The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Priorities

"Spirituality is not a function of occupation or calling. A scientist may be more spiritual than a theologian; a teacher may be more spiritual than an officer. Spirituality is determined by personal outlook and priorities. It is evident in our words and actions."

Dallin H. Oaks 
"Ensign," Nov. 1985, 61

"So as we seek to prepare ourselves for a bright future, let us do so in a balanced manner, putting first things first and trusting that the Lord will bless and strengthen us and compensate for our weakness."

Jack H Goaslind 
"Look to the Future with Optimism" 
"Ensign," Apr. 1997, 27

"Yet secular knowledge can be most helpful to the children of our Father in Heaven who, having placed first things first, have found and are living those truths which lead one to eternal life. These are they who have the balance and perspective to seek all knowledge--revealed and secular--as a tool and servant for the blessing of themselves and others. They know that preeminent among all activities in this life is preparing themselves for eternal life by subjugating the flesh, subjecting the body to the spirit, overcoming weaknesses, and so governing themselves that they may give leadership to others. Important, but of second priority, comes the knowledge associated with life in mortality."

Spencer W. Kimball 
"Seek Learning Even by Study and Also by Faith" 
"Ensign," Sept. 1983, 3-4

"Secular knowledge, important as it may be, can never save a soul nor open the celestial kingdom nor create a world nor make a man a god, but it can be most helpful to that man, who, placing first things first, has found the way to eternal life and who can now bring into play all knowledge to be his tool and servant."

Spencer W. Kimball 
"President Kimball Speaks Out on Planning Your Life" 
"New Era," Sept. 1981, 49

"Time is one of our most valuable possessions. Use it wisely. Remind yourselves often that things that matter most should not be left to the mercy of things that matter the least."

O. Leslie Stone 
"Making Your Marriage Successful" 
"Ensign," May 1978, 57 

"Trials and tests apply to rich and poor alike. Years ago, I was asked to perform an operation upon a very wealthy man. A surgical biopsy confirmed that he had an advanced cancer that had spread throughout his body. As I reported this news, his immediate response was to rely upon his wealth. He would go anywhere or do anything to treat his condition. He thought he could buy his way back to health. But he soon passed away. Someone asked, 'How much wealth did he leave?' The answer, of course, was, 'All of it!'

"His priorities were set upon things of the world. His ladder of success had been leaning against the wrong wall. I think of him when I read this scripture: 'Behold, your days of probation are past; ye have procrastinated the day of your salvation until it is... too late.' (Hel. 13:38)" - Russell M. Nelson, "Now Is the Time to Prepare," General Conference, April 2005

"Jesus taught about priorities when He said, 'Seek not the things of this world but seek ye first to build up the kingdom of God, and to establish his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you' (JST, Matt. 6:38, in Matt. 6:33, footnote a). 'Seek... first to build up the kingdom of God' means to assign first priority to God and to His work. The work of God is to bring to pass the eternal life of His children (see Moses 1:39), and all that this entails in the birth, nurturing, teaching, and sealing of our Heavenly Father's children. Everything else is lower in priority. Think about that reality as we consider some teachings and some examples on priorities. As someone has said, if we do not choose the kingdom of God first, it will make little difference in the long run what we have chosen instead of it." - Dallin H. Oaks, "Focus and Priorities," Ensign (CR), May 2001, p.82

"The ultimate Latter-day Saint priorities are twofold: First, we seek to understand our relationship to God the Eternal Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, and to secure that relationship by obtaining their saving ordinances and by keeping our personal covenants. Second, we seek to understand our relationship to our family members and to secure those relationships by the ordinances of the temple and by keeping the covenants we make in that holy place. These relationships, secured in the way I have explained, provide eternal blessings available in no other way. No combination of science, success, property, pride, prominence, or power can provide these eternal blessings!" - Dallin H. Oaks, "Focus and Priorities," Ensign (CR), May 2001, p.82

“Is there a priesthood holder who has not time to visit three, four, five families at least once each month? Is there a sister who is so busy she cannot visit teach? If we are ‘too busy’ to hold a Church calling, we had better look at our priorities. (Lord, Increase Our Faith, Provo Utah Tabernacle Rededication, 21 September 1986.)” – “The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson,” p. 452

"If he could have his way, Satan would distract us from our heritage. He would have us become involved in a million and one things in this life—probably none of which are very important in the long run—to keep us from concentrating on the things that are really important, particularly the reality that we are God's children. He would like us to forget about home and family values. He'd like to keep us so busy with comparatively insignificant things that we don't have time to make the effort to understand where we came from, whose children we are, and how glorious our ultimate homecoming can be!" - Marvin J. Ashton, "A Yearning for Home," Ensign (CR), November 1992, p. 21

"A good woman knows that she does not have enough time, energy, or opportunity to take care of all of the people or do all of the worthy things her heart yearns to do. Life is not calm for most women, and each day seems to require the accomplishment of a million things, most of which are important. A good woman must constantly resist alluring and deceptive messages from many sources telling her that she is entitled to more time away from her responsibilities and that she deserves a life of greater ease and independence. But with personal revelation, she can prioritize correctly and navigate this life confidently." - Julie B. Beck, "And Upon the Handmaids in Those Days Will I Pour Out My Spirit," Ensign (CR) May 2010

Sometimes we mistakenly may believe that happiness is the absence of a load. But bearing a load is a necessary and essential part of the plan of happiness. Because our individual load needs to generate spiritual traction, we should be careful to not haul around in our lives so many nice but unnecessary things that we are distracted and diverted from the things that truly matter most. - David A. Bednar, “Bear Up Their Burdens with Ease,” Ensign (CR) May 2014

The principle is not whether we have other priorities. The question posed by the second commandment is “What is our ultimate priority?” Are we serving priorities or gods ahead of the God we profess to worship? Have we forgotten to follow the Savior who taught that if we love Him, we will keep His commandments? (see John 14:15). If so, our priorities have been turned upside down by the spiritual apathy and undisciplined appetites so common in our day. - Dallin H. Oaks, “No Other Gods,” Ensign (CR) November 2013

An eternal principle is revealed in holy writ: “It is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength. And again, it is expedient that he should be diligent, that thereby he might win the prize.”

We don’t have to be fast; we simply have to be steady and move in the right direction. We have to do the best we can, one step after another. - Joseph B. Wirthlin, “One Step After Another,” Ensign (CR) October 2001

We are all busy. It's easy to find excuses for not reaching out to others, but I imagine they will sound as hollow to our Heavenly Father as the elementary school boy who gave his teacher a note asking that he be excused from school March 30th through the 34th. - Joseph B. Wirthlin, “The Abundant Life,” Ensign (CR) April 2006

Some of us too often make the mistake of putting our relationships at the mercy of schedules and circumstances. Like it or not, we do experience people fatigue as well as physical fatigue. As often as not, our partners and families tend to get what is left at the end of a busy day or week. Our most important relationships deserve some prime time. Sometimes those who need our prime time the most will not in their modesty or role reluctance be the highest bidders, and we will have to go out of our way to accommodate such. - Neal A. Maxwell, “Wherefore, Ye Must Press Forward,” p.91

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