Few things boost my faith more than seeing others exhibit great faith. Here are a few incredibly powerful quotes that have helped me through the years always want to be faithful forever. I am so grateful for these individuals and these powerful words of faith that will continue to bless millions as the years go on.
If There Are Only Three
I am inspired by Mary Ann Pratt, an early Latter-day Saint who was married to Parley P. Pratt. In an excerpt of the incredible book, Women and the Priesthood, Sheri Dew shared a short piece of Mary Ann’s story.
Mary Ann “accompanied him [Parley] on missions to New York and England. They were among those who made “the final weary gathering to Utah,” as she described it. Elder Pratt ultimately died a martyr’s death while serving yet another mission.
Despite it all, Mary Ann maintained, “I was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints . . . being convinced of the truthfulness of its doctrines by the first sermon I heard; and I said in my heart, if there are only three who hold firm to the faith, I will be one of that number; and through all the persecution I have had to endure I have ever felt the same; my heart has never swerved from that resolve.”¹
With My Face Toward Zion
The following is an excerpt from a 2001 Church News article found here about Mary Murray Murdoch.
“Tell John I died with my face toward Zion.”
These were the last words of a faithful pioneer known as “Wee Granny,” 73, a slight Scottish woman whose long walk toward Zion with the ill-fated Martin Handcart Company ended near Chimney Rock, Neb.
Her final nine words, a single sentence, beautiful and poetic, have come ringing down through the ages to her descendants, watchwords for all her posterity. That one sentence gives them an example to follow, sets a goal, and teaches them dedication and commitment.
Mary Murray Murdoch, known as “Wee Granny” to her posterity, had eight children, six of whom lived to maturity, and 72 grandchildren. A widow whose husband was killed in a mining accident, she joined the Church at age 67 in 1851.
She was called Wee Granny because of her small size — 4-feet-7 inches tall and weighing more than 90 pounds.
Her frail body gave out on Oct. 2, about 10 miles east of Chimney Rock. She was attended at the time of her death by James Steele and his family.
Her death was oddly merciful, noted her biographer, because “it is virtually impossible that she would have survived the awful circumstances that beset the Willie and Martin Handcart companies in the next few weeks.”
“Enduring to the end, or remaining faithful to the laws and ordinances of the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout our life, is a fundamental requirement for salvation in the kingdom of God…Therefore, enduring to the end is not just a matter of passively tolerating life’s difficult circumstances or “hanging in there.”
Ours is an active religion, helping God’s children along the strait and narrow path to develop their full potential during this life and return to Him one day…Enduring to the end is a process filling every minute of our life, every hour, every day, from sunrise to sunrise. It is accomplished through personal discipline following the commandments of God.”² – Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Suffer Shame for His Name
I’ve always loved the account of Peter and John in Acts 5. They are thrown in prison for preaching of Jesus, then released by an angel, but continue to be beaten and threatened unless they stop preaching. What do they do? They just keep on preaching!
And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.
And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ. – Acts 5:41-42
Even If I Believe It Alone
“Long ago, I ceased to count heads. Truth is usually in the minority in this evil world. I have faith in the Lord Jesus for myself; a faith burned into me as with a hot iron. I thank God, what I believe I shall believe, even if I believe it alone.” – Charles Spurgeon
It Would Not Matter to Me Who Might Fall
“The greatest achievement mankind can make in this world is to familiarize themselves with divine truth, so thoroughly, so perfectly, that the example or conduct of no creature living in the world can ever turn them away from the knowledge that they have obtained. …
“From my boyhood I have desired to learn the principles of the gospel in such a way … that it would matter not to me who might fall from the truth, … my foundation would be … certain in the truths … I have learned”³ (Joseph F. Smith – Gospel Doctrine, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1939, pp. 3–4)
Are there any quotes that have helped you want to remain faithful forever?
Wednesday 8th of March 2023
These quotes are so meaningful and beautiful. Thank you for sharing these.
Wednesday 8th of March 2023
Love the teachings and am so blessed to be a member of Christ’s church. Love the message.