Individually and collectively our destiny lies in the ability to connect the points of light in our lives so that we can see the broad patterns of eternity.
Today, as you look to the future—as your future “commences,” if you will—the words of an often-quoted Chinese proverb are worth taking seriously: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
He who is omnipotent really does not need us to move the wheel or to build anything for Him. It is not His ultimate objective to cover the world with chapels and temples. That is a means to His end, and I believe we can all easily quote that end, His ultimate objective: “For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.” I believe that He cares more about the shoulder than about the wheel—that wheel is how we are moved to come home to Him. The wheel, the work, is a blessing to us. This is important. The work is a blessing.
Practice makes perfect, but work is more than mere practice. Work opens us to revelation and spiritual gifts.
Act upon what you know to be true and your righteous works will perfect your faith. Your lives will be full and wonderful.
Work is an eternal principle. Whom do you know who has all the riches of the earth and more and yet is continually working? Our Heavenly Father! He is a worker. Our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have shown us by Their examples and teachings that work is important in heaven and on earth.
Today, as one of the Lord’s apostles, I charge you to prepare spiritually and in every other way to be prepared for the important work ahead for you to do.
They laid the foundation. Ours is the duty to build on it. The pioneers were people of great faith, of tremendous loyalty, and of unbending integrity.
Although everyone on earth has a different experience, the lessons that have helped people lead a good life are universal.
In life's constant opportunities for giving and getting, let us be more concerned with giving. Nothing worth getting comes without effort and sacrifice.
Delayed blessings will build your faith in God to work, and wait, for him. The scriptures aren’t demeaning when they command, “Wait upon the Lord.” That means both service and patience. And that will build your faith.
God did not go to the trouble of creating the earth and creating us in his own image for us to fail. Our motivations will determine our life's success.
We must not be afraid of honest, hard work. Elder Longden warns of the entitlement mentality latent in certain prevailing attitudes.
From the days of Adam, we have been commanded to work for what we need and want. Nothing worthwhile comes without constant and hard work.
The inspired welfare program of the Church is founded upon the eternal gospel principles of unity, charity, and hard work.