Patterns

linebreak

“May I point out something obvious? Life rarely goes exactly according to plan for anyone, and we are very aware that not all women are experiencing what the proclamation describes. It is still important to understand and teach the Lord’s pattern and strive for the realization of that pattern the best we can.

Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women General President
Defenders of the Family Proclamation,” April 2015 General Conference

linebreak

“The way to receive personal revelation is really quite clear. We need to desire to receive revelation, we must not harden our hearts, and then we need to ask in faith, truly believe that we will receive an answer, and then diligently keep the commandments of God.

“Following this pattern does not mean that every time we ask a question of God, the answer will immediately appear with every detail of what to do. However, it does mean that if we diligently keep the commandments and ask in faith, answers will come in the Lord’s own way and in His time.”

Barbara Thompson, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Personal Revelation and Testimony,” October 2011 General Conference

linebreak

“Relief Society is not a program. It is an official part of the Lord’s Church that is ‘divinely ordained of God’ to teach, strengthen, and inspire sisters in their purpose regarding faith, family, and relief. Relief Society is a way of life for Latter-day Saint women, and its influence extends far beyond a Sunday class or a social gathering. It follows the pattern of female disciples who served with the Lord Jesus Christ and His Apostles in His ancient Church.”

Julie B. Beck, Relief Society General President
The Vision of Prophets regarding Relief Society: Faith, Family, Relief,” October 2011 General Conference

linebreak

“As the Lord began restoring His Church through the Prophet Joseph Smith, He again included women in a pattern of discipleship. A few months after the Church was formally organized, the Lord revealed that Emma Smith was to be set apart as a leader and teacher in the Church and as an official helper to her husband, the Prophet. In her calling to help the Lord build His kingdom, she was given instructions about how to increase her faith and personal righteousness, how to strengthen her family and her home, and how to serve others.”

Julie B. Beck, Relief Society General President
What I Hope My Granddaughters (and Grandsons) Understand about Relief Society,” October 2011 General Conference

linebreak

“Youth is a defining time in which you can develop patterns of virtue that will help you take necessary steps toward eternal life.”

Mary N. Cook, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
A Virtuous Life—Step by Step,” April 2009 General Conference

linebreak

“How should we determine what our traditions will be? The scriptures give us a great pattern. In Mosiah 5:15 it states, ‘Therefore, I would that ye should be steadfast and immovable, always abounding in good works.’

“I love this because we know that traditions are formed over time as we repeat the same actions over and over again. As we are steady and unchanging in doing that which is good, our traditions become firmly rooted in righteousness.”

Cheryl C. Lant, Primary General President
Righteous Traditions,” April 2008 General Conference

linebreak

“It is important to establish patterns of righteousness in your own life, which will enable you to set a good example for your family, whatever form your family may take.”

Mary N. Cook, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Strengthen Home and Family,” October 2007 General Conference

linebreak

“The Savior has given us a pattern to follow as we study the scriptures. We hear the word, we ponder upon its meaning, we ask our Heavenly Father to help us understand, and then our minds and hearts are prepared to receive the promised blessings. Pondering is more than reading words; it is searching for meanings that will help us as we relate to one another and as we make choices in our lives. It is allowing the word to move from our minds to our hearts. The Spirit bears witness to our hearts as we prayerfully seek to know the things of our Heavenly Father. When we have that witness and knowledge, we think and live and relate to each other in more Christlike ways.”

Anne G. Wirthlin, First Counselor, Primary General Presidency
Teaching Our Children to Love the Scriptures,” April 1998 General Conference

linebreak

“Many years ago while my children were very young, the nighttime bottles and the daytime diapers seemed as endless as the frozen ground outside our military apartment. When I feel sorry for myself, it helps me to do something for someone else. That winter my need was great, so I needed a grand solution. I decided to make a sport coat for my husband. Having no experience in tailoring, I began by finding the best pattern and materials on the market. With great enthusiasm I took out the pattern guide. My heart nearly failed me.

“There were pages of instructions—138 steps, as I remember. It was beyond my ability. The next few days I took that pattern everywhere I went. I decided to work on no more than two steps per day so I wouldn’t get discouraged. When two steps were completed, I would read the directions for the next day’s task. Occasionally I got overanxious and had to unpick, but fortunately mistakes in good materials don’t remain if they are carefully removed. A few months later, I had created a masterpiece. The pattern had made the miracle possible. Patterns had become very important to me. As my awareness of patterns has continued, I have become very appreciative of the Lord’s patterns.

“Patterns for his handiwork are detailed in the scriptures. They describe the building of a tabernacle, an ark, an altar, and temples. The materials are important; the purpose is grand. Then comes that most important pattern of righteousness set by Jesus Christ, ‘a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.’ (1 Tim. 1:16.) In every imaginable setting from ancient times to modern days, we see this pattern repeated—faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism, the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

Janette C. Hales, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
A Pattern of Righteousness,” April 1991 General Conference

linebreak

“Patterns are meant to be repeated. A pattern of righteousness is worthy of duplication, yet there are those who suppose that our righteousness involves climbing some imaginary vertical ladder. We then think we hasten our progress by trying to get above or ahead of others. I believe this is pride. . . . Righteousness is reproduced horizontally, not vertically. When we establish a pattern of righteousness in our lives, we commit to our Heavenly Father to do all in our power to help others reproduce this pattern in their lives. This can happen over and over until, as it says in Isaiah, ‘the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.’ (Isa. 26:9.)”

Janette C. Hales, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
A Pattern of Righteousness,” April 1991 General Conference

linebreak

“Consider the transition of a young person beginning at the age of twelve and lasting until the eighteenth year. The conditions spoken of in the Book of Mormon are almost always present in the lives of young people—a period of fast growth, a desire to be liked by others, to be popular, and often, prosperity. A pattern of personal righteousness which includes prayer, scripture study, and service is the answer to avoiding the dangers spoken of in the Book of Mormon.”

Janette C. Hales, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
A Pattern of Righteousness,” April 1991 General Conference

linebreak

“A few days after being called as a counselor in the Young Women General Presidency, the First Presidency of the Church approached my chair to set me apart and give me a blessing. I realized the prophet of God was about to lay his hands upon my head, and I was in awe. Following the blessing, as I turned to face the prophet, I was quite unprepared for the magnificence of the spirit I felt. I bear testimony that Ezra Taft Benson is a prophet of God and that Jesus Christ is our Savior. He has given us a pattern of righteousness that, when followed, will lead us back to our Heavenly Father.”

Janette C. Hales, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
A Pattern of Righteousness,” April 1991 General Conference

linebreak

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s