Robert D. Hales quotes

  • The greatest blessings of general conference come to us after the conference is over. Remember the pattern recorded frequently in scripture: we gather to hear the words of the Lord, and we return to our homes to live them.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Home #Blessing #Patterns

  • Suffering is universal; how we react to suffering is individual. Suffering can take us one of two ways. It can be a strengthening and purifying experience combined with faith, or it can be a destructive force in our lives if we do not have the faith in the Lord's atoning sacrifice. The purpose of suffering, however, is to build and strengthen us.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Sacrifice #Two #Suffering

  • To the young members of the Church, I promise that if you will listen, you will feel the Spirit well up within you. The Lord will tell you what He wants you to do with your life.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Promise #Church #Want

  • It is impossible to overestimate the influence of parents who understand the hearts of their children. Research shows that during the most important transitions of life—including those periods when youth are most likely to drift away from the Church—the greatest influence does not come from an interview with the bishop or some other leader but from the regular, warm, friendly, caring interaction with parents.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Children #Heart #Caring

  • As we follow [the Savior], He blesses us with gifts, talents, and the strength to do His will, allowing us to go beyond our comfort zones and do things we’ve never before thought possible.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Comfort #Talent #Bless

  • Every one of us is more beloved than we can possibly understand or imagine. Let us therefore be kinder to one another and kinder to ourselves.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Beloved #Imagine

  • For many, the call to be a Christian can seem demanding, even overwhelming. But we need not be afraid or feel inadequate. The Savior has promised that He will make us equal to His work. 'Follow me,' He said, 'and I will make you fishers of men.' As we follow Him, He blesses us with gifts, talents, and the strength to do His will, allowing us to go beyond our comfort zones and do things we've never before thought possible.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Christian #Men #Needs

  • Work together as a family, even if it may be faster and easier to do the job ourselves. Talk with our sons and daughters as we work together.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Daughter #Jobs #Son

  • Preparing for the ups and downs of life.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Ups & Downs #Preparing

  • What is said is not as important as what [you] hear and what [you] feel.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Important #Said #Feels

  • Pursue your goals with all your heart, might, mind and strength. You are doomed to failure if you pursue them in a vacillating manner
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Heart #Goal #Mind

  • As Latter-day Saints, we need not look like the world. We need not entertain like the world. Our personal habits should be different. Our recreation should be different. Our concern for family will be different. As we establish this distinctiveness firmly in our life's pattern, the blessings of heaven await to assist us.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Blessing #Heaven #Different

  • Agency used righteously allows light to dispel the darkness and enables us to live with joy and happiness.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Light #Agency #Joy

  • Let us not give up on the Lord. His blessings are eternal, not temporary.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Giving Up #Blessing #Lord

  • I promise you in [Jesus] name that if you pray with a sincere desire to hear your Heavenly Father's voice in the messages of this conference, you will discover that He has spoken to you to help you, to strengthen you, and to lead you home into His presence.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Jesus #Father #Home

  • Too often we pray to have patience, but we want it right now!
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Want #Praying #Having Patience

  • Each of us has been sent to earth by our Heavenly Father to merit eternal life
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Father #Earth #Merit

  • Tests and trials are given to all of us. These mortal challenges allow us and our Heavenly Father to see whether we will exercise our agency to follow His Son. He already knows, and we have the opportunity to learn, that no matter how difficult our circumstances, all these things shall be for our experience, and our good.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Father #Son #Exercise

  • We sometimes think that being grateful is what we do after our problems are solved, but how terribly shortsighted that is. How much of life do we miss by waiting to see the rainbow before thanking God that there is rain?
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Rain #Grateful #Thinking

  • Your Heavenly Father needs you. His work, under the direction of our Savior Jesus Christ, needs what you are uniquely prepared to give.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Jesus #Father #Giving

  • Are there times in our lives when we think we have been forsaken by God, or by our fellow men, or by our families? Those are moments when we have to turn to Christ and endure.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Life #Men #Thinking

  • By choosing to be in His kingdom, we separate—not isolate—ourselves from the world.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #World #Kingdoms

  • Gratitude brings a peace that helps us overcome the pain of adversity and failure. Gratitude on a daily basis means we express appreciation for what we have now without qualification for what we had in the past or desire in the future. A recognition of and appreciation for our gifts and talents which have been given also allows us to acknowledge the need for help and assistance from the gifts and talents possessed by others.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Gratitude #Appreciation #Pain

  • He set the example for all of us to humble ourselves before our Heavenly Father.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Father #Humble #Baptism

  • We are all welcome to come into the waters of baptism. He was baptized to witness to His Father that He would be obedient in keeping His commandments. He was baptized to show us that we should receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Father #Water #Baptism

  • As I recognized the beauty of the earth, I knew that my Heavenly Father loved me.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Spiritual #Father #Earth

  • We will not fall, we will not fail; for our homes will be founded on Jesus Christ.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Spiritual #Jesus #Fall

  • It has always touched my heart to sense so deeply how much the Father loved His eldest son.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Spiritual #Father #Heart

  • Waiting upon the Lord gives us a priceless opportunity to discover that there are many who wait upon us. Our children wait upon us to show patience, love, and understanding toward them. Our parents wait upon us to show gratitude and compassion. Our brothers and sisters wait upon us to be tolerant, merciful, and forgiving. Our spouses wait upon us to love them as the Savior has loved each one of us.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Gratitude #Brother #Children

  • We may not know when or how the Lord's answers will be given, but in His time and His way, I testify, His answers will come. For some answers we may have to wait until the hereafter. This may be true for some promises in our patriarchal blessings and for some blessings for family members. Let us not give up on the Lord. His blessings are eternal, not temporary.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Giving Up #Blessing #Waiting

  • I learned respect for womanhood from my father's tender caring for my mother, my sister, and his sisters. Father was the first to arise from dinner to clear the table. My sister and I would wash and dry the dishes each night at Father's request. If we were not there, Father and Mother would clean the kitchen together.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Mother #Father #Caring

  • The temple is a sacred edifice, a holy place, where essential saving ceremonies and ordinances are performed to prepare us for exaltation. It is important that we gain a sure knowledge that our preparation to enter the holy house and that our participation in these ceremonies and covenants are some of the most significant events we will experience in our mortal lives.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Blessing #House #Preparation

  • To find the gifts we have been given, we must pray and fast. Often Patriarchal blessings tell us the gifts we have received and declare the promise of gifts we can receive if we seek after them. I urge you each to discover your gifts and to seek after those that will bring direction to your life's work and that will further the work of heaven.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Blessing #Heaven #Over You

  • Does this mean we will always understand our challenges? Won't all of us, sometime, have reason to ask, 'O God, where art thou?' Yes! When a spouse dies, a companion will wonder. When financial hardship befalls a family, a father will ask. When children wander from the path, a mother and father will cry out in sorrow. Yes, 'weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.' Then, in the dawn of our increased faith and understanding, we arise and choose to wait upon the Lord, saying, 'Thy will be done.'
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Mother #Art #Morning

  • When we understand our baptismal covenant and the gift of the Holy Ghost, it will change our lives and will establish our total allegiance to the kingdom of God.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Baptism #Covenant #Kingdoms

  • We have not been left alone. We have the light of Christ and the Holy Ghost to lead and guide us in an otherwise very dark and dreary world.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Dark #Light #World

  • It is not how you start the race or where you are during the race-it is how you cross the finish line that will matter.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Race #Lines #Matter

  • There is nothing that we are enduring that Jesus does not understand, and He waits for us to go to our Heavenly Father in prayer. If we will be obedient and if we are diligent, our prayers will be answered, our problems will diminish, our fears will dissipate, light will come upon us, the darkness of despair will be dispersed, and we will be close to the Lord.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Jesus #Prayer #Father

  • We were not sent by Father in Heaven just to be born. We were sent to endure and return to Him with honor.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Father #Heaven #Honor

  • To hope and trust in the Lord requires faith, patience, humility, meekness, long-suffering, keeping the commandments and enduring to the end.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Humility #Long #Suffering

  • The gift of the Holy Ghost, given to us when we are confirmed, gives us the ability to discern the difference between the giving ways of the kingdom of God and the taking practices of the world.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Practice #Differences #Giving

  • We learn to endure to the end by learning to finish our current responsibilities, and we simply continue doing it all of our lives. We cannot expect to learn endurance in our later years if we have developed the habit of quitting when things get difficult now.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Responsibility #Years #Endurance

  • Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and all things are given them which are expedient unto man. And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Men #Liberty #Devil

  • As disciples of Christ, we have a sacred obligation to uphold His laws and commandments and the covenants which we take upon ourselves.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Law #Covenant #Sacred

  • When we want to speak to God, we pray. And when we want Him to speak to us, we search the scriptures.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Want #Scripture #Praying

  • You and I were among those who used their agency to accept Heavenly Father's plan to come to earth, to have a mortal life, to progress. "We shouted for joy ... to have the opportunity of coming to the earth to receive bodies [for we knew] that we might become, through faithfulness, like unto our Father, God." Now we are here on earth, where opportunities to use our agency abound; for here "there is an opposition in all things." This opposition is essential to the purpose of our lives.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Father #Opportunity #Agency

  • In the Lord's service the path is not always easy... But in serving Him, we discover that His hand is truly over us.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Hands #Path #Lord

  • How we live our religion is far more important than what we may say about our religion.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Important #May

  • The more I live, the more I recognize that the teaching moments in my youth, especially those provided by my parents, have shaped my life and made me who I am. It is impossible to overestimate the influence of parents who understand the hearts of their children.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Mother #Children #Teaching

  • As our understanding of obedience deepens, we recognize the essential role of agency.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Agency #Understanding #Roles

  • Come walk the path that leads to eternal happiness, joy, and everlasting life in the kingdom of our Heavenly Father.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Father #Joy #Eternal Happiness

  • Whenever we choose to come unto Christ, take His name upon us, and follow His servants, we progress along the path to eternal life. In our mortal journey, it is helpful to remember that the opposite is also true: when we don't keep the commandments or follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost, our opportunities are reduced; our abilities to act and progress are diminished.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Opportunity #Journey #Opposites

  • All of us are responsible to provide for ourselves and our families in both temporal and spiritual ways. To provide providently, we must practice the principles of provident living: joyfully living within our means, being content with what we have, avoiding excessive debt, and diligently saving and preparing for rainy-day emergencies. When we live providently, we can provide for ourselves and our families and also follow the Savior's example to serve and bless others.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Spiritual #Mean #Rainy Day

  • In addition to inviting us to hold personal and family scripture study, Heavenly Father wants us to regularly study and apply what we have learned in conference. I testify that those who put their trust in the Lord and heed this counsel in faith will gain great strength to bless themselves and their families for generations to come.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Father #Generations #Want

  • How we conduct ourselves in this life will determine what we will be in all the eternities to come. To receive the blessings of the sealing that our Heavenly Father has given to us, we have to keep the commandments and conduct ourselves in such a way that our families will want to live with us in the eternities.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Life #Father #Blessing

  • In some quiet way, the expression and feelings of gratitude have a wonderful cleansing or healing nature. Gratitude brings warmth to the giver and the receiver alike.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Gratitude #Healing #Expression

  • Whatever the needs of family members may be, we can strengthen our families as we follow the counsel given by prophets.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Family #Needs #May

  • Oh, how we need general conference! Through conferences our faith is fortified and our testimonies deepened. And when we are converted, we strengthen each other to stand strong amid the fiery darts of these last days.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Strong #Lasts #Needs

  • If ye love me keep my commandments
    -- Robert D. Hales

  • We become converted and spiritually self-reliant as we prayerfully live our covenants-through worthily partaking of the sacrament, being worthy of a temple recommend, and sacrificing to serve others.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #Sacrifice #Self #Temples

  • Most of us know someone who would say, 'If you want to be my friend, you'll have to accept my values.' A true friend doesn't ask us to choose between the gospel and his or her friendship. ... A true friend strengthens us to stay on the strait and narrow path.
    -- Robert D. Hales

    #True Friend #Path #Want