Stuart Johnson, Deseret Morning News
President Thomas S. Monson speaks at a BYU devotional in November 2007 in Provo.
Excerpts from talks and articles by President Thomas S. Monson:


"What does it mean to magnify a calling? It means to build it up in dignity and importance, to make it honorable and commendable in the eyes of all men, to enlarge and strengthen it, to let the light of heaven shine through it to the view of other men. ... Brethren, let us learn our duty. Let us, in the performance of our duty, follow in the footsteps of the Master. As you and I walk the pathway Jesus walked, let us listen for the sound of sandaled feet. Let us reach out for the Carpenter's hand. Then we shall come to know him." (April 1986 general conference)


"When we realize just how precious children are, we will not find it difficult to follow the pattern of the Master in our association with them. Not long ago, a sweet scene took place at the Salt Lake Temple. Children, who had been ever so tenderly cared for by faithful workers in the temple nursery, were now leaving in the arms of their mothers and fathers. One child turned to the lovely women who had been so kind to the children and, with a wave of her arm, spoke the feelings of her heart as she exclaimed, 'Good night, angels."' (June 2002 Ensign)


"But let me remind each of us that education doesn't simply mean that we attend school. Education means that we learn how to think. Henry Ford put it in words when he said, 'An educated man is not one who has trained his mind to remember a few dates in history. He is one who can accomplish things.' If a man cannot think, he is not an educated man regardless of how many college degrees he may have after his name. Thinking is the hardest work a man can do, which is probably the reason we have such few thinkers." (June 1964 MIA conference)


"Perhaps no counsel has been repeated more often than how to manage wisely our income. Consumer debt in some nations of the world is at staggering levels. Too many in the church have failed to avoid unnecessary debt. They have little, if any, financial reserve. The solution is to budget, to live within our means and to save some for the future." (September 1986 Ensign)


" ... Today, in the very shadows of our temples, many of our young Latter-day Saints are failing to choose temple marriage. I am afraid that some of them are caught in the whirlpool of status seeking. While fathers drive stately cars and mothers open their homes to admiring inspection, some lose their sons and their daughters, for children learn to judge by the symbols people display rather than people's individual worth." (1964 Oakland Temple dedication)


"Dutch elm disease usually begins with a wilting of the younger leaves in the upper part of the tree. Later the lower branches become infected. In about midsummer most of the leaves turn yellow, curl and drop off. Life ebbs. Death approaches. A forest is consumed. The bark beetle has taken its terrible toll.

"How like the elm is man. From a minute seed, and in accordance with a divine plan, we grow, are nurtured and mature. The bright sunlight of heaven, the rich blessings of earth are ours. In our private forest of family and friends, life is richly rewarding and abundantly beautiful. Then suddenly, there appears before us in this generation a sinister and diabolical enemy — pornography. Like the bark beetle, it, too, is the carrier of a deadly disease. I shall name it 'pernicious permissiveness."' (November 1979 Ensign)


"Men and women of integrity, character and purpose have ever recognized a power higher than themselves and have sought through prayer to be guided by that power. Such has it ever been. So shall it ever be.

"Unfortunately, prosperity, abundance, honor and praise lead some men to the false security of haughty self-assurance and the abandonment of the inclination to pray. Conversely, trial, tribulation, sickness and death crumble the castles of men's pride and bring them to their knees to petition for power from on high." (May 1978 Ensign)


"Before we can successfully undertake a personal search for Jesus, we must first prepare time for him in our lives and room for him in our hearts. In these busy days there are many who have time for golf, time for shopping, time for work, time for play, but no time for Christ. Lovely homes dot the land and provide rooms for eating, rooms for sleeping, sewing rooms, television rooms, but no room for Christ." (October 1965 general conference)

The Savior

"We laugh, we cry, we work, we play, we love, we live. And then we die. And dead we would remain but for one man and his mission, even Jesus of Nazareth. Born in a stable, cradled in a manger, his birth fulfilled the inspired pronouncements of many prophets. He was taught from on high. He provided the life, the light and the way. Multitudes followed him. Children adored him. The haughty rejected him. He spoke in parables. He taught by example. He lived a perfect life. Through his ministry blind men saw, deaf men heard and lame men walked. Even the dead returned to life." (April 1966 general conference)


"When you have an abiding faith in the living God, when your outward actions reflect your inner convictions, you have the composite strength of exposed and hidden virtues. They combine to give safe passage through whatever rough seas might arise." (February 2001 Ensign)