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Audio March 11, 2014 James by Diane Adair
“Patience is always involved in the spiritual chemistry of the soul, not only when we try to turn the trials and tribulations, the carbon dioxide, as it were, into joy and growth but also when we use it for growth to build upon the seemingly ordinary experiences to bring about happy spiritual outcomes. Patience is therefore clearly not fatalistic, shoulder-shrugging resignation. It is acceptance of a divine rhythm to life. It is obedience prolonged. Patience stoutly resists pulling up the daisies to see how the roots are doing. Patience is never condescending or exclusive. Patience is never glad when others are left out. Patience never preens itself. It prefers in keeping the window of the soul open.”
Neal Maxwell, talk “Patience,” 1975.
“To Jesus, every one of us has a sleeping hero in his soul. Jesus believed that man could make a response even if it required His own death to make that response possible…Jesus believes in us with complete confidence.” The Mind of Jesus by William Barclay
“Relief Society is made up of a variety of women. There are those of you who are single, perhaps in school, perhaps working, yet forging a full and rich life. Some of you are mothers of young children, still others of you have lost your husbands because of divorce of death. Without the help of a husband and father, you feel alone. Many of you have raised your children but find that their need for your help is ongoing. There are many of you who have aging parents who require the love only you can give. Wherever we are in life, there are times when all of us have challenges and struggles. There will be times when you will walk a path strewn with thorns and marked by struggles. There are many times when you will feel detached, even isolated from God, the giver of every good gift. You worry that you walk alone. Fear replaces faith. When you find yourself in such circumstances, I plead with you to remember prayer. All through my life the council to depend on prayer has been prized almost above any other advice I have received. It has become an integral part of me, an anchor, a constant source of strength and my basis of my knowledge of things divine. Though reverses come, in prayer we can find reassurance, for God will speak peace to the soul. That peace, that spirit of serenity is life’s greatest blessing.
We were not placed on this earth to walk alone. What an amazing source of power, strength, and of comfort is available to each of you. He who knows us better than we know ourselves. He who sees the larger picture and knows the end from the beginning has assured that He will be there to provide us help if we but ask. As our prayers ascend heavenward, let us not forget the words taught to us by the Savior when he faced the excruciating agony of Gethsemane and the cross. . .”
President Thomas S. Monson, “We Never Walk Alone,” November Ensign, 2013, Pg. 121.
“Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” by Bailey, accompanied by her father, Spence.
“The Prophet Joseph Smith taught that friendship is one of the grand fundamental principles of Mormonism. That thought ought to inspire and motivate all of us because I feel that friendship is a fundamental need of our world. Now he is not just talking about us being friends to God, but being friends with each other, being in it with each other. I think in all of us there is a profound longing for friendship, a deep yearning for the satisfaction that close, lasting relationships can give. Perhaps one reason the scriptures give no specific mention of the principle of friendship is that it should be manifest quite naturally as we live the gospel. In fact, if the consummate Christian attribute of Charity has a first cousin, it is friendship.”
Marlin K. Jensen
“I am a lover of the cause of Christ.” The Prophet Joseph Smith
“Come heed the call of the gentle Christ.”President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Quoting Jesus, “I will not fail thee and I will not forsake thee.” President Thomas S. Monson
“God be thanked for the matchless gift of his divine son.”