One of the great purposes of our existence on earth is to perfect ourselves, to learn to become more like God. The Savior's admonition “Be ye therefore perfect” was not limited in time or scope; it applies to his disciples in every age, including this last dispensation.
Be Your Best Self can help in the constant struggle for perfection. Adapted from the powerful discourses of President Thomas S. Monson of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, this book is divided into three sections: Ask in Faith, Be Thou an Example, and Called to the Work. Pertinent advice and faith-promoting stories in each of these vital areas combine to create a valuable blueprint for self-improvement.
“The road back to God is not nearly so steep nor is it so difficult as some would have us believe,” says President Monson. “The gentle invitation of Jesus beckons: 'Come unto me.'”
Be Your Best Self provides encouragement, guidance, and hope for all who would accept the Savior's invitation to become like him.
“The older I grow, the more I appreciate the uniqueness of an individual life. Literally, no two people are alike. Each one has a specific genetic inheritance indelibly stamped upon every cell. Environmental influences from the company one keeps, and experiences that one endures, blend to enrich and educate the person who ultimately emerges from this marvelous experience we call life.”
With rare insight, gained through service as both a world-renowned heart surgeon and a Church leader, Elder Russell M. Nelson, the President of the Twelve Apostles in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, writes about the unique powers and potential of each individual.
We've all been there. Each one of us has sins that, for one reason or another, we haven't been able to fully shake—we can't get ourselves "unstuck." Yet many of us have wanted to make that permanent change, to quit those repetitive sins once and for all. So here's the million-dollar question: how do you do it?
"Although damned and dammed are different words, they communicate the same message: progress is stopped! Robert Reynolds is the perfect one to teach us how to get unstuck. With real-world examples and a perspective from someone inside today's entertainment business, Robert reminds us that the Savior is the ultimate solution and living His gospel just makes sense. Get ready to lose any illusion you may have that you can do it alone. Thank heaven (literally) that no one has to."
—Brad Wilcox; BYU professor and author of The Continuous Atonement
"Be not afraid, only believe," Jesus told the heartbroken Jairus when word came that the man's daughter had died. Centuries later, as author Wayne E. Brickey reminds us, the Savior gives us the same admonition.
Drawing on decades of study and personal experience, Brother Brickey shows us in Making Sense of Suffering that afflictions are brief gifts from God's gentle hands. Our challenge is to bear our afflictions while reconciling our hearts to the will of the Father and the Son.
"Mortal suffering makes lasting improvements in the eternal self," the author writes. "It turns up the volume on God's voice to us, and it turns up the volume on our pleadings to him."
Filled with poignant examples of belief and endurance, Making Sense of Suffering helps us exercise faith and overcome fear. For anyone touched by disappointment, disease, disaster, and death, this important book offers comfort and provides valuable insights into the blessings promised to those who endure their trials on the road to eternal life.