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The Highest of Distinctions is Service to Others

"Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way."

Abraham Lincoln

"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks."

Phillips Brooks

"You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great."

Zig Ziglar

"The highest of distinctions is service to others."

King George VI

"We need to be grateful for many things that did not happen."


"The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing."

Steven Covey

"You've got to get up every morning with determination if you're going to go to bed with satisfaction."

George Horace Lorimer

"When asked if my cup is half-full or half-empty my only response is that I am thankful I have a cup."

Sam Lefkowitz

"How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment, we can start now, start slowly changing the world! How lovely that everyone, great and small, can make their contribution toward introducing justice straightaway...And you can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness!"

Anne Frank

"When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us."

Alexander Graham Bell

"I doubt not that when we know the reason for some of the things we do now on faith, the practical value of the actions will be so plain that we will wonder how we could have missed it, and then we shall be heartily glad that we did what we were told to do."

Hugh Nibley - Of All Things, 2nd Ed, Deseret Book, SLC, 1993, page 20

"It is only imperfection that complains of what is imperfect.
The more perfect we are, the more gentle and quiet we become toward the defects of others."

Francis Fenelon

"We know that service is indispensable for bringing us close to the Savior and letting us feel his Spirit. In nothing do we resemble the Savior more than in serving others. So in nothing should we feel greater love and joy than in service."

Chieko N. Okazaki "Aloha!" [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1995], p. 85

"My understanding is that the most important mission that I have in this life is: first, to keep the commandments of God, as they have been taught to me; and next, to teach them to my Father's children who do not understand them."

George Albert Smith - General Conference Report, October 1916, page 50

"We could learn a lot from crayons: some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, some have weird names, and all are different colors.... but they all exist very nicely in the same box."

"Everyone planning to make something worthwhile out of himself must be a self-remade man, and there should be an intelligent remodeling job going on all the time."

Sterling W. Sill

"Nothing so conclusively proves a man's ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself."

Thomas J. Watson, Sr.

"The contrast between the motive to help and the motive to use can even be seen in some Church service. A missionary with a motive to use 'his' mission for personal growth and 'his' baptisms to gain recognition for 'his' accomplishments is a phony and a failure. His motives and attitudes are transparent. Companions, leaders, and investigators will soon recognize and resent a missionary who sees them as mere objects to be used for his benefit. A missionary who sees himself (or herself) as a servant of the Lord, an instrument in his hands to do his work (Alma 17:9), has the motive to help others. That attitude and motive is transparent also, and its fruits are trust and love from all with whom the missionary associates."

Dallin H. Oaks, "Pure in Heart," [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1988], p. 30