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6 Powerful Quotes from Recent Messages by Church Leaders

From a devotional in the Philippines to the NAACP Luncheon in Salt Lake City, leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have shared inspirational messages over the last week. Here are some highlights from their remarks.

Elder Quentin L. Cook and Sister Mary Cook, Philippine Youth and YSA Devotional

On a recent trip to the Philippines, Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Mary Cook, spoke to youth and young single adults in a devotional. Elder Cook spoke of the role the Savior should play in our life.

“Every focus should be on serving and loving the Savior. ‘How can I build faith in the Savior?’ is a question you should always be asking,” Elder Cook said.

Sister Cook talked about how knowledge of divine nature can build faith.

“The key to developing faith to go and do is self-confidence. You were chosen to live at this time because the Lord trusts you. You are special. Remember that you are never truly alone. The influence of the Holy Ghost can get you through the lonely periods of life,” Sister Cook said.

READ A SUMMARY OF ELDER AND SISTER COOK'S REMARKS AT Church Newsroom Philippines. 

Elder Ronald A. Rasband, BYU Devotional

Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke at a devotional at BYU on Tuesday. His remarks centered on religious freedom.

“We, as members of the Church, must recognize that the erosion of religious freedom will significantly impact our opportunities to grow in strength and gospel knowledge, to be blessed by sacred ordinances and to rely on the Lord to direct His Church,” Elder Rasband said.

READ A SUMMARY OF ELDER RASBAND'S REMARKS AT thechurchnews.com.

Elder Gary E. Stevenson, NAACP Luncheon

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke at an NAACP luncheon in Salt Lake City.

“The work of forming a unified society begins in the soul…,” he said. “We fulfill the invitation of the Savior to love one another for love is of God. May we all strive to be our brother’s keeper, to foster civility and to emulate Christlike love.”

READ A SUMMARY OF ELDER STEVENSON'S REMARKS AT thechurchnews.com.

President John S. Tanner and Sister Susan W. Tanner, BYU-Hawaii

President John S. Tanner, president of BYU-Hawaii and former member of the Sunday School General Presidency, spoke at a devotional at BYU-Hawaii. His remarks focused on spiritual vision.

“In the end, we are all beggars when we knock on the portals of heaven. We all have thorns in the flesh that will require celestial excision. But no blessing will be denied to those who truly love Him.”

His wife, Sister Susan W. Tanner, former Young Women general president, selected the word “vision” to focus on in 2020 and talked about how that focus is blessing her life.

“20/20 spiritual vision allows me to see others as God sees them—to look upon their hearts and not outward appearances,” Sister Tanner said.

READ A SUMMARY OF PRESIDENT AND SISTER TANNER'S REMARKS AT thechurchnews.com.

Images of the Quorum of the Twelve from Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
Image of President and Sister Tanner from Monique Saenz
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Lindsey Williams

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