Ezra Taft Benson, American Leader ( August 4, 1899 - May 30, 1994 )

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Our parents deserve our honor and respect for giving us life itself. Beyond this they almost always made countless sacrifices as they cared for and nurtured us through our infancy and childhood, provided us with the necessities of life, and nursed us through physical illnesses and the emotional stresses of growing up.~Ezra Taft Benson

Life Respect Parents

Fatherhood is not a matter of station or wealth. It is a matter of desire, diligence and determination to see one's family exalted in the celestial kingdom. If that prize is lost, nothing else really matters.~Ezra Taft Benson

Family Determination Lost

Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the foundation upon which sincere and meaningful repentance must be built. If we truly seek to put away sin, we must first look to Him who is the Author of our salvation.~Ezra Taft Benson

Faith Meaningful Look

God loves us; the devil hates us. God wants us to have a fulness of joy as He has. The devil wants us to be miserable as he is. God gives us commandments to bless us. The devil would have us break these commandments to curse us.~Ezra Taft Benson

God Joy Devil

Godly sorrow is a gift of the Spirit. It is a deep realization that our actions have offended our Father and our God. It is the sharp and keen awareness that our behavior caused the Savior, He who knew no sin, even the greatest of all, to endure agony and suffering.~Ezra Taft Benson

Father Deep God

Sacrifice is truly the crowning test of the gospel. Men are tried and tested in this mortal probation to see if they will put first in their lives the kingdom of God.~Ezra Taft Benson

God Men Sacrifice

A young man who knows and loves the Book of Mormon, who has read it several times, who has an abiding testimony of its truthfulness, and who applies its teachings will be able to stand against the wiles of the devil and will be a mighty tool in the hands of the Lord.~Ezra Taft Benson

Man Book Devil

The great commandment of life is to love the Lord.~Ezra Taft Benson

Life Love Great

Faithful attendance at Church meetings brings blessings you can receive in no other way.~Ezra Taft Benson

Blessings You Church

We are eternal beings. We lived as intelligent spirits before this mortal life. We are now living part of eternity. Our mortal birth was not the beginning; death, which faces all of us, is not the end.~Ezra Taft Benson

Life Death End

Mothers play an important role as the heart of the home, but this in no way lessens the equally important role fathers should play, as head of the home, in nurturing, training, and loving their children.~Ezra Taft Benson

Mothers Children Home

Periodic fasting can help clear up the mind and strengthen the body and the spirit.~Ezra Taft Benson

Mind Help Body

The fellowship of true friends who can hear you out, share your joys, help carry your burdens, and correctly counsel you is priceless.~Ezra Taft Benson

Friends Help You

Encourage good music and art and literature in your homes. Homes that have a spirit of refinement and beauty will bless the lives of your children forever.~Ezra Taft Benson

Music Art Beauty

Many men and women in the world demonstrate great willpower and self-discipline in overcoming bad habits and the weaknesses of the flesh.~Ezra Taft Benson

Women Great Men

Selfishness is one of the more common faces of pride. 'How everything affects me' is the center of all that matters - self-conceit, self-pity, worldly self-fulfillment, self-gratification, and self-seeking.~Ezra Taft Benson

Pride Me Selfishness

Some of the greatest battles will be fought within the silent chambers of your own soul.~Ezra Taft Benson

Greatest Soul Silent

Build traditions of family vacations and trips and outings. These memories will never be forgotten by your children.~Ezra Taft Benson

Family Children Memories

One who is kind is sympathetic and gentle with others. He is considerate of others' feelings and courteous in his behavior. He has a helpful nature. Kindness pardons others' weaknesses and faults. Kindness is extended to all - to the aged and the young, to animals, to those low of station as well as the high.~Ezra Taft Benson

Nature Kindness Young

To love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength is all-consuming and all-encompassing. It is no lukewarm endeavor.~Ezra Taft Benson

Love Strength God

The literal resurrection of every soul who has lived and died on earth is a certainty, and surely one should make careful preparation for this event. A glorious resurrection should be the goal of every man and woman, for resurrection will be a reality.~Ezra Taft Benson

Woman Man Goal

A positive self-image has little relationship to our material circumstances.~Ezra Taft Benson

Positive Relationship

When our Heavenly Father placed Adam and Eve on this earth, He did so with the purpose in mind of teaching them how to regain His presence. Our Father promised a Savior to redeem them from their fallen condition.~Ezra Taft Benson

Father Purpose Earth

With pride, there are many curses. With humility, there come many blessings.~Ezra Taft Benson

Wisdom Blessings Humility

A young woman who knows and loves the Book of Mormon, who has read it several times, who has an abiding testimony of its truthfulness, and who applies its teachings will be able to stand against the wiles of the devil and will be a mighty tool in the hands of the Lord.~Ezra Taft Benson

Woman Book Devil

The history of humanity has, to a large extent, been one of groping blindly in the dark, fearing for the future and yet resisting the guiding hand of inspired men who would willingly lead mankind in the path of safety.~Ezra Taft Benson

Future History Path