"The Church would grow much faster now, numerically and spiritually, if it were not for the wickedness of the world (see 1 Nephi 14:12). It would also grow much faster if you and I were better by taking up the Christian cross daily (see Luke 9:23). Part of taking up the cross is denying ourselves the lusts and appetites of the flesh... Thus, the daily taking up of the cross means daily denying ourselves the appetites of the flesh."
Elder Neal A. Maxwell, Ensign, May 1987, page 71.