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“To think that a humble sister or brother with a Church calling can go into a home where there is poverty, sorrow, sickness, or distress and can bring peace, relief, and happiness is astonishing. No matter where the ward or branch is or how big or small the group is, every member throughout the world has that opportunity. It happens every day, and it is happening somewhere at this very moment.”

Silvia H. Allred, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
The Essence of Discipleship,” April 2011 General Conference

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“Sometimes we are our own worst enemies. Let’s simplify. The message of a good lesson comes through spiritual preparation. Let’s put our focus on the principles of the gospel and on the material in our study guides. Let’s prepare to create an interesting exchange of ideas through discussion, not through extra, invented work that makes us so weary we come to resent the time we spend in fulfilling our callings.”

Kathleen H. Hughes, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Out of Small Things,” October 2004 General Conference

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“One of the great blessings of having a calling in the Church is that the Lord, through His Spirit, will inspire us to help those we are called to serve.”

Sydney S. Reynolds, First Counselor, Primary General Presidency
He Knows Us; He Loves Us,” October 2003 General Conference

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“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, Relief Society General President
Come, Let Us Walk in the Light of the Lord,” October 1998 General Conference

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“Whether you belong to a long-established ward or a struggling branch, what you bring to the work as a participating member will greatly affect what happens to you and to others around you. Teaching and saving souls, seeing that ‘none is neglected,’ is a great cause. This work calls on us all and calls for our honest best.”

Aileen H. Clyde, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Relief Society: Charity, the Guiding Principle,” October 1993 General Conference

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“Serving others in any way is an indication of our desire to respond to His invitation to come unto Him. How about a checkup on our service to others? Let’s ask ourselves…Do I serve with joy in my Church calling?

“There are times I feel overwhelmed with the calling I have, but I trust in the Lord to give me courage and help me do His will. Likely most of you want to feel secure, safe, and quietly live within boundaries which are familiar and comfortable. However, without the risk of new experiences and challenging calls to serve, we fail to grow, and are not as useful in the work of building the Lord’s kingdom as we need to be. Just as the shepherds left familiar terrain in dark of night for a new experience, we are called to leave secure and comfortable settings to serve and to gain experience.”

Betty Jo N. Jepsen, First Counselor, Primary General Presidency
By Way of Invitation,” October 1992 General Conference

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“Growing up does not take place without a work effort. Not long ago, my youngest daughter came home and said her bishop had asked her to be a Sunday School teacher. She said, ‘I just don’t feel like a Sunday School teacher.’ I said, ‘You aren’t yet, Mary, but you will be.’ Growing up involves developing our potential. Heavenly Father is counting on each one of us. Confidence will grow quietly from within as we work and gain experience.”

Janette C. Hales, Young Women General President
You Are Not Alone,” April 1992 General Conference

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“We don’t need a bishop’s assignment to be kind. We don’t need to sign up to be thoughtful. We don’t need to be sustained by our wards to be sensitive. Rejoice in the power you have within you from Christ to be a nucleus of love, forgiveness, and compassion.”

Chieko N. Okazaki, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Rejoice in Every Good Thing,” October 1991 General Conference

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“There are some lovely women in the Church who are comfortable and content to let someone else do the teaching, give the service, fulfill the callings. Sisters, it is so important that each of us be willing to do whatever is required of us wherever we are called. We do not pick and choose what we will accept, just as we do not choose which commandments to obey.”

Barbara W. Winder, Relief Society General President
Becoming a Prepared People,” October 1987 General Conference

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“Every position in Relief Society should help a sister not only to serve, but to grow—to progress towards the goals that she has set for her life, to strengthen herself, her family, and her social relationships as she develops the attributes of godliness. Every lesson attended in Relief Society should help her understand a principle of the gospel—what it is, how it can find expression in her life, and how she is better able to serve others because of it.”

Barbara B. Smith, Relief Society General President
Relief Society in Times of Transition,” October 1981 General Conference

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