Here are 32 power-packed quotes and a family guessing game that's for older kids or couples. Whether or not you play the game, I invite you to invest a little time in reading these quotes and to feel the Spirit of what God is telling you. Which quote stands out to you the most? What do you feel God wants you to do about it?
"Most important." "Greatest." "Ultimate." "Most correct." "Overarching."
President Monson recently said, "The greatest single lesson we can learn in mortality is that when God speaks and His children obey, they will always be right." (Ensign, Jan. 2015; May 2005; May 1986.) This made me curious. What other "most important" type of statements could I find from the scriptures and Church leaders?
Here's what I found...
1. What do you think is the most important skill we can acquire in this life?
“The ability to qualify for, receive, and act on personal revelation is the single most important skill that can be acquired in this life." (Julie Beck, May 2010) ,
2. What do you think is the most important meeting?
The ordinance of the sacrament makes the sacrament meeting the most sacred and important meeting in the Church. (Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Ensign, Nov. 2008)
3. What is a supremely important world event coming up? "Today I have felt prompted to speak of the importance of preparation for a future event of supreme importance to each of us—the Second Coming of the Lord." (Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Ensign, May 2004)
4. What do the scriptures say is the greatest of all of God's gifts?
"If you keep my commandments and endure to the end you shall have eternal life, which gift is the greatest of all the gifts of God." (D&C 14:7)
5. What is God's most important work? (Hint: This is a seminary scripture mastery verse.)
"This is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." (Moses 1:39). "If they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness." (Mosiah 2:41)
6. What do you think are some of Satan's main threats today?
"Satan’s greatest threat today is to destroy the family, and to make a mockery of the law of chastity and the sanctity of the marriage covenant." (The Teachings of Harold B. Lee, 227)
7. In Nephi's tree of life dream, what was the most important thing for the people to hold onto? And what was the most important thing to ignore?
Hold onto the iron rod and keep your eyes on the tree! People who held onto the rod and made it all the way to the tree partook of the fruit. The only people who stayed at the tree and didn't leave were the ones who ignored the mockers in the great and spacious building. (See 1 Nephi 15:30-36)
8. Besides God and the Spirit, who do you think it is most important to stay in harmony with?
After Elder Faust was called as an Assistant to the Twelve Apostles, "President Hugh B. Brown counseled me that the most important thing I should do is to always be in harmony with my Brethren. President Brown did not elaborate. He just said, 'Stick with the Brethren.' ... Spiritual guidance in large measure depends upon being in harmony with [those who are] prophets, seers, and revelators. I do not know how we can expect to be in full harmony with the Spirit of the Lord if we are not in harmony with the President of the Church and the other prophets, seers, and revelators. (Elder James E. Faust, Ensign, November 2005)
"Our most important and powerful assignments are in the family."(President Henry B. Eyring, Ensign, May 2010)
10. Where do you think is the most important work we will ever do? (If you guessed temples, that's an awesome answer, and it's coming up soon, but guess again on this one.)
“The most important of the Lord’s work you will ever do will be within the walls of your own homes” (, 134).
11. What do you think is the most important part of serving as a gospel teacher? (This is a tricky one.)
"The most important part of your service [as a teacher] will be your own daily spiritual preparation, including prayer, scripture study, and obedience to the commandments. We encourage you to dedicate yourself to living the gospel with greater purpose than ever before." (Teaching the Gospel in the Savior's Way)
12. What do you think is the most important ingredient in teaching? "The Spirit is the single most important ingredient in this work." (President Ezra Taft Benson, Ensign, May 1987)
13. What is a little paper that the prophet said is a most important goal?
"There is no more important goal for you to work toward than being worthy to go to the temple." (President Thomas S. Monson, Ensign, May 2011)
14. What is the most correct book on the earth?
“I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book” (Joseph Smith, History of the Church, 4:461; Book of Mormon introduction).
15. What do you think was the greatest event ever?
"That Atonement, wrought in unspeakable pain, became the greatest event of history, an act of grace for which men gave nothing but which brought the assurance of the Resurrection to all who have or would walk the earth. No other act in all of human history compares with it. Nothing that has ever happened can match it. Totally unselfish and with unbounded love for all mankind, it became an unparalleled act of mercy for the whole human race." (President Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, Nov. 1990)
16. What kind of learning do you think is the most important kind?
"We must let spiritual training take first place? ...The secular without the foundation of the spiritual is but like the foam upon the milk... The seminary courses should be given even preferential attention over the high school subjects; the institute over the college course; the study of the scriptures ahead of the study of the man-written texts; the association with the Church more important than clubs, fraternities, and sororities; the payment of tithing more important than paying tuitions and fees? Can you see that the ordinances of the temple are more important than the PhD or any and all other academic degrees?“ (Spencer W. Kimball, ”Beloved Youth, Study and Learn“, in Life's Directions: A Series of Fireside Addresses , 190)
17. Whose name is the most important name under heaven, and why is it important?
"There is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." (Acts 4:12, see also D&C 18:23)
"We need to make both temporal and spiritual preparation for the events prophesied at the time of the Second Coming. And the preparation most likely to be neglected is the one less visible and more difficult—the spiritual. A 72-hour kit of temporal supplies may prove valuable for earthly challenges, but, as the foolish virgins learned to their sorrow, a 24-hour kit of spiritual preparation is of greater and more enduring value."(Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Ensign, May 2004)
19. What do you think is possibly the most important word in the whole dictionary? (Hint: This is from President Kimball.)
“When you look in the dictionary for the most important word, do you know what it is? It could be remember. Because all of you have made covenants—you know what to do and you know how to do it—our greatest need is to remember. That is why everyone goes to sacrament meeting every Sabbath day—to take the sacrament and listen to the priests pray that they ‘may always remember him and keep his commandments which he has given them.’ Nobody should ever forget to go to sacrament meeting. Remember is the word. Remember is the program” (“Circles of Exaltation,” CES Training, June 28, 1968).
20. What do you think is central to God's plan of happiness? (Besides the Atonement.)
"A most important part of God's plan is families, by the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. "The family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children. ... Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ” (“The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” Ensign, Nov. 1995).
21. When you're studying the gospel, who or what is the most important thing to be taught by?
“Your gospel study is most effective when you are taught by the Holy Ghost. Always begin your gospel study by praying for the Holy Ghost to help you learn. He will bring knowledge and conviction that will bless your life and allow you to bless the lives of others. Your faith in Jesus Christ will increase. Your desire to repent and improve will grow. This kind of study prepares you for service, offers solace, resolves problems, and gives you the strength to endure to the end. Successful gospel study requires desire and action. ‘For he that diligently seeketh shall find; and the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto them, by the power of the Holy Ghost, as well as in these times as in times of old’ (1 Nephi 10:19). Like Enos, as you hunger to know the words of eternal life and as you allow these words to ‘[sink] deep into [your] heart’ (Enos 1:3), the Holy Ghost will open your mind and heart to greater light and understanding. Learning the gospel is also a process of receiving revelation (see Jacob 4:8).” (Preach My Gospel, , 18)
22. What do you think might be the greatest spiritual gift to pray for?
"Cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all..." (Moroni 7:46) "And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity." (1 Corinthians 13:13). Here are my thoughts about this precious spiritual gift.
23. What do you think is the very most important commandment for you right now?
“The most important commandment is the one you have difficulty keeping today! Now, if you have made mistakes, make today the beginning of a change in your lives. Turn from the thing that you have been doing that is wrong. The most important of all the commandments of God is that one you are having the most difficulty keeping today. If it is one of dishonesty, if it is one of unchastity, if it is one of falsifying, not telling the truth, TODAY is the day for you to work on that until you have been able to conquer that weakness. Put that aright and then you start on the next one that is most difficult for you to keep. That’s the way to sanctify yourself by keeping the commandments of God.” (Teachings of Harold B. Lee, 73-74)
24. What do you think is the universal sin, and is really important to overcome? (Hint: this is from a classic conference talk by President Benson.)
"Pride is the universal sin, the great vice. Yes, pride is the universal sin, the great vice." (President Ezra Taft Benson, Ensign, May 1989)
25. What do you think Joseph Smith said is our greatest responsibility?
“The greatest responsibility in this world that God has laid upon us is to seek after our dead” (Joseph Smith, History of the Church, 6:313).
26. What do you think Joseph Smith said is our most important duty? “After all that has been said, the greatest and most important duty is to preach the Gospel” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, sel. Joseph Fielding Smith , 113).
Okay, let's pause here for a minute. Does it seem to you that the last two statements contradict each other? I have no problem with them. Right now the Lord is hastening the work in both of these areas: family history and temple work, and missionary work. And aren't those things leading to the same end -- bringing souls to Christ, so they can return live as eternal families in heaven?
27. What do you think is the ultimate purpose of all gospel teaching?
“The ultimate purpose of all we teach is to unite parents and children in faith in the Lord Jesus Christ... that they are happy at home, sealed in an eternal marriage, linked to their generations, and assured exaltation in the presence of our Heavenly Father” (“The Shield of Faith,” Ensign, May 1995).
"Selfishness is much more than an ordinary problem because it activates all the cardinal sins! It is the detonator in the breaking of the Ten Commandments." (Elder Neal A. Maxwell, Ensign, Nov. 1990)
29. It's really important that we put whom first?
"We must put God in the forefront of everything else in our lives. He must come first, just as He declares in the first of His Ten Commandments: 'Thou shalt have no other gods before me' (Ex. 20:3). When we put God first, all other things fall into their proper place or drop out of our lives. Our love of the Lord will govern the claims for our affection, the demands on our time, the interests we pursue, and the order of our priorities. We should put God ahead of everyone else in our lives. (President Ezra Taft Benson, Ensign, May 1988) “Men and women who turn their lives over to God will find out that He can make a lot more out of their lives than they can. He will deepen their joys, expand their vision, quicken their minds, strengthen their muscles, lift their spirits, multiply their blessings, increase their opportunities, comfort their souls, raise up friends, and pour out peace. Whoever will lose his life to God will find he has eternal life.” (President Ezra Taft Benson, Ensign, Dec. 1988)
30. It's the daily _______ and ________ things that lead us to heaven.
“The purposes of the Lord in our personal lives generally are fulfilled through the small and simple things and not the momentous and spectacular. . . . Do we realize that small events and choices determine the direction of our lives just as small helms determine the direction of great ships? (see James 3:4; D&C 123:16). . . . “. . . We need to have family and personal prayers; study the scriptures, particularly the Book of Mormon; hold family home evenings; follow the admonition of the Savior to love one another; and be thoughtful, kind, and gentle within the family. Through these and other similar small and simple things, we have the promise that our lives will be filled with peace and joy.” (Elder M. Russell Ballard, Ensign, May 1990)
31. Speaking of small and simple things, what do you think is one of the most important things to immerse ourselves in?
"One of the most important things you can do...is to immerse yourselves in the scriptures. Search them diligently. Feast upon the words of Christ. Learn the doctrine. Master the principles.” (President Ezra Taft Benson, Ensign, Nov. 1986)
32. In the last General Conference, Elder Scott told us that one small and simple thing should be nonnegotiable. Do you remember what that was? Hint: We're supposed to do it twice a day.
"Parents, help safeguard your children by arming them morning and night with the power of family prayer. Children are bombarded every day with the evils of lust, greed, pride, and a host of other sinful behaviors. Protect your children from daily worldly influences by fortifying them with the powerful blessings that result from family prayer. Family prayer should be a nonnegotiable priority in your daily life." (Elder Richard G. Scott, Ensign, Nov. 2014)
Believe it or not, I found many more than 32 "most important" type of statements, but I didn't want to have the world's longest blog post. :)
This was a fun way to study the scriptures! Another idea I might try the next time I have a breather from seminary teaching is to find three word sermons, like "Come follow me," "Come unto Christ," "Feed my sheep," "O be wise." I also like the idea of studying the last words of various prophets in the scriptures, or modern leaders. I like mixing up scripture study and studying by various topics or themes sometimes. Aren't God's words awesome?
P.S. I just found another one that is too good to leave out. So here's a bonus quote. What do you think is the most important thing we can do, young or old?
"The most important thing we can do--young or old--is develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ." (Elder W. Don Ladd, Ensign, Nov. 1994) Isn't that a goodie?
Feel free to leave a comment below with your favorite "most important" type of quote. Why did you like it?