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"Baptism is the critical priesthood ordinance which opens the door to eternal life for each one of us. It is the benchmark from which we count our many blessings because this is when our accountability to follow Jesus Christ and live his Gospel begins." — Elaine L. Jack, "Partakers of the Glories," Ensign, November 1996, pg. 77

"At times when I feel overwhelmed or alone, unsure or defeated, I remember that we have a Savior who understands and loves me. His atonement was personal; it was for me. He knows. He understands." — Elaine L. Jack, "Get a Life," Ensign, July 1995, p. 53

"We should never abandon the quest for a better self. But neither should we allow ourselves to become immobilized, thinking we are nobody. One of Satan's greatest tools is to convince us that we are worth nothing, to lead us to deny our divine heritage. He would have us 'be miserable like unto himself.' (2 Nephi 2:27.) It is stabilizing to be able to say, 'This is who I am, and I am happy to live with me.'" — Elaine L. Jack, "Eye to Eye, Heart to Heart," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1992], p. 106

"The Prophet Joseph Smith described offering 'your whole soul' (Omni 1:26) as serving God with all your 'heart, might, mind and strength' (D&C 4:2). It is to put on the altar of God your time, talents, gifts and blessings, your willingness to serve, to do all that he asks." - Elaine L. Jack, "A Small Stone," General Conference, April 1997

"Alma emphasized the importance of 'having the love of God always in your hearts' (Alma 13:29). Charity is that love. Charity is a gift of the Spirit, for 'all things which are good cometh of God' (Moro. 7:12). And this gift is multiplied as it is used." - Elaine L. Jack, "Strengthened in Charity," Ensign, November 1996, p. 92

"We each must go forth on our life journey as did Moroni, one whose 'heart did swell with thanksgiving to his God... [and] who did labor exceedingly for the welfare and safety of his people.... [and] who was firm in the faith of Christ' (Alma 48:12-13). With such devotion there will be fewer sidesteps and missteps; there are no shortcuts to eternity." - Elaine L. Jack, "Never Take No Cutoffs," Ensign, August 1994, p. 66

"Nothing will bring the Spirit of the Lord into your meetings, your homes, and your personal associations more quickly than showing kindness. 'Charity... is kind' (1 Cor. 13:4). Kindness should be right at the top of everyone's list of things to do. Write it down every day: 'Be kind.' Kindness comes in many different packages. Be thoughtful to your neighbors. Be patient in a crowd. Be considerate of your children and your husband. Be honest with your sisters. Trust them and they will trust you.... As we increase our kindness, we add charity to our storehouse and we are strengthened." - Elaine L. Jack, "Strengthened in Charity," Ensign (CR), November 1996, p.91

"Alma emphasized the importance of having the love of God always in your hearts (Alma 13:29). Charity is that love. Charity is a gift of the Spirit, for 'all things which are good cometh of God' (Moro. 7:12). And this gift is multiplied as it is used.

"Both the giver and the receiver are blessed. For charity purifies and sanctifies all it touches, and 'whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him' (Moro. 7:47).

"The greatest acts of charity come from giving of yourself and receiving expressions of charity with humility as well." - Elaine L. Jack, "Strengthened in Charity," Ensign (CR), November 1996, p.91

"I believe there is a definite link between gratitude and spirituality. To begin to feel gratitude, we first have to recognize and be aware of the blessings around us. Those who are unaware of their blessings miss the opportunity of rejoicing in the goodness of God, the richness of life, and the diversity of others. It is difficult for such people to reach out to bless others. I believe that personal peace and increased humility often follow our expressions and feelings of gratitude." - Elaine L. Jack, "Eye to Eye, Heart to Heart," p.34

"This statement of the Prophet Joseph Smith inspires me: 'Thy mind... if thou wilt lead a soul unto salvation, must stretch as high as the utmost heavens' (History of the Church, 3:295). We must stretch our minds if we are to reach that lofty goal so familiar to us all: 'The glory of God is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth' (D&C 93:36)." - Elaine L. Jack, "Seek, and Ye Shall Find," Ensign (CR), November 1994, p.89

“Lucy Mack Smith, the mother of the Prophet Joseph, said at the second meeting of Relief Society, ‘We must cherish one another, comfort one another and watch over one another.’ I would add, We must nurture, protect, defend, support, cheer, and love one another. As long as we feel this concern and love, visiting teaching will be a successful and important part of who we are as Latter-day Saints.” - Elaine L. Jack, “Eye to Eye, Heart to Heart,” p. 142

"We know why we are here. When we are on the path, we can feel it. The fruits of eternal progress are manifest in joy, peace, love, hope, increased confidence in the Lord. Though the path is narrow, it is sure. It is on this path that we testify daily of our love for the Lord, His children, His church, His counsel, and the richness of His blessings. By our good works we magnify what is mighty in us all, one step at a time, one day at a time, all the time." - Elaine L. Jack, "Walk with Me," Ensign (CR), May 1994, p. 15

Our success in the journey of life requires careful planning and execution, wise use of our resources, and constant reliance on and dedication to eternal principles. - Elaine L. Jack, “Never Take No Cutoffs,” BYU Devotional, 16 November 1993

Look closely at Paul’s counsel: “Continue in faith,” he said, issuing a charge to be strong in your testimony, be steadfast, press forward. “Grounded and settled,” he said, which suggests putting your roots down in good gospel ground, hold on, be secure, grow strong. “Be not moved away from the hope of the gospel,” he cautioned, for it is the hope of the gospel that keeps circumstances, trials, disappointments, and daily experiences in proper perspective. The hope of the gospel includes the promise of peace and comfort from the Holy Ghost. Many distractions or even slight variations draw us away from the important work we have been placed on earth to do. And soon the hope of the gospel, so necessary in our eternal progression, is set aside to allow for the immediate matters of today. - Elaine L. Jack, "Grounded, Settled, and Full of Hope," Ensign, March 1996

And such faith. Despite trials, worldly confusion, and caustic voices, we can trust in the Lord and go forward with happy hearts, knowing that with every challenge or problem, there’s the strength to go on. Why? Because we know His promises are real, that He does know us by name and has a plan for each of us. He will help us learn what it is and give us joy in doing it. - Elaine L. Jack, "Charity Never Faileth," Ensign (CR) May 1992

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