Popular Latter-day Saint author and speaker John Bytheway is known for his gospel insights. Here are nine of our favorite quotes from his inspiring teachings.
"Our bodies need water every single day. A five-gallon water jug, downed in one sitting only once a month, will not enable us to survive. The same is true of our spirits. The teachings and doctrines of the Book of Mormon are like 'living water,' but they are best experienced as daily living water providing life, refreshment, and joy to the soul."
"One of the wonderful things about scripture study is that we may vicariously feel what those in the scriptures felt. As we read the Book of Mormon… we get to stand in line with the 2500. And when we approach our study with prayerful, grateful hearts, we may feel His love as well."
"We can experience the joy of Christmas by sharing it on its many levels with others—neighbors, friends, family members, and even brothers and sisters we’ve never met but whom the Lord has placed in our path."
Found in Born This Happy Morning
"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."
"So what do we do? We do the best we can. All you can do, is all you can do."
"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!
"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."
The second verse of "Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful" begins, "Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning." In this inspiring Christmas book, John Bytheway explores the miracle of that happy morning and what Christmas should mean to us. Although Christmas can feel over-commercialized and stressful, Born This Happy Morning helps readers recapture the magic of childhood Christmases by focusing on how we can give the joy of Christ's light to those around us, reminding us that the spirit of Christmas is multiplied in our hearts when we share the spirit of Christ with others.