Gordon B. Hinckley
President of the church
When dealing with members of other churches, Latter-day Saints should not compromise on doctrine, but must show respect for people of other faiths.
"Let us be true disciples of Christ, observing the Golden Rule, doing unto others as we would have them do unto us."
Other religions should be recognized for the good they accomplish.
"We can and do work with those of other religions in various undertakings in the everlasting fight against social evils which threaten the treasured values which are so important to all of us."
There should also be a degree of fellowship as members labor with others.
While some other faiths do not regard Latter-day Saints as Christians, "That is not important. How we regard ourselves is what is important. We acknowledge without hesitation that there are differences between us. Were this not so there would have been no need for a restoration of the gospel."
Members should not become disagreeable when talking of doctrinal differences. There's no place for acrimony.
Elder David B. Haight
Quorum of the Twelve
Members must concentrate on living the simple principles of the gospel.
"Live the commandments. Do what is right. Be good, have good works and influence others for good."
The prophet Helaman taught his children that their fathers had good works. Latter-day Saints should know their heritage, too, and teach their children about it.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if the world had an understanding of just the simple 10 Commandments? Imagine what living the law not to commit adultery would do to the world today.
"The gospel of our Lord and Savior has been restored to the Earth."
The organization of the church on April 6, 1830, took place in a humble little setting - the Peter Whitmer farmhouse - 168 years ago this week.
"I would imagine that the night of April the sixth, 1830, the moon was shining. . . . There was evidence that there was a full moon those days. . . . The glories of the Lord poured out on that occasion." A Salt Lake astronomer confirmed historical records showing a full moon that night.
Anne G. Wirthlin
First Counselor, Primary General Presidency
Age 10 and under is an ideal time for parents to read to their children from the scriptures.
From birth to age 10 are the peak years for acquiring language that will become the foundation for understanding future knowledge and truth.
"Through the guidance of loving parents and dedicated teachers, small children can become familiar with the scriptures and the spirit that accompanies them."
Primary children this year are being taught from the scriptures.
"A very young child's potential for learning and understanding is far greater than we tend to believe. The exciting possibility is that while children are learning new words daily, they can learn the language of the scriptures."
Members have been counseled to read the scriptures together as families. When this is a family tradition, children are more likely to make it a habit in their personal lives.
"As parents, our children look to us and our example to guide them." Consistently living what the scriptures teach anchors children.
Bishop Richard C. Edgley
First Counselor, Presiding Bishopric
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints need to focus their concern on a relationship with Heavenly Father and the Savior Jesus Christ.
"The real issue is not how others define us, but how the Savior defines us."
If members "in our weak and stumbling way are earnestly trying to live a Christ-like life, how others choose to characterize us should be of little consequence.
"The responsibility for our Christianity is ours. Others may characterize us as they will, but the true and righteous judge will judge us as we are. Our discipleship is for us to determine, not someone else."
The real question members must ask themselves is whether they are truly becoming disciples of Christ in word and deed. "Our own personal everyday living" answers that question.
"I would hope that our fruits merit the term Christian."
Christ is central to every doctrine, ordinance and principle in the church, as its very name suggests. "He is the focus of all we teach and all we do."
Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin
Quorum of the Twelve
"Procrastination and indecision can ham-per our efforts to prepare for the life after mortality." The time to prepare for eternity is today.
"Indecision can immobilize or paralyze us, hindering our preparation in mortality."
Procrastination "as it may be applied to gospel principles, is the thief of eternal life, which is life in the presence of the Father and the Son."
Church members must understand that all their actions have "eternal consequences. . . . Seeing life from an eternal perspective helps us focus our limited mortal energies on the things that matter most."
"The days of our probation are numbered, but none of us knows the number of those days. Each day of preparation is precious."
Members cannot separate their thoughts and actions in the present from consequences of such in the future.
If Latter-day Saints make every earthly decision with the resurrection and judgment by Jehovah in mind, they will have used their mortal probation wisely.
"Its days will give us peace in this life" as well as eternal life.
President James E. Faust
Second Counselor, First Presidency
Keeping sacred covenants protects Latter-day Saints in a world that is drifting from time-honored values that bring joy and happiness.
Blessings flow from covenants with the Lord.
"Covenants are not simply outward rituals; they are real and effective means of change."
Being born again comes from the Spirit of God through or-di-nances.
"Many covenants are indispensable to happiness here and hereafter. Among the most important are the marriage covenants made between husband and wife. From these covenants flow the greatest joys in life."
Temple covenants are the basis for the greatest blessings of the Lord.
"We should not allow our personal values to erode, even if others think we are peculiar. We have always been a peculiar people. However, being spiritually correct is much better than being politically correct."
"Christ-like conduct flows from the deepest wellsprings of the human heart and soul. It is guided by the Holy Spirit of the Lord, which is promised in gospel ordinances."