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Quotes About Service

"It is by serving that we learn to serve.  When we are engaged in the service of our fellowmen, not only do our deeds assist them, but we put our own problems in a fresher perspective.  When we concern ourselves more with others, there is less time to be concerned with ourselves.  In the midst of the miracle of serving, there is the promise of Jesus, that by losing ourselves, we find ourselves."

Spencer W. Kimball (December 1974 Ensign, page 2,5)

"Brethren, what can we do for ourselves with the priesthood?  We only do for others with the priesthood.  We bless others, we perform ordinances for others, we perform service for others."

Robert L. Simpson, "General Conference Reports,"  p. 100.   1 October 1962

"Knowing that we should love is not enough. But when knowledge is applied through service, love can secure for us the blessings of heaven."

David B. Haight  (November 1982 Ensign)

"If our poor die of hunger, it is not because God does not care for them.  Rather, it is because neither you nor I are generous enough.  It is because we are not instruments of love in the hands of God.  We do not recognize Christ when once again He appears to us in the hungry man, in the lonely woman, in the child who is looking for a place to get warm."

Mother Teresa

"Each of us has more opportunities to do good and to be good than we ever use."

Spencer W. Kimball (August 1979 Ensign, page 7)

"No boy or man fully possesses the priesthood until he learns to serve others and the Lord.  It is true that someone with authority may bestow the priesthood by the laying on of hands, but until we do something by way of service to others, the priesthood lies dormant within us and is of little value.  We must not fail to magnify the callings we receive."

Elder Glen L. Rudd,  "Because I Pray for You", General Conference, April 1988

"Frequently, we busily search for group service projects, which are surely needed and commendable, when quiet, personal service is also urgently needed.  Sometimes the completing of an occasional group service project ironically salves our consciences when, in fact, we are constantly surrounded by a multitude of opportunities for individual service.  In serving, as in true worship, we need to do some things together and some things personally.  Our spiritual symmetry is our own responsibility, and balance is so important."

Neal A. Maxwell,  All These Things Shall Give Thee Experience,  p.55

"There is so much we can do to render service, to make a difference in the world—no matter how large or small our Circle of Influence."

Stephen R. Covey, Book:  First Things First, p. 306

"Perhaps the highest goodness attainable is a life of service to all mankind.  Such an ideal is supported in nearly every page in the Gospels--the parables, the sermons, and the countless acts of service by our Lord Himself.

"The ideal is not limited to any particular kind of service, nor a given quantity of service.  The ideal is accepting life itself as a trust to be used in the welfare of mankind.  It is a life that is glad for the chance to be of any help, an attitude that 'service is the rent we pay for our own room on earth.'  (Lord Halifax)"

Obert C. Tanner,  Christ's Ideals for Living,  p.265

"The efficacy of our prayers depends on how we care for one another."

 Marion G. Romney (November 1980 Ensign)

". . . as people serve, they grow in capacity.  The time and effort is not a sacrifice because there is returned more than is given."

President Gordon B. Hinckley,  Madison Square Garden,  N.Y.,  April 26, 1998

"Always be willing, even anxious, to help others.  Nothing else you do will give you the same genuine satisfaction and joy within because, and I quote, 'when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God' (Mosiah 2:17).  Ignoring the needs of others is a serious sin."

Joseph B. Wirthlin  "Running Your Marathon"  General Conference, October 1989

"The smallest good deed is better then the grandest intention."

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: The Millennial Generation—leading today’s youth into the future, p. 118)

"I know the celestial criteria measure service, not status; the use of our talents, not the relative size of our talent inventories.  I know that Church membership is not passive security but continuing opportunity."

Neal A. Maxwell, "Response To A Call", General Conference, April 1974

"When we get emotionally and spiritually involved in helping a person who is in pain, a compassion enters our heart. It hurts, but the process lifts some of the pain from another."

Glenn L. Pace (Ensign, November 1990, page 9)

"I know sanctification comes not with any particular calling, but with genuine acts of service, often for which there is no specific calling."

Neal A. Maxwell (Ensign, May 1985, page 78)

"Peace can come to both the giver and the receiver as we follow the promptings of the Spirit to serve one another."

Barbara W. Winder (November 1985 Ensign, page 96)

"If you don't know what to do with your lot in life, you can build a service station on it."

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

Nido Quebin

"For the sake of retaining a remission of your sins from day to day, that ye may walk guiltless before God--I would that ye should impart of your substance to the poor, every man according to that which he hath, such as feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and administering to their relief, both spiritually and temporally, according to their wants."      [Mosiah 4:26] 

"Our eternal happiness will be in proportion to the way that we devote ourselves to helping others."

George Albert Smith (General Conference Report, October 1936, page 71)

"There is no real happiness in having or getting, but only in giving."

N. Eldon Tanner  (General Conference Report, April, 1967, page 104) 

"The more we serve our fellowmen in appropriate ways, the more substance there is to our souls."

Spencer W. Kimball

"We become more significant individuals as we serve others. We become more substantive as we serve others - indeed, it is easier to "find" ourselves because there is so much more of us to find!"

Spencer W. Kimball

"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 

"But there are so many ways to be needy. There are many who mourn and find no comfort.  Many are lonely and find no love.  Some feel unneeded and find no opportunities to share with others.  Anyone who has an unmet need is needy.  We are all needy!  And those who have something they can share are rich.  We are all rich!  All of us can share something that may lift a burden or help in some silent struggle."

Mary Ellen Edmunds  "Spirituality—More Than a Feeling,"  "Ensign," Oct. 1985, p. 14 

"Our initial acts of kindness or service to others provide us with channels of inspiration and power."

(Richard G. Scott, Ensign, Nov. 1983, 70)

"We can be of so much service to others in many thou-shalt ways.  Of course, the problem is that rendering such service takes time, and we are all so busy.  Some situations may call for service that somehow seems to be beneath us.  Besides, we have other things to do.  The "thou shalts" are so convenient to put off.  Who will notice the procrastination anyway?  After all, we are not robbing a bank.  Or are there forms of withholding that constitute stealing?"

Neal A. Maxwell  -  Fireside  -  January 4, 1998 

"We know that service is indispensable for bringing us close to the Savior and letting us feel his Spirit.  In nothing do we resemble the Savior more than in serving others.  So in nothing should we feel greater love and joy than in service."

Chieko N. Okazaki  "Aloha!" [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1995], p. 85 

"We need to remember the purpose of our service to one another.  If it were only to accomplish some part of His work, God could dispatch 'legions of angels.' . . . But that would not achieve the purpose of the service He has prescribed.  We serve God and our fellowmen in order to become the kind of children who can return to live with our heavenly parents."

Dallin H. Oaks, "I'll Go Where You Want Me to Go," Ensign, Nov. 2002, 70

"No service in the Church or in the community transcends that given in the home."

President Boyd K. Packer  -  Ensign, Nov. 1997, 7

"It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself."

 John P. Webster

"Generally speaking, the most miserable people I know are those who are obsessed with themselves; the happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others. . . . By and large, I have come to see that if we complain about life, it is because we are thinking only of ourselves. "For many years there was a sign on the wall of a shoe repair shop I patronized. It read, 'I complained because I had no shoes until I saw a man who had no feet.' The most effective medicine for the sickness of self-pity is to lose ourselves in the service of others."

Gordon B. Hinckley, "Whosoever Will Save His Life," Ensign, Aug. 1982, 5

"People will be happy to about the same degree that they are actively involved in trying to help others. This truth is tied to the Savior's teaching that 'inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me' (Matt. 25:40)."

LeGrand R. Curtis, "Perfection: A Daily Process," Ensign, July 1995,  p. 33

"When we get emotionally and spiritually involved in helping a person who is in pain, a compassion enters our heart.  It hurts, but the process lifts some of the pain from another.  We get from the experience a finite look into the Savior's pain as He performed the infinite Atonement.  Through the power of the Holy Ghost, a sanctification takes place within our souls and we become more like our Savior.  We gain a better understanding of what was meant when He said, 'Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.' (Matt. 25:40.)" 

Glenn L. Pace, "A Thousand Times," Ensign, November 1990, p. 10

"The highest destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule."

Albert Einstein (1875-1955)

"I believe our Heavenly Father's everlasting purpose for His children is generally achieved by the small and simple things we do for one another." 

M. Russell Ballard, Ensign, May 2004

"Some of the most rewarding times of our lives are those 'extra mile' hours given in service when the body says it wants to relax, but our better self emerges and says, 'Here am I; send me.' "

 James E. Faust, Ensign, Nov. 2002