Here are the quotes I shared in the video.
D&C 88:124 — “Retire to thy bed early, that ye may not be weary, arise early, that your bodies and your minds may be invigorated.”
Elder Joe J. Christensen:
“Nowhere do the scriptures say… ‘Retire early unless you happen to be a night person.’” He also said, ‘The world is a more beautiful place early in the morning. Life is so much more calm. Much more can be accomplished in a shorter amount of time.” (“Making Your Home a Missionary Training Center,” Joe J. and Barbara K. Christensen, 33-34)
Elder Harold B. Lee gave advice to Marion G. Romney as new apostle:
“If you are going to be successful as a General Authority, you will need to be inspired. You will need to receive revelation. I will give you one piece of advice: Go to bed early and get up early. If you do, your body and mind will become rested and then in the quiet of those early morning hours, you will receive more flashes of inspiration and insight than at any other time of the day.” Romney: “From that day on, I put that counsel into practice, and I know it works.” (“One Step at a Time,” Joe J. Christensen, 125)
When a general authority mentioned in a stake conference that he got up very early every morning, someone asked him how many of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve did that. “They all do.” (“Achieving Your Life Mission,” Randal A. Wright, 172)
Mark 1:35, John 8:2 — Christ rising early to commune with God.
Boyd K. Packer:
“When I’m under pressure, you won’t find me burning the midnight oil. I’d much rather be in bed early and getting up in the wee hours of the morning, when I can be close to Him who guides this work. … I counsel our children to do their critical studying in the early hours of the morning when they’re fresh and alert, rather than to fight physical weariness and mental exhaustion at night.” (“Teach Ye Diligently,” 245)
Source of the earthquake story: http://ldsmag.com/article-1-2615/
What if you're in the trenches of young parenthood and you're up with babies?
This is in response to a father of four children ages five and under. He was asking my advice about how to manage time with the Lord early in the morning if he is up in the night helping with the babies. I've also received similar questions from moms who are up nursing babies or their children already wake up very early. Here was my reply to this good father:
Oh, what a good dad and husband you are!! I think in your situation, just make time for the Lord as early as you can in the day. If that means on your commute to work you're listening intently to the Book of Mormon, or on your first morning break at work, or you're spending part of your lunch break with the Lord, whatever that looks like for you. That stage doesn't last forever, I promise! I would write down the question of when is the best time for you to commune with the Lord and bring that to Him in prayer and scripture study, and see what answers you get. It may be several options or ideas, so on one day plan A will work, and on the next day plan B will work. I'd love to hear the answers you receive!
You are in such a special and important stage of parenthood. God would not want you to guilt or shame yourself because you're so busy feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, caring for the sick and needy of God's children in your own home. THAT is a very sacred work! He will help you fit in time with Him if you ask. I know He will. It may not look ideal, but ask Him to magnify it and make it enough and He will!