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Opposition is Evidence of the Truth at Work

"All of us must be converted. We must be converts to gain the highest. Just because we're members of the Church doesn't mean we're converts. That's an individual thing that we must get for ourselves, a testimony. And it doesn't come by heritage."

Harold B. Lee, "What Men and Women Are Tomorrow Depends upon What You Learn Today."

"Adaptability cushions the impact of change or disappointment."

Marvin J. Ashton, "Who's Losing?" Ensign, Nov. 1974, 41

"For several years we have given three rules to our missionaries, as a means to success; the first rule is Work, the second Hard work, and the third Persistent, prayerful, honest work. We bear testimony that success has come to every one who has followed these three rules. We have never had an elder go into the field, who has complied therewith, but who has come home with his heart full of joy, with a testimony that God lives, and the messengers of our Father have been sent before his face to guide his footsteps in the way of the honest in heart, and in the way of friends."

German E. Ellsworth "Conference Report," April 1907, p. 87-88

"Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing."

Theodore Roosevelt

"Can't you see that to continue to suffer for sins, when there has been proper repentance and forgiveness of the Lord, is not prompted by the Savior but by the master of deceit, whose goal has always been to bind and enslave the children of our Father in Heaven? Satan would encourage you to continue to relive the details of past mistakes, knowing that such thoughts make progress, growth, and service difficult to attain. It is as though Satan ties strings to the mind and body so that he can manipulate one like a puppet, discouraging personal achievement.

"I testify that Jesus Christ paid the price and satisfied the demands of justice for all who are obedient to His teachings. Thus, full forgiveness is granted, and the distressing effects of sin need no longer persist in one's life. Indeed, they _cannot persist_ if one truly understands the meaning of Christ's Atonement."

Richard G. Scott, "We Love You — Please Come Back," Ensign, May 1986, p. 11

"If you were my earthly friend, you would win my heart by being kind to my children. God loves his children more than any earthly parent, so think what your kindness to his children means to him."

Henry B. Eyring - "To Draw Closer to God," - "Ensign," May 1991, p. 67

"Let us love the Lord, yes, with all our strength and power. And let us also love our neighbors. Let us banish from our lives any elements of self-righteousness. Many regard us with suspicion, as having only one interest and that is to convert them. Conversion is more likely to come as a consequence of love. Let us be friendly. Let us be helpful. Let us live the Golden Rule. Let us be neighbors of whom it might be said, 'He or she was the best neighbor I ever had.'"

Gordon B. Hinckley - "Look to the Future," Ensign, Nov. 1997, p. 69

"Opposition is evidence of the truth at work."

Mary Ellen Edmunds - LDS Speaker's Sourcebook, Aspen Books 1991, page 302

"It is sadly true, as we all know, that many on this planet hunger for bread, but many also hunger deeply to experience the reassuring eloquence of example. This represents a desperate need that is incumbent upon us to provide as part of our discipleship."

Neal A. Maxwell - Fireside - January 4, 1998

"You cannot hide the heart, when the mouth is open"

Brigham Young - Quoted by Neal A. Maxwell - Fireside - Jan. 4, 1998

"People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success."

Norman Vincent Peale

"Petty things become unimportant when people are impassioned about a purpose higher than self."

Stephen R. Covey, Book: First Things First, p. 106

"When people have a real sense of legacy, a sense of mattering, a sense of contribution, it seems to tap into the deepest part of their heart and soul. It brings out the best and subordinates the rest."

Stephen R. Covey, Book: First Things First, p. 106

"The greatest blessing that can come to mankind is to be numbered with the Saints of the Lord. Today there are millions of God's children waiting to be taught the gospel of Jesus Christ."

Bernard P. Brockbank, "Today Millions Are Waiting," Ensign, May 1975, 45

"Being happy doesn't mean everything's perfect. It means you've decided to see beyond the imperfections."

"You must know that Lucifer will oppose you, and be prepared for his opposition. Do not be surprised. He wants you to fail. Discouragement is one of the devil's tools. Have courage and go forward. Recognize that the gospel has been preached with some pain and sorrow from the very beginning of time. Do not expect that your experience will be otherwise."

"What I Want My Son to Know Before He Leaves on His Mission" - Faust, CR, April 1996