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    9 Lessons from Elder Perry

    What did you learn from Elder L. Tom Perry?

    Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles passed away on May 30, 2015. In his 41 years as an Apostle, Elder Perry taught us many wonderful lessons. Here are just nine lessons we learned from Elder Perry. What did you learn from Elder Perry?

    1. Obedience is a choice.

    “Obedience is a choice. It is a choice between our own limited knowledge and power and God’s unlimited wisdom and omnipotence” (“Obedience through Our Faithfulness,” Ensign, May 2014, 103).

    2. See yourself as He sees you.

    “Have you ever thought of yourself as a junior angel crowned with glory and honor? Every one of our Father in Heaven’s children is great in His sight. If the Lord sees greatness in you, how then should you see yourself?” (“Youth of the Noble Birthright,” Ensign, Nov. 1998).

    3. We can be a light.

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    4. We have the most valuable information in all the world.

    “The message of the gospel of Jesus Christ is unlike anything else you will share with others. In the information age, it is the most valuable information in all the world. There is no question about its worth. It is a pearl of great price” (“Perfect Love Casteth Out Fear,Ensign, Nov. 2011, 43-44).

    5. Studying the Articles of Faith will help us share the gospel.



    6. Commandments are steps back to Heavenly Father.

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    7. How you live determines who you are.

    “A good character is something you must make for yourself. It cannot be inherited from parents. It cannot be created by having extraordinary advantages. It isn’t a gift of birth, wealth, talent, or station. It is the result of your own endeavor. It is the reward that comes from living good principles and manifesting a virtuous and honorable life” (“The Tradition of a Balanced, Righteous Life,” Ensign, Aug. 2011, 36).

    8. Ask questions as you study.

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    9. Our greatest weakness is our lack of faith in ourselves.

    “One of the greatest weaknesses in most of us is our lack of faith in ourselves. One of our common failings is to depreciate our tremendous worth” (“Be the Best of Whatever You Are” [Brigham Young University devotional, Mar. 12, 1974],

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