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If you don't believe in yourself, neither will anyone else

"Of course there are individuals who are keeping their covenants who lack teaching charisma. Of course there are those whose lives are in order who are not exciting as teachers. However, the Spirit blesses the efforts of all who live worthily. It endorses what they say or do.

There is a witnessing authenticity which proceeds from the commandment keeper, which speaks for itself. Therefore, I prefer doctrinal accuracy and spiritual certitude (even with a little dullness) to charisma with unanchored cleverness."

(Neal A. Maxwell, Teaching by the Spirit, "The Language of Inspiration," an address to religious educators at a symposium on the Old Testament, BYU, August 13, 1991.)


"God does not begin by asking us about our ability, but only about our availability, and if we then prove our dependability, he will increase our capability!"

Neal A. Maxwell, "It's Service, not Status, That Counts,"
Ensign, July 1975, p. 7


"We are poor in character when we think getting by is a substitute for doing our best."

Marvin J. Ashton, BYU Devotional


"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


"If a teacher influences but one, his influence never stops."


"If you don't believe in yourself, neither will anyone else."

Anne L. Horton, Ph.D.


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


"Whatever I did not know, I was not ashamed to inquire about, so I acquired knowledge."

Ancient Persian Philosopher


"He who can suppress a moments anger may prevent a day of sorrow."

Tryon Edwards


"Men and Women of Christ are constant, being the same in private as in public. We cannot keep two sets of books while heaven has but one."

Neal A. Maxwell


"There is no excellence without labor."

Author Unknown


"To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society."

Theodore Roosevelt


"And now let the Saints remember that which we have ever taught them, both by precept and example, viz: to beware of an aspiring spirit, which would lift you up one above another."


"...ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you."

D&C 4:7


"Character is the aim of true education."

David O. McKay


"Men become 'puffed up in the pride of their hearts' from wisdom and learning as well as from riches.

2 Nephi 28:15


"The most valuable gift you can give another is a GOOD EXAMPLE."


"The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without his teacher."

Elbert Hubbard


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

David O. McKay


"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