Maturity

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Just as the capacity to defer gratification is a sign of real maturity, likewise the willingness to wait for deferred explanation is a sign of real faith and of trust spread over time.

Elder Neal A. Maxwell  |  “Willing to Submit,” Ensign, May 1985, p. 71

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“Everyone should learn something new everyday. You all have inquiring minds and are seeking truth in many fields. I sincerely hope your greatest search is in the realm of spiritual things, because it is there that we are able to gain salvation and make the progress that leads to eternal life in our Father’s kingdom. The most important knowledge in the world is gospel knowledge. It is knowledge of God and his law, of those things that men must do to work out their salvation with fear and trembling before the Lord.”

Joseph Fielding Smith  |  Ensign, May 1971, pp. 2-3

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The constant exercise of our faith by lofty thinking, prayer, devotion, and acts of righteousness is just as essential to spiritual health as physical exercise is to the health of the body. Like all priceless things, faith, if lost, is hard to regain. Eternal vigilance is the price of our faith. In order to retain our faith we must keep ourselves in tune with our Heavenly Father by living in accordance with the principles and ordinances of the gospel.

O. Leslie Stone  |  Ensign, July 1973, p. 59

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“When are you old enough? Maturity may vary from individual to individual, but we are convinced that dating should not even begin until you are 16. And then, ideal dating is on a group basis. Stay in group activities; don’t pair off. Avoid steady dating. Steady dating is courtship, and surely the beginning of courtship ought to be delayed until you have emerged from your teens.”

Boyd K. Packer  |  “You’re in the Driver’s Seat,” New Era, June 2004, 8.

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“Some have no ear for spiritual messages when they come in common dress…Expecting the spectacular, one may not be fully alerted to the constant flow of revealed communication.”

Spencer W. Kimball  |  Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, ed. Edward L. Kimball, Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1982, p. 457.

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“True religion is not a matter of intellectuality or of worldly prominence or renown, but of spirituality.”

Bruce R. McConkie  |  Doctrinal New Testament Commentary (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1971), 2:316

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“If we will keep our covenants, our covenants will keep us spiritually safe.”

Elder Neal A. Maxwell  |  Ensign, May 1987, p. 71

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“Reverence is the soul of true religion. It’s seedbed is sincerity. Its quality is determined by the esteem in which one holds the object of his reverence as evidenced by his behavior toward that object. When that object is God, the genuinely reverent person has a worshipful adoration coupled with a respectful behavior toward him and all that pertains to him. The want of such appreciation or behavior smacks of irreverence. Order is a part of reverence. So is cleanliness of person, of apparel, of speech, of action, and of thought and impulse. So also are courtesy, respect for one another, and kindred virtues. Reverence is a sign of spiritual maturity, strength, and nobility.”

Marion G. Romney  |  Ensign, Oct. 1976, 2

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“Living the gospel does not mean the storms of life will pass us by, but we will be better prepared to face them with serenity and peace. ‘Search diligently, pray always, and be believing,’ the Lord admonished, ‘and all things shall work together for your good, if ye walk uprightly.'”

Joseph B. Wirthlin  |  "Finding a Safe Harbor," Ensign, May 2000, 59

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“The habit of saying thank you is the mark of a cultivated mind.”

Gordon B. Hinckley  |  Way to Be!: 9 Rules For Living the Good Life

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