"In this long eternal quest to be more like our Savior, may we try to be “perfect” men and women in at least this one way now—by offending not in word, or more positively put, by speaking with a new tongue, the tongue of angels. Our words, like our deeds, should be filled with faith and hope and charity."
"It is a great source of spiritual power to live lives of integrity and righteousness and to keep our eyes on where we want to be in the eternities."
"I believe that we can accomplish any object that we make up our minds to, and no boy or girl ought to sit down and say, because they cannot do as well as somebody else, that they will not do anything."
—Heber J. Grant, "Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Heber J. Grant"
Topics: Goals, Confidence
"Courage is required to make an initial thrust toward one’s coveted goal, but even greater courage is called for when one stumbles and must make a second effort to achieve. Have the determination to make the effort, the single-mindedness to work toward a worthy goal, and the courage not only to face the challenges that inevitably come but also to make a second effort, should such be required."
""Many choices are not inherently evil, but if they absorb all of our time and keep us from the best choices, then they become insidious. Even worthwhile endeavors need evaluation in order to determine if they have become distractions from the best goals.""
"Personal testimony of the gospel and the Church is the most important thing you can earn in this life. It will not only bless and guide you during this life, but it will also have a direct bearing on your life throughout eternity."
""Lifetime goals … take focus and time to achieve. Making these goals is not enough; we must make a plan to carry them out. Tonight or tomorrow, ponder what you want to achieve in your life and what your goals should be. Take the time to write them down and review them throughout the coming years. Then spend a few hours asking yourself what you can do to accomplish these goals today, tomorrow, next week, and in months ahead.""
"Now is the time to align our goals with God’s goals. His work and His glory—"to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man"—can become ours."
"Set goals that are well balanced—not too many nor too few, and not too high nor too low. Write down your attainable goals and work on them according to their importance. Pray for divine guidance in your goal setting."
"Yes, obtaining talents requires work, but how great shall be our joy when we hear the Lord tell us, "Well done. Thy gifts and talents shall be multiplied because of thy diligence" (see Matthew 25:14–30)."
—Mervyn B. Arnold, "Where Am I? How to Discover and Develop Your Spiritual Gifts and Talents"