Spirituality – a definition (or How to Live the Abundant Life)

“Every noble impulse, every unselfish expression of love, every brave suffering for the right; every surrender of self to something higher than self; every loyalty to an ideal; every unselfish devotion to principle; every helpfulness to humanity; every act of self-control; every fine courage of the soul, undefeated by pretense or policy, but by being, doing, and living of good for the very good’s sake – that is spirituality….

“Spirituality, our true aim, is the consciousness of victory over self, and of communion with the Infinite.  Spirituality impels one to conquer difficulties and acquire more strength.  To feel one’s faculties unfolding, and truth expanding in the soul, is one of life’s sublimest experiences.”

President David O McKay from the book, Man May Know for Himself. (Complied by Clare Middlemiss, SLC: Deseret Book Co., 1976, p.72.)

My favorite line from this quote – “Spirituality impels one to conquer difficulties and acquire more strength.”

It’s time to stop living low, and to begin live the abundant life.

I will never understand why our society celebrates mediocrity.

“No matter our age, circumstances, or abilities, each one of us can create something remarkable of his life.

“David saw himself as a shepherd, but the Lord saw him as a king of Israel. Joseph of Egypt served as a slave, but the Lord saw him as a seer. Mormon wore the armor of a soldier, but the Lord saw him as a prophet.

“We are sons and daughters of an immortal, loving, and all-powerful Father in Heaven. We are created as much from the dust of eternity as we are from the dust of the earth. Every one of us has potential we can scarcely imagine.”

(Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, The Abundant Life, April Conference 2006.)

Living a Spiritual Life requires sacrifices, but with those sacrifices comes strength and abundance.

When a person patterns his/her life “to the sacred and enduring example of the Savior, Jesus Christ, that basic principle of gospel living will be incorporated into his life for eternity. (See Doc. & Cov. 130:18-19)

“To the person who becomes absorbed in acheiving eternal goals, life becomes more abundant.” (The Pursuit of Excellence, RS booklet, 1978)

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