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Pride is concerned with who is right. Humility is concerned with what is right.
With pride, there are many curses. With humility, there come many blessings.
The greatest test of life is obedience to God.
The more we express our gratitude to God for our blessings, the more he will bring to our mind other blessings. The more we are aware of to be grateful for, the happier we become.
You are free to choose, but you are not free to alter the consequences of your decisions.
Some of the greatest battles you will face will be fought within the silent chambers of your own soul.
Thoughts lead to acts, acts lead to habits, habits lead to character - and our character will determine our eternal destiny.
When we put God first, all other things fall into their proper place or drop out of our lives.
The way to feel better about your own situation is to improve someone else’s circumstances.
Inspiring music may fill the soul with heavenly thoughts, move one to righteous action, or speak peace to the soul.
Since man created government to help secure and safeguard [inalienable] rights [from God], it follows that man is superior to government and should remain master over it, not the other way around.
It is better to prepare and prevent than it is to repair and repent.
You cannot do wrong and feel right. It is impossible!
When obedience ceases to be an irritant and becomes our quest, in that moment God will endow us with power.
Are you honest with the Lord in the payment of your tithes? Living this divine law will bring both spiritual and material blessings.
Happy and successful homes cannot be built on immorality.
To the proud, the applause of the world rings in their ears; to the humble, the applause of heaven warms their hearts.
I have little need to remind you that water has become one of our major national concerns.
He who kneels before God, can stand before any man.
True repentance involves a change of heart and not just a change of behavior.
Making decisions is probably the most important thing people ever do. Nothing happens until someone makes a decision.
Men and women who turn their lives over to God will discover that He can make a lot more out of their lives than they can.
Prayer in the hour of need is a great boon. From simple trials to our Gethsemanes, prayer - persistent prayer - can put us in touch with God, our greatest source of comfort and counsel.
Man is at his best when complimented by the influence of a good woman.
It is the mark of a truly educated man to know what not to read.
The proud do not change to improve, but defend their position by rationalizing. Repentance means change, and it takes a humble person to change.
In a home where there is an able-bodied husband, he is expected to be the breadwinner.
If we do not feel like praying, then we should pray until we do feel like praying.
If you turn your life over to the Lord he can do so much more with it than we can.
If we would truly seek to be more like our Savior and Master, learning to love as He loves should be our highest goal
It is not on the pinnacle of success and ease where men and women grow most. It is often down in the valley of heartache and disappointment and reverses where men and women grow.
God help us to be grateful for our blessings, never to be guilty of the sin of ingratitude, and to instill this same gratitude into the lives of our children.
The proud wish God would agree with them. They are not interested in changing their opinions to agree with God's.
I hope we can be happy where we are, be grateful for our blessings-now-here, accept the challenge that is ours and make the most of it, and don't be envious of others. God help us to be grateful.
Build traditions of family vacations and trips and outings. These memories will never be forgotten by your children.
Today the devil as a wolf in supposedly a new suit of sheep’s clothing is enticing some men to parrot his line by advocating planned government guaranteed security at the expense of our liberties.
Christ changes men, who then change their environment. The world would shape human behavior, but Christ can change human nature.
Do not be caught up in materialism, one of the real plagues of our generation-that is, acquiring things, fast-paced living, and securing career success.
Pride is characterized by "What do I want out of life?" rather than by "What would God have me do with my life?" It is self-will as opposed to God's will. It is the fear of man over the fear of God.
Nothing will surprise us more than when we get to heaven and see the Father and realize how well we know Him and how familiar His face is to us.
The secret of a happy marriage is to serve God and each other.
Bad experience is a school that only fools keep going to.
We cannot do everything at once, but we can do a great deal if we choose our goals well and work diligently to attain them.
The Lord is pleased with every effort, even the tiny, daily ones in which we strive to be more like Him.
The so-called civil rights movement as it exists today is used as a Communist program for revolution in America.
We can choose to humble ourselves by conquering enmity toward our brothers and sisters, esteeming them as ourselves, and lifting them as high or higher than we are. . . .
Pride... limits or stops progression. The proud are not easily taught. They won't change their minds to accept truths, because to do so implies they have been wrong.
The Lord has warned and forewarned us against a day of great tribulation and given us counsel, through His Servants, on how we can be prepared for these difficult times. Have we heeded His counsel?
Pride is the great stumbling block of Zion. I repeat: Pride is the great stumbling block of Zion.
I promise you that, with increased attendance in the temples of our God, you shall receive increased personal revelation to bless your life as you bless those who have died