The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Self-Discovery

"Of course, we will be impaled upon incredible ironies in our time, but saints of steel can handle irony. A perceptive writer observed of one such irony that 'emancipation has to do with power, not love; and a view of life in terms of emancipation—or liberation—will tend to be a political view, or, at least, it will interpret life with a political metaphor.' The doctrines of this emancipation stress terms like ' 'self-awareness,' 'self-fulfillment,' 'self-discovery,' 'self-determination,' and 'self-sufficiency'—terms that crowd anybody other than the 'self' right out of one's imagination.' No wonder such trends result in more and more people living alone, more divorces, and fewer individuals getting married." — Neal A. Maxwell, "Wherefore, Ye Must Press Forward," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1977], p. 17

"One of the great processes you go through in life is to discover yourself, to find those gifts and capacities God has given you. He has given you great talents, the smallest part of which you have just begun to utilize. Trust the Lord to assist you in unlocking the door to those gifts. Some of us have created imaginary limits in our minds. There is literally a genius locked up inside each of us. Don't ever let anyone convince you otherwise." — Gene R. Cook, "Trust in the Lord," "Hope," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1994], p. 90-91

"Frequently you become so caught up in the things of the world that it becomes difficult, if not impossible, to fully appreciate the things of God. Realizing that sometimes it simply can’t be done, do everything you can to move as many social commitments off that day as possible. Often we cheat ourselves out of the greatest spiritual experiences of our lifetime by being too wrapped up in temporal things." — Cree-L Kofford, "Marriage in the Lord’s Way, Part Two," Ensign, July 1998, p. 19

"We are given a mission in life, and that is to understand the purposes for which we were created, what our earthly mission is, and what is the destiny of man. We cannot understand these things without first seeking for light and truth, without studying the scriptures that have been given unto us for our edification and information." — John F. Tolton, "Conference Report," April 1912, p. 95-96

"Each of us must make an individual evaluation. First, we need to measure the depth of our gratitude for membership in the true Church of Jesus Christ. Second, we need to know by the power of the Holy Ghost in what ways we can do better in keeping the commandments." - Henry B. Eyring, "The True and Living Church," General Conference, April 2008

“Having received the light of the everlasting Gospel, and partaken of the good things of the kingdom, and being of the seed of Israel and heirs to great and glorious promises, we should labor with fidelity and diligence to accomplish what God has designed to do through us; we should be men and women of faith and power as well as good works, and when we discover ourselves careless or indifferent in the least, it should be sufficient for us to know it in order to mend our ways and return to the path of duty.” – Lorenzo Snow, “Journal of Discourses,” 26 vols., 23:195

Who is there who has reached that point in life where he can afford to allow himself to stop growing or to stop improving? Although I never had the privilege of meeting her, I am told that my wife’s mother often repeated the adage to her children: “If you consider yourself a nobody and do nothing to improve yourself to become a somebody, you truly will end up being a nobody.” She, no doubt, understood the power and capacity of every soul for self-improvement. - John H. Vandenberg, "Becoming a Somebody," Ensign (CR) November 1972

Real life is response to the best within us. To be alive only to appetite, pleasure, pride, money-making, and not to goodness and kindness, purity and love, poetry, music, flowers, stars, God and eternal hopes, is to deprive one's self of the real joy of living. - Teachings Of Presidents Of The Church: David O. McKay, p.11

The dignity of self is greatly enhanced by looking upward in the search for holiness. Like the giant trees, we should reach up for the light. The most important source of light we can come to know is the gift of the Holy Ghost. It is the source of inner strength and peace. -
James E. Faust, “The Dignity of Self,” Ensign (CR), May 1981, p.8

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