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The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Achievement

"Each of us should remember that he or she is a son or daughter of God, endowed with faith, gifted with courage, and guided by prayer. Our eternal destiny is before us. The Apostle Paul speaks to us today as he spoke to Timothy long years ago: 'Neglect not the gift that is in thee.' 'O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust.' (1 Tim. 4:14; 1 Tim. 6:20.)

"At times many of us let that enemy of achievement—even the culprit 'self-defeat'—dwarf our aspirations, smother our dreams, cloud our vision, and impair our lives. The enemy's voice whispers in our ears, 'You can't do it.' 'You're too young.' 'You're too old.' 'You're nobody.' This is when we remember that we are created in the image of God. Reflection on this truth provides a profound sense of strength and power." - Thomas S. Monson, "Choose You This Day," Ensign (CR), November 2004, p.67

"Perhaps it is time that we humble ourselves and overcome the obstacles to faith, and then become converted as Peter did. Why go through life with two candlepower when more than four hundred watts are available? The tasks are so great! How can we possibly take the gospel to all the world and redeem the dead at the same time? I don't know, but the power and energy to do so must and will come by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ." - John K. Carmack, "Faith Yields Priesthood Power," Ensign (CR), May 1993, p. 41

I give you my testimony that the happiness of the Latter-day Saints, the peace of the Latter-day Saints, the progress of the Latter-day Saints, the prosperity of the Latter-day Saints, and the eternal salvation and exaltation of this people lie in walking in obedience to the counsels of the priesthood of God. We sing, “We thank thee, O God, for a prophet to guide us in these latter days” (Hymns, 1985, no. 19). Let us always follow that guidance.

If we will try with faith and prayer and resolution, we can accomplish great good, especially for our own souls. - Gordon B. Hinckley, "If Ye Be Willing and Obedient," Ensign, July 1995

Those who engage in self-congratulation over a supposed strength have lost the protection of humility and are vulnerable to Satan’s using that strength to produce their downfall. In contrast, if we are humble and teachable, hearkening to the commandments of God, the counsel of his leaders, and the promptings of his Spirit, we can be guided in how to use our spiritual gifts, our accomplishments, and all of our other strengths for righteousness. And we can be guided in how to avoid Satan’s efforts to use our strengths to cause our downfall. - Dallin H. Oaks, "Our Strengths Can Become Our Downfall," Ensign, October 1994

Asking for and receiving daily bread at God’s hand plays a vital part in learning to trust Him and in enduring life’s challenges. We also need a daily portion of divine bread to become what we must become. To repent, improve, and eventually reach “the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13) is a step-by-step process. Incorporating new and wholesome habits into our character or overcoming bad habits or addictions often means an effort today followed by another tomorrow and then another, perhaps for many days, even months and years, until we achieve victory. But we can do it because we can appeal to God for our daily bread, for the help we need each day. - D. Todd Christofferson, "Recognizing God's Hand in Our Daily Blessings," Liahona, January 2012

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