The strength of any community lies in the strength of its families. The strength of any nation lies in the strength of its families. Strong family life comes of strong and clear religious understanding of who we are, and why we are here, and of what we may eternally become. Strong family life comes of the perception that each of us is a child of God, born with a divine birthright, and with a great and significant potential. Strong family life comes of parents who love and respect one another, and who love and respect and nurture their children in the ways of the Lord. These are undergirding principles of our teachings as a church. To the degree that we observe these teachings we build strong families whose generations will strengthen the nation.
—Gordon B. Hinckley
No man achieves the supernal exalting status of worthy fatherhood except as a gift from his wife.
—President Boyd K. Packer
You don't have the power to make rainbows or waterfalls, sunsets or roses, but you do have the power to bless people by your words and smiles. . . . You carry within you the power to make the world better.
—Sharon G. Larsen
Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.
Please don't nag yourself with thoughts of failure. Do not set goals far beyond your capacity to achieve. Simply do what you can do, in the best way you know, and the Lord will accept of your effort.
—Gordon B. Hinckley
Humor is falling downstairs if you do it while in the act of warning your wife not to.
Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.
Speech is a mirror of the soul: as a man speaks so is he.
—Publilius Syrus, Maxim 1073
Real love is not measured in terms of moonlight and roses, but in terms of who will care for you when you are old.
—Russell M. Nelson
For of all sad words of tongue or pen,
The saddest are these: “It might have been!”
—John Greenleaf Whittier, “Maud Muller”
I have been asked what I mean by word of honor. I will tell you. Place me behind prison walls—walls of stone ever so high, ever so thick, reaching ever so far into the ground—there is a possibility that in some way or another I may be able to escape, but stand me on that floor and draw a chalk line around me and have me give my word of honor never to cross it. Can I get out of that circle? No, never! I'd die first!
—Karl G. Maeser
The real men are those who treat their wives as queens, their children as treasure, and their God as their Master.
—Anonymous (Possibly Becca?)
A friend is more concerned about helping people than getting credit. A friend cares. A friend loves. A friend listens. And a friend reaches out.
—President Thomas S. Monson
As parenting declines, the need for policing increases. There will always be a shortage of police if there is a shortage of effective parents! Likewise, there will not be enough prisons if there are not enough good homes.
—Neal A. Maxwell, "Take Especial Care of Your Family," Ensign, May 1994, 88