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Packet 5


All Packet 5 Quotes (PDFs and Docs) - Alphabetical Order

All Packet 5 Quotes (PDFs and Docs) - Numerical Order

1. A man filled with the love of God is not content with blessing his family alone, but ranges through the whole world, anxious to bless the whole human race."

--Joseph Smith

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2. A newspaper subscriber commented:

"Since reading that report, I've made a conscious effort to recall my blessings nearly every hour. Instead of dreading the drudgery of cleaning house, I express gratitude for my home. I've found so many things to be grateful for, little things like running water and electricity. A few weeks ago, I complained because my knees ached; now I say how grateful I am that I can walk. I think it's important to express our gratitude out loud. The positive focus on gratitude has pushed out of my mind the negative thoughts that were dragging me down."

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3. "A rose to the living is more sumptuous than a wreath to the dead."

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4. "...all things wherewith you have been afflicted shall work together for your good."

-- D&C 98:3

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5. "America is great because she is good and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great."

--Alexis De Tocqueville, 1835--

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6. "And blessed are all the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God."

--3 Nephi 12:9--

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7. "And now let the Saints remember that which we have ever taught them, both by precept and example, viz: to beware of an aspiring spirit, which would lift you up one above another."

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8. "...ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you."

--D&C 4:7--

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9. "Behold, verily, verily, I say unto you, ye must watch and pray always lest ye enter into temptation; for Satan desireth to have you, that he may sift you as wheat."

--3 Nephi 18:18--

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10. "Blessed is the home where all have learned to face their daily problems in a Christian spirit and to disagree without being disagreeable."

--Theodore F. Adams--

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11. "But there is danger...if we become lifted up in the pride of our hearts and think, because we have gathered an abundance of the wealth of this world, that we are a little better than our poor brother who labors eight or ten hours day at the hardest kind of labor. Any person having the name of Latter-day Saint who feels that he is better than, and distinguishes himself from, the poor and supposes that he belongs to a little higher class than they, is in danger."

--Orson Pratt--

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12. Challenge for Today: Think about the people in your ward or neighborhood. Think about the problems and trials some of them are facing. Choose 3 people and pray for them, by name. Be specific in your prayers. Then DO something, if you can.

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13. "Character is the aim of true education."

--David O. McKay--

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14. "Each of us has the same general calling. The Lord will not hold us blameless if we allow organizational responsibility- ---or lack of it---to interfere with the duty to care for those around us."

--S. Dilworth Young--

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15. "God does notice us and he watches over us. But it is usually through another person that he meets our needs. Therefore, it is vital that we serve each other in the kingdom..."

--Spencer W. Kimball, Ensign, Dec. 1974--

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16. "God hath entrusted me with myself."


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17. "I believe without any doubt that you are the finest generation this Church has ever had."

--Pres. Gordon B. Hinckley, Reg. Conf. March 2, 1997--

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18. "I care not if God is on my side; my constant hope and prayer is that I may be found upon God's side."

--Abraham Lincoln--

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19. "I come to see that the things which men give in the way of honor and respect and office and position are really of little worth. They are not worth what sometimes we feel we have to give in order to obtain them. I come to know that worldly goods are of no consequence whatever, save I have enough to eat, and to drink, and reasonably to wear."

--J. Reuben Clark--

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20. "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth."

--3 John 1:4--

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21. "I pray every day to overcome worldly temptations and my insecure feelings."

--Sister Bok Ja Moon Kim--

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22. "I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise."

--D&C 82:10--

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23. "If we are willing to put our trust in the Lord and keep his commandments, we have been promised that we will be blessed. The blessing might not come in the form of straight A's, having a date every Friday night, or inheriting a lot of money. But we will grow in capacity, experiencing joy along the way as we keep more and more of the commandments and eventually become prepared for a celestial existence."

--Janet Lee, BYU Speeches 1992-3, p. 12--

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24. "If we truly desire to please God and serve him, continual self-examination of our reasons for actions cannot fail to expose our selfish and sordid motives and challenge us to reform them. We can work to reform our motives if we are continually asking ourselves "Why am I taking this action?"

--Dallin H. Oaks--

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25. "If you are going to kill time, Try working it to death."

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26. "If you can control your thoughts, you can overcome habits--even degrading, personal habits. If you can learn to master them, you will have a happy life."

--Boyd K. Packer--

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27. "It is better to PREPARE and PREVENT than to REPAIR and REPENT!"

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28. "It's true that you can't take it with you, but folks ought to remember that how you got it may determine where you go."

--Author Unknown--

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29. "Julia Ward Howe was talking to a distinguished senator. She asked him to interest himself in the case of a person who needed help. The senator answered, 'Julia, I have become so busy, I can no longer concern myself with individuals.' She replied, 'That's remarkable. Even God hasn't reached that stage yet.'"

--Ralph W. Sockman--

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30. Just How Much Impact Does Music Have? In 1703 Andrew Fletcher, a great Scottish patriot, made this observation (and I paraphrase him): "You write the laws, let me write the music, and I will rule your country."

--Zig Ziglar-- Book: Raising Positive Kids in a Negative World

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32. "Life is a competition, not with others, but with ourselves. We should seek each day to live stronger, better, truer lives; each day to master some weakness of yesterday; each day to repair a mistake; each day to surpass ourselves."

--David B. Haight--

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33. "Life is not a goblet to be drained; it is a measure to be filled."


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34. Men become "puffed up in the pride of their hearts" from wisdom and learning as well as from riches.

--See 2 Nephi 28:15--

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35. "No other success can compensate for failure in the home."

--David O. McKay--

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36. "One of the important things the Lord has told us to do is to be liberal in our payment of fast offerings. I would like you to know that there are great rewards for so doing-- both spiritual and temporal rewards."

--Marion G. Romney--

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37. "One seldom-mentioned reason for keeping the commandments is that we then become genuinely happier with ourselves; otherwise, when we are unhappy with ourselves, as we all know, the grim tendency is to pass our misery along."

--Neal Maxwell--

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38. "Our attitudes determine how we evaluate our life's experiences. They determine how we evaluate ourselves. They also govern how we look at other people. Are we inclined to judge an eternal soul by the appearance of an earthly body? Do we see the beautiful soul of a brother or sister, or do we only see that person's earthly tabernacle? Bodies can be distorted by handicap, twisted by injury, or worn by age. But if we can learn to see the inner man and woman, we will be seeing as God sees, and loving as He loves."

--Dallin H. Oaks--

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39. "Please, dear God, make my words today sweet and tender, for tomorrow I may have to eat them."

--Author Unknown--

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40. Pres. Spencer W. Kimball has said: "I find that when I get casual in my relationships with divinity and when it seems that no divine ear is listening and no divine voice is speaking, that I am far, far away. If I immerse myself in the scriptures, the distance narrows and the spirituality returns."

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41. "So often, our acts of service consist of simple encouragement or of giving mundane help with mundane tasks, but what glorious consequences can flow from mundane acts and from small but deliberate deeds!"

--Spencer W. Kimball, Ensign, Dec. 1974--

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42. "Speech is a mirror of the soul: As a man speaks, so he is."

--Publilius Syrus--

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43. "The most valuable gift you can give another is a GOOD EXAMPLE."

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44. "The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without his teacher."

--Elbert Hubbard--

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45. "The real measure of our wealth is how much we would be worth if we lost all our money."

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46. "There is no traffic jam on the second mile."

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