"I fear that many of us rush about from day to day taking for granted the holy scriptures. We scramble to honor appointments with physicians, lawyers and businessmen. Yet we think nothing of postponing interviews with Deity--postponing scripture study. Little wonder we develop anemic souls and lose our direction in living. How much better it would be if we planned and held sacred fifteen or twenty minutes a day for reading the scriptures. Such interviews with Deity would help us recognize His voice and enable us to receive guidance in all of our affairs. We must look to God through the scriptures."
--Carlos E. Asay, November 1978

Quotes of the Week

Week 1:

"For me, the reading of the scriptures is not the pursuit of scholarship. Rather, it is a love affair with the word of the Lord and that of His prophets."

--Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, June 1986
Week 2:

“When God speaks and man obeys, that man will always be right.”
--Thomas S. Monson, Ensign, May 05

Week 3: 
"Adversity is the refiner's fire that bends iron but tempers steel."
--James E. Faust, May 1988
Week 4: 
"Something extraordinary is happening.  Do you sense it?  Truly, as obedience and morality decline in the world, the Lord is sending more exceptional spirits to earth.  As a body they excel the average capacity of their forebears.  Their potential for personal growth and positive contribution is enormous."

-- Richard G. Scott, Ensign 11/03
"Great.  The words of Isaiah."
--John Bytheway, Isaiah for Airheads

"If Jesus said, "Great are the words of Isaiah,' then they're great.  It's our job to find out why."
--John Bytheway, Isaiah for Airheads, p. 183
"He who reads it most, loves it best."
--Joseph Smith

Week 5:
"Existence came from God; death came by Adam; and immortality and eternal life come through Christ."
 --Bruce R. McConkie, "Christ and the Creation," Ensign, 6/82, p. 9

"The depth of our belief in the Resurrection and the Atonement of the Savior will, I believe, determine the measure of courage and purpose with which we meet life's challenges."
 --James E. Faust, Ensign, 11/96
Week 6:
"Indeed, the safest road to Hell is the gradual one--the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts."
--C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters, p. 54
"We live in a day of slick, quiet and clever sins."
--Ezra Taft Benson, A Nation Asleep. p. 44

Week 7:
"Let [this conference] be the guide to [your] walk and talk during the next six months.  These are the important matters the Lord sees fit to reveal to this people in this day."
--Harold B. Lee, April 1946
Week 8:
"Pride is the great stumbling block of Zion.  I repeat:  Pride is the great stumbling block of Zion."
Ezra Taft Benson, April 1989

"In a sense, pride is the original sin, for before the foundations of this earth, pride felled Lucifer, a son of the morning “who was in authority in the presence of God.” If pride can corrupt one as capable and promising as this, should we not examine our own souls as well?"
Dieter F. Uchtdorf, October 2010
 Week 9:
"I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go."
--Abraham Lincoln

"When our priorities are out of order, we lose power.  It takes personal revelation every day to help us prioritize and keep at bay the influences of the world that would draw us from what we are to do."
--Julie B. Beck, Women's Conference, 4/29/10
 Week 10:
"Surely what a man does when he is taken off his guard is the best evidence of what sort of man he is.  Surely what pops out before the man has time to put on a disguise is the truth."
--C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, p. 164-65
"Sins are personal, belonging to sinners and no one else."
--Unlocking the Book of Mormon, p. 154

  Week 11:
"We may not be asked to die for our beliefs, but we have certainly been asked to live for our beliefs.  Let us realize that standing, living, and testifying for the truth is our duty."
--Unlocking the Book of Mormon, p. 180

"Faith and character are intimately related.  Faith in the power of obedience to the commandments of God will forge strength of character available to you in times of urgent need."
--Richard G. Scott, Ensign, 11/10

  Week 12:

"Each child in each generation chooses faith or disbelief.  Faith is not an inheritance; it is a choice."

--Henry B. Eyring, "Inquire of the Lord,"  www.ldsces.org

"Moral standards cannot be changed by battle and cannot be changed by ballot."
--Boyd K. Packer, Ensign, 11/10

"Believe in order to understand, not understand [in order to] believe."
--St. Anselm

  Week 13:

"Pray for me to learn quickly what I need to learn."
--Neal A. Maxwell
"The Savior knows what it's like to die of cancer."
--Neal A. Maxwell

 Week 14:
Prepare well for  a mission all your life, not just six months or a year before you go. . .
We want young men entering the mission field who can enter "on the run," who have the faith born of personal righteousness and clean living so that they can have a great and productive mission.
--Ezra Taft Benson, Ensign, 5/86

Suffering can make Saints of people as they learn patience, long-suffering and self-mastery.  The sufferings of our Savior were part of his education.
--Spencer W. Kimball, BYU Speeches of the Year, 1955

 Week 15:
"All of beauty in the earth bears the fingerprint of the Master Creator."
--Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, 5/78
"Real disciples absorb the fiery darts of the adversary by holding aloft the quenching shield of faith with one hand, while holding to the iron rod with the other.  There should be no mistaking, it will take both hands."
--Neal A. Maxwell, CR, 4/87

 Week 16:
"From the Book of Mormon we learn how disciples of Christ live in times of war."
--Ezra Taft Benson, CR, 10/86, 7

"All that I am, or hope to be I owe to my angel mother."
 --Abraham Lincoln

Week 17:
If you love the truth, you can remember it.
  --Brigham Young, as cited in Unlocking the Book of Mormon, p. 377

President Lorenzo Snow declared that it is “the grand privilege of every Latter-day Saint . . . to have the manifestations of the spirit every day of our lives.” (CR 4/1899, 52)
--Dallin H. Oaks, With Full Purpose of Heart, 50

 Week 20:

The burning bushes, the smoking mountains, . . . the Cumorahs, and the Kirtlands were realities; but they were the exceptions. . . . Always expecting the spectacular, many will miss entirely the constant flow of revealed communication.
--Spencer W. Kimball, Munich Germany Area Conference, 1973, 77

The commandment to avoid contention applies to those who are right as well as those who are wrong.
--Dallin H. Oaks, The Lord’s Way, 142

Week 21:
"The gospel is structured to help us progress to ever higher levels of spirituality in ever more perfect compliance with the patterns of heaven."
--Unlocking the Book of Mormon, p. 437
"Could it be with you as it was with the Nephite children? . . .
With the power of the Spirit, you too can speak great and marvelous things in your own family. . . .
You may never see angels descending out of heaven, but I can promise you as you bear testimony and pray in your families, unseen angels will minister to you."
--Carol B. Thomas, Ensign, 5/01, 90

Week 22:
"The search for peace is one of the ultimate quests of the human soul."

--Jeffrey R. Holland, Ensign, 11/96

"Because sexual intimacy is so sacred, the Lord requires self-control and purity before marriage, as well as full fidelity after marriage. . . . .Tears inevitably follow transgression.  Men, take care not to make women weep, for God counts their tears."

--Thomas S. Monson, Ensign, 11/90, 47

 Week 23: 
Most men yearn for peace, cry for peace, pray for peace and work for peace, but there will not be lasting peace until all mankind follow the path pointed out and walked by the living Christ.
--Marvin J. Ashton, CR 10/85, 89

We need to learn, practice, study, know, and understand how angels live with each other.   When this community comes to the point to be perfectly honest and upright, you will never find a poor person; none will lack, all will have sufficient.
--Brigham Young, Discourses of Brigham Young, 232

Week 23:
 “Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes--
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.”
--Elizabeth Barrett Browning

"In this crucible of wickedness the true greatness of Mormon shines like a star."
--Hugh Nibley, as cited in Unlocking the Book of Mormon, p. 476

Week 24:
"The counsel you have heard is . . . the will of the Lord, the word of the Lord, the voice of the Lord, the power of God unto salvation."
--Jeffrey R. Holland
Week 25: 
I don’t know how to get anything done except getting on my knees and pleading for help and then getting on my feet and going to work. 
--Gordon B. Hinckley, as quoted by Russell M. Nelson, Ensign, 11/97, 16

Even the good can become careless without the Lord’s being there to chasten.
--Neal A. Maxwell, Ensign, 11/87, 31

 Week 26:
I thank God for my handicaps; for through them, I have found myself, my work, and my God.
--Helen Keller, Light in my Darkness, 134

Ordinances and covenants become our credentials for admission into His presence.  To worthily receive them is the quest of a lifetime; to keep them thereafter is the challenge of mortality.
 --Boyd K. Packer, Ensign, 5/87, 24
Week 27:
Try reading the Book of Mormon because you want to, not because you have to.  Discover for yourself that it is true.
--Richard G. Scott, Ensign, 11/03

To gain unshakable faith in Jesus Christ is to flood your life with brilliant light.
--Richard G. Scott,  Ensign, 11/91, 86