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The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Doctrine and Covenants 121:34-36


(2/06/03)
"'Being called,' therefore, is not always precisely the same as 'being chosen,' and even those 'chosen' must still finally qualify as those who are 'faithful' (see D&C 121:34-35). Called, chosen, and faithful Joseph Smith, who slept on a 'dirty straw couch' in a 'lonesome, dark, and dirty' jail in Liberty, was in that sense triply crowned, for he 'endured it well.'" Neal A. Maxwell, "But for a Small Moment," [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1986], p. 103

(2/07/03)
"How seductive the lure of power and the prestige that goes with it can be! The acclaim of the people, the virtual adulation in which leaders are held by many members, the hanging-on-every-word attention leaders receive-all are powerful intoxicants, easily capable of corrupting the unwary shepherd. Leaders should, of course, be grateful for the love and support of the Saints. But they must discount personal praise directed at them, recognizing that whatever fraction is deserved rightfully belongs to the Good Shepherd and the Father. We can take little credit if we utilize well gifts and talents that have been bestowed upon us. The credit belongs to the Giver of Gifts, not the receiver. When dealing with the praise of men, perhaps it would be wise to adopt something of the attitude of the Duke of Wellington. 'Asked if he were pleased to have been mobbed by the ecstatic population of Brussels on his return from Waterloo [Wellington] rejoined, 'Not in the least; if I had failed, they would have shot me.' ' (John Keegan, The Mask of Command, p. 163.)" Alexander B. Morrison, "Feed My Sheep: Leadership Ideas for Latter-day Shepherds," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1992], p. 170

(2/08/03)
"The Israelites were commanded to be more than honest. If they came upon a lost ox, they were to search out the owner so they could return the animal. Today, our intentions and dealings must be similarly pure and sound. If our selfish 'hearts are set so much upon the things of this world' (D&C 121:35), we can easily lose our integrity. We must be fair with suppliers, customers, and employees; repay obligations and keep agreements; and never deceive by failing to disclose all facts about an investment or business venture." Joseph B. Wirthlin, "Finding Peace in Our Lives," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1995], p. 192

(2/09/03)
"Probably the greatest counsel that anybody could give you, if you want to increase your faith, is that faith will come according to your personal righteousness. I stress the word personal because sometimes people feel that they can be exalted because of a good mate or a good family. But the truth is that each person must be personally worthy." Gene R. Cook, "Living by the Power of Faith," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1985], p. 78

(2/10/03)
"Our failure to be a 'peculiar' people in maintaining our standards, despite the jeers and the criticisms of the crowd, will be our failure to be chosen for that calling to which we are called. The Lord has told us, 'Behold, there are many called, but few are chosen' (D&C 121:34), and then in the same revelation points out two reasons why men fail of their blessings. The first reason he gives is that their hearts are set so much upon the things of this world, and the second is that they aspire so much to the honors of men. So then as Church members let us beware lest we set our hearts upon the things of this world and lest we aspire so much to the honors of men that we compromise our standards. If we do so, we will be cut off in the Day of Judgment and will lose our blessings. Our reward for daring to live the gospel despite the oppositions from the outside world will be to have blessings added upon our heads forever and forever." Harold B. Lee, "The Teachings of Harold B. Lee," edited by Clyde J. Williams [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1996], p. 166

12/11/16

The priesthood of God is a shield. It is a shield against the evils of the world. That shield needs to be kept clean; otherwise, our vision of our purpose and the dangers around us will be limited. The cleansing agent is personal righteousness, but not all will pay the price to keep their shields clean. The Lord said, “For many are called, but few are chosen.” We are called when hands are laid upon our heads and we are given the priesthood, but we are not chosen until we have demonstrated to God our righteousness, our faithfulness, and our commitment. – James E. Faust, “Called and Chosen,” Ensign (CR) November 2005


 
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