Quotes from April 2014 General Conference

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A few of my favorite quotes from the recent general conference:

“In nature, trees that grow up in a windy environment become stronger. As winds whip around a young sapling, forces inside the tree do two things. First, they stimulate the roots to grow faster and spread farther. Second, the forces in the tree start creating cell structures that actually make the trunk and branches thicker and more flexible to the pressure of the wind. These stronger roots and branches protect the tree from winds that are sure to return. You are infinitely more precious to God than a tree. You are His son or His daughter. He made your spirit strong and capable of being resilient to the whirlwinds of life. The whirlwinds in your youth, like the wind against a young tree, can increase your spiritual strength, preparing you for the years ahead.

–Elder Andersen, Spiritual Whirlwinds

“Could I suggest that we see gratitude as a disposition, a way of life that stands independent of our current situation? In other words, I’m suggesting that instead of being thankful for things, we focus on being thankful in our circumstances—whatever they may be.”

–President Uchtdorf, Grateful in Any Circumstances

“…there has been a long history of rejection and a painfully high price paid by prophets and apostles, missionaries and members …In addition to teaching, encouraging, and cheering people on (that is the pleasant part of discipleship), from time to time these same messengers are called upon to worry, to warn, and sometimes just to weep (that is the painful part of discipleship). …Friends, especially my young friends, take heart. Pure Christlike love flowing from true righteousness can change the world.”

–Elder Holland, The Cost—and Blessings—of Discipleship

“Like most things of great worth, knowledge which is of eternal value comes only through personal prayer and pondering.”

–President Packer, The Witness

“We live in a world where moral values have, in great measure, been tossed aside, where sin is flagrantly on display …decisions are constantly before us which can determine our destiny… We will all face fear, experience ridicule, and meet opposition. Let us—all of us—have the courage to defy the consensus, the courage to stand for principle. Courage, not compromise, brings the smile of God’s approval.”

–President Monson, Be Strong and of a Good Courage

I add my testimony that I know these men are are living prophets of God, called of him to declare his words.

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