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Ezra Taft Benson quotes

Surely no child should fear his own father - especially a priesthood father. A father's duty is to make his home a place of happiness and joy.

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

Praise your children more than you correct them. Praise them for even their smallest achievement.

It is mother's influence during the crucial formative years that forms a child's basic character. Home is the place where a child learns faith, feels love, and thereby learns from mother's loving example to choose righteousness.

One of the joys of working with boys is that you get your pay as you go along. You can observe the results of your leadership daily... Such satisfaction cannot be purchased at any price; it must be earned.

When I think of how we show faith, I cannot help but think of the example of my own father. I recall vividly how the spirit of missionary work came into my life. I was about thirteen years of age when my father received a call to go on a mission.

Youth is the spirit of adventure and awakening. It is a time of physical emerging when the body attains the vigor and good health that may ignore the caution of temperance. Youth is a period of timelessness when the horizons of age seem too distant to be noticed.

You cannot do wrong and feel right. It is impossible!

Every man eventually is backed up to the wall of faith, and there he must make his stand.

Faith is the foundation upon which a godlike character is built. It is a prerequisite for all other virtues.

One of Satan's most frequently used deceptions is the notion that the commandments of God are meant to restrict freedom and limit happiness.

Our desires, be they spiritual or temporal, should be rooted in a love of the Lord.

Retirement from work has depressed many a man and hastened his death.

The great commandment of life is to love the Lord.

Wickedness never did, never does, never will bring us happiness.

Years of happiness can be lost in the foolish gratification of a momentary desire for pleasure.

Disobedience is essentially a prideful power struggle against someone in authority over us. It can be a parent, a priesthood leader, a teacher, or ultimately God. A proud person hates the fact that someone is above him. He thinks this lowers his position.

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.

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.

Go on daddy-daughter dates and father-and-sons' outings with your children. As a family, go on campouts and picnics, to ball games and recitals, to school programs, and so forth. Having Dad there makes all the difference.