"Disengagement from the world is best followed by being anxiously engaged in the Lord's work." — Neal A. Maxwell, "Wherefore Ye Must Press Forward," p. 3 - 4
"While we should be 'anxiously engaged,' we need not be hectically engaged. We can be diligent and still do things in 'wisdom and order'—;without going faster than we 'have strength and means' (Mosiah 4:27; D&C 10:4)." — Neal A. Maxwell, "Men and Women of Christ," p. 24
"So it is not enough to receive the priesthood and then sit back passively and wait until someone prods us into activity. When we receive the priesthood, we have the obligation of becoming actively and anxiously engaged in promoting the cause of righteousness in the earth,..." — Ezra Taft Benson, "Conference Report," October 1948, p. 101
"And inasmuch as people feel earnest and anxious to do good, to use the means that God blesses them with in doing good, in sending the Gospel to the nations, and in gathering the elect of God—;and as this feeling prevails and increases among the people generally—;the Seventies and Elders, when they feel this spirit moving upon them, should not wait, supinely rest upon their oars, but be ready to act." — Erastus Snow, "Journal of Discourses," Vol. 25, p. 36-37
"We are living in a wonderful season of the work of the Lord. The work is growing ever stronger. It is expanding across the world. Each of us has an important part to play in this great undertaking. People in more than 160 nations, speaking a score of languages and more, worship our Father in Heaven and our Redeemer, His Beloved Son. This is their great work. It is their cause and their kingdom." — Gordon B. Hinckley, "May We Be Faithful and True," General Conference, April 1997
"In summary, try a little harder to measure up to the divine within each of you. As Alma said, 'Awake and arouse your faculties' (Alma 32:27)." - Gordon B. Hinckley, "The Light within You," Ensign, May 1995, p. 99
"When you make a basket in a basketball game or kick a goal in soccer, there's a great feeling of accomplishment and excitement. The same thing happens when you make gospel points. You feel good about yourself. You also feel closer to the Lord. You feel the excitement of knowing you're doing what God wants you to do." - Russell C. Taylor, "Making Points for Righteousness," Ensign (CR), May 1989, p.40
"In recalling some of the Savior's well-known teachings, the word now can be appropriately added to emphasize their impact. 'If ye love me, keep my commandments' ... NOW. (See John 14:25.) 'Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature' ... NOW. (See Mark 16:15.) 'Come, follow me' ... NOW. (See Luke 18:22.) Truly, if we love God, we will serve him ... NOW.
"There are those among us, though they would deny it, who are hungry for fellowship and activity in the Church today. They need us and we need them. It is our duty and blessing to help them find the way now. We and they are God's sheep, and we can best be fed and led together. Today is the time to let them know we care and that the Lord loves them. He stands anxious to forgive and welcome in the processes of repentance. God give us the courage to act now." - Marvin J. Ashton, "The Time Is Now," Ensign (CR), May 1975, p.85
"Love the Lord with all your heart, might, mind, and strength. Enlist in great and noble causes. Create of your homes sanctuaries of holiness and strength. Magnify your callings in the Church. Fill your minds with learning. Strengthen your testimonies. Reach out to others.
"Create of your life a masterpiece.
"Brothers and sisters, the abundant life does not come to us packaged and ready-made. It's not something we can order and expect to find delivered with the afternoon mail. It does not come without hardship or sorrow.
"It comes through faith, hope, and charity. And it comes to those who, in spite of hardship and sorrow, understand the words of one writer who said, 'In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.' (Albert Camus, in John Bartlett, comp., Familiar Quotations, 16th ed. (1980), 732.)" - Joseph B. Wirthlin, "The Abundant Life," CR April 2006
"We do not prove our love for the Savior only by doing 'some great thing.' If the prophet personally asked you to go on a mission to some strange and exotic place, would you go? You would probably make every effort to go. But what about paying tithing? What about doing your home teaching? We show our love for the Savior by doing the many small acts of faith, devotion, and kindness to others that define our character." - President James E. Faust, “Some Great Thing”, Ensign (CR), November 2001, p.46
“I suppose if I have learned anything in life, it is that we are to keep moving, keep trying—as long as we breathe! If we do, we will be surprised at how much more can still be done.” - Spencer W. Kimball, "Do Not Weary by the Way,” Ensign (CR), November 1980, p. 76
"To live the Gospel requires positive action. Restful repose is a temptation of the Evil One. There is no excellence without labor, no reward without achievement, no blessing without fulfilling the conditions upon which the blessing is predicated. Granted, you say. Yes, and my urge is that we remember these sayings and continually apply them in our efforts to live the Gospel." - Joseph F. Merrill, "Conference Report," April 1938, Afternoon Meeting, p. 34
"We are to learn our duty from the Lord, and then we are to act in all diligence, never being lazy or slothful. The pattern is simple but not easy to follow. We are so easily distracted. Studying the daily news can appear more interesting than the priesthood lesson manual. Sitting down to rest can be more attractive than making appointments to visit those who need our priesthood service.
"When I find myself drawn away from my priesthood duties by other interests and when my body begs for rest, I give to myself this rallying cry: 'Remember Him.' The Lord is our perfect example of diligence in priesthood service. He is our captain. He called us. He goes before us. He chose us to follow Him and to bring others with us." - Henry B. Eyring, "Act in All Diligence," Ensign (CR) May 2010
As it is in using the letters of the alphabet in writing, so it is in putting things together in our lives; action is all-important, but action alone is not enough. We need the right kind of action, purposeful action—the things we do should add up in meaningful ways and contribute to rich, purposeful living here and bring eternal joy hereafter. The wrong kind of action can destroy. - William H. Bennett, "Inertia," Ensign (CR) May 1974
Our President is dynamically out in front, showing the way. The question we must all ask ourselves is, “Are we keeping pace with him?” Each one of us must be prepared to answer that question. I can assure you that it is a subject of considerable discussion among the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. I hope the same is true of every council in every ward and stake in the Church. This is not the time to relax or to coast in our callings. Every council of the Church should be working together on ways to be more effective in preparing our members to be worthy to enjoy all the blessings of the Church and especially the blessings of the temple. - M. Russell Ballad, "Are We Keeping Pace?, Ensign (CR) November 1998
All of this symbolism attests to one fact: great things are brought about and burdens are lightened through the efforts of many hands “anxiously engaged in a good cause” (D&C 58:27). Imagine what the millions of Latter-day Saints could accomplish in the world if we functioned like a beehive in our focused, concentrated commitment to the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. - M. Russell Ballard, "Be Anxiously Engaged," Ensign (CR) November 2012
When our time in mortality is complete, what experiences will we be able to share about our own contribution to this significant period of our lives and to the furthering of the Lord’s work? Will we be able to say that we rolled up our sleeves and labored with all our heart, might, mind, and strength? Or will we have to admit that our role was mostly that of an observer? - Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Are You Sleeping through the Restoration?” Ensign (CR) May 2014
There is a necessity of our being more industrious, many of us, in getting into the spirit of this reformation more than what has already been received. There is a danger of our being satisfied with a superficial advancement, with merely advancing on the surface. We talk of walking in the light of the Spirit and of feeling it upon us, but do we do these things? We ought to dig deep into the things of God, lay our foundation upon the rock, until we come to that water which shall be in us an everlasting fountain of eternal life in the midst of the people in this reformation. - Lorenzo Snow, "Journal of Discourses, 26 vols.," 4:185
As we are yoked with Him through sacred covenants and receive the enabling power of His Atonement in our lives, we increasingly will seek to understand and live according to His will. We also will pray for the strength to learn from, change, or accept our circumstances rather than praying relentlessly for God to change our circumstances according to our will. We will become agents who act rather than objects that are acted upon (see 2 Nephi 2:14). We will be blessed with spiritual traction. - David A. Bednar, “Bear Up Their Burdens with Ease,” Ensign (CR) May 2014
The Lord invites us using various verbs: “Come unto me,” “Follow me,” “Walk with me.” In each case it is not a passive invitation; it is an invitation to act. It is addressed to all mankind by the one who is the Prophet of prophets, the Teacher of teachers, the Son of God, the Messiah. - Eduardo Gavarret, “Yes, Lord, I Will Follow Thee,” Ensign (CR) November 2014
The question is frequently asked, What should one pray for? Well, prayer being the soul’s sincere desire, uttered or unexpressed, pray for your righteous desires. But never forget that whatever our prayers are, we can supplement our heavenly request with some positive action on our part. - Franklin D. Richards, “The Importance of Prayer,” Ensign (CR) April 1972
This spirit of being anxiously engaged in caring about those who are not partaking of the blessings of the gospel is not confined to those who are called as shepherds but should permeate the lives of all of God’s children. - Robert D. Hales, “Some Have Compassion, Making a Difference,” Ensign (CR) April 1987
I want a safe, continuous tie, an anchorage in the hour of need. I want help that I might have greater faith, to connect life with eternity; to practice a real brotherhood of man; an opportunity where I can truly repent, feel forgiveness, and make high resolve. To enjoy and feel the strength of prayer. To know God's will, and live in harmony with it. - Oscar A. Kirkham, "Conference Report," April 1946, Second Day—Morning Meeting, p. 57
I would like to say that it has been reported that someone said a dirt-road traveler traveling along the highway saw a sign that read, "You had better pick your rut now because you are going to be in it for the next twenty miles." There is nothing that says you are going to be in it for the rest of your life, and while most of us may detour a little—we get in trouble, and we may be in a rut for a little while—it does not mean we cannot get out of the rut and get on a good, hard highway and make up for the years we were in the rut by getting on that road that leads us to life eternal. - Carl W. Buehner, "Conference Report," April 1958, Second Day—Morning Meeting, p. 56
"David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine." (1 Sam. 17:48.) I think it is significant that the scriptures indicate this young boy who was on the Lord's errand did not merely saunter, nor walk, but he actually ran and conquered. David had faith. - J. Thomas Fyans, "Make Haste to Obey," Ensign (CR), May 1975, p.88
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