For the Strength of Youth
Words Matter
May 2024

Sunday Morning Session

Words Matter



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Words matter! …

Unfortunately, words can be thoughtless, hasty, and hurtful. …

On the other hand, words can celebrate victory, be hopeful and encouraging. They can prompt us to rethink, reboot, and redirect our course. Words can open our minds to truth.

That is why, first and foremost, the Lord’s words matter. …

Believing and heeding the word of God will draw us closer to Him. …

Second, the words of prophets matter.

Prophets testify of the divinity of Jesus Christ. They teach His gospel and show His love for all. …

… Words of the prophet matter to the Lord and to us.

Third, and so very important, are our own words. …

… So be careful what you say and how you say it. In our families, especially with husbands, wives, and children, our words can bring us together or drive a wedge between us.

Let me suggest three simple phrases that we can use to take the sting out of difficulties and differences, lift, and reassure each other.

“Thank you.”

“I am sorry.”

And “I love you.” …

I promise that if we “feast upon the words of Christ” [2 Nephi 32:3] that lead to salvation, our prophet’s words that guide and encourage us, and our own words that speak of who we are and what we hold dear, the powers of heaven will pour down upon us.