Popular LDS author and speaker John Bytheway is known for his gospel insights. These 11 treasured quotes on the nature of gospel teachings could change your life.
"When the winds of adversity come, remember one thing--kites fly the very highest against the wind. Kites don't fly in spite of opposition, kites fly high because of opposition. In fact, they couldn't fly without opposition."
"If you are emotionally honest, you should mean what you say but also mean what you do."
Found in "What Do Kisses Mean?"
"Everyone would like to have stronger faith. By themselves, the scriptures may not strengthen your faith, but being faithful to what they teach, does. In other words, faith cannot be separated from faithfulness."
"So what do we do? We do the best we can. All you can do, is all you can do."
"A testimony is more like a dimmer switch that makes possible an almost infinite number of settings between total light and total darkness. Just as there are levels of light, there are levels of testimony as well.
I desire to believe
I don't believe"
Found in How Do I Know If I Know?
"Something wonderful happens when we really know, without a doubt, that God loves us—our questions completely change. Instead of asking, 'Why did this happen to me?' or 'Why doesn’t God care about me?' we say, 'Well, I know God loves me; I know that. So what can I learn from this experience?'"
"What members of the Church need, more than anything else, are strong testimonies of Jesus Christ and the gospel He restored. They need to know. And they need to know that they know. This is the best protection against the tsunami of temptations and the waves of immorality that crash against us. Perhaps this is just another reason why the first principle of the gospel is faith in the Lord Jesus Christ!"
Found in How Do I Know If I Know?
"Charity is three-dimensional: it encompasses love for Christ, love from Christ, and love like Christ. In other words, to experience the pure love of Christ means to feel Christ's love for you, to love Christ purely yourself, and to love others purely as Christ loves them."
Found in Suit Up!
"You don't have to face temptation alone, and you never have. Just remember that He is with you, and when a temptation comes, imagine Him being right by your side, and you'll immediately feel added strength and power."
"One thing is certain: You need never be embarassed about your beliefs. What you believe is awesome. What you believe is true. What you believe would transofrm the world! Just think about it for a minute. If everybody believed as you do, this world would be a completely different place--and a completely wonderful place. A place where we would feel comfortable and relaxed. A place where we would want to live forever!"
"The words 'sin' or 'sins' do not appear anywhere in those two verses [Alma 7:11-12]. But notice the other words—things in addition to sins that Jesus took upon him: pains, afflictions, temptations, sicknesses, and infirmities. Alma and Amulek must have relied on the Atonement of Christ to get them through the sadness, the nightmares, and the emotional trauma of the tragedy in Ammonihah. We must rely on the Atonement to help us through our personal tragedies as well."
It's spiritual gut-check time! The mission age has been lowered, and now more than ever, young people are asking themselves important questions:
How do I know if I really have a testimony?
Am I ready to serve a mission?
What does the Spirit feel like?
John Bytheway suggests that we "F.E.E.L." the truthfulness of the gospel through our feelings, our experiences, the many evidences we encounter, and our logical conclusions about how a loving God interacts with His children on the earth. Like gradually turning up a dimmer switch, understanding all the ways we F.E.E.L. our testimony will help it grow brighter.
As you read, you may discover that your testimony is stronger than you thought, and you'll also become more excited and motivated to let your light shine!