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The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Courage

"Among the most imperative needs of every generation are faith, courage, fortitude, and tolerance, all of which must be developed and become adequate. You will need courage, which is more than lack of fear. Courage is meeting fear with firmness and fortitude."

Hugh B. Brown 
May 24, 1962 
"BYU Speeches of the Year," 1962 p. 8

"The courage to defend the right does not give one the right to destroy those who disagree. The world is in constant conspiracy against brave men. Moral courage has been to a greater or less extent missing or lacking in the American life."

Thorpe B. Isaacson 
"Conference Report," 
April 1964, p. 112-113

"'I dare you!' are words boys and girls often hear from friends who want you to prove to them that you are brave or strong or daring. They may ask you to do something that your parents or teachers have told you not to do—something that you know is wrong to do. I have learned that when we do something we know is wrong, we show weakness rather than strength. A person shows true bravery and strength only when he has the courage to do right."

Rex D. Pinegar 
"Friend to Friend," 
"Friend," Oct. 1974, p. 10

"Let us follow the Son of God in all ways and in all walks of life. Let us make him our exemplar and our guide. We should at every opportunity ask ourselves, 'What would Jesus do?' and then be more courageous to act upon the answer. We must follow Christ, in the best sense of that word. We must be about his work as he was about his Father’s. We should try to be like him, even as the Primary children sing, 'Try, try, try' (Children’s Songbook, p. 55). To the extent that our mortal powers permit, we should make every effort to become like Christ—the one perfect and sinless example this world has ever seen."

Howard W. Hunter 
"What Manner of Men Ought Ye to Be?" 
"Ensign," May 1994, p. 64

"When you keep the commandments and follow the Savior’s example, it’s like holding up a light. Your good example helps others to find their way in a darkening world. It takes courage to do what you know to be right even when it is hard, very hard. But you will never lose your courage unless you choose to."

Ardeth G. Kapp 
"Stand for Truth and Righteousness," 
"Ensign," Nov. 1988, p. 94

"Through all the books of recorded revelations of God to man, one may read again and again the marvelous message of fearlessness, of faith, of courage, of testimony, of a sound, strong mind. The words of Paul to Timothy, his son in the gospel, give strength and courage and ought to lay foundations for us to stand up where we are and bear our own witness of faith and not of fear. Said Paul to Timothy, as well you know, 'For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.' (2 Tim. 1:7.)

"Out of the ancient record words well known, again, to all of you, words of faith and assurance: 'Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;...' (Psalm 23:4.)

"Through all the dealings of God with man there have been trials and troubles and afflictions and impositions and apprehensions, and there have been the repeated assurances of God to man that he should be of courage and not fear." - Marion Duff Hanks, "Conference Report," October 1961, First Day, p.12

"All of us are among the crowds of this world. Almost all of us are like the woman who, despite the crowd, comes to the Savior. We all have faith that just a touch will bring healing to our aching souls and relief to our innermost needs. New members of the Church in many lands are often like Alma. They hear the words of life when no one else in their family or circle of friends does. Yet they still have the courage to accept the gospel and chart a course through the crowds. I think each one of us understands what it means to partake of the fulfilling fruit of the tree of life within sight and sound of those who mock and what it means to exert every courageous effort to pay them no heed.

"Struggling through the crowds of the world can be lonely and hard. Their pull and tug on the individual who wishes to step away to something better can be very strong and very difficult to overcome.

"Who better than the Savior can reach, support, and ultimately rescue the one among the crowd?" - Dennis B. Neuenschwander, "One among the Crowd," General Conference, April 2008

"Experience shows that seasons of negative publicity about the Church can help accomplish the Lord’s purposes. In 1983, the First Presidency wrote to Church leaders, 'Opposition may be in itself an opportunity. Among the continuing challenges faced by our missionaries is a lack of interest in religious matters and in our message. These criticisms create . . . interest in the Church. . . . This provides an opportunity [for members] to present the truth to those whose attention is thus directed toward us.'

"We can take advantage of such opportunities in many ways: a kind letter to the editor, a conversation with a friend, a comment on a blog, or a reassuring word to one who has made a disparaging comment. We can answer with love those who have been influenced by misinformation and prejudice—who are 'kept from the truth because they know not where to find it' (D&C 123:12). I assure you that to answer our accusers in this way is never weakness. It is Christian courage in action." - Robert D. Hales, "Christian Courage: The Price of Discipleship," General Conference, October 2008

"There is an old saying that misery likes company. And evil does also and it doesn't easily let loose. And it sometimes takes a special kind of courage on the part of young people to turn from ridicule, from the pointing of fingers, from the accusation of being afraid to take a dareto do what shouldn't be done. Yes, life requires many kinds of couragethe courage to turn back, to swallow pride, to admit a mistake, to repent, to forgive, to be reconciled, to leave bad habits behind. Courage is required sometimes to retreat, and sometimes to stay and stand. But at that precarious moment when the odds of evil are uppermost, we may most need the courage to walk out, to close the door, to leave the evil environment, even as did a young man in ancient Egypt, who 'fled, and got him out.
'" - David O. McKay:, Conference Report, October 1958, Afternoon Meeting, p.131

"The Apostle Paul was fearless and never wavered in his testimony of Jesus. His faith and determination lifted him from being a tentmaker to become a teacher, a missionary, leader, and organizer of Christian branches. He most certainly wasn't a ‘sissy’ nor weak. People of great faith know what is right and do it. They have uncompromised determination and commitment and are capable of enduring pressure or hardship. Paul knew what was right, and you know what is right. When you take courage like Paul and do what you know is right, nothing will stop your progress but yourself." - David B. Haight, “A Time for Preparation,” Ensign (CR), November 1991, p.36

“We do not know how Esther developed her faith in the Lord, but she had that diamond, that treasure. We, too, can develop that same quality of faith, and we will need it for such a time as this. Esther’s faith gave her courage. She faced death to save her people. Her courage came from her faith in the Lord, and so does ours. I simply don’t know any way to muster the courage we need to handle our problems other than going to the Lord in faith.” - Chieko N. Okazaki, “Aloha!” p. 122

Jesus Christ is the magnificent example of courage in hearkening to the will of the Father.

The wise Psalmist said, “Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord” (Ps. 31:24; emphasis added).

President Thomas S. Monson explained courage by saying, “Courage becomes a living and attractive virtue when it is regarded not as a willingness to die manfully, but the determination to live decently” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1972, p. 72). - H. David Burton, "Courage to Hearken," Ensign (CR) May 1994

It is not only converts who sometimes pass through difficult struggles and who may know discouragement and heartache as they explain their Church membership to family and friends. In a general sense, this is the experience of all who seek to hold to the iron rod as they walk through the mists of the world. It was ever thus. The price of discipleship is personal courage. The price of adherence to conscience is personal courage. - Gordon B. Hinckley, "Living with Our Convictions," Ensign September 2001

Inasmuch as the trend in society today is rapidly moving away from the values and principles the Lord has given us, we will almost certainly be called upon to defend that which we believe. Will we have the courage to do so? - Thomas S. Monson, “Be Strong and of a Good Courage,” Ensign (CR) May 2014

It is impossible to stand upright when one plants his roots in the shifting sands of popular opinion and approval. Needed is the courage of a Daniel, an Abinadi, a Moroni, or a Joseph Smith in order for us to hold strong and fast to that which we know is right. They had the courage to do not that which was easy but that which was right. - Thomas S. Monson, “Be Strong and of a Good Courage,” Ensign (CR) May 2014

Courage comes in many forms. Wrote the Christian author Charles Swindoll: “Courage is not limited to the battlefield … or bravely catching a thief in your house. The real tests of courage are much quieter. They are inner tests, like remaining faithful when no one’s looking, … like standing alone when you’re misunderstood.” I would add that this inner courage also includes doing the right thing even though we may be afraid, defending our beliefs at the risk of being ridiculed, and maintaining those beliefs even when threatened with a loss of friends or of social status. He who stands steadfastly for that which is right must risk becoming at times disapproved and unpopular. - Thomas S. Monson, “Be Strong and of a Good Courage,” Ensign (CR) April 2014

To all who are weary, let the comforting words of the Savior console you: "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Let us rely on that promise. The power of God can infuse our spirits and bodies with energy and vigor. I urge you to seek this blessing from the Lord. - Joseph B. Wirthlin, "Concern for the One,” Ensign (CR) April 2008

We may not, probably will not, receive a personal visit from the Lord, but the answers do come—from prayer, the scriptures, the words of the prophet, the still, small voice of inspiration. I should like to reassure you that we truly can find courage to face our challenges and also give service to those whose needs are even greater than our own. - Joy F. Evans, “Overcoming Challenges along Life’s Way,” Ensign (CR) October 1987

But the opportunities to stand for that which is right—when the pressures are subtle and when even our friends are encouraging us to give in to the idolatry of the times—those come along far more frequently. No photographer is there to record the heroism, no journalist will splash it across the newspaper's front page. Just in the quiet contemplation of our conscience, we will know that we faced the test of courage: Zion or Babylon? - David R. Stone, “Zion in the Midst of Babylon,” Ensign (CR) April 2006

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