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"Men may be weak, and have their failings; but we ought to honor the Priesthood that they bear and the authority that they exercise. I love to honor and respect a man that God honors. If the Lord can trust the Priesthood with His servants, I feel that I can afford to honor them." — Francis M. Lyman, General Conference, April 1892

"We are engaged in the work of the Lord Jesus Christ. We, like those of olden times, have answered His call. We are on His errand. We shall succeed in the solemn charge given by Mormon to declare the Lord's word among His people. He wrote: 'Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life.' (3 Ne. 5:13) May we ever remember the truth, 'Who honors God, God honors.'" — Thomas S. Monson, Who Honors God, God Honors, General Conference, October 1995

"We do not call ourselves to offices in the Church. Rather we respond to the call of those who preside over us. It is the responsibility of those who preside to prayerfully consult the Lord as to His will concerning a position in the Church. Then the principle of revelation is at work. The call is then delivered by the presiding officer, who is acting for the Lord. We do not, under ordinary circumstances, refuse a call. Neither do we ask for a release beyond calling to the attention of the presiding officer circumstances which may make a release advisable." — Boyd K. Packer, The Things of My Soul, p. 156

"I wish that every Latter-day Saint could say and mean it with all his heart: 'I'll go where you want me to go. I'll say what you want me to say. I'll be what you want me to be.' (Hymns, 1985, no. 270.) If we could all do that, we would be assured of the maximum of happiness here and exaltation in the celestial kingdom of God hereafter." — Ezra Taft Benson, Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p. 344

"It is very dangerous for any of us to think we have earned the right to a Church calling. However, every member must come to know the sacred nature of his or her own service in the Church.... We must each prepare ourselves for every good work that might come to us and then accept the principle that revelation, not aspiration, is the basis for our respective callings." - Monte J. Brough, "A Holy Calling," General Conference, April 1997

"We are told that 'many are called, but few are chosen.' (D&C 121:40.) One who is chosen is one who is the object of divine favor.... [H]ow may we be chosen? We may be chosen only when we are chosen by God. 'Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it [to] you.' (John 15:16.) This happens only when the heart and soul are transformed, when we have striven with all our heart, might, mind, and soul to keep all of the commandments of God." - James E. Faust, "Power of the Priesthood," Ensign (CR), May 1997, p.41

"My message and testimony to you is that prophets and apostles stand at the head of this work today as it goes forth to all the world. They have been called of God by revelation. They are indeed prophets, seers, and revelators. The Lord loves them, and as members of the Church, we honor them and look to them as servants of the living God. The clarion call of the prophets is as clear today as it ever was in the past, and the testimony of the prophets will continue to the very moment that the Lord Jesus Christ returns to reign in glory." - Shirley D. Christensen, "The Clarion Call of Prophets," Ensign (CR), November 2003, p.32

This practice of raising hands to sustain one who has been called to lead or to teach in the Church is a matter of sacred importance. The voting to sustain takes place in meetings, and the sustaining of the First Presidency, now broadcast to the Church across the world, conforms to a revelation from the Lord. "I say unto you, that it shall not be given to any one to go forth to preach my gospel, or to build up my church, except he be ordained by … one who has authority, and it is known to the church that he has authority and has been regularly ordained by the heads of the church" (D&C 42:11; emphasis added). - Boyd K. Packer, "The Shield of Faith," Ensign (CR), May 1995, p. 7

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