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"The Lord expected much of those six people who officially organized the Church in 1830, and I feel sure he was not disappointed. He expected much of the twenty thousand who made up the population of Nauvoo and vicinity about a hundred years ago, and, while some faltered, their total achievement was glorious. I hesitate to think how much more he expects of us today as we stand at the beginning of the second century in this valley." - Richard L. Evans, "Conference Report," April 1947, Afternoon Meeting, p. 94

It is time to raise our sights, to get a vision of the magnitude of this great work. The Lord expects it of us. It is not enough just to be members of the Church and go to sacrament meeting. That is good—but that is not enough. The Lord expects us to be missionaries, to live the gospel—yes, wholly, and to help to build up His kingdom. - Ezra Taft Benson, "Of the Most Worth," New Era, July 2002

Christ’s ultimate submission to the will of the Father was as He drank the bitter cup of suffering in Gethsemane, at His scourging, and in His Crucifixion on Golgotha. His submissive attitude is reflected in His words, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt” (Matt. 26:39). His example of unhesitating, unswerving obedience sets a very high bar, but when we accept His admonition to “be perfect even as I, or your Father who is in heaven is perfect” (3 Ne. 12:48) as a key element of the plan of eternal progression, we begin to understand what the Lord expects us to be. As we seek to determine what kind of Saints we really are, we must honestly grade ourselves on our willingness to obey God. - Robert C. Oaks, "Stand and Be Judged for What We Really Are," Ensign, April 2003

As we seek to draw closer to God and taste the fruits of applying his teachings in our lives, we must ever be mindful that God expects us to apply our knowledge in our daily lives in service to others. - Marion G. Romney, "Receiving and Applying Spiritual Truth," Ensign, February 1984

I know that God expects us to work to purify our hearts and our thoughts so that we may serve one another for the highest and best reason, the pure love of Christ. - Dallin H. Oaks, "Why Do We Serve?" New Era, March 1988

Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ—that is the first principle of the gospel. We must go forward. God expects you to have enough faith, determination, and trust in Him to keep moving, keep living, keep rejoicing. He expects you not simply to face the future; He expects you to embrace and shape the future—to love it, rejoice in it, and delight in your opportunities. - Jeffrey R. Holland, "The Greatest of All Dispensations," Liahona, July 2007

When a man is convinced that he is truly a son of God or a woman is convinced that she is truly a daughter of God, there are no limits to the growth of that person. This is a fundamental concept of our Church membership. As members of a royal family, no longer will we be content to be like other men and women. We feel different. We realize that nothing can keep us from success when we are doing the Lord’s work. We are willing to work harder, to sacrifice more, and to share our talents and blessings with others because we know who we are. - Theodore M. Burton, “Thus Saith the Lord,” Ensign (CR) November 1971

The Lord is anxious to lead us to the safety of higher ground, away from the path of physical and spiritual danger. His upward path will require us to climb. My mother used to say to me when I complained that things were hard, “If you are on the right path, it will always be uphill.” And as the world becomes darker and more dangerous, we must keep climbing. It will be our choice whether or not to move up or to stay where we are. But the Lord will invite and guide us upward by the direction of the Holy Ghost, which He sends to His leaders and to His people who will receive it. – Henry B. Eyring, “Raise the Bar,” BYU-Idaho Devotional Address, January 25, 2005

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