FAVORITE MISSIONARY QUOTES

“If you do not magnify your calling, God will hold you responsible for those who you might have saved—had you done your duty.” President John Taylor



“Serve every day of your mission in such a way that when you get out of bed every morning, Satan says, ‘Oh no…HE’S AWAKE!’” Elder Keel—one of our Boston missionaries



“No missionary can determine the lasting effects of his or her labors.”
Elder Richard G. Scott



“Don’t count your days—make your days count.”
Elder Jay Jensen (in a talk to the Boston missionaries)



“Covenants made with God are not restrictive, but protective.” Elder Russell M. Nelson



“There is no such thing as a homesick missionary in the baptismal font.”
MTC Mission President



“If it is to be, it is up to me.” Anonymous


“There is divine purpose in the adversities we encounter every day. They prepare, they purge, they purify, and thus they bless.” Elder James E. Faust



“It is difficult to press forward if we do not know how to obey.” President Gordon B. Hinckley



“It was meant to be that life would be a challenge. To suffer some anxiety, some depression, even some failure is normal. If you have a good, miserable day once in a while—or several in a row—stand steady and face them. Things will straighten out. There is great purpose in our struggle in life.” Elder Boyd K. Packer



“The good works that really matter require the help of heaven. And the help of heaven requires working past the point of fatigue so far that only the meek and lowly will keep going long enough. The Lord doesn’t put us through this test just to give us a grade; he does
it because the process will change us.”
Elder Henry B. Eyring



“I’m not ashamed to say that I want to be good. And I’ve found in my life that it has been critically important to establish this intention between me and the Lord so that I knew that HE knew which way I committed my agency. I went before Him and said, ‘I’m not neutral, and you can do with me what you want. If you need my vote—it’s there. I don’t care what you do with me and you don’t have to take anything from me because I give it to you—everything. All I own. All I am.’ And THAT has made all the difference.”
Elder Boyd K. Packer



“Greatness is best measured by how well an individual responds to the happenings in life that appear totally unfair, unreasonable, and undeserved. Sometimes we are inclined to put up with a situation rather than endure. To endure is to bear up under, to stand firm against, to suffer without yielding, to continue to be, or to exhibit the state or power of lasting.” Elder Marvin J. Ashton



“Perseverance is a positive, active characteristic. It is not idly, passively waiting and hoping for something good to happen. It gives us hope by helping us realize that the righteous suffer no failure except in giving up and no longer trying. We must never give up, regardless of temptations, frustrations, disappointments, or discouragements.” Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin


David O. McKay’s 10 Rules For Happiness
1. Develop yourself by self discipline.
2. Joy comes through creation—sorrow through destruction. Every living thing can grow; use the world wisely to realize soul growth.
3. Do things that are hard to do.
4. Entertain up building thoughts. What you think about when you do not have to think about shows what you really are.
5. Do your best this hour, and you will do better the next.
6. Be true to those who trust you.
7. Pray for wisdom, courage, and a kind heart.
8. Give heed to God’s messages through inspiration. If self-indulgence, jealousy, avarice, or worry have deadened your response, pray to the Lord to wipe out these impediments.
9. True friends enrich life. If you would have a friend, be one.
10. Faith is the foundation of all things—including happiness.



“Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks! Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle---you shall be the miracle.” Phillips Brooks



“We have got to be watchful, for I tell you God has sent us here to test us and to prove us. We were true in keeping our first estate. The people that are here today stood loyally by God and by Jesus and they did not flinch. If you had flinched, then you would not be here with the Priesthood upon you. The evidence that you were loyal, that you were true, and that you did not waver is to be found in the fact that you have received the Gospel—and the everlasting Priesthood.” George Q. Cannon



“I find that when I get casual with my relationship with divinity and when it seems no divine ear is listening and no divine voice is speaking, that I am far, far away. If I immerse myself in the scriptures, the distance narrows and the spirituality returns. I find myself loving more intimately those I should love with all my heart, mind, and strength.” President Spencer W. Kimball



“Go out and preach the gospel. If necessary---use words.” Elder Neal A. Maxwell


“Reverence invites revelation.” Elder Boyd K. Packer



The words of a sister missionary: “When I left on my mission, faith was just the first principle of the gospel. Now I need it more than air. One thing that has resulted from my mission is that I am so anxious to go home and get married so I can raise a righteous family. I have seen so much unhappiness in this world. I know that I am a warrior because my spirit loves peace. At the end of a great war, even the older people and the women must fight…so here I am!”



“God is very serious about joy in the lives of His children.” Elder Neal A. Maxwell



“All crosses are easier to carry when we keep moving.” Elder Neal A. Maxwell



“God is weaving His tapestry according to his own grand design. All flesh is in His hands. We have no need to fear. We have no need to worry. Our imperative need is to be found doing our duty.” President Gordon B. Hinckley



“A man must rise by his own efforts and walk by faith.” Elder Marvin J. Ashton



“It was meant to be that life would be a challenge. To suffer some
anxiety, some depression, some disappointment, even some
failure is normal. Teach our members that if they have a good,
miserable day once in a while, or several in a row, to stand steady
and face them. There is great purpose in our struggle in life.”
Boyd K. Packer


“All crosses are easier to carry when we keep moving.”
Neal A. Maxwell



“Let us remember: trials are an evidence of a Father’s love.”
H. Burke Peterson



“There is divine purpose in the adversities we encounter every day.
They prepare, they purge, they purify, and thus they bless.”
James E. Faust



“For the faithful, our finest hours are sometimes during or just
following our darkest hours.”
Neal A. Maxwell



“God is weaving his tapestry according to his own grand design.
All flesh is in his hands. We have no need to fear. We have
no need to worry. Our imperative need is to be found doing
our duty.” Gordon B. Hinckley



“It is difficult to press forward if we do not know how to obey.”
Gordon B. Hinckley


“Pride is the great stumbling block of Zion…Pride is
ugly; it says if you succeed I am a failure…Pride is
basically competitive in nature. When competition
ends, pride ends.”
Ezra Taft Benson



“Pride is competition—competition between God and Man.”
Ezra Taft Benson



“The scriptures testify that the proud are easily offended
and hold grudges. (See 1 Nephi 16:1-3) They withhold
forgiveness to keep another in their debt and to justify
their injured feelings. The proud do not receive counsel
or correction easily. (See Proverbs 15:10; Amos 5:10)
Defensiveness is used by them to justify and rationalize
their frailties and failures. (See Matt. 3:9; John 6:30-59)
Ezra Taft Benson



“Pride gets no pleasure of having something, only out of
having more of it than the next man…It is the comparison
that makes you proud: the pleasure of being above the
rest. Once the element of competition is gone, pride
has gone.”
C.S. Lewis



“I do not know what we did in the preexistence to merit the wonderful
blessings we enjoy. We have come to earth in this great season in the
long history of mankind. It is a marvelous age, the best of all. As we
reflect on the plodding course of mankind, from the time of our first
parents, we cannot help feeling grateful.”
Bruce R. McConkie



“How good you and I get at repenting
will determine how good life is.”
Neal A. Maxwell



“In order for good to blossom it must be cultivated and exercised
by constant practice, and to be truly righteous there is required a
daily pruning of the evil growth of our characters by a daily repen-
tance from sin.” President Harold B. Lee




Steps to Repentance

1. Recognize our sins Alma 42:29-30
2. Feel Godly sorrow 2 Cor. 7:10
3. Forsake sin D&C 58:43
4. Confess sin D&C 6:12
5. Make restitution Ezekiel 33:15-16
6. Forgive others D&C 64:9
7. Keep the commandments D&C 1:32



“I’m not ashamed to say that I want to be good. And I’ve found in my life that it has been critically important to establish this intention between me and the Lord so that I knew that He knew which way I committed my agency. I went before Him and said, “I’m not neutral, and you can do with me what you want. If you need my vote, it’s there. I don’t care what you do with m e, and you don’t have to take anything from me because I give it to you—everything, all I own, all I am”—and that makes all the difference.”
Boyd K. Packer



“There are many upright and faithful who live
all the commandments and whose lives and
prayers keep the world from destruction.”
Spencer W. Kimball



“Would you judge the lawfulness or unlawfulness of pleasure?
Then use this rule: whatever weakens your reason, Impairs the
tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sight of God,
takes from you your thirst for spiritual things or increases the
authority of your body over your mind, that thing to you is sin.
By this test you may detect evil no matter how subtly or how
plausibly temptation may be present to you.” Susan Wesley (Mother of John Wesley)




“The good works that really matter require the help of heaven. And
the help of heaven requires working past the point of fatigue so far
that only the meek and lowly will keep going long enough. The Lord
doesn’t put us through this test just to give us a grade; he does
it because the process will change us.”
Elder Henry B. Eyring




“There is a big difference between an honest mistake made
in a moment of spiritual weakness and a willfull decision to
disobey persistently the commandments of God. Those who
deliberately choose to violate God’s commandments or ignore
the standards of the Church, even when promising themselves
and others that someday they will be strong enough to repent,
are stepping into a dangerously slippery slope upon which many
have lost their spiritual footing.” M. Russell Ballard



“We don’t go to Sabbath meetings to be entertained or even solely
to be instructed. We go to worship the Lord. It is an individual
responsibility, and regardless of what is said from the pulpit, if one
wishes to worship the Lord in spirit and truth, he may do so by
attending his meetings, partaking of the sacrament, and
contemplating the beauties of the gospel If the service is a
failure to you, you have failed. No one can worship for you. You
must do your own waiting upon the Lord.”
President Spencer W. Kimball



“Why read the Book of Mormon? Because angels
do not come on trivial errands.” Hugh Nibley




“The Book of Mormon was written for us today.
God is the author of the book. It is a record of a
fallen people, compiled by inspired men for our
blessing today. Those people never had the book.
It was meant for us.”
President Ezra Taft Benson




“All progression in spiritual things is dependent
upon the attainment of humility.”
Bruce R. McConkie



“Meekness is knowing who you are and
not having to prove it.”
Anonymous




“Impossible mountains are climbed by those who have the self confidence that comes from truly being loved.”
H. Burke Peterson



“For thus hath the Lord commanded me and I must obey. Amen.”
2 Nephi 33:15




“I have been driven to my knees many times
with the overwhelming conviction that I had
nowhere else to go.”
Abraham Lincoln



“When you choose to follow Christ,
you choose to be changed.”
President Ezra Taft Benson



“We must put God in the forefront of everything else in our lives…When we put God first, all other things fall into their proper place or drop out of our lives.”
President Ezra Taft Benson



“Those who know the truth are not so great as they who love it; and they who love the truth are not so great as they who live it.”
Chinese Proverb



“The more seriously we work on our own imperfections, the less we are judgemental of the imperfections of others.”
Neal Maxwell



“The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved.” Victor Hugo




“A ship in the harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are for.” Anonymous



“Don’t count the days….make your days count!” Elder Jay Jensen
“Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles---it empties today of its strength.”
Anonymous



“The greater part of happiness depends on our disposition and not on our circumstances.”
Martha Washington




"Some missionaries may wonder whether they are in the right place, in the right mission. It is no accident for them to be where they are assigned. The Lord knows the missionaries. He knows their mission presidents. I think He knows who their companions will be. I don't know the detail to which He knows the future, but my impression is He knows a great deal.
He calls missionaries to the places they are assigned. So, even when it's difficult, you can have confidence that the Lord knew the difficulty in advance, and just as He assured Nephi that He wouldn't give a commandment save He prepared a way for it to be accomplished, missionaries can have that same assurance, tough as it may be, whatever the situation, that
the Lord knew the difficulties would be there. He has prepared a way. Have faith. Go forward."
Elder Henry B. Eyring




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