It is not difficult to understand why the great God of heaven has reserved these special spirits for the final work of the kingdom prior to his millennial reign… This generation will face trials and troubles that will exceed those of their pioneer forebears. Our generation has had periods of some respite from the foe. The future generation will have little or none… This is a chosen generation… I believe todays’ [Church’s youth] will lead the youth of the world through the most trying time in history. VAUGHN J. FEATHERSTONE
I meet young people everywhere who are wonderful and faithful; youth who want to do the right thing and who indicate the reality of what I have been saying for a long time, that we’ve never had a better generation of young people in the Church than we have today. They are faithful. They are active. They’re knowledgeable. They are a great generation, notwithstanding the environment in which many of them are growing up. GORDON B. HINCKLEY
Truly, my dear young friends, you are a chosen generation. I hope you will never forget it. I hope you will never take it for granted. I hope there will grow in your hearts an overpowering sense of gratitude to God, who has made it possible for you to come upon the earth in this marvelous season of the world’s history. GORDON B. HINCKLEY
…I return to Peter’s great statement as I make a plea and offer – a challenge: ‘Ye are a chosen generation.’ How very true that is. Notwithstanding all of the problems that we have, this, I believe, is the greatest age in the history of the world. And you young people of this generation are a part of it. You are the beneficiaries of it. Its fruits are here to bless your lives if you will grasp them and live worthy of them… Truly, my dear young friends, you are a chosen generation. I hope you will never forget it. I hope you will never take it for granted. I hope there will grow in your hearts an overpowering sense of gratitude to God, who has made it possible for you to come upon the earth in this marvelous season of the world’s history. GORDON B. HINCKLEY
For nearly six thousand years, God has held you in reserve to make your appearance in the final days before the Second Coming. Every previous gospel dispensation has drifted into apostasy, but ours will not…. God has saved for the final inning some of his strongest children, who will help bear off the kingdom triumphantly. And that is where you come in, for you are the generation that must be prepared to meet your God….” Make no mistake about it you are a marked generation. EZRA TAFT BENSON
All through the ages prophets have looked down through the corridors of time to our day. Billions of the deceased and those yet to be born have their eyes on us. Make no mistake about it…this is a marked generation. There has never been more expected of the faithful in such a short time than there is of us. EZRA TAFT BENSON
…this generation of [youth] is going to do deeds never done before. You are going to accomplish the seemingly impossible because you are on His errand. Your generation will fight the greatest army of Satanic hosts ever assembled. You will be severely out numbered. You will need a deep and abiding faith in Christ to survive-and you will survive. The Lord and his servants will triumph, we do know that. Letter to the Youth of the Church, 9 May 1981
My brothers and sisters, we are a chosen generation. This is the greatest season in the history of the world and we have been blessed to come forward at this time, this greatest of times, of discovery. This is the grandest age of all. During my lifetime, there have been more scientific discoveries than in all the generations that preceded it, and you and I are upon the earth at this time. Beyond all this, we live in a time when the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored. This is the dispensation of the fullness of times, when all that the Lord placed upon the earth in prior generations has come forth in this generation, to bless those of us who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. How thankful we ought to be! How anxious we ought to be to do that which the Lord would have us do. Out of the gratitude which we have in our hearts, we ought to be willing to do anything that He asks us–to live the Word of Wisdom, to pay our tithes and offerings to be active in the Church, to carry responsibilities, to reach out to those who come into the Church and help them and friendship them that they may remain true and faithful. My brothers and sisters, “Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood. GORDON B. HINCKLEY
You are of the finest generation that has come to earth. You have prepared yourself well in the premortal existence and have been selected to come forth in this singularly important time in the unfolding of Father in Heaven’s plan. I am deeply moved to be in your presence. I realize that the majority of you do not have the slightest idea of how truly capable, noble, and wonderful you are. RICHARD G. SCOTT 1996
Though we have rightly applauded our ancestors for their spiritual achievements (and do not and must not discount them now), those of us who prevail today will have done no small thing. The special spirits who have been reserved to live in this time of challenges and who overcome will one day be praised for their stamina by those who pulled handcarts. NEAL A. MAXWELL
The simple fact is that our Father did not recommend Eve or Moses or Nephi or countless other magnificent exemplars for this dispensation—He recommended you and me. Do you think God would have left the last days to chance by sending men and women He couldn’t count on? A common theme of patriarchal blessings given to men and women your age is that you were sent now because our Father’s most trustworthy children would be needed in the final, decisive battle for righteousness. That is who you are, and it is who you have always been. SHERI DEW
God has reserved spirits for this dispensation who have the courage and determination to face the world, and all the powers of the evil one, visible and invisible, to proclaim the Gospel, and maintain the truth, and establish and build up the Zion of our God, fearless of all consequences. He has sent these spirits in this generation to lay the foundation of Zion never more to be overthrown, and to raise up a seed that will be righteous, and that will honor God, and honor him supremely, and be obedient to him under all circumstances. GEORGE Q. CANNON (Frist Presidency)
God reserved spirits for this dispensation who would have the courage and the determination to face the world and all the powers of the evil one…and who would build up the Zion of our God, fearless of all consequences. SHERI DEW
We are entering the final stages of a great war. And because of your personal history, you were entrusted to come to the earth in these last days to do again what you did before—to once again choose good over evil, exercise exceedingly great faith, and perform good works—and to do so in behalf of the kingdom of God on the earth and your fellowman! JAMES J. HAMULA
God has saved for the final inning some of His strongest … children, who will help bear off the kingdom triumphantly. THOMAS S. MONSON
Ours is the responsibility to be worthy of all the glorious blessings our Father in Heaven has in store for us. THOMAS S. MONSON
You are … of great faith. You brought your faith with you when you came to the earth. Alma teaches us that in the premortal realms you exhibited “exceeding faith and good works.” You fought with your faith and testimony to defend the plan that was presented by God. You knew the plan was good, and you knew that the Savior would do what He said He would do—because you knew Him! You stood with Him, and you were eager for your opportunity to come to earth. You knew what was going to be required of you. You knew it would be difficult, and yet you were confident not only that you could accomplish your divine mission but that you could make a difference.
You are “choice spirits who were reserved to come forth in the fulness of times to take part in laying the foundations of the great latter-day work, including the building of the temples and the performance of ordinances therein.”
You cannot be a generation of young women who are content to fit in. You must have the courage to stand out, to “arise and shine forth, that thy light may be a standard for the nations.” ELAINE S. DALTON
Do you think for a moment that Heavenly Father would have sent one of His children to this earth by accident, without the possibility of a significant work to perform?…
My dear friends, you are a royal generation. You were preserved to come to the earth in this time for a special purpose. Not just a few of you, but all of you. There are things for each of you to do that no one else can do as well as you. …If you will let Him, I testify that our Father in Heaven will walk with you through the journey of life and inspire you to know your special purpose here. H. BURKE PETERSON
When my children were younger, I made an ABC book for them comprised of family
photos. My kids loved it. It was about 4″ x 5 1/2″, coiled on the side. Here are
a few pages:
love My Best Week calendar! It saves me so much time and energy, as well as
keeps me on track with what I need to be doing and to remember the ‘bigger
I have a blank copy here so you can see how I’ve set it up. My
copy is usually pretty full, with the kids schedules as well.
print this each week as I add to it our schedules and menus, and then I keep a
folder copy in my purse. That way I can remember everywhere my kids are
supposed to be, as well as have it to review when I’m sitting in my car waiting
for kids to get out of school.
I have my Goals and my To Do list that I type
into my calendar and they stay on the file until I have accomplished them.
Everything in this calendar is typed, so I can just update my week instead of
I find that if I spread my cleaning schedule out
through out my week, it’s less overwhelming. Also, if I deepclean one thing each
week, it makes it easier to stay on top of the housework.
If we are running
low on something, I type it in my Errands box, and the next time I am near that
store, I don’t have to try to remember everything I needed. It helps me
consolidate my errands as well. This weekly calendar is a sanity saver for me.
I have a yearly calendar book that I refer to when I add in the new weeks schedule.
You can add highlighter from Word if it’s something urgent, or colored text to liven things up. It’s great for keeping track of things that happen every week, like piano lessons, spelling tests,… They can just stay on the calendar.
President Ezra Taft Benson has offered ten specific suggestions for mothers as they guide their precious children:
I wonder if having unplanned and infrequent family home evenings will be enough to fortify ourselves and our children with sufficient moral strength to meet the complexities of our day. Infrequent family scripture study may be inadequate to arm ourselves and our children with the virtue necessary to withstand the moral decay of the environment in which we live.
Where in the world will we learn chastity, integrity, honesty, and basic human decency if not at home? These values will, of course, be reinforced at church, but teaching them in family home evening can be particularly consistent and effective. To combat the world’s evil influences, we need the strength that comes from family home evening. . . .
If we go forward with our family home evenings, our homes will be enriched, our wards and branches will grow and prosper, our lives will be purified, and the gates of hell will not prevail against us.
-Elder James E Faust
Place vegetables and broth in saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and cook until vegetables are tender~8 minutes. Mix milk, cornstarch, salt, pepper, and thyme; add to cooked vegetables. Cook, stirring constantly, until soup is slightly thickened and mixture just begins to boil . Remove from heat. Add cheese and stir until melted. Makes 4 one cup servings.