Thursday, August 02, 2007

Quotes from my 2007 LDStorymakers Writers Conference Class

Stephanie said: "I attended your class at the LDStorymakers conference in March. Do you have any of the quotes you used in your presentation. I would love to know where some of them came from."



You bet, Stephanie. Here you go.

President Spencer W. Kimball said: “All of you need to drink in deeply the gospel truths about the eternal nature of your individual identity and the uniqueness of your personality. You need, more and more, to feel the perfect love which our Father in Heaven has for you and to sense the value he places upon you as an individual. Ponder upon these great truths, especially in those moments when (in the stillness of such anxiety as you may experience as an individual) you might otherwise wonder and be perplexed.”


“Man was also in the beginning with God. Intelligence, or the light of truth, was not created or made, neither indeed can be.” [D&C 93:29]


Henry D. Taylor said: “Man is a divine being, traveling from everlasting to everlasting. He passes through many phases in his quest for exaltation, gaining important knowledge in each of these. He is coeternal and coexistent with God, and existed as an intelligence before becoming a spiritual offspring of a Heavenly Father."


Elder Christoffel Golden Jr. said: “During our premortal existence, we were tutored in conditions which provided us with the opportunity to develop our talents and abilities. In that blessed, premortal abode, we were “left to choose good or evil.” Alma states that we chose good by exercising “great faith” and performing “good works.” Thus, we kept our first estate, while our Father, in turn, foreordained us to receive certain privileges in this lifetime."


Elder Bruce R. McConkie said: “All the spirits of men, while yet in the Eternal Presence, developed aptitudes, talents, capacities, and abilities of every sort, kind, and degree. During the long expanse of life which then was, an infinite variety of talents and abilities came into being. As the ages rolled, no two spirits remained alike. Mozart became a musician; Einstein centered his interest in mathematics; Michelangelo turned his attention to painting. . . . And so it went through all the hosts of heaven, each individual developing such talents and abilities as his soul desired.”

2 comments:

Marta O. Smith said...

Where did you find all of these? I would love to read them in context, particularly the McConkie quote.

And by the way that was the best class of the whole conference! Can I just pre-register now for whatever you present next year?

Tristi Pinkston said...

Hi Marta,

I found them all in Ensign articles on lds.org. I'm afraid I didn't jot down which articles -- it was 3 am when I found them -- but if you went into the site and did a search for the name on the quote, and then clicked on the likely sounding article, it shouldn't be too hard to find.

And thanks for the compliment!! I appreciate it. I don't know what the teaching roster is for next year, but I'll let you know as soon as the schedule is up on the Storymaker site.

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