"We can measure the degree of love that we possess for any man or cause by the sacrifice we make for him or it."
Elder John A. Widtsoe of the Quorum of the Twelve, April 1943 General Conference
"Now, you Elders who understand the principles of the kingdom of God, what would you not give, do, or sacrifice, to assist in building up His kingdom upon the earth?
Says one, 'I would do anything in my power, anything that the Lord would help me to do, to build up His kingdom.' Says another, 'I would sacrifice all my property.' Wonderful indeed!
Do you not know that the possession of your property is like a shadow, or the dew of the morning before the noon-day sun, that you cannot have any assurance of its control for a single moment! It is the unseen hand of Providence that controls it.
In short, what would you sacrifice? The Saints sacrifice everything; but, strictly speaking, there is no sacrifice about it. If you give a penny for a million of gold! A handful of earth for a planet! A temporary worn out tenement for one glorified, that will exist, abide, and continue to increase throughout a never-ending eternity, what a sacrifice to be sure!"
Brigham Young JD 1:114
"It is not in death or in one event that we give our lives, but in every day as we are asked to do it."
Robert D. Hales, "A Question of Free Agency," Ensign, May 1975, 43
"Surely, in the work of the Lord, it is what we do after we think we have done enough that really counts with him, for that’s when the blessings flow.....If you would have a blessing from the Lord, put something upon the altar. Make a sacrifice."
Ensign, May 1979, p. 30, Hartman Rector, Jr., CR, October 1995, Elder Dallin H. Oaks
“Deferred joys purchased by sacrifice are always the sweetest.”
"Opportunities to lose oneself for the good of others present themselves daily: the mother who serves her children’s needs; the father who gives his time for their instruction; parents who give up worldly pleasure for quality home life; children who care for their aged parents; home teaching service; visiting teaching; time for compassionate service; giving comfort to those who need strength; serving with diligence in Church callings; community and public service in the interest of preserving our freedoms; financial donations for tithes, fast offerings, support of missionaries, welfare, building and temple projects.
Truly, the day of sacrifice is not past."
Ezra Taft Benson - "This Is a Day of Sacrifice," Ensign, May 1979, p. 34
Sacrifice comes in many forms and may not always be convenient. Latter-day Saints make a covenant with the Lord to sacrifice. By doing so, we surrender our will to His, dedicating our lives to building up His kingdom and serving His children. . . . Our challenge is to unselfishly sacrifice all that we have been given, including our will.
Elder Maxwell rightly said: "The submission of one's will is really the only uniquely personal thing we have to place on God's altar. The many other things we 'give'... are actually the things He has already given or loaned to us."
Robert K. Dellenbach, "Sacrifice Brings Forth the Blessings of Heaven," Ensign, Nov. 2002, 33, 34
"True faith in the Lord Jesus Christ has always been linked to the offering of sacrifice, our small gift to be a symbolic echo of His majestic offering."
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland - Ensign, Nov. 2002, 37