Modest proposal for universal world peace and prosperity. Stop killing people. Stop taking other people’s property. Stop wanting what other people have. Help people who need help. Share what you have with other people. Respect everyone. Be kind. Love God and keep his commandments.
God loves you.
Love your neighbor as your self.
God loves all his children.
Be like God by loving all His children.
Serve God’s children.
Accept help when you need it.
Show God you love him by keeping His commandments.
If you stumble, repent.
Thank God for His Son Jesus Christ.
Thank God for everything.
Scott C. Pugsley
Be like your children when they are being like the Savior; lovingly correct them when they are not.
Life is a necessary detour on the road to heaven.
The formalities of religion help both to provide a structure for the meek and to teach humility to the strong.
Sometimes you have to wait for things to get good; you can do something else good while you are waiting.
You can't hide from God or yourself.
Don't wait for your neighbor to be robbed before being a Good Samaritan.
The power of acting on behalf of others extends all the way from the Savior's redemption to the Primary nursery.
Try to learn the tough lessons of life on your own without having to learn the hard way.
Help your neighbor look for what is lost, then rejoice with them when it is found.
Follow a good example to become a good example.
Most people are neither wicked nor disobedient; they just don't know any better.
Stand up against that which is wrong.
Any authority that can be delegated should be delegated, accompanied by appropriate accountability.
The God of this earth is Jesus Christ, not Satan.
Properly delegated authority is just as good as the original authority.
Responsibilities come and go, but testimony should continue to increase.
In the Church, do what you are asked, regardless of what you have done before.
If you are relying on a technicality, you have probably missed the point.
Rest in heaven may consist of working hard but not getting tired.
View the big picture, but work in your neighborhood.
If time is getting short, focus on what is most important; in fact, always focus on what is most important.
Get organized; it will be a good skill to have in the hereafter.
Good advice can come from anywhere; keep an open mind.
The punishment for sin probably won't be to just hang around with people who enjoy the same sins you do.
If you want to avoid being punished for your sins, repent and don't do them again.
If you need something to be grateful for, be grateful you didn't live just about any time before now.
Don't be surprised if kids act their age; that is their job.
If you want to be listened to, make sure you know what you are talking about.
Sometimes it is very hard not to be discouraged; pray for help and then do the best you can until you feel better.
There is a fine line between living a robust life and being a darn fool.
Give everyone the benefit of the doubt since we have no idea what burdens each person carries and what good they do.
We must be the leaven of righteousness that leavens the whole lump of the world to keep the earth from receiving the punishments most of it deserves for the rampant evils all about.
The great majority of people on earth know nothing of the Church or the Savior, and are neither wicked nor rebellious; merciful provision is made in the plan of happiness to save and redeem these people, either in this life or in the life to come.
The truth of the gospel does not depend on what happens to you or your family, and you should not link them.
The Savior suffers with us when we suffer and will comfort us if we are faithful to him.
We pray to align ourselves with God, not to instruct him of our needs.
Righteous living is its own reward, but we all have to die sometime, of something.
The Lord has the big picture because all things past, present, and future are continually known to him.
Try to appreciate and understand the Father's plan instead of suggesting changes.
Your personal plan should include all parts of the Father's plan for you; resolve any differences in favor of the Father's plan.
Life seems to speed up because each successive day is a smaller part of your total life.
You might as well get comfortable with yourself because you have a long eternity to be who you are.
If you think keeping the commandments is hard, think how hard eternal punishment for sin will be.
Keeping God's commandments leads to a happy life; you have nothing to lose.
Petty disobediences reveal lack of real commitment.
As with baptism, we need to immerse ourselves in gospel living to get the benefit.
We can't change our identity, but we can improve the type of person we are.
Jesus' life is our example; his commandments and instructions are examples of how deity operates, not an example to follow.
We need to be careful not to confuse Jehovah's actions and reactions with Jesus' example for us to follow.
Pay attention to your prayers to discover your priorities, your desires, and the real you.
Knock off your own rough edges.
Anticipate the lessons you need to be taught, then learn them on your own.
Give yourself a good talking to whenever you need it.
The official name of the church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; it is sometimes called the Mormon Church. The word Mormon comes from the Book of Mormon which, along with the Bible, is one of the sacred scripture books of the church. The church is named after Jesus Christ because we believe he established the church, approves of the church, and is its ultimate leader, through a prophet who lives in our day. The prophet communicates with God in the same ways as the prophets did in the Bible, such as Moses and Abraham. The church has the same organization that Jesus established in his church when he was alive, including prophets and apostles, and it has the priesthood of God.
If you want to learn about the church, do not look to the enemies of the church. Instead look to the church itself. The church is not a cult, does not practice or believe in polygamy, and contains no bizarre practices or doctrines. We are a Christian church even though our understanding of Christ is somewhat different from other Christian churches. We base our understanding of Christ on the scriptures, including the Bible, which we accept as coming from God. We respect that others may disagree with us and feel that they should respect that we do not agree with them.
We believe that there are three separate members of the godhead, God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. They are "one" in purpose but are separate individuals who work together to do the work of God in our lives. God the Father is the originator of all things and the father of all spirits. Jesus Christ is his son, both spiritually and physically, and the Holy Ghost is a personage of spirit who testifies of the Father and the Son, and leads people to the truth. We have access to God through sincere prayer and personal inspiration, aided by the Holy Ghost.
God the Father and Jesus Christ have individual resurrected bodies, while the Holy Ghost has a spiritual body. The work of the Holy Ghost is to testify to us about the Father and the Son, and to spiritually reveal gospel truth to those who seek it. The members of the godhead seek the happiness of all mankind through obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel. The "gospel" is the good news that Jesus came to earth to save all people. Gospel truths and essential ordinances are revealed to the church through prophets of God chosen for that purpose. Joseph Smith was the prophet who restored the church in our day.
We believe that, after this life, all people will be saved in the sense that they will be resurrected. Resurrection means that the spirit and the body will be reunited in a life after this life. While all will be resurrected, not all will be able to live with the God in an exalted condition. Following this life, exaltation will only be available to worthy individuals who have accepted the gospel of Jesus Christ, received the ordinances available through his approved church, and kept the Lord's commandments.
We believe that the gospel of Jesus Christ is the implementation by Jesus Christ of the Father's plan of happiness for his children. That plan was developed in the life before this life, in which we all existed as spirit children with our Heavenly parents. Lucifer, or Satan, opposed the Father's plan and wanted to impose his own plan that would force people to return to God but not give glory to God. Jesus proposed to implement the Father's plan that would give people the freedom to choose their own compliance with the Father's plan and to determine their own eternal destiny. Jesus was chosen to be the Savior under the Father's plan. Satan's plan was rejected, and he and those who chose to follow him were cast out and denied a mortal existence.
Faith is belief in things of God that are not seen with mortal eyes, and is a fundamental principle of the gospel. The gospel of Jesus Christ is based upon faith that Jesus Christ is the savior of all mankind and has made available a system of exaltation for all people who qualify. We believe that we are saved by Jesus' grace, but that our situation in the hereafter depends upon our willingness to keep God's commandments and do the things upon which spiritual progress and exaltation are based. We do not save ourselves, but we do qualify ourselves for other blessings after we are saved by Jesus. Forgiveness of sins through repentance is one of the great blessings of the Savior's atonement.
As anticipated in the Father's plan, mortal life consists of hardships and challenges that give people the opportunity to grow and develop both physically and spiritually. The suffering that people experience in this life is not evidence that there is no god or of his cruelty; rather, it is evidence that this life is intended as a time of testing that will help determine each individual's situation in the eternity that follows. Either in this life or the life to come, individuals who would be comfortable living with God in the hereafter will have the opportunity to qualify themselves for eternal blessings. No one is forced to qualify, but those who don't qualify will not receive the same blessings as those who do. Such a plan is both just and merciful to all - those who qualify are blessed for their obedience, and those who don't qualify receive other blessings they are willing to receive.
As savior in the Father's plan, Jesus Christ agreed to make it possible for everyone to be resurrected. Jesus Christ's suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane and his suffering and death on the cross brought to pass the atonement, which enables both the resurrection of all people and the exaltation of those who qualify. For those who choose to do so, the atonement makes it possible to repent of their disobedience to God’s commandments (sins) and to be cleansed from the effects of their sins. Through such repentance and cleansing, people can qualify themselves to live with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ in the life after this life. Such qualification requires being worthily and devotedly associated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in this life.
Mercifully, the Lord also makes the blessings of salvation available to deceased individuals who had no opportunity to join the church in this life. This is done through ordinances for the dead performed in the temples of the church. Also, all little children who die before they become accountable for their actions are saved with God, as are all those whose handicaps prevent them from being accountable.
Families are very important to the church. Salvation for families, both living persons and deceased ancestors, is a primary focus of the work of the church. This work is carried on in homes, through missionary work, and in the temples of the church. The church sends missionaries throughout the world because it believes that the gospel offers peace, truth, and salvation to all people who will accept its message and follow God's commandments. The church respects the beliefs of other people and believes there is much good in the world.
Thus, the gospel of Jesus Christ is the just and fair implementation of the plan of a God who loves all his children. Each person will receive the blessings they qualify for, without discrimination or coercion. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is composed of good people striving to keep the commandments of God, who have great love for everyone, whether in the church, or in some other church, or in no church at all. No one in the church is perfect, but church members strive to do what is right and follow the example of the Savior.
Hearken back to first principles; simplify your faith.
Compromise your opinions not your principles.
Choosing to follow a good example is an act of free agency.
You can control what you consider, and you can choose what you believe.
Instead of fretting over the details of church history, find a neighbor to help.
You can understand what the atonement does for you, and requires of you, without needing to understand how it was done by the Savior.
Don't expect heavenly support if you take a position contrary to the leaders of the Lord's church.
There are no mysteries about what you should do; you should keep the commandments.
Moral agency isn't free but was won at great cost following an epic battle.
Yielding to temptation is weak and easy; keeping the commandments takes strength and is hard.
Now that you know better, any sins you commit add to the Savior's burden in the atonement.
The continued goodness and vitality of the modern LDS Church evidences that it is still approved of the Lord.
When it comes to sin, don't have experiences to learn from.
Try to avoid having strong opinions about things that don't really matter. Don't judge the Church on the basis of what you would do if you were in charge; be thankful the Lord is in charge and rest assured that he does have all the facts. When the Church publishes the principles of the gospel, there is no need to look anywhere else; anything new will come from the prophet.
The Holy Ghost will help us divide the light from the darkness in our lives. The doctrines, principles, covenants, and ordinances of the Church are not the place to show your individualism. There is great power and safety in sticking with what the church publishes; there is no need to look elsewhere for anything religious.
Great power will arise in the Church as we strive to achieve a unity of faith based on a common understanding of the doctrines of the Gospel, as set forth by the prophet.
We wouldn't need a prophet if all we needed to hear is what we already thought.
Important things don't have to be the same to be equal.
The rewards of heaven must be earned by effort; don't expect a reward if you have been indifferent to the commandments.
A child can't be expected to rationally choose a religion unless he or she has been taught and has experienced religion.
If you agree to teach a lesson, don't teach something else, such as what you think the lesson should have been.
If you don't want to keep the commandments, don't expect the blessings that come from obedience.
It is a privilege to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; treat everything about it with respect.
You shouldn't have your own "take" on the gospel; you should wholeheartedly embrace all that the current prophet teaches.
Do more than you say, and say less than you think.
Never pass up a chance to keep quiet about something that doesn't really matter.
Take a stand against sin and temptation and anyone who promotes such things.