Virtue

“In the temple, through the power of the Holy Spirit, knowledge is transformed into virtues. A person who attends the temple regularly grows more patient, more long-suffering, and charitable. He becomes more diligent, more committed, and more dedicated. He develops a greater capacity to love his wife and children and to respect the good qualities and the rights of others. He develops a greater sense of values, becoming more honorable and upright in his dealings and less critical of others. In the temple knowledge is transformed into feelings of the heart, resulting in actions that build character. Thus, the family is strengthened and the community is uplifted to the extent of his influence”

Royden G. Derrick  |  Temple in the Last Days, p. 53

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“Sincere praying implies that when we ask for any blessing or virtue, we should work for the blessing and cultivate the virtue.”

David O. McKay  |  Secrets of a Happy Life, 114–15.

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“Women bring with them into the world a certain virtue, a divine gift that makes them adept at instilling such qualities as faith, courage, empathy, and refinement in relationships and in cultures.”

Elder D. Todd Christofferson  |  The Moral Force of Women

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“Benevolence in its fullest sense is the sum of moral excellence, and comprehends every other virtue. It is the motive that prompts us to do good to others and leads us to live our life for Christ’s sake. All acts of kindness . . . of forgiveness, of charity, of love, spring from this divine attribute.”

David O. McKay  |  “Christ, the Light of Humanity,” Improvement Era, June 1968, 4.

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“The use of fashions in thought is to distract men from their real dangers. We direct the fashionable outcry of each generation against those vices of which it is in the least danger, and fix its approval on the virtue that is nearest the vice which we are trying to make endemic. The game is to have them all running around with fire extinguishers whenever there’s a flood; and all crowding to that side of the boat which is already nearly gone under.”

CS Lewis  |  The Screwtape Letters

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“I am satisfied that if we would look for the virtues in one another and not the vices, there would be much more of happiness in the homes of our people. There would be far less of divorce, much less of infidelity, much less of anger and rancor and quarreling. There would be more of forgiveness, more of love, more of peace, more of happiness. This is as the Lord would have it.”

Gordon B. Hinckley  |  Living Worthy of the Girl You Will Someday Marry

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Our bodies are the work of our Creator. When we abuse them, we abuse him.

Gordon B. Hinckley  |  “What Shall I Do Then with Jesus Which Is Called Christ?”

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