100 of Life’s Questions and Emotions Addressed In the October 2015 LDS General Conference

How many of these questions have you asked yourself at one time or another?  What are your current struggles in life?  All of the answers were found at General Conference!general-conference-2013-october-people-1216555-gallery

  1.  What must I do to have this divine nature we always talk about?  “Our divine nature has nothing to do with our personal accomplishments, the status we achieve, the number of marathons we run, or our popularity and self-esteem. Our divine nature comes from God. It was established in an existence that preceded our birth and will continue on into eternity.” – Sister Rosemary Wixom, Primary General President
  2. Am I a failure as a mother?  “To all mothers in every circumstance, including those who struggle—and all will—I say, “Be peaceful. Believe in God and yourself. You are doing better than you think you are. In fact, you are saviors on Mount Zion, and like the Master you follow, your love ‘never faileth.’14 ” I can pay no higher tribute to anyone.” – Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
  3. It’s too late for me to make a difference for my child.  “I know I can’t turn back time, but this I now know—that it’s never too early and it’s never too late to lead, guide, and walk beside our children, because families are forever.” – Elder Bradley D. Foster
  4. The Church is led by too many “old school” people who just don’t understand how it is in life today.  “During my nearly 40 years of close association, I have been a personal witness as both quiet inspiration and profound revelation have moved to action the prophets and apostles, the other General Authorities, and the auxiliary leaders. While neither perfect nor infallible, these good men and women have been perfectly dedicated to leading the work of the Lord forward as He has directed.” – Elder M. Russell Ballard
  5. People say they love going to the temple.  Sometimes I don’t.  What can I do to change that?  “The Savior said, “Whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.” For example, we are asked to attend the temple regularly, as our individual circumstances allow. Attending the temple requires sacrifice of time and resources, especially for those who must travel a great distance. Nevertheless, this sacrifice could be considered part of the first mile.  We begin walking the second mile when we understand the words “find, take, teach,” when we search for and prepare the names of our ancestors for temple ordinances, when we help in indexing, when we serve as temple workers, and when we look for ways to help others have meaningful temple experiences.” – Elder Hugo Montoya
  6. I don’t understand a certain doctrine, so I’m not sure if I still believe.  ”

    Faith never demands an answer to every question but seeks the assurance and courage to move forward, sometimes acknowledging, “I don’t know everything, but I do know enough to continue on the path of discipleship.”  Immersing oneself in persistent doubt, fueled by answers from the faithless and the unfaithful, weakens one’s faith in Jesus Christ and the Restoration.” – Elder Neil L. Anderson

  7. I will never understand these parables in the scriptures.  “I invite you to listen with the Spirit. The Holy Ghost will help you to find the message for you in this parable.” – President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

  8. Sometimes I read opinions that are different than the Church’s position on a topic, and they really make some good points.  “Satan, our adversary, wants us to fail. He spreads lies as part of his effort to destroy our belief. He slyly suggests that the doubter, the skeptic, the cynic is sophisticated and intelligent, while those who have faith in God and His miracles are naive, blind, or brainwashed. Satan will advocate that it is cool to doubt spiritual gifts and the teachings of true prophets.” – President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
  9. Women are not valued in the Church as leaders.  “The kingdom of God is not and cannot be complete without women who make sacred covenants and then keep them, women who can speak with the power and authority of God!” – President Russell M. Nelson
  10. Why can’t we just be like other churches?  Why are we so different?  “May I say to all of you, and particularly to you young people, that as the world moves further and further away from the principles and guidelines given to us by a loving Heavenly Father, we will stand out from the crowd because we are different. . . .  Those things which make us different from most of the world also provide us with that light and that spirit which will shine in an increasingly dark world.” – President Thomas S. Monson
  11. The Church is behind the times – why don’t we support the right of homosexual couples to marry?  “For anyone to attain the fulness of priesthood blessings, there must be a husband and a wife sealed in the house of the Lord, working together in righteousness and remaining faithful to their covenants. This is the Lord’s plan for His children, and no amount of public discourse or criticism will change what the Lord has declared. We need to continue to model righteous marriages, seek for that blessing in our lives, and have faith if it is slow in coming. Let us be defenders of marriage as the Lord has ordained it while continuing to show love and compassion for those with differing views.” – Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, General Young Women President
  12. No one notices me in my calling.  “Whatever your calling in the priesthood, you may have at times felt Heavenly Father was unaware of you. You can pray to know His will, and with the honest desire to do whatever He asks you to do, you will receive an answer.” – President Henry B. Eyring
  13. My parents / spouse are always so critical of me.  It just makes me so angry!  “One of the greatest blessings of being part of the body of Christ, though it may not seem like a blessing in the moment, is being reproved of sin and error. We are prone to excuse and rationalize our faults, and sometimes we simply do not know where we should improve or how to do it. Without those who can reprove us “betimes with sharpness, when moved upon by the Holy Ghost,” we might lack the courage to change and more perfectly follow the Master.”  – Elder D. Todd Christofferson
  14. I’m embarrassed to admit to friends that I have doubts about my faith.  “[W]e might feel embarrassed, uncomfortable, or confused spiritually when we encounter a challenge to our faith. Generally, the intensity and duration of these feelings will depend upon our reaction to them. . . . In our lives, the extended hand of the Savior may take the form of help from a trusted friend, leader, or loving parent. While we are struggling in the darkness, there is nothing wrong with relying temporarily upon the light of those who love us and have our best interests at heart. . . . [W]e might feel too embarrassed to ask for help when we doubt. Perhaps we are one to whom others have looked for strength, and now we need help. When we realize that the light and the comfort the Savior can extend to us are far too precious to lose to pride, then inspired Church leaders, parents, and trusted friends can help. They stand ready to assist us in gaining spiritual assurances that will fortify us against challenges of faith.” – Elder Vern P. Stanfill
  15. I rarely feel like I get inspiration or revelation.  “You can treat . . . moments of inspiration like the seed of faith that Alma described . Plant each one. You can do that by acting on the prompting you felt. The most valuable inspiration will be for you to know what God would have you do. If it is to pay tithing or to visit a grieving friend, you should do it. Whatever it is, do it. When you demonstrate your willingness to obey, the Spirit will send you more impressions of what God would have you do for Him.” – President Henry B. Eyring
  16. To be happy in heaven, why do I have to follow all these commandments which make me unhappy now?  “The adversary has been successful in planting a great myth in the minds of many people. He and his emissaries declare that the real choice we have is between happiness and pleasure now in this life and happiness in a life to come (which the adversary asserts may not exist). This myth is a false choice, but it is very seductive. . . . Happiness in this life and happiness in the life to come are interconnected by righteousness.” – Elder Quentin L. Cook
  17. I read some things about Joseph Smith’s life online and now I’m not so sure he was that great.  “[Q]uestions general-conference-2013-october-people-1216570-galleryconcerning the Prophet Joseph Smith are not new. They have been hurled by his critics since this work began. To those of faith who, looking through the colored glasses of the 21st century, honestly question events or statements of the Prophet Joseph from nearly 200 years ago, may I share some friendly advice: For now, give Brother Joseph a break! In a future day, you will have 100 times more information than from all of today’s search engines combined, and it will come from our all-knowing Father in Heaven.  Consider the totality of Joseph’s life—born in poverty and given little formal education, he translated the Book of Mormon in less than 90 days. Tens of thousands of honest, devoted men and women embraced the cause of the Restoration. At age 38, Joseph sealed his witness with his blood. I testify that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. Settle this in your mind, and move forward!”  – Elder Neil L. Anderson
  18.  Sometimes I’m just not sure I have a testimony.  What should I do?  “It is through the whisperings of the Spirit that the divine nature of a doubter, after gasping for breath, finds the peace to breathe again.” – Sister Rosemary Wixom, Primary General President
  19. There are simply too many commandments.  I can’t follow them all.  “God’s commandments are not given to frustrate us or to become obstacles to our happiness. Just the opposite is true. He who created us and who loves us perfectly knows just how we need to live our lives in order to obtain the greatest happiness possible. He has provided us with guidelines which, if we follow them, will see us safely through this often treacherous mortal journey.”  – President Thomas S. Monson
  20. I can’t seem to get ahead of my debt.  How can I learn to handle finances better?  “I invite you to save money each week. The amount you save is not particularly significant; that is up to you. As you develop a habit of saving, you will benefit personally. And you may also have opportunities to assist others financially as a result of your diligence. Imagine the positive outcome of saving money weekly for six months, a year, 10 years, or more. Small efforts sustained over time can produce significant results.” – Elder Devin G. Durrant
  21. I understand what my teacher says in class already.  I am not finding answers to my questions there, though.  “Using our mind without our heart will not bring spiritual answers.” – Elder Neil L. Anderson
  22. My physical condition limits me from doing the things I should be doing.  “When you cannot do what you have always done, then you only do what matters most.” – Elder Robert D. Hales, as quoted by Elder David A. Bednar
  23. If only I was more _____________, then I would be happy!  “I learned in my life that we don’t need to be “more” of anything to start to become the person God intended us to become.  God will take you as you are at this very moment and begin to work with you. All you need is a willing heart, a desire to believe, and trust in the Lord.” – President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
  24. There are so many rules to follow.  Why are there so many?  “Put another way, the Lord’s commands do not constitute some grueling underwater maze of barriers that we must learn to grudgingly endure in this life so that we might be exalted in the next. Rather, the barriers established by the Lord create for us a safe harbor from the evil and destructive influences that would otherwise drag us down to the depths of despair. The Lord’s commandments are given out of love and caring; they are intended for our joy in this life7 just as much as they are intended for our joy and exaltation in the next. They mark the way that we should act—and more importantly, they illuminate who we should become.” – Elder Von G. Keetch
  25. I’ve already read the Book of Mormon.  Why should I re-read it?  “Read it again. It will increase your faith.” – Elder Neil L. Anderson
  26. If I didn’t have to work with Brother or Sister ______, I would enjoy this calling.  “I now realize that in the Church, to effectively serve others we must see them through a parent’s eyes, through Heavenly Father’s eyes. Only then can we begin to comprehend the true worth of a soul. Only then can we sense the love that Heavenly Father has for all of His children. Only then can we sense the Savior’s caring concern for them.” – Elder Dale G. Renlund
  27. Why do we teach that only women can be homemakers?  Don’t we fathers help, too?  “All of us—women, men, youth, and children, single or married—can work at being homemakers. We should “make our homes” places of order, refuge, holiness, and safety. Our homes should be places where the Spirit of the Lord is felt in rich abundance and where the scriptures and the gospel are studied, taught, and lived. What a difference it would make in the world if all people would see themselves as makers of righteous homes.” – Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, General Young Women President
  28. I’m struggling because I have lost someone I love.  How can I cope?  “We need that constant help from the companionship of the Holy Ghost for yet another reason. The death of a loved one may come unexpectedly. It is the witness from the Holy Ghost of the reality of a loving Heavenly Father and a resurrected Savior that gives us hope and comfort at the loss of a loved one. That testimony must be fresh when death occurs.” – President Henry B. Eyring
  29. My friend would never join the Church, she just isn’t the type.  I’m not going to invite her to come with me because it’s useless.  “I’m confident that there is no choice, sin, or mistake that you or anyone else can make that will change His love for you or for them. That does not mean He excuses or condones sinful conduct—I’m sure He does not—but it does mean we are to reach out to our fellowman in love to invite, persuade, serve, and rescue. Jesus Christ looked past people’s ethnicity, rank, and circumstances in order to teach them this profound truth.” – Elder Ronald A. Rasband
  30. Sometimes life is just so discouraging.  How do I get through it?  “Life may get hard, confusing, painful, and discouraging. I bear you my witness that through the companionship of the Holy Ghost, the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ will cut through the confusion, the pain, and the darkness. Whether it comes in a remarkable burst or in a gentle flow, that glorious spiritual power will infuse healing love and comfort into the repentant, wounded soul; dispel darkness with the light of truth; and cast out discouragement with hope in Christ. We will see these blessings come, and we will know by the witness of the Spirit that it is the Lord Jesus Christ working in our lives. Our burdens truly will be ‘swallowed up in the joy of [our Redeemer].'” – Elder Kim B. Clark
  31. I will never be like those early Saints – I’m not as strong as they were.  “One sister, faced with an overwhelming assignment, wrote, “Sometimes I wonder if the sisters in the early history of the Church didn’t, like us, put their heads on their pillows at night and pray, ‘Whatever tomorrow brings, will Thou help me through it?’” Then she wrote, “One of the blessings is [that] we have each other and we are in this together!” – Sister Carol F. McConkie, Young Women Presidency 1st Counselor
  32. I don’t understand a certain Church teaching, so I’m not going to obey it yet.  We aren’t supposed to be mindless drones, right?  “We show our love for God—and our faith in Him—by doing our very best every day to follow the course that He has laid out for us and by keeping the commandments that He has given to us. We especially manifest that faith and love in situations where we don’t fully understand the reason for God’s commands or the particular path He is telling us to take.” – Elder Von G. Keetch
  33. Why do some people say they have always known the Church was true?  “My dear friends, your faith did not begin at birth, and it will not end at death.” – Elder Neil L. Anderson
  34. It will just be easier to repent in the Spirit World because Jesus will be there to help me.  “We should not deceive ourselves about what it takes to return and remain in the presence of our Father in Heaven. We have to be clean.” – Elder Allen D. Haynie
  35. If I’m following the commandments, why aren’t things working out for me?  “Our family motto doesn’t say, “It will all work out now.” It speaks of our hope in the eternal outcome—not necessarily of present results. Scripture says, “Search diligently, pray always, and be believing, and all things shall work together for your good.” This doesn’t mean all things are good, but for the meek and faithful, things—both positive and negative—work together for good, and the timing is the Lord’s. We wait on Him, sometimes like Job in his suffering, knowing that God “maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole.” A meek heart accepts the trial and the waiting for that time of healing and wholeness to come.” – Sister Neill F. Marriott, Young Women Presidency Second Counseloraerial-night-conference-slc-mormon-767944-gallery
  36. What exactly am I supposed to accomplish in this life to have done enough to make it to heaven?  “As we trust in the Lord, exercise our faith, obey His commandments, and follow the course He has charted for us, we become more the person the Lord wants us to become. It is this “becoming”—this conversion of the heart—that is all-important.” – Elder Von G. Keetch
  37. Is all of this even worth it?  “[T]he Lord more than matches our willingness to act in faith. Our willingness to take a step is not just met; it is exceeded by the Lord’s promised blessings.” – Elder Randall K. Bennett
  38. I hesitate at time to speak up when I hear others criticize my beliefs.  “True disciples of Christ are not looking to make excuses for the doctrine when it doesn’t fit the world’s current concepts. Paul was another valiant disciple, boldly proclaiming that he was “not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth.”6 True disciples represent the Lord when it may not be convenient to do so. – Elder Gregory A. Schwitzer
  39. Can the leaders of the Church even understand what I’m going through?  “I don’t completely understand your challenges. But through my personal tests and trials—the ones that have brought me to my knees—I have become well acquainted with the One who does understand, He who was ‘acquainted with grief,’ who experienced all and understands all. And in addition, I have experienced all of the mortal tests that I just mentioned through the lens of a daughter, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.” – Carole M. Stephens, 1st Counselor, General Relief Society Presidency
  40. I’m just not good enough, and I never will be.  “We do not have to be perfect, but we need to be good and getting better. We need to strive to live the plain and simple truths of the gospel.” – Elder Kim B. Clark
  41. I already believe.  Isn’t that faith enough?  “How we live our lives increases or diminishes our faith. Prayer, obedience, honesty, purity of thought and deed, and unselfishness increase faith. Without these, faith diminishes. Why did the Savior say to Peter, “I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not”? Because there is an adversary who delights in destroying our faith! Be relentless in protecting your faith.” – Elder Neil L. Anderson
  42. Sometimes I have a hard time getting doubting thoughts out of my mind.  “Remember that faith and doubt cannot exist in the same mind at the same time, for one will dispel the other.” – President Thomas S. Monson
  43. Guilt never seems to go away.  I’ve done too many things wrong.  “Repentance, of necessity, is not easy. Things of eternal significance rarely are. But the result is worth it.” – Elder Allen D. Haynie
  44. I can’t understand why the Church still supports this program.  My feelings are starting to hurt my testimony.  “Brothers and sisters, if you ever think thatgeneral-conference-october-2012-1057368-gallery the gospel isn’t working so well for you, I invite you to step back, look at your life from a higher plane, and simplify your approach to discipleship. Focus on the basic doctrines, principles, and applications of the gospel. I promise that God will guide and bless you on your path to a fulfilling life, and the gospel will definitely work better for you.” – President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
  45. My parents will never forgive me after what I’ve done.  “Loving parents are always ready with outstretched arms to welcome even our smallest step in the right direction. They know that our willingness to try and try again will lead to progress and success.” – Elder Randall K. Bennett
  46. There are too many rules – Mormons don’t get to have any fun.  “We may feel at times that God’s laws restrict our personal freedom, take from us our agency, and limit our growth. But as we seek for greater understanding, as we allow our Father to teach us, we will begin to see that His laws are a manifestation of His love for us and obedience to His laws is an expression of our love for Him.” – Sister Carole M. Stephens, Relief Society Presidency First Counselor
  47. I don’t feel like I have any direction or goals in life.  “The Holy Ghost makes an ideal traveling companion. If we are humble and teachable, He will take us by the hand and lead us home.” – Elder Larry R. Lawrence
  48. My testimony has wavered since I returned home from my mission.  “I know some returned missionaries who have had undeniable spiritual experiences, but the lack of certain spiritual habits seems to have caused them to forget the times when God has spoken to them. To those returned missionaries and to all of us, if you “have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask, can ye feel so now?”12 If you do not feel it now, you can feel it again, but consider Nephi’s counsel. Be obedient, remember the times when you have felt the Spirit in the past, and ask in faith. Your answer will come, and you will feel the love and peace of the Savior. It may not come as quickly or in the format you desire, but the answer will come. Do not give up! Never give up!” – Elder James B. Martino
  49. I know I need to change my ways, but my sins are so hard to overcome.  “Although avoidance of sin is the preferred pattern in life, as far as the efficacy of the Atonement of Jesus Christ is concerned, it matters not what sins we have committed or how deep we have sunk into that proverbial pit. It matters not that we are ashamed or embarrassed because of the sins that, as the prophet Nephi said, ‘so easily beset’ us. It matters not that once upon a time we traded our birthright for a mess of pottage.” – Elder Allen D. Haynie
  50. I want to do what is right, but life makes that impossible sometimes.  Aren’t my desires righteous?  “We should remember that a loving Heavenly Father is aware of our righteous desires and will honor His promises that nothing will be withheld from those who faithfully keep their covenants. Heavenly Father has a mission and plan for each of us, but He also has His own timetable. One of the hardest challenges in this life is to have faith in the Lord’s timing. It’s a good idea to have an alternative plan in mind, which helps us to be covenant-keeping, charitable, and righteous women who build the kingdom of God no matter which way our lives go. We need to teach our daughters to aim for the ideal but plan for contingencies.” – Bonnie L. Oscarson, General Young Women President
  51. How can I keep making good decisions?  It’s so hard sometimes.  “The companionship of the Holy Ghost makes what is good more attractive and temptation less compelling.” – President Henry B. Eyring
  52. What kinds of things does a prophet pray for?  “I pray that each one of us—young and old—will find renewed strength, courage, and desire to believe.” – President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
  53. Are women valued by the leadership of the Church?  “We need women who are devoted to shepherding God’s children along the covenant path toward exaltation; women who know how to receive personal revelation, who understand the power and peace of the temple endowment; women who know how to call upon the powers of heaven to protect and strengthen children and families; women who teach fearlessly.” – President Russell M. Nelson
  54. I make good choices.  I’m obedient already.  “True obedience, therefore, is giving ourselves entirely to Him and allowing Him to chart our course both in calm waters and in troubled ones, understanding that He can make more of us than we could ever make of ourselves.” – Elder Von G. Keetch
  55. If I don’t feel happy right now, does that mean I’m not righteous?  “I recognize that, despite the overwhelming happiness embodied in God’s divine plan, sometimes it can feel far away and disconnected from our current circumstances. It may feel beyond our reach as struggling disciples. From our limited perspective, current temptations and distractions can seem attractive. The rewards for resisting those temptations, on the other hand, can feel distant and unattainable. But a true understanding of the Father’s plan reveals that the rewards of righteousness are available right now.” – Elder Quentin L. Cook
  56. What should I be doing during the sacrament?  “The sacrament is also a time for Heavenly Father to teach us about the Atonement of His Beloved Son—our Savior, Jesus Christ—and for us to receive revelation about it. It is a time to “knock, and it shall be opened unto you,”30 to request and to receive this knowledge. It is time for us to reverently ask God for this knowledge.” – Elder Claudio R. M. Costa
  57. I don’t want to be the weird kid at school just because I’m Mormon.  “Teenage years are often years of insecurity, of feeling as though you don’t measure up, of trying to find your place with your peers, and of trying to fit in. You may be tempted to lower your standards and to follow the crowd in order to be accepted by those you desire to have as friends. Please be strong, and be alert to anything that would rob you of the blessings of eternity. The choices you make here and now are forever important.” – President Thomas S. Monson
  58. I’m too old to do any good to anyone anymore.  “The limitations that are the natural consequence of advancing age can in fact become remarkable sources of spiritual learning and insight. The very factors many may believe limit the effectiveness of these servants can become some of their greatest strengths. Physical restrictions can expand vision. Limited stamina can clarify priorities. Inability to do many things can direct focus to a few things of greatest importance.” – Elder David A. Bednar
  59. Nothing in my life is going well.  How will I everpioneer-girl-skipping_1572947_inl be happy?  “I discovered
    faith. And faith led to hope. And faith and hope gave me confidence that one day everything would make sense, that because of the Savior, all the wrongs would be made right. After that, I saw that the path before me wasn’t as dreary and dusty as I had thought. I began to notice the bright blues, the verdant greens, and the fiery reds, and I decided I had a choice—I could hang my head and drag my feet on the dusty road of self-pity, or I could have a little faith, put on a bright dress, slip on my dancing shoes, and skip down the path of life, singing as I went.” – Aunt Rose, as shared by Dieter F. Uchtdorf
  60. I still have questions, so I must not have a real testimony of the Gospel.  “I remember when the missionary who was teaching me asked if I was ready to be baptized. I replied that I still had some questions. This wise missionary told me that he could answer them but that I would have to answer his question first. He asked me if the Book of Mormon was true and if Joseph Smith was a prophet. I told him that I did not know, but I wanted to know.  My questions led to increased faith. For me, the answer came not as an event but as a process.” – Elder James B. Martino
  61. Do people in other religions have real faith?  “There are many Christian men and women with deep faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and we honor and respect them.” – Elder Neil L. Anderson
  62. What is holding me back from becoming the person I need to be?  “I would like to suggest that each of you participate in a spiritual exercise sometime soon, perhaps even tonight while saying your prayers. Humbly ask the Lord the following question: “What is keeping me from progressing?” In other words: “What lack I yet?” Then wait quietly for a response. If you are sincere, the answer will soon become clear. It will be revelation intended just for you.”  – Elder Larry R. Lawrence
  63. Modern life presents some difficult conundrums.  How do I respond to the difficult choices I face in this modern world?  “God called President Thomas S. Monson, the counselors in the First Presidency, and the members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles as prophets, seers, and revelators. In this world of increasing fear, distraction, adversity, and anger, we can look to them to see how disciples of Jesus Christ—filled with charity—look, sound, and react to issues that could be divisive. They testify of Jesus Christ and respond with charity, the pure love of Jesus Christ, whose witnesses they are.” – Sister Carole M. Stephens, General Relief Society First Counselor
  64. I don’t understand faith.  What is it?  “Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is not something ethereal, floating loosely in the air. Faith does not fall upon us by chance or stay with us by birthright. It is, as the scriptures say, “substance … , the evidence of things not seen.” Faith emits a spiritual light, and that light is discernible. 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. Your faith is either growing stronger or becoming weaker. Faith is a principle of power, important not only in this life but also in our progression beyond the veil. By the grace of Christ, we will one day be saved through faith on His name. The future of your faith is not by chance, but by choice.” – Elder Neil L. Anderson
  65. I’m too shy to be a missionary.  “As I agonized over my inadequacies this week, I received a distinct impression which both chastened and comforted me: to focus not on what I can’t do but rather on what I can do. I can testify of the plain and precious truths of the gospel.” – Elder Gary E. Stevenson
  66.  What should I do if I don’t feel like I am worth much?  “If you ever question that spark of divinity within you, kneel in prayer and ask Heavenly Father, “Am I really Thy daughter, and dost Thou love me?” Elder M. Russell Ballard said, ‘One of the sweetest messages the Spirit will relay is how the Lord feels about you.’” – Sister Rosemary Wixom, Primary General President
  67. Because women don’t hold the priesthood, they can’t truly lead others.  “Sisters, do you realize the breadth and scope of your influence when you speak those things that come to your heart and mind as directed by the Spirit? A superb stake president told me of a stake council meeting in which they were wrestling with a difficult challenge. At one point, he realized that the stake Primary president had not spoken, so he asked if she had any impressions. “Well, actually I have,” she said and then proceeded to share a thought that changed the entire direction of the meeting. The stake president continued, “As she spoke, the Spirit testified to me that she had given voice to the revelation we had been seeking as a council.” – President Russell M. Nelson
  68. When my friends criticize the Church’s position on certain things, I don’t know how to answer them.  “I wish I could help everyone to understand this one simple fact: we believe in God because of things we know with our heart and mind, not because of things wedo not know.  Our spiritual experiences are sometimes too sacred to explain in worldly terms, but that doesn’t mean they are not real.” – President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
  69. Why do we fast every month?  “Prayer and fasting will allow us to be susceptible to spiritual promptings.” – Elder James B. Martino
  70. How has Satan changed in how he fights against us?  “For years I thought the mocking crowd [in Lehi’s dream] was making fun of the way the faithful live their lives, but the voices from the building today have changed their tone and approach. Those who mock often try to drown out the simple message of the gospel by attacking some aspect of the Church’s history or offering pointed criticism of a prophet or other leader. They are also attacking the very heart of our doctrine and the laws of God, given since the Creation of the earth. We, as disciples of Jesus Christ and members of His Church, must never let go of that iron rod.” – Elder Gregory A. Schwitzer
  71. People at church are too judgmental of me.  “In the work of salvation, there is no room for comparison, criticism, or condemnation. It is not about age, experience, or public acclaim. This sacred work is about developing a broken heart, a contrite spirit, and a willingness to use our divine gifts and unique talents to do the Lord’s work in His way.” – Sister Carol F. McConkie, Young Women Presidency 1st Counselor
  72. How can the atonement help me overcome my addiction?  “Few disabilities are more crippling to our temporal or spiritual lives than addictions. Some of these, like addictions to pornography or drugs, are likely to have been caused by sinful behavior. Even when that behavior has been repented of, the addiction may remain. That disabling grip can also be relieved by the decisive strength available from the Savior.” – Elder Dallin H. Oaks
  73. I understand what I SHOULDN’T do on the Sabbath, but what CAN we do?  “I believe that starting a tradition of telling the stories of Jesus to our children and families is a very special way to keep the Sabbath day holy in our homes.” – Elder Claudio R. M. Costa
  74. I’m questioning my faith.  What can I do?  “If you have been tempted to murmur, if you have had doubt that leads to unbelief, if trials seem more than you can bear, turn to Him. If you are one who has turned away or rationalized your behavior, turn to Him. Can you remember when He did “speak peace to your mind … ? What greater witness can you have than from God?” Ask yourself, “Am I as close to living like Christ now as I was before?” Please, turn to Him.”  – Elder James B. Martino
  75. Why would anyone give ME this calling?  “Decades ago, when I was called to be the bishop of a ward in the eastern United States, my brother, slightly older and much wiser than I, called me on the phone. He said, “You need to know that the Lord hasn’t called you because of anything you have done. In your case, it is probably in spite of what you have done. The Lord has called you for what He needs to do through you, and that will happen only if you do it His way.” I recognize that this wisdom from an older brother applies even more today.” – Elder Dale G. Renlund
  76. Life isn’t as simple as what they teach in Church.  “Sometimes, the truth may just seem too straightforward, too plain, and too simple for us to fully appreciate its great value. So we set aside what we have experienced and know to be true in pursuit of more mysterious or complicated information.”  – President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
  77. How can I get more out of my scripture study?  “I invite you to “ponderize” one verse of scripture each week. The word ponderize is not found in the dictionary, but it has found a place in my heart. So what does it mean to ponderize? I like to say it’s a combination of 80 percent extended pondering and 20 percent memorization.  There are two simple steps: First, choose a verse of scripture each week and place it where you will see it every day.  Second, read or think of the verse several times each day and ponder the meaning of its words and key phrases throughout the week.” – Elder Devin G. Durrant
  78. For some people, believing in God is easy.  Not for me.  “There is no magic to belief. But wanting to believe is the necessary first step! God is no respecter of persons.6 He is your Father. He wants to speak to you. However, it requires a little scientific curiosity—it requires an experiment upon the word of God—and the exercise of a “particle of faith.”7 It also takes a little humility. And it requires an open heart and an open mind. It requires seeking, in the full meaning of the word. And, perhaps hardest of all, it requires being patient and waiting upon the Lord.  If we make no effort to believe, we are like the man who unplugs a spotlight and then blames the spotlight for not giving any light.” – Dieter F. Uchtdorf
  79. Younger, more open-minded people would be better to lead the Church in these modern times.  april-2013-general-conference-1124653-gallery“Some people have suggested younger, more vigorous leaders are needed in the Church to address effectively the serious challenges of our modern world. But the Lord does not use contemporary philosophies and practices of leadership to accomplish His purposes. We can expect the President and other senior leaders of the Church will be older and spiritually seasoned men.” – Elder David A. Bednar
  80. I don’t feel like I belong . . . “[M]embership in the family of God is not contingent upon any kind of status—marital status, parental status, financial status, social status, or even the kind of status we post on social media.” – Carole M. Stephens, 1st Counselor, General Relief Society Presidency
  81. Where should I stand in relationship to my spouse?  “[A]s one of His Apostles, I thank you, my dear sisters, and bless you to rise to your full stature, to fulfill the measure of your creation, as we walk arm in arm in this sacred work. Together we will help prepare the world for the Second Coming of the Lord.” – President Russell M. Nelson
  82. Even if I resist this temptation now, I won’t be strong enough to do so every time.  “A principle of eternal progression is that exercising self-control and living righteously strengthen our ability to resist temptation. This is true both in the spiritual realm and in temporal matters.” – Elder Quentin L. Cook
  83. I’ve made too many mistakes to change now.  “If any of you has stumbled in his journey, I assure you that there is a way back. The process is called repentance. Although the path is difficult, your eternal salvation depends on it. What could be more worthy of your efforts? I plead with you to determine right here and now to take the steps necessary to fully repent.” – President Thomas S. Monson
  84. What should I work on to improve myself?  “The Holy Ghost really does give customized counsel. He is a completely honest companion and will tell us things that no one else knows or has the courage to say.”  – Elder Larry R. Lawrence
  85. Science and technology are too advanced for me to believe in God any more.  “If we can put the burden of proof on God, we think we can excuse ourselves from taking God’s commandments seriously and from taking responsibility for our relationship with our Heavenly Father.  Brethren, let me be clear: there is nothing noble or impressive about being cynical. Skepticism is easy—anyone can do it. It is the faithful life that requires moral strength, dedication, and courage. Those who hold fast to faith are far more impressive than those who give in to doubt when mysterious questions or concerns arise.” – Dieter F. Uchtdorf
  86. Just how do I go about getting more faith?  “Begin exercising your faith in every area of your life. If you don’t, you will suffer what I would call “faith atrophy.” The very strength needed to exercise your faith will be diminished.” – Elder Robert D. Hales
  87. As a divorcee / single adult / widow / spouse to a non-member, how can you expect me to get excited about the family proclamation?  “Everyone, no matter what their marital circumstance or number of children, can be defenders of the Lord’s plan described in the family proclamation. If it is the Lord’s plan, it should also be our plan!” – Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, General Young Women President
  88. Does Jesus really love me?  “Today I declare from this pulpit what has been said here before: that no love in mortality comes closer to approximating the pure love of Jesus Christ than the selfless love a devoted mother has for her child.” – Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
  89. Haven’t I done enough already?  Aren’t I good enough?  “Whatever level of spirituality or faith or obedience we now have, it will not be sufficient for the work that lies ahead. We need greater spiritual light and power. We need eyes to see more clearly the Savior working in our lives and ears to hear His voice more deeply in our hearts.” – Elder Kim B. Clark
  90. I make bad choices, and can’t figure out how to stop doing it.  “You are responsible to think about the consequences of every choice you make. Ask yourself, “If I make this choice, what is the worst thing that could happen?” Your righteous choices will keep you from getting off course.  Think of it: If you choose not to take a drink of alcohol, you will not become an alcoholic! If you never choose to go into debt, you will avoid the possibility of bankruptcy!”  – Elder Robert D. Hales
  91. Why do I hurt for another’s choices?  “When a spouse or a child rejects what we know to be true and strays from the path of righteousness, we experience particularly stressful pain, just like the father of the prodigal son in Jesus’s memorable parable.” – Elder Dallin H. Oaks
  92. The prophet is human, too.  He makes mistakes.  “With all the energy of my soul, I witness the resurrected and living Christ directs the affairs of His restored and living Church through His servants who have been chosen to bear testimony of His name.” – Elder David A. Bednar
  93.  I feel like I am too critical of others, but I don’t know how to change.  What should I do?  “Once we begin to see the divinity in ourselves, we can see it in others.” – Sister Rosemary Wixom, Primary General President
  94. The Church has old-fashioned rules.  Soon the Church will change and catch up to the changing world.  “If the commandments had been written by man, then to change them by inclination or legislation or by any other means would be the prerogative of man. The commandments, however, were God-given. Using our agency, we can set them aside. We cannot, however, change them, just as we cannot change the consequences which come from disobeying and breaking them.” – President Thomas S. Monsonwatching-lds-conference-1147902-gallery
  95. Enduring trials to the end is a rather miserable way to live my life.  “The test a loving God has set before us is not to see if we can endure difficulty. It is to see if we can endure it well. We pass the test by showing that we remembered Him and the commandments He gave us.” – Elder Henry B. Eyring, as quoted by Elder Koichi Aoyagi
  96. My spouse isn’t who I thought they were when we got married.  “[N]one of us marry perfection; we marry potential. The right marriage is not only about what I want; it’s also about what she—who’s going to be my companion—wants and needs me to be.” – Elder Robert D. Hales
  97. There are such awful images, suggestive pictures, and other negative influences all around us.  “[W]e are living in a time of ever-spreading evil. We cannot just accept the status quo and be fed ugly words and sinful visuals almost everywhere we turn and do nothing in response. We must fight back. When our minds are filled with uplifting thoughts and images, when we “always remember him,” there is no room left for filth and trash.” – Elder Devin G. Durrant
  98. Why haven’t I gotten an answer to my prayer when I ask about the Book of Mormon?  “I . . . accept[ed] the challenge to pray about whether the Book of Mormon was the word of God, but I did not receive an answer.  You might ask why Heavenly Father did not answer that prayer; I certainly wondered. I have learned since that the promise made by Moroni is accurate. God does answer our prayers about the truthfulness of the gospel, but He answers them when we have “a sincere heart” and “real intent.” He does not answer just to respond to our curiosity.” – Elder James B. Martino
  99. Sometimes I go to meetings because I’m supposed to go, but I don’t get anything out of them.  Why do we have so many meetings?  “[S]ometimes we take the beautiful lily of God’s truth and gild it with layer upon layer of man-made good ideas, programs, and expectations. Each one, by itself, might be helpful and appropriate for a certain time and circumstance, but when they are laid on top of each other, they can create a mountain of sediment that becomes so thick and heavy that we risk losing sight of that precious flower we once loved so dearly.” – President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
  100. Why doesn’t the atonement take away my pain?  “[B]ecause of His Atonement, the Savior has the power to succor—to help—every mortal pain and affliction. Sometimes His power heals an infirmity, but the scriptures and our experiences teach that sometimes He succors or helps by giving us the strength or patience to endure our infirmities.” – Elder Dallin H. Oaks

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