Best Quotes By President Thomas S. Monson


This is a compilation of some of the best quotes by President Thomas S. Monson.


  1. “Never let a problem to be solved become more important that a person to be loved.”
  2. “We must develop the capacity to see men not as they are at present, but at they may become.”
  3. “Choose your friends with caution; plan your future with purpose; and frame your life with faith.”
  4. “We can’t direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.”
  5. “Ours is the responsibility to keep our lights bright for others to see and follow.”
  6. “Choose your love. Love your choice.”
  7. “Faith forged in the furnace of trials and tears is marked by trust and testimony.”
  8. “A happy home is but an earlier heaven.”
  9. “A man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder, never likely to reach home port.”
  10. “The principles of living greatly include the capacity to face trouble with courage, disappointment with cheerfulness, and trial with humility.”
  11. “The reward of eternal life requires effort.”
  12. “The priesthood is not really so much a gift as it is a commission to serve, a privilege to lift, and an opportunity to bless the lives of others.”
  13. “Faith and doubt cannot exist in the same mind at the same time, for one will dispel the other.”
  14. “Perhaps the surest test of an individual’s integrity is his refusal to do or say anything that would damage his self-respect.”
  15. “I counseled many returning missionaries. I interviewed 1,700 missionaries all over the world. My advice to them is that you should study and prepare for your life’s work in a field that you enjoy.”
  16. “Work will win when wishy washy wishing won’t.”
  17. “The sweetest feeling you can have in this world is to feel the hand of the Lord upon your shoulder. In my patriarchal blessing as a boy, I was promised that I would have the gift of discernment. I have to acknowledge that such a declaration has been abundantly fulfilled in my life.”
  18. “The way to be with God in every season is to strive to be near Him every week and each day.”
  19. “Each heartfelt prayer, each Church meeting attended, each worthy friend, each righteous decision, each act of service performed all precede that goal of eternal life.”
  20. “Amidst the confusion of the times, the conflicts of conscience, and the turmoil of daily living, an abiding faith becomes an anchor to our lives.”
  21. “Choose a field that will supply sufficient remuneration to provide adequately for your companion and your children. I bear testimony that these criteria are very important in choosing your life’s work.”
  22. “I wasn’t with Joseph, but I believe him. My faith did not come to me through science, and I will not permit so-called science to destroy it.”
  23. “Our Father’s commitment to us, His children, is unwavering. Indeed He softens the winters of our lives, but He also brightens our summers.”
  24. “Courage, not compromise, brings the smile of God’s approval.”
  25. “One sees a blatant disregard for the precious souls of mankind.”
  26. “I am certain that the Lord, who notes the fall of a sparrow, looks with compassion upon those who have been called upon to part, even temporarily, from their precious children.”
  27. “The future is as bright as your faith.”
  28. “We tend to become like those whom we admire.”
  29. “We may not only find faith in God in our sorrow. We may also become faithful to Him in times of calm.”
  30. “On occasion we need to make a second effort—and a third effort, and a fourth effort, and as many degrees of effort as may be required to accomplish what we strive to achieve.”
  31. “Though we may not necessarily forfeit our lives in service to our God, we can certainly demonstrate our love for Him by how well we serve Him.”
  32. “I hope that you will learn to take responsibility for your decisions. Don’t take counsel of your fears.”
  33. “I urge you to hold fast to your standards. I plead with you not to waver.”
  34. “The opportunity to declare a truth may come when we least expect it. Let us be prepared.”
  35. “May I always be found on the Lord’s errand.”
  36. “We must develop the capacity to see men not as they are at present but as they may become.”
  37. “There is absolutely nothing in this world that will provide more comfort and happiness than a testimony of the truth.”
  38. “I’m a great believer that the Lord provides us specific experiences to prepare us to deal with some of the challenges that we’re going to encounter in our own period of service.”
  39. “Never delay a prompting. When you honor a prompting and then stand back a pace, you realize that the Lord gave you the prompting. It makes me feel good that the Lord even knows who I am and knows me well enough to know that if He has an errand to be run, and He prompts me to run the errand, the errand will get done.”
  40. “Do not pray for tasks equal to your abilities, but pray for abilities equal to your tasks. Then the performance of your tasks will be no miracle, but you will be the miracle.”
  41. “Good timber does not grow with ease. The stronger the wind, the stronger the trees.”
  42. “There is no fog so dense, no night so dark, no gale so strong, no mariner so lost but what the lighthouse of the Lord can rescue. It beckons through the storms of life… It sends forth signals of light easily seen and never failing. If followed, those signals will guide you back to your heavenly home.”

Learn more about our prophet by watching “On the Lord’s Errand: The Life of Thomas S. Monson.”

*Article contributed by Jeremy Cheney.

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