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The Lord Will Give Us Gifts

"When you choose to follow Christ, you choose to be changed. . .The Lord works from the inside out. The world works from the outside in. The world would take people out of the slums. Christ takes the slums out of people and then they take themselves out of the slums. . .The world would shape human nature; but Christ can change human nature. . .and changed men (and women) can change the world."

President Ezra Taft Benson - Conference Report - October 1985, pp. 4-5

The Presence of LDS Missionaries is a Blessing—Both Temporal and Spiritual—to the Lands that Receive Them.

"Brethren, I am positive that the blessings of the Lord will attend every country which opens its gates to the gospel of Christ. Their blessings will flow in education, and culture, and faith, and love, like Enoch's city of Zion, which was translated, and also will become like the 200 years of peaceful habitation in this country in Nephite days. There will come prosperity to the nations, comfort and luxuries to the people, joy and peace to all recipients, and eternal life to those who accept and magnify it."

Spencer W. Kimball "When the World will be Converted," Ensign, Oct. 1974, p. 14

"I wish that every Latter-day Saint could say and mean it with all his heart: 'I'll go where you want me to go. I'll say what you want me to say. I'll be what you want me to be.' (Hymns, 1985, no. 270.) If we could all do that, we would be assured of the maximum of happiness here and exaltation in the celestial kingdom of God hereafter."

Ezra Taft Benson "Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson", p. 344

"Why do we serve? When we understand why, we won't be concerned about where we serve."

President Howard W. Hunter - BYU Fireside, Sept. 2, 1990

"When you are on the Lord's errand, you are entitled to the Lord's help."

"The Lord blesses those who try to serve Him, and He tells us what He would have us do to serve Him through His servants who hold keys. When we answer 'yes' and when we persist in working hard in those calls, we assure ourselves of help far beyond and above our own powers."

Elder Henry B. Eyring - Ricks College Graduation, April 25, l998

"Why is it that sometimes only one of a city or household receives the gospel? It was made known to me that it is because of the righteous dead who had received the gospel in the spirit world exercising themselves, and in answer to their prayers elders of the Church were sent to the homes of their posterity that the gospel might be taught to them, and through their righteousness they might be privileged to have a descendant in the flesh do the work for their dead kindred. I want to say to you that it is with greater intensity that the hearts of the fathers and mothers in the spirit world are turned to their children than that our hearts are turned to them."

Elder Melvin J. Ballard - Sermons and Missionary Services of Melvin Joseph Ballard, p. 249

"We have no time for contention. We only have time to be about our Father's business. Contend with no man. Conduct yourselves...with calmness and conviction and I promise you success...Ours is to conscientiously avoid being abrasive in our presentations and declarations."

Marvin J. Ashton, Ensign, May 1978, p. 7-8

"I hope that every day of my life I might be able to do some good and to encourage somebody to live a better life and to understand what has been restored to the earth."

Elder David B. Haight - April 1998, Gen. Conf

"The role of obedience in gaining spiritual knowledge is crucial, as this comment of President Joseph Fielding Smith demonstrates:

'Now the Lord would give us gifts. He will quicken our minds.
He will give us knowledge that will clear up all difficulties, and
put us in harmony with the commandments that he has given
us, and with a knowledge that will be so deeply rooted in our
souls that the knowledge can never be rooted out, if we will
just seek for the light and the truth and the understanding
which is promised to us, and which we can receive if we will
only be true and faithful to every covenant and obligation
pertaining to the gospel of Jesus Christ.'

BYU Speeches, 1992-93, "Acquiring Spiritual Knowledge", Richard G. Scott, p. 153

"Rather than prepare a talk, prepare yourself."

"There isn't any doubt in my mind, every missionary who goes out with a good heart and a great spirit saves himself, saves those whom he teaches, and does something for the family that he leaves behind."

President Hinckley – Hamilton, Ontario missionary meeting, Aug. 8, 1998