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"Conversion means consecrating your life to caring for and serving others who need your help and sharing your gifts and blessings. The Lord didn't say, 'Tend my sheep when it is convenient; watch my sheep when you aren't busy.' He said, 'Feed my sheep and my lambs; help them survive this world; keep them close to you. Lead them to safety-the safety of righteous choices that will prepare them for eternal life.' (John 21:15-16.)

"Every unselfish act of kindness and service increases your spirituality. God would use you to bless others. Your continued spiritual growth and eternal progress are very much wrapped up in your relationships-in how you treat others. Do you indeed love others and become a blessing in their lives? Isn't the measure of the level of your conversion how you treat others? The person who does only those things in the Church that concern himself alone will never reach the goal of perfection. Service to others is what the gospel and exalted life are all about." - Robert J. Whetten, "Strengthen Thy Brethren," General Conference, April 2005

"In numerous wards and branches, there are many good, upright, honest men and women who just don't know how to come back to church. There are good mothers and fathers among them. They have just left, and no one has come to check up on them, leaving them with the idea that no one really cares. When men or women of faith visit these individuals and become their friends, strengthen them, pray with them, and teach them the gospel, they and their families will come back. 'Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.' (Matthew 25:40.) Who are 'the least of these my brethren'? Might the Lord be referring to the newest coming into the fold or to those who have wandered into the shadows of inactivity and would return if extended the hand of true fellowship?" - Robert J. Whetten, "Strengthen Thy Brethren," Ensign (CR), April 2005

When the rich man who came to Jesus asked, “Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?” the Lord reiterated the commandments, and the man answered, “All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.”

As His disciples today, we should ask, “What lack I yet?” You can go about doing good, you can love and serve others in your family, in the Church, and in the community. At some point you must be willing “to render to him all that you have and are.” - Robert J. Whetten, "True Followers," Ensign (CR) May 1999

When Jesus told the lawyer that in order to inherit eternal life he must love his neighbor as himself, the lawyer said unto Jesus, "And who is my neighbour?" Jesus responded with His parable of the good Samaritan and then asked: "Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? And he said, He that shewed mercy on him."  With this parable, Jesus taught that each of us should exhibit an active love and benevolence towards every one of His Father's children. - Robert J. Whetten, “Strengthen Thy Brethren,” Ensign (CR), May 2005

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