Purity

“If you want something to last forever, you treat it differently. you shield it and protect it. You never abuse it. You don’t expose it to the elements. You don’t make it common or ordinary. If it ever becomes tarnished, you lovingly polish it until it gleams like new. It becomes special because you have made it so, and it grows more beautiful and precious as time goes by.”

F. Burton Howard

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“It would seem that a major underlying cause of divorce is in not understanding that marriage and families are God-given and God-ordained. If we understood the full meaning we would have less divorce and its attendant unhappiness…The current philosophy—get a divorce if it doesn’t work out—handicaps a marriage from the beginning.”

David B. Haight  |  Marriage and Divorce

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“The price of peace is righteousness. Men and nations may loudly proclaim, ‘Peace, peace,’ but there shall be no peace until individuals nurture in their souls those principles of personal purity, integrity, and character which foster the development of peace. Peace cannot be imposed. It must come from the lives and hearts of men. There is no other way.”

Ezra Taft Benson  |  "Finding Peace", Ensign, March 2004

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“Instead of the Lord requiring our animals or grain, now He wants us to give up all that is ungodly. This higher practice of the law of sacrifice reaches into the inner soul of a person. . . . We [are to] overcome our own selfish desires and put God first in our lives and covenant to serve Him regardless of the cost.”

Elder M. Russell Ballard  |  “The Law of Sacrament,” Ensign, October 1998, 10.

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“Here then is a great truth. In the pain, the agony, and the heroic endeavors of life, we pass through a refiner’s fire, and the insignificant and the unimportant in our lives can melt away like dross and make our faith bright, intact, and strong. In this way the divine image can be mirrored from the soul. It is part of the purging toll exacted of some to become acquainted with God. In the agonies of life, we seem to listen better to the faint, godly whisperings of the Divine Shepherd.

“Into every life there come the painful, despairing days of adversity and buffeting. There seems to be a full measure of anguish, sorrow, and often heartbreak for everyone, including those who earnestly seek to do right and be faithful. … In this way the soul can become like soft clay in the hands of the Master.”

James E. Faust  |  The Refiner's Fire, Ensign, May 1979, 53

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“Christ was perfect and sinless, not because he had to be, but rather because he clearly and determinedly wanted to be.”

Howard W. Hunter  |  Ensign, November 1976, p. 19

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“[Pornography] is like a raging storm, destroying individuals and families, utterly ruining what was once wholesome and beautiful.”

Gordon B. Hinckley  |  A Tragic Evil Among Us, October 2004 General Conference

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Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“Patience – the ability to put our desires on hold for a time-is a precious and rare virtue. We want what we want, and we want it now. Therefore, the very idea of patience may seem unpleasant and, at times, bitter. Nevertheless, without patience, we cannot please God; we cannot become perfect. Indeed, patience is a purifying process that refines understanding, deepens happiness, focuses action, and offers hope for peace.”

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf  |  "Continue in Patience", Ensign, May 2010, 56–59

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Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“Patience is a purifying process that refines understanding, deepens happiness, focuses action, and offers hope for peace.”

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf

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