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The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Stewardship

"Scriptures such as 'be ye doers of the word ...' (Jas. 1:22), and 'But my disciples shall stand in holy places, and shall not be moved ...' (D&C 45:32) take on new significance as we realize our responsibility to act and not react.

"Our Prophet Joseph Smith was a man of action. Torture, belittlement, and all manner of inhumane affliction, including a pending martyr's death, did not halt nor even slow down his life of purposeful action. He acted as one totally committed to 'I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation. ...' (Rom. 1:16.) He didn't just think about the gospel or react to it; he lived it. He was true to himself and to those principles he valued more than life itself." - Marvin J. Ashton, "Conference Report," October 1970, p. 38

"The more our hearts and minds are turned to assisting others less fortunate than we, the more we will avoid the spiritually cankering effects that result from greed, selfishness, and overindulgence. Our resources are a stewardship, not our possessions. I am confident that we will literally be called upon to make an accounting before God concerning how we have used them to bless lives and build the kingdom." - Joe J. Christensen, "Greed, Selfishness, and Overindulgence," Ensign, May 1999, 11

"I believe there are three elements which characterize successful stewardship—agency, diligence, and accountability. We are free to accept or reject the invitation to serve, but once we accept, we assume full responsibility for the results. In section 4 of the Doctrine and Covenants, we read, O ye that embark in the service of God [I see this as the invitation], see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength (D&C 4:2). And then, in section 72: 'It is required of the Lord, at the hand of every steward, to render an account of his stewardship, both in time and in eternity (D&C 72:3).' While we are ultimately accountable to the Lord, we are also accountable to his mortal priesthood administrators." - J. Richard Clarke, "Successful Welfare Stewardship," Ensign (CR), November 1978, p.81

"Each of you has an eternal calling from which no Church officer has authority to release you. This is a calling given you by our Heavenly Father Himself. In this eternal calling, as with all other callings, you have a stewardship, and 'it is required of the Lord, at the hand of every steward, to render an account of his stewardship, both in time and in eternity.' (D&C 72:3.) This most important stewardship is the glorious responsibility your Father in Heaven has given you to watch over and care for your own soul." - Joseph B. Wirthlin, "True to the Truth," Ensign (CR), May 1997, p.15

"Time marches on. Duty keeps cadence with that march. Duty does not dim nor diminish. Catastrophic conflicts come and go, but the war waged for the souls of men continues without abatement. Like a clarion call comes the word of the Lord to you and to me,.... I reiterate that word: 'Wherefore, now let every man learn his duty, and to act in the office in which he is appointed, in all diligence' (D&C 107:99)." - Thomas S. Monson, "True to Our Priesthood Trust," Ensign, November 2006

“In the Church a stewardship is a sacred spiritual or temporal trust for which there is accountability. Because all things belong to the Lord, we are stewards over our bodies, minds, families, and properties. (See D&C 104:11-15.) A faithful steward is one who exercises righteous dominion, cares for his own, and looks to the poor and needy. (See D&C 104:15-18.)” - Spencer W. Kimball, “Welfare Services: The Gospel in Action,” Ensign (CR), November 1977, p. 76

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