1. We're not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be. - C. S. Lewis
2. Innate, deep desires do not exist unless they correspond to something that can satisfy them. If there is hunger, there is food. If there is intimate desire, there is intimacy. If there is curiosity, there is knowledge. So if there is desire for this thing that is beyond this world, there must be something beyond this world. - C.S. Lewis
3. Running like a gulf-stream through the sea of time, comes the affirmation that God has manifested Himself to man, and the best men have affirmed it most persistently. Wherever this affirmation has made its way, the icebergs of scepticism have disappeared, the temperature of virtue has risen, and the sweet fruits of charity have ripened.
If the belief be false, then a lie has blessed the world, and the soul is so organized that it reaches its highest state of development in an atmosphere of deception; for it is a fact that man is purest, and woman most virtuous where belief in God's manifestations is most intense and real. - O.P. Gifford
4. Thy mind, O man! if thou wilt lead a soul unto salvation, must stretch as high as the utmost heavens, and search into and contemplate the darkest abyss, and the broad expanse of eternity — thou must commune with God. - Joseph Smith, written while in Liberty Jail
“I am going to send you down to earth,”
Said God to me one day,
“I’m giving you what men call ‘birth’–
Tonight you’ll start away;
I want you there to live with men;
Until I call you back again.”
I trembled as I heard him speak,
Yet I know that I must go;
I felt His hand upon my cheek,
And wished that I might know –
Just what on earth would be my task,
And timidly I dared to ask.
“Tell me before I start away,
What thou would have me do;
What message would you have me say?
When shall my work be through?
That I may serve on earth,
Tell me the purpose of my birth.”
God smiled at me and softly said:
“Oh, you shall find your task.
I want you on life’s path to tread,
So do not stay to ask.
Remember, if your best you do,
That I shall ask no more of you.”
How often, as my work I do,
So commonplace and grim,
I sit and sigh and wish I knew
If I am pleasing Him.
I wonder if, with every test,
I’ve truly tried to do my best.
-Edgar A. Guest