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"When young men come to me for advice in choosing their life's work or their careers, I always tell them that they should choose something they will enjoy doing, and then do the very best they can and be honest, honorable, and upright in their dealings and in the service they give--to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, knowing that all these other things will be added unto them." — N. Eldon Tanner, "Obeying The Right Voice," General Conference, October 1977

"If a person works forty hours a week from age twenty-four until age sixty-five (from college graduation until retirement), making a sum of forty-one years, that would be roughly 85,000 working hours. How bored, tired, and frustrated can someone get in 85,000 hours at the wrong job? Surely we would not want to commit so much of our future without the advantage of the Lord's wisdom." — Errol R. Fish, "Promptings of the Spirit," p.105

"Your education can wait. The Lord will open the doors of education and a proper vocation for you when you return from your missionary service." — William R. Bradford, "Sanctification through Missionary Service," General Conference, October 1981

"Many great and wonderful accomplishments may be attained by you if you as individuals are willing to pay the price. If you desire strongly enough to make your choices always in line with high moral standards, you may do so; or, on the other hand, you may slip into the ranks of the immoral and ungodly. The choice rests upon each of you regarding what you shall attain and how you shall achieve it." — Milton R. Hunter, "God's Greatest Gift," "BYU Speeches of the Year", 15 Dec. 1964

"To you who are unmarried men: Don't put off marriage because you are not in a perfect career and financial position. Do not, however, rush into a relationship without proper forethought and inspiration. Prayerfully seek the Lord's guidance on this matter." — Howard W. Hunter, "The Church Is for All People," "Ensign," June 1989, p. 77

"You will spend eight and more hours a day at it through all the foreseeable future. Choose something that you enjoy doing. Income is important, but you do not need to be a multimillionaire to be happy. In fact, you are more likely to be unhappy if wealth becomes your only objective. You will become a slave to it. It will color all your decisions. You need enough to get along on. You need enough to provide well for your family. It will be better if the husband becomes the provider and the wife does not work when children come. That situation may be necessary in some cases, but if you choose wisely now, it is not likely to become a requirement." — Gordon B. Hinckley, "Life's Obligations," "Ensign," Feb. 1999, p. 2

"What are the important decisions our youth must make? First, what will be my faith. Second, whom shall I marry. And third, what will be my life's work." — Thomas S. Monson, "Be Your Best Self," p. 128 - 129

"I don't care what you plan to do as your life's vocation, but prepare yourselves. Get the best education you can. Qualify yourselves in the best way you know how. It's part of a mandate from the Lord that you train yourselves." — Gordon B. Hinckley, Colorado Springs Young Adult Meeting, April 14, 1996

"Brothers and sisters, this is the gospel of Jesus Christ. You are the exemplars of it. Be sure that this gospel, simple as it is, is the greatest force in governing your life. You cannot fail, no matter what you do in life, no matter what your vocation, if you will so live that you are representative of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and magnify your priesthood which you men will hold or do hold now. The world needs us today. Remember the days of Sodom and Gomorrah? God said he would save the cities if they could find just a few righteous, and he meant it. I know that God will save his children today if there is a leaven of righteousness left in the earth." — Matthew Cowley, "Matthew Cowley Speaks," p. 282

"The foundation and perspective then are these: We must first seek the kingdom, work and plan and spend wisely, plan for the future, and use what wealth we are blessed with to help build up that kingdom. When guided by this eternal perspective and by building on this firm foundation, we can pursue with confidence our daily tasks and our life’s work, which must be carefully planned and diligently pursued." - N. Eldon Tanner, "Constancy Amid Change," Ensign (CR), November 1979, p.80

“After once choosing your occupation, never look backward; stick to it with all the tenacity you can muster. Let nothing tempt you or swerve you a hair's breadth from your aim, and you will win. Do not let the thorns which appear in every vocation, or temporary despondency or disappointment, shake your purpose. You will never succeed while smarting under the drudgery of your occupation, if you are constantly haunted with the idea that you could succeed better in something else. Great tenacity of purpose is the only thing that will carry you over the hard places, which appear in every career, to ultimate triumph. This determination, or fixity of purpose, has a great moral bearing upon our success, for it leads others to feel confidence in us, and this is everything. It gives credit and moral support in a thousand ways. People always believe in a man with a fixed purpose, and will help him twice as quickly as one who is loosely or indifferently attached to his vocation, and liable at any time to make a change, or to fail. Everybody knows that determined men are not likely to fail. They carry in their very pluck, grit and determination, the conviction and assurance of success.” - Improvement Era, May 1900

We must open our eyes to the fact that to serve God is the greatest career in the world. - Mark E. Petersen, “What Will a Man Give?” Ensign (CR) November 1973

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