It is not difficult to understand why the great God of heaven has reserved these special spirits for the final work of the kingdom prior to his millennial reign.... This generation will face trials and
troubles that will exceed those of their pioneer forebears. Our generation has had periods of some respite from the foe. The future generation will have little or none....This is a chosen generation.... I believe today's [Church youth] will lead the youth of the world through the most trying time in history.Vaughn J. Featherstone, "A Champion of Youth,"
Ensign, November 1987, p. 28
GORDON B HINCKLEY JUN:1995
I meet young people everywhere who are wonderful and faithful; youth who want to do the right thing and who indicate the reality of what I have been saying for a long time, that we've never had a better generation of young people in the Church than we have today. They are faithful. They are active. They're knowledgeable. They are a great generation, notwithstanding the environment in which many of them are growing up.President Gordon B. Hinckley, Church News interview, June 7, 1995
H B LEE 1970
You, our youth of today, are among the most illustrious spirits to be born into mortality in any age of the world. Yours is a noble heritage and a wonderful opportunity.Harold B. Lee, Youth and the Church, 1970
GORDON B HINCKLEY MAY:1992
...I return to Peter's great statement as I make a plea and offer - a challenge: 'Ye are a chosen generation.' How very true that is. Notwithstanding all of the problems that we have, this, I believe, is the greatest age in the history of the world. And you young people of this generation
are a part of it. You are the beneficiaries of it. Its fruits are here to bless your lives if you will grasp them and live worthy of them...
Truly, my dear young friends, you are a chosen generation. I hope you will never forget it. I hope you will never take it for granted. I hope there will grow in your hearts an overpowering sense of gratitude to God, who has made it possible for you to come upon the earth in this marvelous
season of the world's history.President Gordon B. Hinckley, "A Chosen Generation," Ensign, May 1992, p. 70
For nearly six thousand years, God has held you in reserve to make your appearance in the final days before the Second Coming. Every previous gospel dispensation has drifted into apostasy, but ours will not....
God has saved for the final inning some of his strongest children, who will help bear off the kingdom triumphantly. And that is where you come in, for you are the generation that must be prepared to meet your God...."
Make no mistake about it you are a marked generation.Cited in "Stalwart and Brave We Stand," Elder Marvin J. Ashton, Ensign, November 1989, p. 36
GORDON B HINCKLEY MAY:1995
I love the youth of the Church. I have said again and again that I think we have never had a better generation than this. How grateful I am for your integrity, for your ambition to train your minds and your hands to do good work, for your love of the word of the Lord, and for your desire to walk in paths of virtue and truth and goodness.President Gordon B. Hinckley, "This is the Work of the Master," Ensign, May 1995, p. 70
ET BENSON MAY:1986
You have been born at this time for a sacred and glorious purpose. It is not by chance that you have been reserved to come to earth in this last dispensation of the fulness of times at this particular time your birth was foreordained in the eternities. You are to be 'the royal army of the
Lord in the last days.' You are youth of the noble birthright. In the spiritual battles you are waging, I see you as today's sons of Helaman.President Ezra Taft Benson, "To the ‘Youth of the Noble Birthright,'" Ensign, May 1986, p. 43
...this generation of [youth] is going to do deeds never done before. You are going to accomplish the seemingly impossible because you are on His errand. Your generation will fight the greatest army of Satanic hosts ever assembled. You will be severely out numbered. You will need
a deep and abiding faith in Christ to survive-and you will survive. The Lord and his servants will triumph, we do know that.Letter to the Youth of the Church," Church News, 9 May 1981, p.9
ET BENSON SEP:1988
All through the ages prophets have looked down through the corridors of time to our day. Billions of the deceased and those yet to be born have their eyes on us. Make no mistake about it...this is a marked generation. There has never been more expected of the faithful in such a short time
than there is of us.Ezra Taft Benson, "In His Steps," Ensign, Sept. 1988,p.2
GORDON B HINCKLEY
My brothers and sisters, we are a chosen generation. This is the greatest season in the history of the world and we have been blessed to come forward at this time, this greatest of times, of discovery. This is the grandest age of all. During my lifetime, there have been more scientific discoveries than in all the
generations that preceded it, and you and I are upon the earth at this time.
Beyond all this, we live in a time when the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored. This is the dispensation of the fullness of times, when all that the Lord placed upon the earth in prior generations has come forth in this generation, to bless those of us who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. How thankful we ought to be! How anxious we ought to be to do that which the Lord would have us do. Out of the gratitude which we have in our hearts, we ought to be willing to do anything that He asks us--to live the Word of Wisdom, to pay our tithes and offerings to be active in the Church, to carry
responsibilities, to reach out to those who come into the Church and help them and friendship them that they may remain true and faithful. My brothers and sisters, "Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood.President Gordon B. Hinckley,From Ciudad Obregon, Mexico, member meeting. Church News May 9, 1998
You are of the finest generation that has come to earth. You have prepared yourself well in the premortal existence and have been selected to come forth in this singularly important time in the unfolding of Father in Heaven's plan. I am deeply moved to be in your presence. I realize that the majority of you do not have the slightest idea of how truly capable, noble, and wonderful you are.Elder Richard G. Scott of the 12 Apostles, BYU Devotional, March 3, 1996
Though we have rightly applauded our ancestors for their spiritual achievements (and do not and must not discount them now), those of us who prevail today will have done no small thing. The special spirits who have been reserved to live in this time of challenges and who overcome will one day be praised for their stamina by those who pulled handcarts.
Elder Neal A. Maxwell, Notwithstanding My Weakness, 18