Elder L. Tom Perry

Quorum of the Twelve

Studying and gaining an understanding of the Articles of Faith help prepare one to share the gospel with others.

"I encourage each of you to study the Articles of Faith and the doctrines they teach. They are one of the most important statements of inspiration, history, and of the doctrine of the church.

"Each article is a positive statement explaining the differences between Mormonism and the beliefs of the other peoples of the world."

Those who use them as a guide to direct their studies of the Savior's doctrine will find themselves prepared to declare their witness of the restoration of the Lord's true church. It will enable them to declare with conviction what "we believe."

The Articles of Faith begin with a clear statement of belief in the Godhead and conclude with "special insight into how we should live and present ourselves before the peoples of the Earth." The articles were written by the Prophet Joseph Smith, who "declared comprehensively and concisely the essential doctrines of the gospel of Jesus Christ."

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Quorum of the Twelve

The opportunity to teach exists everywhere, but teaching is only truly effective when it is inspirational to those being taught.

"May we exalt the teaching experience within the home and within the church, and improve our every effort to edify and instruct. In all our meetings and all our messages may we nourish by the `good word of God . . . .' "

At a time when the prophet is "calling for more faith through hearing the word of God, we must revitalize and re-enthrone superior teaching in this church - at home, from the pulpit, in our administrative meetings and surely in the classroom . . . "

President Hinckley has said that "effective teaching is the very essence of leadership in the church. . . . Eternal life will come only as men and women are taught with such effectiveness that they change and discipline their lives. They cannot be coerced into righteousness or into heaven. They must be led, and that means teaching."

Members of the church come to meetings "seeking a spiritual experience. They want peace."

Elder Richard E. Cook

Quorums of the Seventy

President Ezra Taft Benson once said that the world would shape human behavior but Christ can change human behavior.

One of the most effective ways to change it is through the gospel of Jesus Christ that is taught in missionary work.

"While we have our free agency, missionary work, in its various forms, is not an optional program. We talk about the blessings of missionary work, but in reality we should do missionary work because it's our duty. The scriptures and every prophet since Joseph Smith have reminded us it's our duty to go unto all nations and to warn our neighbors."

The Lord has promised that service to him through missionary work brings great joy. Quoting President Wilford Woodruff, missionary work "is our calling. It is our duty. It is our business."

While converts give the church new vitality, "missionaries themselves gain a new measure of vitality and strength" that is a "mighty force" for good in the world.

Missionaries also reap many types of blessings from missionary service. "Some are immediate; others come only with time."

Elder Dale E. Miller

Quorums of the Seventy

Like no other organization on earth, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints encompasses teachings and ordinances that "will lead us to eternal life."

Founded on the rock of revelation, the church has the "fully restored gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. At the personal level, it instills a purging discipline within us. It pushes us out of our circles of comfort into growth.

"It fosters development of great spiritual gifts and enlightenment which will be taken with us in the next life. It provides the baptism of fire. It personally empowers us in ways that can only come from God."

Working in all diligence to build the Lord's kingdom should be the primary effort of church members. As they consecrate their time, talents and means in building the kingdom, they and countless others are blessed.

"I am a witness that this is the great kingdom of God on earth as prophesied throughout the ages. It is the only true pathway leading us in our journey back to a loving Heavenly Father."

Elder M. Russell Ballard

Quorum of the Twelve

Revelations from the Lord are marvelous and should be studied with an appreciation for the truths that they contain.

"Do we appreciate the marvelous miracle of revelation? Through revelation we have received the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price, which contain the words of God to us, his children."

The Prophet Joseph Smith was the instrument through which revelation, and ultimately Christ's church, was restored.

"There is no possible compromise of this doctrine. I raise my voice to the whole world in testimony that I know without reservation or question that the Prophet Joseph Smith opened this dispensation through divine revelation."

Studying the scriptures and the words of living prophets helps memb-ers increase their spiritual knowledge and understanding. "We can not be saved in ignorance, but the Lord can only reveal light and truth to us as we are prepared to receive it." Consequently, members "must do everything we can to increase our spiritual knowledge and understanding by studying the scriptures."

Elder Russell M. Nelson

Quorum of the Twelve

Church members today are "reaping a harvest of family love from seeds sown years ago."

The time of harvest has come as new and greater methods of research have been developed to help people identify their ancestors and perform sacred ordinances for them.

"The time of harvest is come. A new era of family history work has arrived. As President Gordon B. Hinckley recently noted: `The Lord has inspired skilled men and women in developing new technologies which we can use to our great advantage in moving forward this sacred work.' Previously, efforts have focused on gathering names and dates and organizing that information. Now, computer products are available that can actually guide you to find your kindred."

One new research aid is the Family History SourceGuide. Another is a new Vital Records Index.

"I am excited about these and other developments. Tasks that once seemed beyond reach are now within our grasp. `With God nothing shall be impossible.' "