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It is My Daily Mood that Makes the Weather

"A prerequisite for 'doing' is goal setting."

Marvin J. Ashton - Ensign, May 1983, page 31

"If you do not magnify your calling, God will hold you responsible for those you might have saved, had you done your duty."

John Taylor - Quoted by Thomas S. Monson, Ensign, May 1986, pp. 37-38

"In the missionary training centers, we teach the missionaries that they need to develop genuinely warm, personal, caring relationships with those whom they meet. They must learn to listen with understanding and to show sincere sensitivity to the interests and concerns of those they teach. As missionaries teach the doctrines, they need to find out what their contacts think and feel so they can clarify misunderstandings, ease doubts, resolve concerns, and provide encouragement. The warm, sincere spirit of the missionaries is essential to help non-members feel and recognize the Spirit of the Lord, because the Spirit is the power that leads to conversion."

Elder M. Russell Ballard - October 1988 General Conference

"I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make a life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated. If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be,—-we help them become what they are capable of becoming."


"To be successful, missionaries must avoid worldly things. Remember that you have a relatively short time to serve the Lord full-time, and the rest of your life to think about it."

Howard W. Hunter - The Teachings of Howard W. Hunter, p. 251

"When we do successful missionary work, we have multiplied not just the membership of the Church­-but human happiness! When the Church seeks to grow, we are not in some contest of numbers or in a search for proximate political power; we are seeking to spread salvation and human happiness. Can there be anything more relevant than things such as these?"

Harold B. Lee - The Teachings of Harold B. Lee, p. 612

"We have received a wonderful gift, but with that gift comes a great responsibility. We have been blessed of the Lord with a knowledge beyond our fellows, and with that knowledge comes the requirement that we divide it with his children wherever they may be.

George Albert Smith - Sharing the Gospel, p. 150

"I promise that when you get your release, if you have forgotten yourself these years, all will have come to you, the things that you might have wished for yourself, and you shall have them all, even though you did not anticipate and wait for them. You shall have obtained knowledge and the spirit of the gospel, and your testimony shall have increased. You shall be polished; you shall have a sublime and beautiful life."

Spencer W. Kimball - The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, page 590

"You are in the greatest work in the world, and nothing in this world can compare to it. Building homes and bridges is nothing. Building worlds is nothing compared to the lives you are building. The saving of mortal lives isn't any important accomplishment as compared to what you are doing. You might go out here to one of these cemeteries and raise the dead, even a thousand or ten thousand of them, and you haven't done anything compared to what you are doing when you are saving people."

Spencer W. Kimball - The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, p. 547

"Though some good work has been done, it is almost as though we were removing the Wasatch Mountains with shovels. ... There are hundreds of thousands waiting—honest souls who are waiting. It seems a formidable task, but with all the help and inspiration and inventions available to us, we can do it."

Spencer W. Kimball - The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball , p. 549