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Quotes About Service

"I think we should be aware that there can be a spiritual danger to those who misunderstand the singularity of always being in the spotlight.  They may come to covet the notoriety and thus forget the significance of the service being rendered. 

"As students, you are at a crucial juncture in your lives when life-shaping judgments are made and future courses set.  You must not allow yourselves to focus all the fleeting light of popularity or substitute that attractive glow for the substance of true, but often anonymous labor that brings the attention of God even if it does not get coverage on the six o'clock news.  In fact, applause and attention can become the spiritual Achilles' heel of even the most gifted among us."

Howard W. Hunter: (BYU, 1990)

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

J. Reuben Clark, Jr.

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

Thomas S. Monson

"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"

"You can't outgive the Lord."

"A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives a rose."

Chinese Proverb

"Cast your bread upon the waters--and it will come back toasted and buttered."

"No act of love, however small, is ever wasted."

"Wherever there is a human being, there is a chance for a kindness."


"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

"Never underestimate the impact of one good creates a ripple effect."

"The big givers are the big getters."

"There's no limit to the good that could be done in the world....if nobody cared who got the credit."

"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

"A rose to the living is more sumptuous than a wreath to the dead."

"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 - First Presidency Message "Small Acts of Service

"If we truly desire to please God and serve him, continual self-examination of our reasons for actions cannot fail to expose our selfish and sordid motives and challenge us to reform them.  We can work to reform our motives if we are continually asking ourselves  'Why am I taking this action?'"

Dallin H. Oaks

"Julia Ward Howe was talking to a distinguished senator.  She asked him to interest himself in the case of a person who needed help.  The senator answered,  'Julia, I have become so busy, I can no longer concern myself with individuals.'  She replied,  'That's remarkable.  Even God hasn't reached that stage yet.'"

Ralph W. Sockman

"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 - First Presidency Message "Small Acts of Service"

"Conversion requires consecrating our lives to caring and serving others who need our help and to sharing our gifts and talents..."

Elder Robert D. Hales,  Gen. Conf., April, 1997 - "When Thou Art Converted, Strengthen Thy Brethren"