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Packet 10


All Packet 10 Quotes (PDFs and Docs) - Alphabetical Order

All Packet 10 Quotes (PDFs and Docs) - Numerical Order

1. "A good name is better than riches."          

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)  Spanish writer, novelist

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2. "A man who examines the saddle and bridle and not the animal itself when he is out to buy a horse is a fool; similarly, only an absolute fool values a man according to his clothes, or according to his position, which after all is only something we wear like clothing."


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3. "A testimony is fragile.  It is as hard to hold as a moonbeam.  It is something you have to recapture every day of your life"

-Harold B. Lee (Church News, July 15, 1972, p. 4)

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4. "And when mistakes occur, let them become instructive, not destructive"     

Neal A. Maxwell (Ensign, May 1982, p. 39)

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5. "As we survey the challenges of life, that which is easy is rarely right" 

President Thomas S. Monson, L.D.S. Historical Calendar – 1999

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6. "Ask God for guidance and then hang on for the Ride!"            

Rose Kennedy

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7. "Avoid prayers that appear to be a set of instructions to the Lord—do this, bless that, change this, help me with that.  Rather, be a compliant student to the Ultimate Teacher.  He wants you to succeed even more than you do yourself"  

Richard G. Scott – BYU Dev., June 3, 1990

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8. "Be cheerful in all that you do.  Live joyfully.  Live happily.  Live enthusiastically, knowing that God does not dwell in gloom and melancholy, but in light and love" 

Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p. 339

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9. "Be such a man and live such a life that if every man were such as you, and every life a life like yours, this earth would be God"s paradise"

Phillips Brooks

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10.  "Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment."

Jim Rohn

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11. "Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment"     

Oprah Winfrey

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12. "Every ounce of pornography and immoral entertainment will cause you to lose a pound of spirituality.  And it will only take a few ounces of immorality to cause you to lose all of your spiritual strength, for the Lord"s Spirit will not dwell in an unclean temple"

Joseph B. Wirthlin, BYU, Oct. 26, 1986

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13. "Fear is that little darkroom where negatives are developed"

Michael Pritchard

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14. "Get all the schooling you can.  Education is the key that unlocks the door of opportunity.  God has placed upon this people a mandate to acquire knowledge 'even by study and also by faith""

President Gordon B. Hinckley, Oct. 4, 1997 General Conference, "Some Thoughts on Temples, Retention of Converts, and Missionary Service"

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15. "He (the Lord) is 'in the details" of your lives.  He knows you perfectly" 

Neal A. Maxwell, BYU Fireside, March 27, 1994 - "Called to Serve"

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16. "I know that with the demands of daily living there is little time to read anything.  But I promise you   that if you will read that which we call scripture, there will come into your heart an understanding and a warmth that will be pleasing to experience" 

President Hinckley, Ensign, April, 1983, p. 7

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17. "I urge you to choose companions well and cherish those friends who lift you and make you better in their presence.  And be such friends to one another"               

Russell M. Nelson, BYU Dev., Jan. 7, 1990

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18. "I want to live my life so that I can look back and say, 'I"m glad I did," rather than 'I wish I would have.'"

 Kevin M.  Harrison, Priest, Dover Ward  (Church News, May 9, 1998, p. 10

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19. "If you will show me the songs which a people or a community sing, then I will tell you the character of that community"    

Rudger Clawson, C.R.  4/07:32

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20. "Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it.  No idleness, no delay, no procrastination; never put off till tomorrow what you can do today"                        

Earl of Chesterfield

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21. "Let us not take the negative side of life.  Very little good has been really accomplished by men who took that attitude.  It is the men who assume the positive attitude in life that accomplish worthwhile things"                                      

Don B. Colton,  Conf. Report, Oct. 1933, p. 55

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22. "Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them.  The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us"                   


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23. "Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand"                 

Mother Teresa

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24. "I love the youth of the Church.  I have said again and again that I think we have never had a better generation than this.  How grateful I am for your integrity, for your ambition to train your minds and your hands to do good work, for your love for the word of the Lord, and for your desire to walk in paths of virtue, and truth and goodness" 

President Gordon B. Hinckley  (L.D.S. Historical Calendar – 1999)

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25. "No trial is joyous for the present but grievous to be borne; but trials yield their blessings, when patiently endured"   

John Taylor, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 6, p. 166-7

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26. "Prayer is the royal road between each of us and our Heavenly Father.  Whether it remains open or is closed is for our determination"

J. Reuben Clark, Jr., Conf. Report,  10/58:45

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27. "Satan wants us to feel unequal to our worldly tasks.  If we turn to God, He will lead us through our darkest hours"                 

Marvin J. Ashton  (Ensign, Nov. 1980, p. 60)

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28. "Steadiness and toil will serve you better than brilliance" 

President James E. Faust, Oct. 1997 Gen. Conf. Priesthood Session)

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29. "That which we persist in doing becomes easier for us to do; not that the nature of the thing itself is changed, but that our power to do is increased"  

President Heber J. Grant

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30. "The Gospel of Jesus Christ makes bad men good, and good men better" 

David O. McKay

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31. "There can be no equal to the peace of mind that always comes as the reward for obedience to truth"         

Robert L. Simpson,  Conf. Report  10/1967, p. 19

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32. "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us"

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33. "When life gives you a kick, let it kick you forward"

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34. "When obedience ceases to be an irritant and becomes our quest, in that moment God will endow us with power" 

President Ezra Taft Benson

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35. "When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which had been opened for us"

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36. "When seeking wise counsel, turn to those who have exhibited obedience to the commandments and willingness to follow the promptings of the Spirit"       

Robert D. Hales (Ensign, Nov. 1988, p. 10) 

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