. It can also help us avoid the worst. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, the German philosopher and idealist, said, “We learn from history that we do not learn from history,” which is supported by George Santayana, who said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
- 2014-04-14-06:00 LDS.org
Find Our Cousins!
By Elder Neil L. Andersen Topics: Family History
- 2014-02-07-07:00 LDS.org
Find Our Cousins!
The following is the text of the address Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles gave at the Family Discovery Day devotional for youth in conjunction with the RootsTech Family History Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, on February 8, 2014.
- 2014-02-07-07:00 LDS.org
Reconciliation and Thanksgiving
There is a story told of an aging man who made a meager living by selling apples on a busy New York City street corner for fifty cents apiece. Each morning a dynamic businessman passed by this corner on his way to work. He didn’t care for apples, but he wanted to help this elderly man who reminded him of his teacher in grade school. It was a way he expressed gratitude and thanksgiving daily for his former teacher. So each morning he would give him 50 cents and not take the apple.
- 2013-11-22-07:00 LDS.org
“As He Thinketh in His Heart”
My dear fellow servants: My interest in the teaching of our youth is long-standing. In 1967-before many of you were born-our oldest daughter began attending early morning seminary in Chicago. During most of over 45 years since that time, I have had children, grandchildren, and now a great-granddaughter attending seminary, institute, or a university in the Church Educational System. As teachers, as staff and administrators, as CES missionaries, and as the companions of these servants of the Lord, your responsibilities are vital to preparing the rising generation for their responsibilities in the Church and Kingdom of God.
- 2013-02-08-07:00 LDS.org
Elder Oaks Upholds ConstitutionThe United States Constitution is a singular document whose fundamental principles of popular sovereignty, division of powers in a federal system, a bill of rights that includes a clause protecting religious freedom, and separation of powers to provide checks and balances must be understood, valued, and protected.
Christmas at the MTCMake it a tradition to reach out and extend the hand of fellowship at Christmastime.
- “Knowing that some of you are experiencing your own periods of anxiety and despair, I wanted to speak today about two important principles that sustained me through this formative period of my life. . . . “The Lord doesn’t expect us to work harder than we are able. He doesn’t (nor should we) compare our efforts to those of others. Our Heavenly Father asks only that we do the best we can—that we work according to our full capacity, however great or small that may be. . . . “For members of the Church, education is not merely a good idea—it’s a commandment. We are to learn ‘of things both in heaven and in the earth, and under the earth; things which have been, things which are, things which must shortly come to pass; things which are at home, things which are abroad.’”
- “I am convinced that there is no simple formula or technique that would immediately allow you to master the ability to be guided by the voice of the Spirit. Our Father expects you to learn how to obtain that divine help by exercising faith in Him and His Holy Son, Jesus Christ. Were you to receive inspired guidance just for the asking, you would become weak and ever more dependent on Them. They know that essential personal growth will come as you struggle to learn how to be led by the Spirit.”
Our Honored Pioneer Heritage“We each can learn much from our early pioneer ancestors, whose struggles and heartaches were met with resolute courage and an abiding faith in a living God. … Youth and children were among the thousands who pulled and pushed handcarts or walked along that pioneer trail, just as they are among the Saints today who are pioneering in their own areas throughout the world. I think that there is not a member of this Church today who has not been touched by the accounts of the early pioneers. Those who did so much for the good of all surely had as their objective to inspire faith. They met the goal in a magnificent manner.”