This is a compilation of thoughts and quotes that I have found or written recently, as well as many that I've collected throughout the years. Most thoughts are posted randomly, as I feel inspired. A listing of quotes can be found alphabetically (check the 2008 and 2009 archives listing), or by source.

Feel free to suggest additions!

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” – Proverbs 23:7

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Words of Wisdom from Joseph Smith

Known by many as a man of God who assisted in the restoration of truths to the earth, Joseph Smith was a man of many words of wisdom, great insights on life and man's relationship to God. Born in Vermont in 1805, Joseph Smith was the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Here are some of his words and teachings:

A man filled with the love of God, is not content with blessing his family alone, but ranges through the whole world, anxious to bless the whole human race.

The best way to obtain truth and wisdom is not to ask from books, but to go to God in prayer, and obtain divine teaching.

God judges men according to the use they make of the light which He gives them.

If you do not accuse each other, God will not accuse you.

Never be discouraged. If I were sunk in the lowest pits of Nova Scotia, with the Rocky Mountains piled on me, I would hang on, exercise faith, and keep up good courage, and I would come out on top.

A man filled with the love of God is not content with blessing his family alone, but ranges through the whole world, anxious to bless the whole human race.

If my life is of no value to my friends it is of none to myself.

If men do not comprehend the character of God, they do not comprehend themselves.

Kindness is our religion.

Trust in God, always take care of each other.

Perhaps I am meant to swim in deep waters.... better deep than shallow!

When persons manifest the least kindness and love to me, O what power it has over my mind, while the opposite course has a tendency to harrow up all the harsh feelings and depress the human mind.

God sees the secret springs of human action, and knows the hearts of all living.

Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed.

Don't be limited in your views with regard to your neighbor's virtue...You must enlarge your soul towards each other.

By proving contraries, truth is made manifest.

When we are accomplishing the good, the greatest opposition comes.

I teach them correct principles and they govern themselves.

Never give up an old tried friend, who has waded through all manner of toil, for your sake, and throw him away because fools may tell you he has some faults.

The important consideration is not how long we can live but how well we can learn the lesson of life, and discharge our duties and obligations to God and to one another.

We say, that the Constitution of the United States is a glorious standard; it is founded in the wisdom of God.

Sometimes the Lord brings us low before he can lift us higher.

Shall we not go on in such great a cause?

The exaltation and happiness of any community, goes hand in hand with the knowledge possessed by the people, when applied to laudable ends; whereupon we can exclaim like the wise man; righteousness exalteth a nation; for righteousness embraces knowledge and knowledge is power.

It is our duty to concentrate all our influence to make popular that which is sound and good, and unpopular that which is unsound.

If men do not comprehend the character of God, they do not comprehend themselves.

When God commands, do it!

A man is saved no faster than he gains knowledge.

Whatever God requires is right, no matter what it is, although we may not see the reason there of until all of the events transpire.

Happiness is the object and design of our existence; and will be the end thereof, if we pursue the path that leads to it; and this path is virtue, uprightness, faithfulness, holiness, and keeping all the commandments of God.

A very large ship is benefited very much by a very small helm in the time of a storm, by being kept workways with the wind and the waves. - Doctrine and Covenants 124:16


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