Quotes on Service


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Loving Service

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

-J. Reuben Clark, Jr.-

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

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"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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"Many people spend most of their time working in the service of a self-image that includes sufficient money, stocks, bonds, investment portfolios, property, credit cards, furnishings, automobiles, and the like to guarantee carnal security throughout, it is hoped, a long and happy life. Forgotten is the fact that our assignment is to use these many resources in our families and quorums to build up the kingdom of God-to further the missionary effort and the genealogical and temple work; to raise our children up as fruitful servants unto the Lord; to bless others in every way, that they may also be fruitful. Instead, we expend these blessings on our own desires."

-President Spencer W. Kimball-

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"When it comes to doing for others, some people will stop at nothing."

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Challenge For the Week: Each day this week, choose one person in your family to pray for. Think about that person's needs, problems, hopes, fears. Pray for his/her growth, happiness, and righteous desires. Express your gratitude and love to and for that person.

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"I do not know where all of you are going, and I certainly do not know what you will do with your lives, but let me tell you simply this: unless you set aside some portion of your lives to help and serve others less fortunate than yourself, then your lives will not really be happy."

-Dr. Albert Schweitzer, Commencement Address-

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"I believe in the principle that I can make a difference in this world. It may be ever so small, but it will count for the greater good. The goodness of the world in which we live is the accumulated goodness of many small and seemingly inconsequential acts."

-Gordon B. Hinckley-

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"You must give some time to your fellow men. Even if it's a little thing, do something for those who have need of help, something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it."

-Albert Schweitzer-

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"A man filled with the love of God is not content with blessing his family alone, but ranges through the whole world, anxious to bless the whole human race."

Joseph Smith

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Challenge for Today: Think about the people in your ward or neighborhood. Think about the problems and trials some of them are facing. Choose 3 people and pray for them, by name. Be specific in your prayers. Then DO something, if you can.

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"Each of us has the same general calling. The Lord will not hold us blameless if we allow organizational responsibility- ---or lack of it---to interfere with the duty to care for those around us."

S. Dilworth Young

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"God does notice us and he watches over us. But it is usually through another person that he meets our needs. Therefore, it is vital that we serve each other in the kingdom..."

Spencer W. Kimball, Ensign, Dec. 1974

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"So often, our acts of service consist of simple encouragement or of giving mundane help with mundane tasks, but what glorious consequences can flow from mundane acts and from small but deliberate deeds!"

Spencer W. Kimball, Ensign, Dec. 1974

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"Giving is the secret of a healthy life...not necessarily money, but whatever a man has of encouragement and sympathy and understanding."

John D. Rockefeller

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"Find a need and fill it.....Find a hurt and heal it!"

Author Unknown   

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"There is no better exercise for the heart, than to reach down and lift someone up."     


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"Offer daily to be of use to the Lord."     

Kate L. Kirkham, BYU Dev., April 12, 1994

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"What do we live for----if not to make the world less difficult for each other?"

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"As you work with your associates to help them with their faith, you will save them and also yourselves." 

Pres. Gordon B. Hinckley, CR, April 1997 (Priesthood Session)

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Francois Rene' de Chateaubriand gave the history of man in a sentence: "In the days of service, all things are founded; in the days of special privilege, they deteriorate; and in the days of vanity, they are destroyed."                       

Quoted by Vaughn J. Featherstone in his book:  Millennial Generation, p. 118

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"We make a living by what we get.  We make a life by what we give."

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Joshua didn't say: "Choose ye next year whom ye will serve."

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"No man has ever risen to the real stature of spiritual manhood until he has found that it is finer to serve somebody else, than it is to serve himself."

Woodrow Wilson

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"Service is the rent we pay for space on this earth--the bigger the space, the higher the rent." 

Nido Quebin

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"Always do more than is required of you."   

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"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."   

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"No one is useless in the world who lightens the burden of it for anyone else." 

Charles Dickens

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"When you feel in need of a compliment give one to someone else." 

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"The great apparent dichotomy is that the more we give, the more we get." 

Stephen R. Covey

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“A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.”

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