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"Any task in life is easier if we approach it with the one at a time attitude. ... To cite a whimsical saying; 'If you chase two rabbits, both of them will escape.' No one is adequate to do everything all at once. We have to select what is important, what is possible, and begin where we are, with what we have. And if we beginand if we keep going the weight, the worry, the doubt, the depression will begin to lift .... We can't do everything always, but we can do something now, and doing something will help to lift the weight and lessen the worry, 'The beginning,' said Plato, 'is the most important part.'"
--Richard L. Evans, Thoughts for One Hundred Days, vol. 4, pp. 89-90
God does not begin by asking us about our ability, but only about our availability, and if we then prove our dependability, he will increase our capability!
Neal A. Maxwell : American religious leader
Neal Maxwell
Anger should never be an overnight guest.
Neal A. Maxwell : American religious leader
Neal Maxwell
If you have not chosen the kingdom of God first, it will in the end make no difference what you have chosen instead.
Neal A. Maxwell : American religious leader
Neal Maxwell
For the faithful, our finest hours are sometimes during or just following our darkest hours.
Neal A. Maxwell : American religious leader
Neal Maxwell
In racing marathons, one does not see the dropouts make fun of those who continue; failed runners actually cheer on those who continue the race, wishing they were still in it. Not so with the marathon of discipleship in which some dropouts then make fun of the spiritual enterprise of which they were so recently a part!
Neal A. Maxwell : American religious leader
Neal Maxwell
We must not fail, individually, for if we fail, we fail twice - for ourselves and for those who could have been helped, if we had done our duty.
Neal A. Maxwell
The great challenge is to refuse to let the bad things that happen to us do bad things to us. That is the crucial difference between adversity and tragedy.
Neal A. Maxwell
There is no democracy of facts.
Neal A. Maxwell
Sometimes we are so busy being the hammer or the anvil, that we forget who really needs the shaping.
Neal A. Maxwell
Trials and tribulations tend to squeeze the artificiality out of us, leaving the essence of what we really are and clarifying what we really yearn for.
Neal A. Maxwell
When the real history of mankind is fully disclosed, will it feature the echoes of gunfire or the shaping sound of lullabies? The great armistices made by military men of the peacemaking of women in home and in neighborhoods? Will what happened in cradles and kitchens prove to be more controlling than what happened in congresses? When the surf of the centuries has made the great pyramids so much sand, the everlasting family will still be standing, because it is a celestial institution, formed outside telestial time.
Neal A. Maxwell
Letting off steam always produces more heat than light.
Neal A. Maxwell
"I am like a huge, rough stone rolling down from a high mountain; and the only polishing I get is when some corner gets rubbed off by coming in contact with something else, striking with accelerated force against religious bigotry, priestcraft, lawyer-craft, doctor-craft, lying editors, suborned judges and jurors, and the authority of perjured executives, backed by mobs, blasphemers, licentious and corrupt men and women--all hell knocking off a corner here and a corner there. Thus I will become a smooth and polished shaft in the quiver of the Almighty, who will give me dominion over all and every one of them, when their refuge of lies shall fail, and their hiding place shall be destroyed, while these smooth-polished stones with which I come in contact become marred."
Joseph Smith, Nauvoo, Illinois, May 21, 1843, History of the Church, 5:401
"So where should each of us make our stand? As we demonstrate our devotion to God by our daily acts of righteousness, He can know where we stand. For all of us this life is a time of sifting and refining. We all face trials. Individual members in the early days of the Church were tested and refined when they had to decide if they had the faith . . . to put their belongings in a wagon or a pioneer handcart and travel across the American plains. Some did not have the faith. Those who did traveled 'with faith in every footstep.' In our time we are going through an increasingly difficult time of refining and testing. The tests are more subtle because the lines between good and evil are being eroded. Very little seems to be sacred in any of our public communication. In this environment we will need to make sure where we stand all of the time in our commitment to eternal truths and covenants."
James E. Faust, "Where Do I Make My Stand?" Ensign, Nov. 2004, 21
I have always found that when we do the little things correctly, the Lord gives us the strength to accomplish big things... You might not always understand the reasons for some rules or commandments, but if you will follow them even in the little things you will have more strength to do big things... And you will have the great blessing of knowing that you are on the Lord's side and that He is on yours.
Donald L. Hallstrom, "Friend to Friend: On the Lord's Side," Friend, Sept. 2002, 8