“True worship begins when our hearts are right before the Father and the Son. What is our heart condition today? Paradoxically, in order to have a healed and faithful heart, we must first allow it to break before the Lord. ‘Ye shall offer for a sacrifice unto me a broken heart and a contrite spirit,’ the Lord declares. The result of sacrificing our heart, or our will, to the Lord is that we receive the spiritual guidance we need.”
Neill F. Marriott, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Yielding Our Hearts to God,” October 2015 General Conference


“In the work of salvation, there is no room for comparison, criticism, or condemnation. It is not about age, experience, or public acclaim. This sacred work is about developing a broken heart, a contrite spirit, and a willingness to use our divine gifts and unique talents to do the Lord’s work in His way. It is the humility to fall on our knees and say, ‘O my Father, … not as I will, but as thou wilt.’ ”

Carol F. McConkie, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Here to Serve a Righteous Cause,” October 2015 General Conference


“What will help you to press forward and continually hold fast to the iron rod? Center your life on the Savior and develop daily habits of righteous living.

“Come to know the Savior and all He has done for you. I find it interesting that when this last group arrived at the tree of life, they fell down. They were humble. They realized that they could not have arrived without the Savior’s help.

“Remember, it is the cleansing power of the Atonement that makes it possible for us to be virtuous.”

Mary N. Cook, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
A Virtuous Life—Step by Step,” April 2009 General Conference


“The love Christ commands requires a mighty change and great humility. It requires us to forsake pride and to be stripped of envy. It requires that we neither mock our sisters and brothers nor persecute anyone. Christ knew that for us to find any of those characteristics in ourselves would be onerous and would demand our great effort just to look. He said, ‘If thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee.’

“He was not suggesting our mutilation, but rather showing his awareness of how painful clearing ourselves of such offenses could be. When we have made the changes that only we can make, then, by the atoning blood of Christ, we may receive the forgiveness that only he can bring. The reciprocal nature of those actions suggests the high trust and respect the Lord has for our abilities. Anyone who has had experience with the Lord’s love knows of the sure courage that comes when we keep our part of that trust and honor him by seeking his Spirit and by living the best we can.”

Aileen H. Clyde, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Covenant of Love,” April 1995 General Conference


 “In the interior of our consciousness, each of us has a private hall of fame reserved exclusively for the real leaders who have influenced the direction of our lives…
“In our selection of heroes, let us nominate also heroines…
“I speak of Mary of Nazareth, espoused to Joseph, destined to become the mother of the only sinless man to walk the earth. Her acceptance of this sacred and historic role is a hallmark of humility. ‘And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.’ (Luke 1:38.) Surely Mary qualifies.”
Thomas S. Monson, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

My Personal Hall of Fame,” October 1974 General Conference



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