Whatever the cost of repentance, it is swallowed up in the joy of forgiveness.— D. Todd Christofferson
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True success in this life comes in consecrating our lives—that is, our time and choices—to God’s purposes. In so doing, we permit Him to raise us to our highest destiny.
Hard-earned achievement brings a sense of self-worth.
Work builds and refines character, creates beauty, and is the instrument of our service to one another and to God. A consecrated life is filled with work, sometimes repetitive, sometimes menial, sometimes unappreciated but always work that improves, orders, sustains, lifts, ministers, aspires.
Policemen and laws can never replace customs, traditions and moral values as a means for regulating human behavior. At best, the police and criminal justice system are the last desperate line of defense for a civilized society. Our increased reliance on laws to regulate behavior is a measure of how uncivilized we’ve become.
The central purpose of all scripture is to fill our souls with faith in God the Father and in His Son, Jesus Christ.
Any pain entailed in repentance will always be far less than the suffering required to satisfy justice for unresolved transgression.
Work builds and refines character, creates beauty, and is the instrument of our service to one another and to God.
Without repentance, there is no real progress or improvement in life.
Pretending there is no sin does not lessen its burden and pain. Suffering for sin does not by itself change anything for the better. Only repentance leads to the sunlit uplands ofa better life.
Keep going and the Lord will help you.
As days lengthen into weeks and months and even years of adversity, the hurt grows deeper. The Church cannot hope to save a man on Sunday if during the week it is a complacent witness to the crucifixion of his soul.
Repentance is a divine gift, and there should be a smile on our faces when we speak of it. It points us to freedom, confidence, and peace. Rather than interrupting the celebration, the gift of repentance is the cause for true celebration.
Moral discipline is the consistent exercise of agency to choose the right because it is right, even when it is hard.
The gifts of the Holy Spirit are testimony, faith, knowledge, wisdom, revelations, miracles, healing, and charity, to name but a few.
Only through repentance do we gain access to the atoning grace of Jesus Christ.
I testify that in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is found the priesthood authority to administer the ordinances by which we can enter into binding covenants with our Heavenly Father in the name of His Holy Son. I testify that God will keep His promises to you as you honor your covenants with Him.
Take responsibility and go to work so God has something to help us with.
All of us can meet God's high expectations.
A covenant is an agreement between God and man, an accord whose terms are set by God.
Women bring with them into the world a certain virtue, a divine gift that makes them adept at instilling such qualities as faith, courage, empathy and refinement in relationships and in cultures.
With confidence we testify that the Atonement of Jesus Christ has anticipated and, in the end, will compensate all deprivation and loss for those who turn to Him. No one is predestined to receive less than all that the Father has for His children.
Of all your associations, it is your relationship with God, your Heavenly Father, who is the source of your moral power.
Integrity is fundamental to being men.
Integrity means being truthful, but it also means accepting responsibility and honoring commitments and covenants.
One of the blessings of the temple is the perspective that it provides.
When we go to the house of the Lord, we leave all of our cares and problems at the door. And when we come back out, they’re still there. We have to pick them back up and they haven’t changed, but what has changed is us.
The scriptures, for example, discredit an ancient philosophy that has come back into vogue in our day-the philosophy of Korihor that there are no absolute moral standards, that "every man prospers according to his genius, and that every man conquers according to his strength; and whatsoever a man does is no crime" and "that when a man is dead, that is the end thereof".
The gospel of Jesus Christ opens the path to what we may become.
Good men sometimes make mistakes. A man of integrity will honestly face and correct his mistakes, and that is an example we can respect. Sometimes men try but fail. Not all worthy objectives are realized despite one’s honest and best efforts. True manhood is not always measured by the fruits of one’s labors but by the labors themselves–by one’s striving.
On the other hand, with a sense of the sacred, one grows in understanding and truth. The Holy Spirit becomes his frequent and then constant companion. More and more he will stand in holy places and be entrusted with holy things. Just the opposite of cynicism and despair, his end is eternal life.
In creating a family, we fulfill our greatest purpose on earth.
We do not need to achieve some minimum level or capacity or goodness before God will help - divine aid can be ours every hour of every day, no matter where we are in the path of obedience.
The greatest good we can do in helping others become what they can become will be to lead them to the Savior.
By "moral discipline," I mean self-discipline based on moral standards.
Moral discipline is the consistent exercise of agency to choose the right because it is right, even when it is hard. It rejects the self-absorbed life in favor of developing character worthy of respect and true greatness through Christlike service.
Many things are good, many are important, but only a few are essential.
What does God want me to do with the resources, time, and talents He has given me?
We must be careful, as we seek to become more and more [Christlike], that we do not become discouraged and lose hope. Becoming Christlike is a lifetime pursuit and very often involves growth and change that is slow, almost imperceptible.
As men of the priesthood, we have an essential role to play in society, at home, and in the Church. But we must be men that women can trust, that children can trust, and that God can trust.
A woman’s moral influence is nowhere more powerfully felt or more beneficially employed than in the home. There is no better setting for rearing the rising generation than the traditional family, where a father and a mother work in harmony to provide for, teach, and nurture their children. Where this ideal does not exist, people strive to duplicate its benefits as best they can in their particular circumstances.
A mother can exert an influence unequaled by any other person in any other relationship.
Freedom comes not from resisting truth, but from applying it.
Everyone has gifts; everyone can contribute.
The Savior's suffering in Gethsemane and His agony on the cross redeem us from sin by satisfying the demands that justice has upon us. He extends mercy and pardons those who repent. The Atonement also satisfies the debt justice owes to us by healing and compensating us for any suffering we innocently endure.
Quorum and group leaders should provide the leading voice and laboring oar in every ward and branch council regarding retention of converts.
The Church and the world and women are crying for men, men who are developing their capacity and talents, who are willing to work and make sacrifices, who will help others achieve happiness and salvation.
The work of our missionaries is a magnificent expression of the Lord's redeeming love.
A God who makes no demands, is the functional equivalent of a God who does not exist.
The greatest service we can provide to others in this life, beginning with those of our own family, is to bring them to Christ.
You cannot lift others to virtue on the one hand if you are entertaining vice on the other.
We do not diminish the value of what women or men achieve in any worthy endeavor or career -- we all benefit from their achievements -- but still recognize that there is not a higher good than motherhood and fatherhood in marriage. There is no superior career, and no amount of money, authority or public acclaim can exceed the ultimate rewards of family.