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The Power To Avoid Deception

"Success in righteousness, the power to avoid deception and resist temptation, guidance in our daily lives, healing of the soul—these are but a few of the promises the Lord has given to those who will come to His word....

However diligent we may be in other areas, certain blessings are to be found only in the scriptures, only in coming to the word of the Lord and holding fast to it as we make our way through the mists of darkness to the tree of life."

President Ezra Taft Benson ("The Power of the Word", Ensign, May 1986, page 82)


"Remember the scriptures can take on new meaning each time you read them! That is because you have changed since the last time you read them."

Michael D. Christensen, in his book: Just Be Yourself, That's Hard Enough!, p. 128


"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, "Look to God and Live," General Conference, October 1978; see Ensign, Nov. 1978, pp. 53-54)


"Scripture power keeps me safe from sin! Scripture power is the power to win! Scripture power, every day I need The power that I get each time I read!"


"If you pray for an angel to visit you, you know what he'll do if he comes. He'll just quote the scriptures to you - so you know you're wasting your time waiting for what we already have. Though you are amused by my saying this, I'm quite serious about it."

Hugh Nibley (Of All Things, 2nd Ed, Deseret Book, SLC, 1993, page 80)


"What if you brushed your teeth as often as you read your scriptures?"


"I am excited to report to you that I am enjoying the scriptures more than ever. I have read a lot in my life—thousands of books, I'm sure. But rarely do I encore reading except for the holy scriptures.

Therefore, I am even more anxiously engaged in the restored gospel than ever because the restored gospel is so engaging. It really does get a grasp on our minds, and there is no end to the exploration that one can make of it. It is, as I said from this pulpit years ago, an 'inexhaustible gospel.'

"To be anxiously engaged really does mean that we are engaged intellectually as well as spiritually, and life in the kingdom, as you all know, is also very engaging.

"So although some people at my stage of life might say, in effect, 'Been there. Done that,' not I. I feel instead this sense of anxious engagement in something that I have yet to take the full measure of. As I look back across the sweep of this century, I feel that very strongly."

Neal A. Maxwell, BYU Dev. - January 12, 1999 - "Sharing Insights From My Life"


"There is a power that flows into our lives when we read and study the scriptures on a daily basis that cannot be found in any other way."

President Ezra Taft Benson


"More than at any time in our history we have need for greater spirituality. The way to develop greater spirituality is to feast on the words of Christ as revealed in the scriptures.

One of the most significant happenings in recent Church history is the publication of the new editions of the standard works with the new footnotes and other helps.

I think we can say without exaggeration that never before in any dispensation have the Saints been so abundantly blessed with the words of the Lord and His prophets.

Now our challenge is to do as the Lord commanded: 'Study my word which hath gone forth among the children of men' (D&C 11:22)."

Ezra Taft Benson, General Conference, April 1984


"The Scriptures that are never read will never help us."

L. Tom Perry (May 1985 Ensign, page 23)


"My sincere counsel to you today is to recommit yourselves to these two basic practices that have been the source of so many blessings....Never let a day go by without holding family prayer and family scripture study. Put this, the Lord's program, to the test and see if it does not bless your home with greater peace, hope, love, and faith.

"I promise you that daily family prayer and scripture study will build within the walls of your home a security and bonding that will enrich your lives and prepare your families to meet the challenges of today and the eternities to come."

(L. Tom Perry, "Back to Gospel Basics," General Conference, April 1993; see Ensign May 1993, p. 92)


"I am convinced that each of us, at least some time in our lives, must discover the scriptures for ourselves—and not just discover them once, but rediscover them again and again. . . .

"The lord is not trifling with us when he gives us these things, for 'unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required.' (Luke 12:48.)

"Access to these things means responsibility for them. We must study the scriptures according to the Lord's commandment (see 3 Ne. 23:1-5); and we must let them govern our lives."

President Spencer W. Kimball, Sept. 1976 Ensign, pp. 4-5


"Some of the clearest promptings I have ever received have come while being immersed in the scriptures. They are a conduit for revelation. They teach us the language of the Spirit."

Sheri L. Dew, General Women's Conference, Sept. 26, 1998, "We are Not Alone"


"So important in the Father's plan of salvation are the scriptures that incidents are recorded wherein God commanded the taking of life to obtain possession of precious writings without which His children would stumble and be blinded by the darkness of the world, but with which they could be likened to the people of the scriptures for their profit and learning."

Harold B. Lee "The Teachings of Harold B. Lee," edited by Clyde J. Williams [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1996], p. 152


"Learning the gospel from the written word, however, is not enough. It must also be lived. As a matter of fact, getting a knowledge of the gospel and living it are interdependent. They go hand in hand. One cannot fully learn the gospel without living it.

"A knowledge of the gospel comes by degrees: one learns a little, obeys what he learns; learns a little more and obeys that. This cycle continues in an endless round. Such is the pattern by which one can move on to a full knowledge of the gospel.

President Marion G. Romney - "Records of Great Worth," Ensign, Sept. 1980, 3 (Edited from a 17 August 1979 address at the Church Educational System Religious Educators' Symposium, BYU)


"Knowing the Bible is one thing. Knowing the Author is another!"


"If you and I will study the scriptures and pray and tune our hearts and ears, we will hear the voice of God in the voice of the people that He has sent to teach and guide us and direct us."

Elder Henry B. Eyring - Ensign, May 1985, 77


"We can and must go often and carefully to the word of God. If we become casual in our study of the scriptures, we will become casual in our prayers. "

Elder Henry B. Eyring - Ensign, Nov. 2001, 17


"Because they expound the doctrine of Christ, the scriptures are accompanied by the Holy Spirit, whose role it is to bear witness of the Father and the Son (see 3 Nephi 11:32). Therefore, being in the scriptures is one way we receive the Holy Ghost.

Of course, scripture is given through the Holy Ghost in the first place (see 2 Peter 1:21; D&C 20:26–27; 68:4), and that same Spirit can attest its truth to you and me. Study the scriptures carefully, deliberately. Ponder and pray over them. Scriptures are revelation, and they will bring added revelation."

D. Todd Christofferson, "The Blessing of Scripture," Ensign, May 2010, 35


"I am grateful for emphasis on reading the scriptures. I hope that for you this will become something far more enjoyable than a duty; that, rather, it will become a love affair with the word of God. I promise you that as you read, your minds will be enlightened and your spirits will be lifted. At first it may seem tedious, but that will change into a wondrous experience with thoughts and words of things divine."

Gordon B. Hinckley, "The Light within You," General Young Women Meeting, March 25, 1995; see _Ensign_, May 1995, p. 99