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"Have you ever thought of yourself as a junior angel crowned with glory and honor? Every one of our Father in Heaven's children is great in His sight. If the Lord sees greatness in you, how then should you see yourself? We have all been blessed with many talents and abilities. Some have been blessed with the talent to sing, some to paint, some to speak, some to dance, some to create beautiful things with their hands, and others to render compassionate service. Some may possess many, others only a few. It matters not the size or the quantity but the effort we put forth to develop the talents and abilities we have received. You are not competing with anyone else. You are only competing with yourself to do the best with whatever you have received. Each talent that is developed will be greatly needed and will give you tremendous fulfillment and satisfaction during your life." - L. Tom Perry, "Youth of the Noble Birthright," Ensign (CR), November 1998, p.73

"I fully believe that our talents are developed as we are called upon to serve. If we will faithfully accept the call, hidden talents will be discovered, such as love; compassion; discernment; being a good friend, peacemaker, teacher, leader, homemaker, writer, researcher—these are all talents." - Mary Ellen Smoot, "Come, Let Us Walk in the Light of the Lord," Ensign (CR), November 1998, p.89

"The Lord has not left any without some gift and as you look about you, you will find that where one is strong in one way he may be weak in another. The Lord never did give all His gifts to any one individual. Even in the great work the Prophet Joseph accomplished, the Lord told him that his gifts were limited in some respects. You remember how Alma of old said he would that he had the voice of an angel, that he might cry repentance to all the world, but the Lord did not grant his desire, even though he was a prophet. Paul carried a thorn in his flesh all his days, but the Lord did not see fit to remove it; and the Book of Mormon says thereto are we given weaknesses that we might remain humble. Is there one among you who does not feel his weakness and would that he had greater power than he possesses for achievement in this great and mighty latter-day work? And yet you have to satisfy yourselves to do the things that are within your own reach and with the gifts that the Lord has seen fit to bestow upon you. But remember, 'The manifestation of the spirit is given to every man to profit withal'—that is why the Lord gave the parable of the talents. To one He gave five talents; to another, two; and to another, one. And remember the Lord will return and expect an accounting according to the talents given." - LeGrand Richards, "Conference Report," April 1943, Second DayMorning Meeting, p.48

"The Lord entrusts all of His servants, including every priesthood holder, with spiritual talents. The Lord, who endows us with these talents, tells us: 'I believe you can. I believe you can.' While we are not all equal in experience, aptitude, and strength, we have different opportunities to employ these spiritual gifts, and we will all be accountable for the use of the gifts and opportunities given to us." - James E. Faust, "I Believe I Can, I Knew I Could," Ensign (CR), November 2002, p.49

“Each of us has been endowed with special attributes, special desires, and special talents. Sometimes we may wonder what we are good for. It is in these periods of wonderment that we need to ponder, examine, re-appraise ourselves to determine where we are going. Such introspection and redefining of our goals will increase our usefulness in life and will become a significant aid in helping us retain proper perspective of our relationship with God. Maybe it would be well to consider an old Chinese proverb, ‘Every task is easy to a resolute man,’–not easy in the sense of achieving without effort, but easy because of interest, desire, industry and determination. So frequently we permit the daily routine to go unquestioned; hence time is wasted, opportunity neglected, and we are often distracted by the frivolous.” - John H. Vandenberg, January 7, 1964, “BYU Speeches of the Year,” 1964, p. 2

"The Church provides every opportunity for us to use our God-given talents, gifts, and powers. However we must learn obedience to authority and to keep all the commandments of God." - Delbert L. Stapley, "Conference Report," April 1952, Second Day-Morning Meeting, p. 49

The Lord has blessed each of you with greater capacity than you realize. Your I.Q. may not be the highest in the world. So what? Our jails are filled with clever men who were anything but smart. I have concluded that the work of the world is not done by intellectual geniuses. It is done by men of ordinary capacity who use their abilities in an extraordinary manner. As a member of this church you have the obligation to seek learning and to improve your skills. - Gordon B. Hinckley, "Watch the Switches in Your Life," General Conference October 1972

We must recognize that our natural gifts and abilities are limited, but when augmented by inspiration and guidance of the Holy Ghost, our potential increases manyfold. You need help from a power beyond your own to do something extraordinarily useful. You young men can have opportunities and receive blessings beyond your wildest dreams and expectations. Your future may not hold fame or fortune, but it can be something far more lasting and fulfilling. Remember that what we do in life echoes in eternity. - James E. Faust, “It Can’t Happen to Me,” Ensign (CR) May 2002

Yes, it will be demanded that you rise to the occasion. Talents like minutes have no neutral qualities. When used to good advantage they produce ideas and results beneficial to yourself and mankind. When not used to good advantage, they produce something detrimental and life may be charged with surprise and shock. - Thorpe B. Isaacson, February 23, 1965, "BYU Speeches of the Year," 1965, p. 5

These are the gifts we bring. The talents we have come from our Heavenly Father, and to honor Him, we can develop and expand them and then return them to Him. All of us possess some talent which we can practice, increase, and offer. Are you regularly practicing your talents? Perhaps your talent is kindness or gratitude. How about being cheerful, helpful, and unselfish? How about practicing that winning smile? The Wise Men brought their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. We can bring our talents. – Betty Jo N. Jepson, “By Way of Invitation (Alma 5:62),” Ensign (CR) November 1992

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