Thomas S. Monson quotes

  • The past is behind, learn from it. The future is ahead, prepare for it. The present is here, live it.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Inspirational #Spiritual #Past

  • Raising children, be aware that the piles and piles of laundry will disappear all too soon and that you will, to your surprise, miss them profoundly.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Growing Up #Children #Missing

  • To catch the real meaning of the Spirit of Christmas, we need only drop the last syllable, and it becomes the Spirit of Christ.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Real #Needs #Lasts

  • One day each of us will run out of tomorrows. Let us not put off what is important.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Running #One Day #Important

  • Things which provide deep and lasting happiness and gratitude are the things which money cannot buy: our families, the gospel, good friends, our health, our abilities, the love we receive from those around us.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Gratitude #Good Friend #Ability

  • The world can be a challenging and difficult place in which to live. We are often surrounded by that which would drag us down. As you and I go to the holy houses of God, as we remember the covenants we make within, we will be more able to bear every trial and to overcome each temptation. In this sacred sanctuary we will find peace; we will be renewed and fortified.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #House #Challenges #Temptation

  • Your Heavenly Father loves you-each of you. That love never changes. It is not influenced by your appearance, by your possessions, or by the amount of money you have in your bank account. It is not changed by your talents and abilities. It is simply there. It is there for you when you are sad or happy, discouraged or hopeful. God's love is there for you whether or not you feel you deserve love. It is simply always there.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Father #Love You #Love Is

  • Whenever we are inclined to feel burdened down with the blows of life, let us remember that others have passed the same way, have endured, and then have overcome.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Blow #Way #Overcoming

  • So frequently we mistakenly believe that our children need more things, when in reality their silent pleadings are simply for more of our time.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Children #Believe #Reality

  • Our task is to become our best selves. One of God's greatest gifts to us is the joy of trying again, for no failure ever need be final.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Inspirational #Spiritual #Failure

  • Life is perfect for none of us. Rather than being judgmental and critical of each other, may we have the pure love of Christ for our fellow travelers in this journey through life.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Journey #Perfect #May

  • A home is much more than a house built of lumber, brick, or stone. A home is made of love, sacrifice, and respect. We are responsible for the homes we build. We must build wisely, for eternity is not a short voyage. There will be calm and wind, sunlight and shadows, joy and sorrow. But if we really try, our home can be a bit of heaven here on earth. The thoughts we think, the deeds we do, the lives we live not only influence the success of our earthly journey, they also mark the way to our eternal goals.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Home #Sacrifice #Journey

  • This Sabbath day has been designated as a day of thanksgiving, a day of gratitude-even a day of prayer. We pause, we ponder, we reflect on the blessings an all-wise Heavenly Father has bestowed upon us, His children, by bringing peace to the battlefield of war and comfort to the hearts of so many in this wonderful world where we live and which we call home
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Wise #Gratitude #Prayer

  • Through tears and trials, through fears and sorrows, through the heartache and loneliness of losing loved ones, there is assurance that life is everlasting. Our Lord and Savior is the living witness that such is so.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Loneliness #Heart #Losing A Loved One

  • As we touch the temple and love the temple, our lives will reflect our faith. As we go to the holy house, as we remember the covenants we make therein, we will be able to bear every trial and overcome each temptation.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #House #Temptation #Trials

  • Family prayer is the greatest deterrent to sin, and hence the most beneficent provider of joy and happiness. The old saying is yet true: 'The family that prays together stays together.'
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Family #Prayer #Joy

  • We are never alone when we stand with our Father in Heaven.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Father #Heaven #Father In Heaven

  • There is no more beautiful sight in all this world than to see a family praying together. There is real meaning behind the oft-quoted ‘The family that prays together stays together.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Beautiful #Real #Sight

  • Sometimes we let our thoughts of tomorrow take up too much of today. Daydreaming of the past and longing for the future may provide comfort but will not take the place of living in the present. This is the day of our opportunity, and we must grasp it
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Past #Opportunity #May

  • A grateful heart ... comes through expressing gratitude to our Heavenly Father for His blessings and to those around us for all that they bring into our lives.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Gratitude #Father #Grateful

  • There are many out there who plead and pray for help. There are those who are discouraged, those who are beset by poor health and challenges of life which leave them in despair. I’ve always believed in the truth of the words, ‘God’s sweetest blessings always go by hands that serve him here below.’ Let us have ready hands, clean hands, and willing hands, that we may participate in providing what our Heavenly Father would have others receive from Him.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Father #Blessing #Hands

  • Several years ago my dear wife went to the hospital. She left a note behind for the children: "Dear children, do not let Daddy touch the microwave" followed by a comma, "or the stove, or the dishwasher, or the dryer." I'm embarrassed to add any more to that list.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Children #Years #Wife

  • Reading is one of the true pleasures of life. In our age of mass culture, when so much that we encounter is abridged,adapted, adulterated, shredded, and boiled down, it is mind-easing and mind-inspiring to sit down privately with a congenial book...
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Book #Reading #Mind

  • Like the vital rudder of a ship, we have been provided a way to determine the direction we travel. The lighthouse of the Lord beckons to all as we sail the seas of life. Our home port is the celestial kingdom of God. Our purpose is to steer an undeviating course in that direction. A man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder—never likely to reach home port. To us comes the signal: Chart your course, set your sail, position your rudder, and proceed.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Home #Men #Sea

  • From the Book of Mormon come other precious promises, including promises of peace, freedom, and blessings if we 'will but serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ' (Ether 2:12).
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Jesus #Book #Blessing

  • Some are young people who don't know who they are, what they can be or even want to be. They are afraid, but they don't know of what. They are angry, but they don't know at whom. They are rejected and they don't know why. All they want is to be somebody.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Leadership #People #Want

  • The battle for self-discipline may leave you a bit bruised and battered but always a better person.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Self #Discipline #Battle

  • Men take care not to make women weep, for God counts their tears.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Men #Tears #Care

  • If you will study the scriptures diligently, your power to avoid temptation and to receive direction of the Holy Ghost in all you do will be increased.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Temptation #Scripture #Ghost

  • The future will present insurmountable problems- only when we consider them insurmountable.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Challenges #Problem #Insurmountable

  • Your mind is a cupboard and you stock the shelves.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Mind #Cupboards #Shelves

  • Be of good cheer. The future is as bright as your faith.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Cheer #Good Cheer

  • Forgiveness should go hand-in-hand with love.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Hands #Should

  • Our most significant opportunities will be found in times of greatest difficulty.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Adversity #Opportunity #Significant

  • Temples are more than stone and mortar. They are filled with faith and fasting. They are built of trials and testimonies. They are sanctified by sacrifice and service.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Sacrifice #Trials #Stones

  • Anger does not solve anything; it builds nothing.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Anger #Doe #Solve

  • Life by the yard is hard; by the inch it's a cinch. Each of us can be true for just one day--and then one more and then one more after that--until we've lived a lifetime guided by the Spirit, a lifetime close to the Lord, a lifetime of good deeds and righteousness.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #One Day #Deeds #Yards

  • My dear sisters, do not pray for tasks equal to your abilities, but pray for abilities equal to your tasks. Then the performance of your tasks will be no miracle, but you will be the miracle.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Miracle #Tasks #Praying

  • May we muster courage at the crossroads, courage for the conflicts, courage to say, "no," courage to say, "yes," for courage counts.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #May #Conflict #Crossroads

  • Courage is required to make an initial thrust toward one's coveted goal, but even greater courage is called for when one stumbles and must make a second effort to achieve. Have the determination to make the effort, the single-mindedne ss to work toward a worthy goal, and the courage not only to face the challenges that inevitably come but also to make a second effort, should such be required.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Determination #Goal #Effort

  • Courage is required to make an initial thrust towards ones coveted goal, But even greater courage is called for when one stumbles and must make a second effort to achieve.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Goal #Effort #Achieve

  • As a result of the sacred ordinances performed in the holy house of God, no light need be permanently extinguished, no voice permanently stilled, no place in our heart permanently left vacant.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Heart #Voice #Light

  • Ours is the responsibility to show our gratitude by the actions of our lives.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Gratitude #Responsibility #Action

  • With the birth of the babe in Bethlehem, there emerged a great endowment—a power stronger than weapons, a wealth more lasting than the coins of Caesar. This child was to become the King of kings and Lord of lords, the promised Messiah—Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Jesus #Kings #Children

  • Physically walking where Jesus walked is less important than walking as He walked.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Spiritual #Jesus #Important

  • To you who are worthy and able to attend the temple, I would admonish you to go often. The temple is a place where we can find peace. There we receive a renewed dedication to the gospel and a strengthened resolve to keep the commandments.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Dedication #Temples #Able

  • So much in life depends on our attitude. The way we choose to see things and respond to others makes all the difference.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Spiritual #Attitude #Differences

  • If you want to give light to others you have to glow yourself.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Spiritual #Light #Giving

  • We truly need Him every hour, whether they be hours of sunshine or of rain.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Spiritual #Rain #Sunshine

  • We were not placed on this earth to walk alone.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Spiritual #Earth #Walks

  • The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of love and of generosity and of goodness. It illuminates the picture window of the soul, and we look out upon the world's busy life and become more interested in people than in things.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #People #Generosity #Soul

  • When the time for decision arrives, the time for preparation is past.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Past #Decision #Preparation

  • Miracles are everywhere to be found when the priesthood is understood, its power is honored and used properly, and faith is exerted.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Miracle #Found #Priesthood

  • Fill your mind with truth; fill your heart with love; fill your life with service.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Heart #Mind

  • Wonderful, glorious things are in store for you, if only you will believe, obey, and endure.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Believe #Wonderful #Stores

  • Have times really changed? Don't we today, as always, love our children and want them to live righteously? Don't we today, as always, need God's divine protecting care? Don't we today, as always, continue to be at his mercy and in his debt for the very life he has given us?
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Children #Needs #Debt

  • We will never regret the kind words spoken or the affection shown. Rather, our regrets will come if such things are omitted from our relationships with those who mean the most to us.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Regret #Mean #Kind

  • Life by the yard is hard; by the inch it's a cinch. Decisions Determine Destiny.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Destiny #Decision #Yards

  • Gracias, danke, merci - whatever language is spoken, "thank you" frequently expressed will cheer your spirit, broaden your friendships, and lift your lives to a higher pathway as you journey toward perfection. There is a simplicity - even a sincerity - when "thank you" is spoken.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Cheer #Journey #Perfection

  • Stand for right, even if you stand alone.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Stand Alone

  • Amidst the confusion of the times, the conflicts of conscience, and the turmoil of daily living, an abiding faith becomes an anchor to our lives.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Anchors #Confusion #Abiding

  • I forbid you, agnostic, doubting thoughts, to destroy the house of my faith.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #House #Doubt #Agnostic

  • Stick to a task 'til it sticks to you. . .for beginners are many, but finishers few.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Sticks #Tasks #Beginners

  • Choose your love, Love your choice.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Inspirational #Cute Love #Spiritual

  • Our Heavenly Father is aware of our needs and will help us as we call upon Him for assistance.  I believe that no concern of ours is too small or insignificant.  The Lord is in the details of our lives.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Father #Believe #Details

  • God and mother, partners in creation, in love, in sacrifice, in service, are as one.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Mother #Sacrifice #Creation

  • Remember who you are and what God expects you to become.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Remember #Who You Are

  • Sometimes we can take offense so easily. On other occasions we are too stubborn to accept a sincere apology. Who will subordinate ego, pride, and hurt-then step forward with 'I am truly sorry! Let's be as we once were: friends. Let's not pass to future generations the grievances, the anger of our time'? Let's remove any hidden wedges that can do nothing but destroy.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Forgiveness #Hurt #Sorry

  • Find joy in the journey.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Journey #Joy

  • He who gives money gives some, he who gives time gives more, and he who gives of himself gives all.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Time #Giving

  • One cannot remember mother and forget God.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Mother #Remember #Forget

  • Courage, not compromise, brings the smile of God's approval.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Happiness #Smile #Courage

  • I acknowledge that I do not understand the processes of creation, but I accept the fact of it.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Facts #Creation #Accepting

  • I think there is no place in the world where I feel closer to the Lord than in one of His holy temples.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Thinking #Temples #World

  • My brothers and sisters, may the spirit of love which comes at Christmas time fill our homes and our lives and linger there long after the tree is down and the lights are put away for another year.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Brother #Home #Light

  • The Lord is in the details of our lives.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Details #Lord

  • We tend to become like those whom we admire.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Admire

  • Prayer is the passport to peace.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Prayer #Passports

  • Our lives will depend upon the decisions which we make, for decisions determine destiny.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Destiny #Decision #Determine

  • Wishing will not make it so. The Lord expects our thinking. He expects our action. He expects our labors. He expects our testimonies. He expects our devotion.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Thinking #Wish #Our Actions

  • May your homes be filled with peace, harmony, courtesy, and love. May they be filled with the Spirit of the Lord.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Home #May #And Love

  • I urge you to hold fast to your standards. I plead with you not to waver.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Standards #Hold Fast

  • Learn from the past, prepare for the future, live in the present.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Life #Motivational #Happiness

  • A moral coward is one who is afraid to do what he thinks is right because others will disapprove or laugh. Remember that all men have their fears, but those who face their fears with dignity have courage as well.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Courage #Men #Thinking

  • There is absolutely nothing in this world that will provide more comfort and happiness than a testimony of the truth.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #World #Comfort #This World

  • Let us not demean or belittle. Rather, let us be compassionate and encouraging.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Compassionate #Belittle

  • You can't be right by doing wrong; you can't be wrong by doing right.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Doing Right

  • Our opportunities to give of ourselves are indeed limitless, but they are also perishable.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Opportunity #Giving #Limitless

  • Ideals are like the stars - you can't touch them with your hands, but by following them you reach your destination.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Stars #Hands #Destination

  • Along your pathway of life you will observe that you are not the only traveler. There are others who need your help. There are feet to steady, hands to grasp, minds to encourage, hearts to inspire, and souls to save.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Inspirational #Heart #Hands

  • We need learn what we need to learn, know what we need to know, and do what we need to do.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Inspirational #Needs #Students

  • Everyone can be discontented if he ignores his blessings and looks only at his burdens.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Blessing #Looks #Burden

  • LOVE should be the very heart of FAMILY life.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Heart #Should #Family Life

  • Many more people could ride out the storm-tossed waves in their economic lives if they had their year's supply of food…and were debt-free. Today we find that many have followed this counsel in reverse: they have at least a year's supply of debt and are food-free.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Religious #Years #People

  • No member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who has canned peas, topped beets, hauled hay, shoveled coal, or helped in any way to serve others ever forgets or regrets the experience of helping provide for those in need.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Jesus #Regret #Church

  • Remember that ofttimes the wisdom of God appears as foolishness to men, but the greatest single lesson we can learn in mortality is that when God speaks and a man obeys, that man will always be right.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Wisdom #Learning #Men

  • Decisions are constantly before us. To make them wisely, courage is needed-the courage to say no, the courage to say yes. Decisions do determine destiny. I plead with you to make a determination right here, right now, not to deviate from the path which will lead to our goal: eternal life with our Father in Heaven.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Determination #Father #Destiny

  • When we treat people merely as they are, they will remain as they are. When we treat them as if they were what they should be, they will become what they should be.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #People #Treats #Should

  • Any excuse, no matter how valid, only weakens the character.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Character #Matter #Excuse

  • May I share with you a formula that in my judgment will help you and help me to journey well through mortality... First, fill your mind with truth; second, fill your life with service; and third, fill your heart with love.
    -- Thomas S. Monson

    #Love #Truth #Heart