Selected Teachings on
Dieter F. Uchtdorf (First Presidency)
We live in a time when many worry about ... the future and doubt their ability to resolve the challenges that confront them. Many have experienced personal misfortune and sadness. They hunger for meaning and purpose in life.
Because there is such great interest in these issues, the world is not bashful in offering numerous new answers to every problem we face. People run from one new idea to the next, hoping to find something that will answer the burning questions of their souls. They attend seminars and buy books, CDs, and other products. They get caught up in the excitement of looking for something new. But inevitably, the flame of each new theory fades, only to be replaced by another “new and improved” solution that promises to do what the others before could not.
It’s not that these worldly options don’t contain elements of truth—many of them do. Nevertheless, they all fall short of the lasting change we seek in our lives. After the excitement wears off, the hollowness remains as we look for the next new idea to unlock the secrets of happiness.
In contrast, the gospel of Jesus Christ has the answers to all of our problems. The gospel is not a secret. It is not complicated or hidden. It can unlock the door to true happiness. It is not someone’s theory or proposition. It does not come from man at all. It springs from the pure and everlasting waters of the Creator of the universe, who knows truths we cannot even begin to comprehend. And with that knowledge, He has given us the gospel—a divine gift, the ultimate formula for happiness and success. (Ensign, May 2009, p.75–78)
Jeffrey R. Holland (Quorum of the Twelve)
The solutions to life's problems are always gospel solutions. Not only are answers found in Christ, but so is the power, the gift, the bestowal, the miracle of giving and receiving those answers.
(BYU Devotional, 15 February 2000)
I ... know that the gospel of Jesus Christ holds the answer to every social and political and economic problem this world has ever faced. (Ensign, May 1996, 29)
Robert D. Hales (Quorum of the Twelve)
Each family has its own special circumstances. But the gospel of Jesus Christ addresses every challenge—which is why we must teach it to our children. ("With All the Feeling of a Tender Parent," Ensign, May 2004, 88)
Ezra Taft Benson (President)
His gospel is the perfect prescription for all human problems and social ills. But His gospel is effective only as it is applied in our lives. (Come Unto Christ, p. 132)
Boyd K. Packer (Quorum of the Twelve)
If [you] are acquainted with the revelations [in the scriptures], there is no question—personal or social or political or occupational—that need go unanswered. Therein is contained the fullness of the everlasting gospel. Therein we find principles of truth that will resolve every confusion and every problem and every dilemma that will face the human family or any individual in it. (Address to Religious Educators, 14 October, 1972)