The effect of God’s commandments and laws is not changed to accommodate popular behavior or desires. If anyone thinks that godly or parental love for an individual grants the loved one license to disobey the law, he or she does not understand either love or law.
Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Spirituality yields two fruits. The first is inspiration to know what to do. The second is power, or the capacity to do. … That’s why Nephi could say, “I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded” [
1 Nephi 3:7].
Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Our testimony of gospel truth should be reflected both in our words and in our deeds. And our testimonies are proclaimed and lived most powerfully in our own homes. Spouses, parents, and children should strive to overcome any hesitancy, reluctance, or embarrassment about bearing testimony. We should both create and look for opportunities to bear testimony of gospel truths—and live them.
Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
We follow Jesus Christ. We try to emulate what He has asked us to do, both by His teachings and His example.
Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
I really enjoyed Elder Bednar’s talk about consistency. I have often found this difficult in my life, and he really made me feel motivated. I absolutely loved being able to hear so many Apostles and the prophet speak, and I honestly learned a lot.
Heather B., 13, Tennessee
From Lehi’s vision we learn that we must take hold of this safety railing—this iron rod, found alongside our individual straight and narrow path—and hold tight until we reach our ultimate goal of eternal life with our Heavenly Father. …
I invite you to read again the full accounts of this inspired vision. Study them, ponder them, and apply them to your daily life. In modern terms we might say we are invited to “get a grip.” We must hold on tight to the iron rod and never let go.
Ann M. Dibb, second counselor in the Young Women general presidency
One of my favorite talks was Sister Ann M. Dibb’s on how to face challenges in our day. I liked the examples of how prayer and scriptures can be our safety equipment and that the rod of iron is the safety railing we can grab hold of.
An incredulous female friend asked a young adult woman, committed to living the law of chastity, how it was possible that she had never “slept with anybody.” “Don’t you
want to?” the friend asked. The young woman thought: “The question intrigued me, because it was so utterly beside the point. … Mere wanting is hardly a proper guide for moral conduct.” …
… Perhaps our moral discipline, if we will cultivate it, will have an influence for good and inspire others to pursue the same course. We may thereby have an impact on future trends and events. At a minimum, moral discipline will be of immense help to us as we deal with whatever stresses and challenges may come in a disintegrating society.
Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles