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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Packet 2


All Packet 2 Quotes (PDFs and Docs) - Alphabetical Order

All Packet 2 Quotes (PDFs and Docs) - Numerical Order

l. "A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives a rose."

-Chinese Proverb-

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2. "Any man may make a mistake, but none but a fool will continue in it."


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3. "Any pleasure which keeps the heart from God will be fatal to the soul."

-Richard Fuller-

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4. "At present, the Book of Mormon is studied in our S.S. and seminary classes every fourth year. This 4-year pattern, however, must not be followed by Church members in their personal and family study. We need to read daily from the pages of the book that will get a man 'nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.'"

-Pres. Ezra Taft Benson, Gen. Conf., Oct., 1988-

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5. "Beloved young friends, much of our future rests with you. You are needed-not to be weak, but to be strong. WE BELIEVE IN YOU."

-David B. Haight-

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6. "Be willing to learn each day from others."

-George I. Cannon-

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7. "Cast your bread upon the waters-and it will come back toasted and buttered."

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8. "CHARACTER is much easier kept than recovered."

-Thomas Paine-

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9. "Do you want to REPENT or RATIONALIZE?"

-Hugh B. Brown-

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10. "Don't ask the Lord to guide your footsteps unless you are willing to move your feet."

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11. "Every country in the world desperately needs a young generation of champions--champions of TRUTH, of HONESTY, of PURITY, of HIGH MORAL STANDARDS."

-David B. Haight-

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12. "For those who are single and dating, carefully plan positive and constructive activities so that you are not left to yourselves with nothing to do but share affection."

-Pres. Ezra Taft Benson-

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13. "If a man be pure in thought, he will be correspondingly pure in action; but if he allows his mind to roam in unrestricted freedom through the various avenues of evil or to dwell unchecked upon the contemplation of forbidden indulgences, it will not be long before his feet tread those paths and his hand plucks the tempting but deceitful fruit."

-Pres. George Q. Cannon-

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14. "If it is worth spending 12 to 20 years to prepare for a life of 75 years, what is it worth to prepare for a life that never ends?"

-Elder LeGrand Richards-

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15. "If you're not heaven to be around, then you're not heaven-bound."

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16. "It is my belief that the Lord has held many of you in reserve in the spirit world to come to earth at this particular time when temptations are the greatest and strength of character is most needed."

-Pres. Ezra Taft Benson-

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17. "It is not enough simply to try to resist evil or empty our lives of sin. We must also fill our lives with righteousness. We must engage in activities that bring spiritual power."

-Pres. Ezra Taft Benson-

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18. "Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience."

-George Washington (at age 15)-

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19. "Let the Twelve be humble, and not be exalted, and beware of pride, and not seek to excel one above another; but act for each other's good, and pray for one another, and honor our brother or make honorable mention of his name, and not backbite and devour our brother."

-Joseph Smith-

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20. "REAL LOVE is not a selfish emotion."

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21. "Make choices-not excuses."

-Charles Givens (book: Super Self)-

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22. "Many people spend most of their time working in the service of a self-image that includes sufficient money, stocks, bonds, investment portfolios, property, credit cards, furnishings, automobiles, and the like to guarantee carnal security throughout, it is hoped, a long and happy life. Forgotten is the fact that our assignment is to use these many resources in our families and quorums to build up the kingdom of God-to further the missionary effort and the genealogical and temple work; to raise our children up as fruitful servants unto the Lord; to bless others in every way, that they may also be fruitful. Instead, we expend these blessings on our own desires."

-President Spencer W. Kimball-

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23. "My talents may not be great, but I can use them to bless the lives of others. I can be one who does his work with pride in that which comes from hand and mind. I can be one who works with respect for associates, for their opinions, for their beliefs, with appreciation for their problems and a desire to help them should they stumble."

-Gordon B. Hinckley-

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24. "Never forget that the purpose for which a man lives is the improvement of the man himself, so that he may go out of this world having, in his great sphere or his small one, done some little good for his fellow creatures, and labored a little to diminish the sin and sorrow that are in the world."

-W. E. Gladstone-

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25. "No act of love, however small, is ever wasted."

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26. "One good but mistaken man I know claimed he could get more out of a good book on Sunday than he could get in attending church services, saying that the sermons were hardly up to his standards. But we do not go to Sabbath meetings to be entertained or even solely to be instructed. We go to worship the Lord. It is an individual responsibility, and regardless of what is said from the pulpit, if one wishes to worship the Lord in spirit and in truth, he may do so by attending his meetings, partaking of the sacrament, and contemplating the beauties of the gospel. If the service is a failure to you, you have failed. No one can worship for you; you must do your own waiting upon the Lord."

-President Spencer W. Kimball-

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27. "Prayer keeps a man from sin--and sin keeps a man from prayer."

-Brigham Young-

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28. "Pride must be a special challenge in this dispensation, because the Book of Mormon, which was written to the people of our day, contains the most intensive and repetitive teachings about the evils of pride. It identifies pride as the cause of the spiritual and temporal downfall of the people of God."

-Dallin H. Oaks-

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29. "Restrain your tongues in criticism of others. It is so easy to find fault. It is so much nobler to speak constructively."

-Gordon B. Hinckley-

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30. "Selfishness is much more than an ordinary problem because it activates all the cardinal sins! It is the detonator in the breaking of the Ten Commandments."

-Neal A. Maxwell-

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31. "SUCCESS is getting what you want. HAPPINESS is wanting what you get."

-Carl Trumbell Hayden-

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32. "Thanking your Heavenly Father for your blessings will help you remain secure. Pray for the help you need in your personal life, your education, your career, and your relationships. You students must know that the Lord will help you understand calculus and economics as surely as He will help you understand the principles of the gospel-if you ask Him after doing all that you can do on your own."

-M. Russell Ballard, Speeches 1992-3, p. 7-

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33. "The destructive forces of Satan are becoming increasingly more effective in their relentless pursuit of the hearts and minds of men and women everywhere. Many of the very elite in the army of the Lord quite innocently have been led into habits that are gaining a stranglehold on them. I fear that there are members who are far less effective and far less satisfied with themselves than they could be or would be if they weren't so afflicted. Many of you may be victims and not even realize it."

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34. "The devil is a shrewd fighter, and we must be aware of his tactics. He tempts us with the transitory pleasures of the world so that we will not focus our minds and efforts on the things that bring eternal joy."

-M. Russell Ballard-

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35. "The Lord votes for you-Satan votes against you--YOU cast the deciding vote!"

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36. "The most important things in life are not 'THINGS'."

-Marion D. Hanks-

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37. "The trouble with being punctual is that nobody's there to appreciate it."

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38. "There is no free lunch. If there is any magic to life, it is learning how to work with all your 'heart, might, mind, and strength.' Work is a blessing and not a curse."

-George I. Cannon-

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39. "There is nothing noble in being superior to some other man. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self."

-Hindu Proverb-

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40. "Transgression of any kind is always accompanied by a loss of self- esteem."

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41. "Through the lens of spirituality, we see all the commandments of God as invitations to blessings."

-Dallin H. Oaks-

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42. "Well begun is half done."

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43. "When it comes to doing for others, some people will stop at nothing."

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44. "Wherever there is a human being, there is a chance for a kindness."


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45. "Wise men are known through their association with the wise."

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46. "Wise men learn from experience, but super wise men learn from others' experiences."

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