Sunday, September 4, 2011

Inspiring Words

"It will be helpful to you to understand and use the power of the interaction of faith and character. God uses your faith to mold your character. character is woven patiently from threads of doctrine, principle, and obedience. Character is the manifestation of what you are becoming. Your character will be the yardstick that God will use to determine how well you have used your mortal life. Strong moral character results from consistent correct choices in the trials and testing of life. Such choices are made with trust in things that are believed and, when acted upon, will be confirmed as true.

As you walk to the boundary of your understanding into the twilight of uncertainty, exercising faith, you will be led to find solutions to the challenges of life you would not obtain otherwise. With even the strongest faith, God will not always reward you immediately according to your desires. Rather, he will respond with what in his eternal plan is best for you a piece at a time. Your continuing exercise of faith will forge strength of character available to you

In times of critical need. Such character is not developed in moments of great challenge or temptation. that is when it is used.

Wherever you live, whatever your occupation or focus in life, you will be drawn into the battle for the souls of men and women. Be valiant in that struggle. It is waged on the basis of character. Satan and his troops have defined their character by resolute opposition to the will of our Father and consistent violation of his commandments. Your character is being solidified by consistent correct choices."

-Elder Richard G. Scott

-April 2011 BYU Commencement Speech, "To Live Well"

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