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It is Our Duty to Save the World

"There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. "

Spencer W. Kimball - Conference Report, Sotckholm Sweden Area Conference, 1974, page 49

"Many times in our effort to refrain from improper speech, we find words to substitute. Sometimes they are so close to vulgar phrases everyone probably knows that we are substituting words and have not really improved our vocabulary.

I have been appalled at times as I have listened to missionaries give their homecoming addresses and heard the phrases, sentences, or words they have picked up in the mission field that were really substitutes for vulgarity, demonstrating their inability to master a proper vocabulary and give the correct impression of what they had been doing on their mission.

To anyone who has followed the practice of using profanity or vulgarity and would like to correct the habit, could I offer this suggestion? First, make the commitment to erase such words from your vocabulary. Next, if you slip and say a swear word or a substitute word, mentally reconstruct the sentence without the vulgarity or substitute word and repeat the new sentence aloud. Eventually you will develop a non-vulgar speech habit."

L. Tom Perry, "Thy Speech Reveals Thee," New Era, Aug. 1986, 4

"It is our duty to save the world. That is our mission, insofar as they will listen unto us and receive our testimony. … "

President Joseph Fielding Smith

"Under the sacred and compelling trust we have as members of the Church of Jesus Christ, ours is a work of redemption, of lifting and saving those who need help. Ours is a task of raising the sights of those of our people who fail to realize the great potential that lies within them."

President Gordon B. Hinckley

"We can learn that at the center of our agency is our freedom to form a healthy attitude toward whatever circumstances we are placed in! Those, for instance, who stretch themselves in service— though laced with limiting diseases-are often the healthiest among us! The Spirit can drive the flesh beyond where the body first agrees to go!"

Neal A. Maxwell "Notwithstanding My Weakness" Ensign, Nov. 1976, p. 14

"An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered."

G.K. Chesterton

"You must know that Lucifer will oppose you, and be prepared for his opposition. Do not be surprised. He wants you to fail. Discouragement is one of the devil's tools. Have courage and go forward. Recognize that the gospel has been preached with some pain and sorrow from the very beginning of time. Do not expect that your experience will be otherwise."

"What I Want My Son to Know Before He Leaves on His Mission" - Faust, CR, April 1996

"This is our first interest as a church-to save and exalt the souls of the children of men. There is no richer program anywhere in the world than we have in the Church today for the building of men and women and providing the answers to the problems that face parents, families, and individuals. It is a program that is needed today as never before."

Ezra Taft Benson, "God, Family, Country: Our Three Great Loyalties," [Deseret Book Co., 1974], p. 43

"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant."

Robert Louis Stevenson

"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."

Sir Winston Churchill

"Infinite riches are all around you if you will open your mental eyes and behold the treasure house of infinity within you. There is a gold mine within you from which you can extract everything you need to live life gloriously, joyously, and abundantly"

Joseph Murphy

"The men who build the future are those who know that greater things are yet to come, and that they themselves will help bring them about."

Melvin J. Evans

"Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead."

Louisa May Alcott

"What would it be like if you lived each day, each breath, as a work of art in progress? Imagine that you are a Masterpiece unfolding, every second of every day, a work of art taking form with every breath."

Thomas Crum