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"Learn to accept adversity. No matter who you are or where you serve, you are going to have some. But do not fear the winds of adversity. Remember, a kite rises against the wind, rather than with it!" — Jacob de Jager, " Service and Happiness ," General Conference, October 1993
"The key, however, is to boldly face disappointments and the pains that accompany them. If you deny them or hide them from view, the chances are great that you will become worn out and fail. If, on the other hand, you meet them in a prayerful attitude asking for inner strength to overcome, the original disappointment will turn into an element of great strength and a firm foundation for further growth." — Jacob de Jager, " Overcoming Discouragement ," "New Era," Mar. 1984, p. 7
"While on our spiritual flight, let us totally empty our ballast bag of pride and be more humble in all things, always remembering the Saviors glorious promise to all: 'And inasmuch as you have humbled yourselves before me, the blessings of the kingdom are yours.' (D&C 61:37.)" - Jacob de Jager, "Climbing to Higher Spirituality," Ensign (CR), May 1983, p.75
"To those who are within the sound of my voice this day and who have already entered the wicker basket of their spiritual balloon through baptism into the kingdom of God but who are just sitting there, waiting inactively for things to happen, cut the cords that hold you back from lift-off.
"To those who are quietly drifting at the same elevation with little upward mobility, take a close look at the ballast that prevents you from going to a higher level of performance. Make a decision and remove the restraining weight from your spiritual flight.
"I give you a solemn promise that if you do this, you will enjoy a feeling of spiritual euphoria because you will elevate yourself." - Jacob de Jager, "Climbing to Higher Spirituality," Ensign (CR), May 1983, p. 75
The greatest news of all times is that Jesus lives and that his atoning sacrifice took place for all people; and when they put their trust in him and indeed walk in obedience to his commandments, there is a way for them to gain salvation and exaltation. - Jacob de Jager, "The Greatest News of All Times Is That Jesus Lives," Ensign (CR) April 1986
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