To Hunger and Thirst

Matthew 5:6

6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

President Harold B. Lee said:

“Did you ever hunger for food or thirst for water when just a crust of stale bread or a sip of tepid water to ease the pangs that distressed you would seem to be the most prized of all possessions? If you have so hungered then you may begin to understand how the Master meant we should hunger and thirst after righteousness. It’s that hungering and thirsting that leads those away from home to seek fellowship with Saints in sacrament services and that induces worship on the Lord’s day wherever we are. It is that which prompts fervent prayer and leads our feet to holy temples and bids us be reverent therein. One who keeps the Sabbath day holy will be filled with a lasting joy far more to be desired than the fleeting pleasures derived from activities indulged in contrary to God’s commandment. If you ask with ‘a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest . . . truth . . . unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost,’ and by its power you ‘may know the truth of all things’ (Moroni 10:4–5).”

(Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Harold B. Lee [2000], 202.)