Latter-day Saint Life

Perfect Messages from President Monson No Matter Who Wins the Election


Here are a few uplifting messages from our prophet, Thomas S. Monson, that can inspire us to trust in the Lord, no matter who wins the election.

Be of Good Cheer

I testify to you that our promised blessings are beyond measure. Though the storm clouds may gather, though the rains may pour down upon us, our knowledge of the gospel and our love of our Heavenly Father and of our Savior will comfort and sustain us and bring joy to our hearts as we walk uprightly and keep the commandments.

There will be nothing in this world that can defeat us.

My beloved brothers and sisters, fear not. Be of good cheer. The future is as bright as your faith.

I declare that God lives and that He hears and answers our prayers. His Son, Jesus Christ, is our Savior and our Redeemer. Heaven’s blessings await us.

—Thomas S. Monson, "Be of Good Cheer," 2009 April general conference

Move Forward

I would encourage members of the Church wherever they may be to show kindness and respect for all people everywhere. The world in which we live is filled with diversity. We can and should demonstrate respect toward those whose beliefs differ from ours.

May we also demonstrate kindness and love within our own families. Our homes are to be more than sanctuaries; they should also be places where God’s Spirit can dwell, where the storm stops at the door, where love reigns and peace dwells.

The world can at times be a frightening place in which to live. The moral fabric of society seems to be unraveling at an alarming speed. . . . [Our Heavenly Father] is at the helm. We have nothing to fear. He is the God of light. He is the God of hope. I testify that He loves us—each one. . . .

At times there appears to be no light at the tunnel’s end—no dawn to break the night’s darkness. . . . We are inclined to view our own personal misfortunes through the distorted prism of pessimism. We feel abandoned, heartbroken, alone. If you find yourself in such a situation, I plead with you to turn to our Heavenly Father in faith. He will lift you and guide you. He will not always take your afflictions from you, but He will comfort and lead you with love through whatever storm you face. . . .

Together we shall move forward doing His work.

—Thomas S. Monson, "Looking Back and Moving Forward," 2008 April general conference

For more inspiring counsel from President Thomas S. Monson, A Future as Bright as Your Faith includes 365 days of uplifting quotes and messages from our prophet. Or check out A Prophet's Voice: Messages from Thomas S. Monson.

America Needs You

Headlines from America's leading newspapers, depicting recent events, pass silently in review, that you and I may judge: "Serious Crime Registers 10% Increase in Past Year," "Violence Rocks South," "Racial Strife Hits East." Murder, rape, arson, burglary, assault, narcotics violations are all on the increase in the America of today. These are the headlines of today's newspapers.

The revered Abraham Lincoln accurately described our plight: "We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown; but we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us." (Proclamation for a National Fast Day, March 30, 1863.)

Can we extricate ourselves from this frightful condition? Is there a way out? If so, what is the way? . . .

First, then, I would suggest that each American love the Lord, our God, and with our families serve Him in righteousness.

The road back to God is not nearly so steep nor is it so difficult as some would have us believe. . . . Divine favor will attend those who humbly seek it. If we will but realize that we have been created in the image of God, we will not find Him difficult to approach. One cannot sincerely hold this conviction without experiencing a profound new sense of strength. . . . 

Second, I would suggest that each American love his neighbor as himself. Before we can really love our neighbor, we must get the proper perspective of him. One man said, "I looked at my brother with the microscope of criticism, and I said, 'How coarse my brother is.' I looked at my brother with the telescope of scorn, and I said, 'How small my brother is.' Then I looked into the mirror of truth, and I said, 'How like me my brother is.'" . . .

America truly does need you and me to lead out in a mighty crusade of righteousness. We can help when we love the Lord and with our families serve Him, and when we love our neighbors as ourselves.

The frightening trend toward crime, lawlessness, and violence will then be arrested. God will continue to "shed his grace on thee," America, "and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea."

—Thomas S. Monson, Be Your Best Self,1979

Lead image from the Huffington Post.

For fun, touching stories from our prophet, check out this great children's Christmas book, The Christmas Train, or this beautiful compilation of stories from Thomas S. Monson, Consider the Blessings.


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