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WARNING: If you’re not into great, Pinterest-worthy quotes, stop reading here.Still with me? Good.Did you watch or listen to General Conference this past weekend? Nathanael and I were lucky enough to attend a session in person with our friends Anna and Jake. There were a million gems. Here are a few I got from watching it (I highly recommend a personal read of each one). Let’s start off with my favorite and go from there:

The gospel “is not weight; it is wings.”
Jean A. Stevens, “Fear Not; I Am With Thee” (quoting Harry Emerson Fosdick, Twelve Tests of Character (1923), 88)
Sadly enough, my young friends, it is a characteristic of our age that if people want any gods at all, they want them to be gods who do not demand much, comfortable gods, smooth gods, who not only don’t rock the boat but don’t even row it, gods who past us on the head, make us giggle, then tell us to run along and pick marigolds. . . . Talk about man creating God in his own image!”
—Jeffrey R. Holland, “The Cost—and Blessing—of Discipleship”
He said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” and “whosever. . . shall break one of [the] least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be . . . the least in the kingdom of heaven.” Christlike love is the greatest need we have on this planet in part because righteousness was always supposed to accompany it. So if love is to be our watchword, as it must be, then by the word of Him who is love personified, we must forsake transgression and any hint of advocacy for it in others. Jesus clearly understood what many in our modern culture seem to forget: that there is a crucial difference between the commandment to forgive sin (which He had an infinite capacity to do) and the warning against condoning it (which He never ever did even once).
—Jeffrey R. Holland, “The Cost—and Blessing—of Discipleship”May we all find the joy that comes from the sacred service of bearing one another’s burdens, even those simple and small, is my prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
—Elder Ronald A. Rasband, “The Joyful Burden of Discipleship”

The only things that really need to be accomplished in the home are daily scripture study and prayer and weekly family home evening.
-Linda S. Reeves, “Protection from Pornography—a Christ-Focused Home”

I don’t have any specific notes from Elder Andersen’s talk, “Spiritual Whirlwinds,” but I did lean over to Nathanael afterward and say, “That talk made me really baby hungry.” This is a talk about the spiritual whirlwinds of the modern day, so he was confused. But there’s something courageous about raising children in the face of such whirlwinds that I find exhilarating (take that, Satan!).

I believe that Heinrich Eyring knew then that what I am teaching you today is true. He knew that the happiness of eternal life comes through family bonds which continue forever. Even when he had so recently found the Lord’s plan of happiness, he knew that his hope for eternal joy depended on the free choices of others to follow his example. His hope of eternal happiness depended on people not yet born.
—Henry B. Eyring, “A Priceless Heritage of Hope”

He has made promises to us as we keep trying to gather people to Him, even when they resist His invitation to do so. Their resistance saddens Him, but He does not quit, nor should we.
—Henry B. Eyring, “A Priceless Heritage of Hope”

Courage, not compromise, brings the smile of God’s approval.
—Russel M. Nelson, “Let Your Faith Show”

Your personal testimony of the Atonement of Jesus Christ is a powerful tool. Accompanying resources are prayer, the Book of Mormon and the other scriptures, and your commitment to priesthood ordinances.
—Richard G. Scott, “I Have Given You and Example”

A “soft answer” consists of a reasoned response—disciplined words from a humble heart. It does not mean we never speak directly or that we compromise doctrinal truth. Words that may be firm in information can be soft in spirit.
—W. Craig Zwick, “What Are You Thinking?”

Being grateful in times of distress does not mean that we are pleased with our circumstances. It does mean that through the eyes of faith we look beyond our present-day challenges. . . This is not a gratitude of the lips but of the soul.
—Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Grateful in Any Circumstances”

Church members are widely known as Mormons, and in interactions with those not of our faith, we may fittingly refer to ourselves as Mormons, provided we couple this with the full name of the Church.
—M. Russell Ballard, “Following Up”

 I invite all members, regardless of your current calling or level of activity in the Church, to obtain a copy of Preach My Gospel. It is available through our distribution centers and also online. The online version can be read or downloaded at no cost. It is a guidebook for missionary work—which means it is a guidebook for all of us. Read it, study it, and then apply what you learn to help you understand how to bring souls to Christ through invitation and follow-up.
—M. Russell Ballard, “Following Up”

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
“For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28–30).

I am of the frame of mind that today’s complexity demands greater simplicity. . .
—L. Tom Perry, “Obedience through Our Faithfulness”

There is no end to what the world has to offer, so it is critical that we learn to recognize when we have enough.
—Michael John U. Teh, “Where Your Treasure Is”

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