Inspirational Quotations

A Bond that Ties Generations Together
“There really can be a bond and a sense of belonging that ties together generations. ... This bond gives us a sense of identity and purpose. Our ties with the eternal world suddenly become very real, sharpening our life’s focus and lifting our expectations. ... We can discover within ourselves a reservoir of patience and endurance that we never will find without the deep commitment that grows from a sense of real belonging. Exerting such immovable loyalty to another person teaches us how to love – indeed, how to be more like the Savior. Our sense of belonging to one another...foreshadows our belonging in the eternal family of God. Our willingness to discipline our individual desires enough to honor [our] loved ones prepares us to belong to Him who is our Father.” Bruce C. Hafen, Liahona, June 1998, 16

Spiritually Refining
“No work is more of a protection to [us] than...genealogical research. ... No work is more spiritually refining. No work we do gives us more power.”  Boyd K. Packer, The Holy Temple, p. 265

Heaven is Like the Ideal Home
“I know of no other place where happiness abides more securely than in the home. It is possible to make home a bit of heaven. Indeed, I picture heaven as a continuation of the ideal home.” David O. McKay, Ensign, May 1964, 5

Help from Beyond the Veil
“Whoever seeks to help those on the other side receives help in turn in all the affairs of life…Help comes to us from the other side as we give help to those who have passed beyond the veil.” John A. Widtsoe, Ensign, May 1980, 40

Our Love Perpetuated Into the Eternities
“The spirit world is not far away. ... Sometimes the veil between this life and the life beyond becomes very thin. This I know! Our loved ones who have passed on are not far from us. ... Jesus said to His Apostles, ‘The works that I do shall [ye] do also; and greater works than these shall [ye] do; because I go unto my Father’. (John 14:12) Because He lives, the love and family association we cherish on this side of the veil may be perpetuated into the eternities.”  Ezra Taft Benson, Tambuli, Apr. 1994, 3.

A Feeling of Inspiration
“Revelation comes to individual[s] they are led to discover their family records in ways that are miraculous indeed. And there is a feeling of inspiration attending this work that can be found in no other. When we have done all that we can do, we shall be given the rest. The way will be opened up.” Boyd K. Packer, Ensign, Nov 1975, 99

Help From the Other Side
“Those who give themselves with all their might and main to this work...receive help from the other side, and not merely in gathering genealogies. Whosoever seeks to help those on the other side receives help in return in all the affairs of life.” John A. Widtsoe, Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine, July 1931, p. 104

Promptings of the Spirit
“In this day and age of computer technology and computer wizardry there are things which do and do not work. We cannot overcome the promptings of the spirit and expect to find our ancestors. If we ignore that, above all else, we will not have the experiences which we continue to have if we listen to the promptings and go when and where we are told to go.” David E. Rencher, AG, FUGA,

Decide to Do Something Significant
“Set aside those things that don’t really matter in your life. Decide to do something that will have eternal consequences. Perhaps you have been prompted to look for ancestors but feel that you are not a genealogist. Can you see that you don’t have to be anymore? It all begins with love and a sincere desire. ... This is...a monumental effort of cooperation on both sides of the veil where help is given in both directions. It begins with love. Anywhere you are in the world, with prayer, faith, determination, diligence, and some sacrifice, you can make a powerful contribution. Begin now. I promise you that the Lord will help you find a way. And it will make you feel wonderful.”  Richard Scott, Ensign, Nov. 1990, 7

A Deep Sense of Gratitude
“We stand today as the recipients of [our ancestors] great effort... I hope we carry in our hearts a deep sense of gratitude for all that they have done for us... Our forebears laid a solid and marvelous foundation. Now ours is the great opportunity to build a superstructure, all fitly framed together... We honor best those who have gone before when we serve well in the cause of truth.”  Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, May 1997, p. 65

We Did This For You
“...[As] my husband and I...walked through the Old Pioneer Cemetery searching for the grave of an ancestor...I was touched by the peaceful solitude and spirit I felt. I walked through the trees and read the names on the gravestones, many of them children and families. I wept as my heart was turned to our forefathers.... In my mind I asked many questions: Why did they leave their comfortable homes and families? Why did they suffer persecution, sickness, even death? Why did they sacrifice all that they had to come to this place? ... As I sat silently contemplating this scene, the answer came forcefully yet softly to my mind and heart: ‘We did this for you.’ Those words...reminded me that our ancestors...sacrificed everything so that past and future generations would [receive] eternal blessings.... It is my prayer that we might understand our role in this great work.... I know that if we will do this, the joyful day will come when we shall meet our ancestors once again and be able to say to them, ‘We did this for you.’” Elaine S. Dalton, Ensign, Nov 2004, 89
Help From the Other Side
" grandfather...searched all his life to get together his genealogical records; and when he died... he had been unsuccessful in establishing his line back more than the second generation beyond him. I am sure that most of my family members feel the same as I do – that there was a thin veil between him and the earth, after he had gone to the other side, and that which he was unable to do as a mortal he perhaps was able to do after he had gone into eternity. After he passed away, the spirit of research took hold of...two distant relatives. ... The family feels definitely that the spirit of Elijah was at work on the other side and that our grandfather had been able to inspire men on this side to search out these records; and as a result, two large volumes are in our possession with about seventeen thousand names." Spencer W. Kimball, The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, p. 543

Child of God
“You are a child of God. He is the father of your spirit. Spiritually you are of noble birth, the offspring of the King of Heaven. Fix that truth in your mind and hold to it. However many generations in your mortal ancestry, no matter what race or people you represent, the pedigree of your spiritSpirit can be written on a single line. You are a child of God!” Boyd K. Packer, Ensign, May 1989, p. 5

Spiritually Refining
“No work is more of a protection to [us] than...genealogical research. ... No work is more spiritually refining. No work we do gives us more power. No work requires a higher standard of righteousness. Our labors...cover us with a shield and a protection.”  Boyd K. Packer, The Holy Temple, p. 265

Unlocking the Treasure
“When we do all we can to accomplish the work that is before us, the Lord will make available to us the sacred key [of faith] needed to unlock the treasure which we so much seek.” Thomas S. Monson, Ensign, Feb 1994, 2

Forces Working With Us
“The Lord will help open doors as we do genealogy. I have a conviction born of a little experience...that there are forces beyond this life that are working with us. ... I have the simple faith that when you do everything you can, researching to the last of your opportunity, the Lord will help you to open doors to go further with your genealogies, and heaven will cooperate, I am sure.” Harold B. Lee, Seminar, 4 August 1972, 1-3

A Work of Love
“We shall continue the great [family history] work that goes unmatched work of love reaching out even to those who have gone beyond the veil of death. Can there be a greater labor of love than this? It comes more nearly of partaking of the spirit of the Lord himself, who gave his life as a vicarious sacrifice for all of us, than any other work of which I know.” Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, Nov 1982, p. 77

You Will Find a Way
“I don't need to tell you the details of where to go and who to see. When you determine you are going to succeed, you will find a way. You will discover those who can help you. I promise you the Lord will bless you in your efforts...and He will guide your prayerful efforts to [find] your ancestors.” Richard G. Scott, Ensign, Oct. 1990

Those Beyond the Veil
“It is a veil, not a wall, that separates us from the spirit world. ... Veils can become thin, even parted. We are not left to do this work alone. They who have preceded us...and our forebears there, on occasion, are very close to us. ... Those who go beyond the veil yet live and minister here.”  Boyd Packer, Ensign, May 1987, 22

The Light Will Move Ahead of Us
“We have not yet moved to the edge of the light. We have not used all of the resources yet available to us. I am confident that as we move to the edge of the light, like the cloud that led the Israelites, or like the star that led the wise men, the light will move ahead of us and we can do this work.”  Boyd Packer, Seminar, April 1, 1977

Forming an Alliance
“We are forming an alliance, a union, a connection, with those that are behind the veil, and they are forming a union and connection with us; and while we are living here, we are preparing to live hereafter, and laying a foundation for this.” John Taylor, Journal of Discourses, 11:12/11/1864

What Do Your Ancestors Think?
“The spirit world is filled with the spirits of men who are waiting for you and me to get busy. ... We wonder about our progenitors—grandparents, great-grandparents, great-great-grandparents, etc. What do they think of you and me? We are their offspring. ... We have a grave responsibility that we cannot avoid, and may stand in jeopardy if we fail to do this important work.” Spencer Kimball, Ensign, January 1977, 3, 5
The Lord Will Provide
“May we be valiant in hastening our family history. ... I know the Lord will provide all that will be required to accomplish it as we devotedly do our part.” Howard W. Hunter, Ensign, March 1995, 64

Our Ancestors Are Deeply Interested
Robert Millet told about Joseph F. Smith's remarkable address in a916. "He spoke about the nearness of the world of spirits, and of the interest and concern the spirits have for us and our labors. He stressed that those who labored so diligently in their mortal estate...would not be denied the privilege of “looking down upon the results of their own labors” from their post-mortal estate. He said, “they are as deeply interested in our welfare today, if not with greater capacity, with far more interest behind the veil, than they were in the flesh. ... Sometimes the Lord expands our vision from this point of view and this side of the veil, that we feel and seem to realize that we can look beyond the thin veil which separates us from that other sphere. ... And so it is that [this] work...goes forward on both sides of the veil.” Robert L. Millet, “Beyond the Veil” Tambuli, June 1986, 31

Our Loved Ones are Close
“Sometimes the veil between this life and the life beyond becomes very thin. Our loved ones who have passed on are not far from us.” Ezra Taft Benson, Ensign, June 1971, p. 33


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