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Everybody Can Be Reached By Somebody

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

—J. Reuben Clark, Jr.—


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


"When you begin to coast, you know you're on the downgrade."


"Without the assistance of that Divine Being...I cannot succeed. With that assistance I cannot fail."

Abraham Lincoln


"Men and Women of Christ magnify their callings without magnifying themselves."

Neal A. Maxwell


"Behold your little ones. Pray with them. Pray for them and bless them. The world into which they are moving is a complex and difficult world. They will run into heavy seas of adversity. They will need all the strength and all the faith you can give them while they are yet near you.

While they are young, pray with them that they may come to know that source of strength which shall then always be taught of the Lord and great shall be the peace of thy children." (Isaiah 54:13)

Gordon B. Hinckley (Ensign, November 1978, page 20)


"There are few comforts so sweet as to know that we have been an instrument in the hands of God in leading someone else to safety."

Elder Henry B. Eyring (167th Annual General Conference, April 1997 - Saturday Afternoon Session)


"Teaching should be such that what is offered is perceived as a valuable gift and not as a hard duty."

Albert Einstein


"There is no greater responsibility in the world than the training of a human soul."

David O. McKay (Quoted by Vaughn J. Featherstone, Ensign, November 1976, page 103)


"When one teaches—two learn." "In this kind of an environment, we must take time to teach the children about the important things of life—about Heavenly Father, the Savior, and the Holy Ghost. We must teach them about repentance, baptism, honesty, and doing good to others. Now, you might say, 'I'm not a parent; I don't teach children.' Actually, we are all teachers of children—parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, priesthood leaders, ward members, neighbors.

Children are always watching and learning. We teach them through our behavior as well as by what we say. They watch how we treat each other. They listen to the voices of their parents and to the voices at church. Unfortunately, they also listen to voices on television and elsewhere which sometimes teach values contrary to gospel principles. We must teach them at an early age to listen to the right voices...."

Dwan J. Young "Teach Children the Gospel," Ensign, May 1988, p. 78 "To teach is to learn twice." Joseph Joubert


"One of the surest ways to avoid even getting near false doctrine is to choose to be simple in our teaching."

Elder Henry B. Eyring - Ensign, May 1999, 74


"Fundamental to becoming good teachers is serious study of the word of the Lord, that we are able to impart our acquired knowledge to others."

Elder L. Tom Perry - Ensign, May 1999, 7


My final words about teaching come from a statement entitled "True Education Must Be Put to Use for Human Benefit," by John Taylor. He said,

"I will tell you my idea of true intelligence and true eloquence. It is not as some people do to take a very small idea and use a great many [rhetorical] words without meaning something to befog and mystify it with something to tickle the ear and please the imagination only.

That is not true intelligence. But it is true intelligence for a man to take a subject that is mysterious and great in itself, and to unfold and simplify it so that a child can understand it."

[G. Homer Durham, comp., The Gospel Kingdom, p. 270]