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Packet 1


All Packet 1 Quotes (PDFs and Docs) - Alphabetical Order

All Packet 1 Quotes (PDFs and Docs) - Numerical Order

1. "As we have felt the spirit and made new and sacred resolves, may we now have the courage and fortitude to carry out the resolves."

-Pres. Ezra Taft Benson, Gen. Conf.-

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2. "Be honest in every way and enjoy the peace that only a clear conscience can bring you."

-Thomas Wolsey, Scholar-

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3. "Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and He will direct thee for good; yea, when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that He may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning, let thy heart be full of thanks unto God; and if ye do these things, ye shall be lifted up at the last day."

-Alma 37:37-

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4. "Die when I may, I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow."

Abraham Lincoln

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5. "Do our faces show that we are happy to be alive and doing? Can we radiate goodness and empathy with our eyes and smiles? Can we speak cordially to the store clerk, drive our cars with Christian charity, earnestly listen to the ideas of others and respond with kindly encouraging words? No one is happy all of the time, but can we make the best of even negative situations, and let the light of Christ radiate through us?"

-Book: Knit Together in Love-

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6. "Every day there are many opportunities to be nice--or not so nice."

-Rex Lee-

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7. "For every man receiveth wages of him whom he listeth to obey."

-Alma 3:27-

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8. "God gives us the ingredients for our daily bread, but He expects us to do the baking."

-William A. Ward-

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9. "He asks of you...the sacrifice of your sins-the hardest thing in the world to give up! But the promise is crystal clear, 'If you will purify yourselves, sanctify yourselves, I will bless you.' And I'm afraid the postscript is, 'And if you don't, I can't.'"

-Truman G. Madsen-

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10. "He that governs well, leads the blind...But he that teaches, gives them eyes."

-David O. McKay-

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11. "He who picks up one end of a stick also picks up the other."

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12. "I prayed about it, I studied, and it came to me through my efforts. You can't expect the Lord to do it all."

-Elder Joseph Anderson-

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13. "I realize that I will be, when my life's labor is complete, the product of my thoughts."

-George Albert Smith-

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14. "If God deprives his children of any present blessing, it is so that he may bestow upon them a greater and more glorious one by and by."

-George Q. Cannon-

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15. "If to do were as easy as to know, paupers' cottages would be princes' palaces."

-Shakespeare (paraphrased)-

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16. "If we act for the right motives and if we refrain from forbidden desires and attitudes, we have pure hearts."

-Dallin H. Oaks-

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17. "If we do not obey, the power to obey is lessened. Our capability to recognize good is weakened."

-Elder Ted E. Brewerton, April Conf., 1981-

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18. "In the justice of God, we will ultimately be judged and rewarded for what we are. And what we are is the sum total of our good and our evil actions and desires."

-Dallin Oaks-

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19. "In the midst of all this turmoil and destruction, the Latter-day Saints should dwell in peace and safety. This they may do if they will be honest with themselves, with their fellowmen, and with their God."

-President Joseph Fielding Smith-

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20. "In the service of the Lord, it is not where you serve, but how."

-J. Reuben Clark, Jr.-

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2l. "It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness."


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22. "It's not the number of hours one puts in that counts, but what one puts into the hours."

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23. "Let never day nor night unhallow'd pass, but still remember what the Lord hath done."

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24. "Loving service anonymously given may be unknown to man-but the gift and the giver are known to God."

-Thomas S. Monson-

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25. "Make a list of the traits of the type of spouse you would like to marry. Then make a list of the traits you would need to attract that type of person. Then throw away the first list and work on the seond. Don't just look for the right one-become the right one!"

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26. "Many people today are spiritually dull (even though not downright evil)."

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27. "Money may buy the husk of many things, but not the kernal. It brings you food, but not the appetite; medicine, but not health; acquaintances, but not friends; servants, but not faithfulness; days of joy, but not happiness."

-Henrik Ibsen-

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28. "No one can reach everybody, but everybody can be reached by somebody."

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29. "Not only will the righteous desires of our hearts be granted, but also the unrighteous desires of our hearts. Over the long run, our most deeply held desires will govern our choices, one by one and day by day, until our lives finally add up to what we have really wanted."

-Bruce Hafen

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30. "Our only safety is in obedience to the laws of God. You need not fear the clamor that is now being raised against us...this spite of the world ...we are in the hands of God."

-Pres. John Taylor-

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31. "Our priorities determine what we seek in life."

-Dallin H. Oaks-

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32. "Pray that you will have good and correct attitudes about all your experiences-be they good or bad."

-Dallin Oaks-

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33. "Self-discipline negates the need for forced discipline."

--Richard G. Scott--

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34. "7 days without prayer makes one weak."

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35. "The best angle to approach a problem is the Try-angle."

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36. "The gift of the Holy Ghost will stay with you as long as you want it and are worthy."

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37. "The Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart."

-I Samuel 16:7-

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38. "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."

-Ezra Taft Benson-

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39. "The man who lives for himself is apt to be corrupted by the company he keeps."

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40. "The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out."

-Macaulay (writer)

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41. "The only control that counts in the eyes of the Lord is self-control."

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42. "The suffering that results from sin is most tragic because through our own choices, we can choose to avoid it. We have that power."

-Elder Jack Goaslind-

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43. "The thought in your mind at this moment is contributing, however infinitesimally, almost imperceptibly, to the shaping of your soul."

-Spencer W. Kimball-

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44. "To profit from good advice requires more wisdom than to give it."

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45. "Today is the wise man's day, tomorrow is the fool's day. The wise man is the one when he sees what ought to be done, does it today. The foolish man, when he sees what ought to be done, says, 'I will do it tomorrow.'"

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46. "True peace consists in not separating ourselves from the will of God."

-Thomas Aquinas-

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47. "What service counts in heaven? Only that which is truly given. Only that good which is done for the love of doing it. Only those plans in which the welfare of others is the master thought. Only those labors in which the sacrifice is greater than the reward. Only those gifts in which the giver forgets himself."

-Henry Van Dyke's "The Mansion"-

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48. "When you begin to coast, you know you're on the downgrade."

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49. "Without Christ, there can be no fullness of joy."

-President Ezra Taft Benson-

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50. "Without the assistance of that Divine Being...I cannot succeed. With that assistance I cannot fail."

-Abraham Lincoln-

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51. "Work on your marriage and family life all the time--because Satan is."

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52. "Yea, I know that God will give liberally to him that asketh. Yea, my God will give me, if I ask not amiss; therefore, I will lift up my voice unto thee..."

-2 Nephi 4:35-

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53. "You are the one who must decide whose thoughts you will entertain. You are free to choose-but you are not free to alter the consequences of those choices. You will be what you think about-what you consistently allow to occupy the stage of your mind."

-Ezra Taft Benson-

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54. "You can't outgive the Lord."

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55. "YOU help set the tone in our home."

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