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Be grateful. Be rich
In contentment
Recognize that which
From God is sent

Offer up one tenth
Of all that you gain
Giving thanks often
For what you obtain

The Windows of Heaven

“A subtle but significant blessing we receive is the spiritual gift of gratitude that enables our appreciation for what we have to constrain desires for what we want. A grateful person is rich in contentment. An ungrateful person suffers in the poverty of endless discontentment.”

—David A. Bednar, “The Windows of Heaven
Topics: Gratitude

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From the Savior’s blessed sacrament
Flows a renewing soothing salve
To cleanse and heal the repentant,
From the spiritual wounds they have

We Believe in Being Chaste

“From the Atonement of the Savior flows the soothing salve that can heal our spiritual wounds and remove guilt. However, this salve can only be applied through the principles of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, repentance, and consistent obedience. The results of sincere repentance are peace of conscience, comfort, and spiritual healing and renewal.”

—David A. Bednar, “We Believe in Being Chaste
Topics: AtonementJesus ChristRepentance

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I have learned for myself

That the gospel is true.

The Book of Mormon helped

As it has promised to.

  1. Joseph Smith—History 1


    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints …. I then said to my mother, “I have learned for myself 


    “Lesson 44: Moroni and the Book of Mormon Promise,” Primary 4: Book of Mormon, Moroni made a special promise to all those who read the Book of Mormon.

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We believe that being chaste

Is a part of being saints
This bond between the man and wife
Has the potential to create life
As in marriage, the two cleave
Emotions and spirits can weave
A tapestry of faith and trust
That forms an eternal family, thus

Elder David A. Bednar
We Believe in Being Chaste
May 2013, Ensign

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Living water flows

From Heaven down to earth

Cleansing us, it fills

Us with hope, light, truth, and worth

Special Witness – Elder Bednar

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To some degree the natural man is alive in us all
It has been this way as we seek our will ever since the fall
Indulgent, excessive, prideful, it is easy to be selfish
But these worldly ways weave our souls downward to perish

In contrast, one born of Christ walks along an upward path
Following the Savior, narrowly, desiring what the Father hath
This one, bridles passions, is benevolent, and knows restraint
Is meek and repentant, for things of the spirit and virtue to obtain

We Believe in Being Chaste

Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles 
Ensign, April 2013,

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God made mankind pure and capable
Who, then, sought to create inventions.
Soon, his vices became innumerable
Succumbing to a word of temptations.
His taste became vitiated.
His judgment and will, impaired.
To diseases he was initiated.
Till, he prayed and wisdom was shared.
…A law to remove beastly appetites
And the disposition to kill.
…A hope to restore once healthy delights
And vigor, where one thinks well.
Our body is but the instrument
For our heaven-bound spirits to know joy.
It amplifies each response to truth, and
Assists us in the friendships we enjoy


As “the spirit is willing and the flesh is weak” 

 When tempted, we must yield to our spirits to grow 

Lest Satan overcome both the body and spirit he seeks

Now, there is wisdom that all of us should know!

‘Everything has become degenerated from what it was in its primitive state; ‘God made man pure, but he has found out many inventions:’ his vices have become innumerable, and his diseases multiplied; his taste has become vitiated, and his judgment impaired; he has fallen-fallen-fallen, from that dignified state that he once occupied on the earth; and it needs a restorative that man has not in his possession-wisdom which is beyond the reach of human intellect;-and power which human philosophy, talent and ingenuity cannot control. God only is acquainted with the fountain of action and the main springs of human events; he knows where disease is seated, and what is the cause of it;–he also is acquainted with the spring of health; the balm of Gilead-of life; he knows what course to pursue to restore mankind to their pristine exeelency [sic] and primitive vigour, and health; and he has appointed the word of wisdom as one of the engines to bring about this thing, to remove beastly appetites, the murderous disposition and the vitiated taste of man; to restore his body to health, and vigour…” (Times and Seasons, 1842; 3:799-800). 

Purpose, Power, and Spiritual Control of Physical BodiesThe Prophet Joseph Smith, through whom the word of wisdom was originally revealed, taught “we came to this earth that we might have a body and present it pure before God in the celestial kingdom. That great principle of happiness consists in having a body. The devil has no body, and herein is his punishment” (TPJS, 181). In a talk to the students at Ricks College (newly renamed Brigham Young University-Idaho), Elder David A. Bednar quoted the statement of Joseph Smith above and further explained that one of the blessings of mortality is “our physical bodies make possible a breadth and a depth and an intensity of experience that simply could not be obtained in our Premortal estate. As President Boyd K. Packer has taught, ‘Our physical body is the instrument of our spirit’ (Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled, p. 211). Thus, our relationships with other people, our capacity to recognize and respond to truth, and our ability to obey the principles and ordinances of the gospel of Jesus Christ are amplified through our physical bodies” (Ricks College Devotional, Jan. 11, 2000, p. 2).In this same talk, Elder Bednar also quoted Brigham Young about the nature of our agency in regard to our bodies and their appetites.  “You are aware that many think that the Devil has rule and power over both body and spirit. Now, I want to tell you that he does not hold any power over man, only so far as the body overcomes the spirit that is in man, through yielding to the spirit of evil. The spirit that the Lord puts into a tabernacle of flesh, is under the dictation of the Lord Almighty; but the spirit and the body are united in order that the spirit may have a tabernacle, and be exalted; and the spirit is influenced by the body, and the body by the spirit. In the first place the spirit is pure, and under the special control and influence of that fallen nature that is of the earth. If the spirit yields to the body, the Devil then has power to overcome the body and spirit of that man, and he loses both…. When you are full of evil passion, and wish to yield to it, then stop and let the spirit, which God has placed into your tabernacles, take the lead. If you do that, I promise that you will overcome all evil, and obtain eternal lives” (Discourses of Brigham Young, pp. 69-70).’

Meridian Magazine – Lesson 22, The Word of Wisdom: “A Principle with a Promise” – Page 3 – Meridian Magazine – LDS, Mormon and Latter-day Saint News and Views

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