Motherhood is not a hobby, it is a calling. You do not collect children because you find them cuter than stamps. It is not something to do if you can squeeze the time in. It is what God gave you time for.— Neil L. Andersen
The most staggering Neil L. Andersen quotes that are proven to give you inner joy
We each have moments of spiritual power, moments of inspiration and revelation.
We must sink them deep into the chambers of our souls. As we do, we prepare our spiritual home storage for moments of personal difficulty.
We are all in this together. With fellow ward members and missionaries, we plan and pray and help one another. Please keep the full-time missionaries in your thoughts and prayers. Trust them with your family and friends. The Lord trusts them and has called them to teach and bless those who seek Him.
How do you remain - steadfast and immovable during a trial of faith? You immerse yourself in the very thing that helped your core of faith: you exercise faith in Christ, you pray, you ponder the scriptures, you repent, you keep the commandments, and you serve others.
Our journey of discipleship is not a dash around the track, nor is it fully comparable to a lengthy marathon. In truth, it is a lifelong migration toward a more celestial world.
When you are faced with a test of faith, stay within the safety and security of the household of God. There is always a place for you here. No trial is so large we can't overcome it together.
The Savior taught us to love not only our friends but also those who disagree with us- and even those who repudiate us.
In the gospel of Jesus Christ, there is no place for ridicule, bullying, or bigotry.
This isn't missionary work. This is missionary fun.
The blessings of the priesthood are infinitely greater than the one who is asked to administer the gift.
Faith in Jesus Christ is a gift from heaven that comes as we choose to believe and as we seek it and hold on to it.
But our trials need not be spiritually fatal.
They need not take us from our covenants or from the household of God.
If a child is not listening, don't despair.
Time and truth are on your side. At the right moment, your words will return as if from heaven itself. Your testimony will never leave your children.
The invitation to repent is rarely a voice of chastisement but rather a loving appeal to turn around and to “re-turn” toward God.
Can you see the hand of God in your own life?
No trial is so large we can't overcome it together.
Don't let the whirlwinds drag you down.
These are your days - to stand strong as disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Fear and faith cannot coexist in our hearts at the same time.
I witness that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world.
He suffered and died for our sins and rose the third day. He is resurrected. In a future day, every knee will bow and every tongue confess that He is the Christ. On that day, our concern will not be, 'Do others consider me Christian?' At that time, our eyes will be fixed on Him, and our souls will be riveted on the question, 'What thinks Christ of me?'
Everyone, regardless of his or her decisions, deserves our kindness!
As we act in faith, we often find that the blessings from the Lord are different than we expected but much better than we imagined.
I testify of the great blessing of children and of the happiness they will bring us in this life and in the eternities.
If you're not a full-time missionary with a missionary badge pinned on your coat, now is the time to paint one on your heart-painted, as Paul said, 'not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God.'
Our conversion comes step by step, line upon line.
We first build a foundation of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
You are His disciple; you are His friend. By His grace He will do for you what you cannot do for yourself.
The wisdom of the world, while in many cases very valuable, is most valuable when it humbly bows to the wisdom of God.
To mothers who are raising their children without a father in the home, I promise you that as you speak of Jesus Christ, you will feel the power of heaven blessing you.
The scriptures speak of His arms being open, extended, stretched out, and encircling. They are described as mighty and holy, arms of mercy, arms of safety, arms of love, “lengthened out all the day long.
My young friends, ... not all the whirlwinds in life are of your own making. Some come because of the wrong choices of others, and some come just because this is mortality. You are His son or His daughter. He made your spirit strong and capable of being resilient to the whirlwinds of life. The whirlwinds in your youth, like the wind against a young tree, can increase your spiritual strength, preparing you for the years ahead.
Your faith will not grow by chance, but by choice.
With faith come trials of faith, bringing increased faith.
We can work, study, laugh and have fun, dance, sing, and enjoy many different experiences. These are a wonderful part of life, but they are not central to why we are here. The opportunity to choose good over evil is precisely why we are here. Not one of us would say, "I want to choose evil." We all want to choose the right. However, the choice of good over evil is not always easy, because evil frequently lurks behind smiling eyes.
Embrace more deeply His love, His mercy and grace, and the powerful gifts of His Atonement.
We see God's miracles in His wondrous work and in our own personal lives.
With all the blessings our modern age has given to us, let us not give up the things that promote the workings of the Holy Ghost.
Spiritual questions deserve spiritual answers from God.
Counting the ways the Book of Mormon brings peace to the soul is like counting the sand on the seashore.
Repentance is a blessing to all of us.
We each need to feel the Savior's arms of mercy through the forgiveness of our sins.
The Lord will make much more out of your life than you can by yourself.
We do not discard something we know to be true because of something we do not yet understand.
You don't know everything, but you know enough!
With the influences of evil that surround our children, can we even imagine sending them out in the morning without kneeling and humbly asking together for the Lord's protection? Or closing the day without kneeling together and acknowledging our accountability before Him and our thankfulness for His blessings? Brothers and sisters, we need to have family prayer.
Repentance is powerful spiritual medicine.
There are few spiritual ills it will not cure. Each sin we leave behind through our faith in the living Christ-both those of commission and those of omission-opens spiritual doors. As we feel the potency of repentance, we better understand why Christ admonished the early missionaries of this dispensation to "say nothing but repentance unto this generation."
As surely as the Lord has inspired more missionaries to serve, He is also awakening the minds and opening the hearts of more good and honest people to receive His missionaries.
As we are spiritually awake and alert we see His hand across the world and we see His hand in our own personal lives.
In his own time and in his own way, the Lord will bring about his miracles.
While many governments and well-meaning individuals have redefined marriage, the Lord has not.
We hold in our arms the rising generation.
They come to this earth with important responsibilities and great spiritual capacities. We cannot be casual in how we prepare them. Our challenge as parents and teachers is not to create a spiritual core in their souls but rather to fan the flame of their spiritual core already aglow with the fire of their premortal faith.
Like the intense fire that transforms iron into steel, as we remain faithful during the fiery trial of our faith, we are spiritually refined and strengthened.
Our desire to share the gospel takes all of us to our knees, and it should, because we need the Lord's help.