Our Favorite Stories from the Prophet and Apostles in 2018

Elder David A. Bednar

Elder and Sister Bednar speaking together

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Elder Bednar to Singles: "You Do Not Find the Perfect Partner or the Perfect Marriage"

"As I think about our marriage, I am grateful that Susan and I complement each other in important ways. She understands things differently than I do. We may not fully agree about an idea or decision," Elder Bednar wrote on Instagram. 

"But at the end of the day, we are grateful for our divinely designed differences and perspectives because they help us to learn from each other.

"To any young adults contemplating dating and marriage, please remember: you do not find the perfect partner or the perfect marriage you hope to have; you create it. As an agent, blessed with moral agency, you create the marriage, the family, and the happiness you hope to have, line upon line, precept upon precept, pressing forward along the covenant pathway."

Elder Bednar Shares Beautiful Analogy for Anyone Who Wonders If Their Sins Are Fully Forgiven

"When we sincerely repent, are forgiven by the Lord, and strive to forgive ourselves, then through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, the stain of sin is removed and our garments are washed white (see Alma 5:21)," Elder Bednar taught while visiting members in Mongolia. "May you and I truly come unto Christ and repent with sincerity of heart. I pray that we will seek through the Savior’s Atonement to have both clean hands and a pure heart, that we may become holy, without spot."

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Elder Quentin L. Cook

Elder Cook talking about the new Church book "Saints"

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Elder Cook, Historians Tackle Tough Questions About Latter-day Saint History

While discussing the Church's groundbreaking new book, Saints, Elder Cook said, “In learning more, we will bind our hearts together with saints of yesterday and today. We will find examples of imperfect people who went forward with faith and allowed God to work through them to accomplish his work.” 

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Elder Cook Shares One Dangerous Misconception About Perfection 

"In our lives, we often compare ourselves with the A+ performers in each category that we value, and then we feel inadequate and unsuccessful in what we are doing. There always seems to be somebody who seems to be better, in one way or another. Social media often exacerbates these perceptions and comparisons," Elder Cook shared on social media.

"I would ask, do we have to be an A in everything to be happy? Do we have to be so hard on ourselves? The scriptures address happiness, but not in terms of material or academic success, skill, or professional achievements.
"In Mosiah 2:41, King Benjamin taught: 'I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it.'"

Elder D. Todd Christofferson

Elder Christofferson hugging a church member

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"We Have to Be Better Than That": Elder Christofferson Speaks Powerfully About Accepting All Church Members

"I don't believe I've ever met anybody who didn't want to belong to something that made them feel worthwhile, that made them feel that they had value," Elder Christofferson wrote on Facebook.

"When people wonder 'Is there a place for me in the church?' there may be any number of things behind that. And now they ask themselves, 'Do I fit? Do I belong here? Do they really need me?' And I want to say emphatically, 'Yes.'

"I understand people's feelings at times that they may not be needed. And sometimes others are guilty of saying, 'We don't need this person. We don't need that person. We're fine as we are.' Neither one is true. That's not the Christian way. That's not the way Christ sees us. He sees all of us with infinite worth, and whatever our condition at the moment may be, the body of Christ is there to sustain each member."

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Elder Christofferson Shares the Powerful Reason the Apostles Are Now on Instagram

“We have been tremendously blessed in recent years to reach people around the globe with messages that promote faith in Jesus Christ in ways that simply were not possible when I was a young man—or even a young father," Elder Christofferson says. "These advancements in communication are a blessing. We expect to continue to utilize digital channels—such as Instagram—that best help us in our desire to share the Savior’s message of hope, love, and peace." 

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