Courage

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“We need women who have the courage and vision of our Mother Eve.”

Russell M. Nelson, President, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
A Plea to My Sisters,” October 2015 General Conference

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“Etched in my mind are the serene images of Sister Donna Smith Packer and Sister Barbara Dayton Perry at their husbands’ bedsides, both women filled with love, truth, and pure faith.

“As Sister Packer sat next to her husband in his final hours, she radiated that peace that passes all understanding. Though she realized that her beloved companion of almost 70 years would soon depart, she showed the tranquility of a faith-filled woman. She seemed angelic… I saw that same kind of love and faith emanating from Sister Perry. Her devotion to both her husband and the Lord was obvious, and it moved me deeply. Through their husbands’ final hours and continuing to the present day, these stalwart women have shown the strength and courage that covenant-keeping women always demonstrate.”

Russell M. Nelson, President, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
A Plea to My Sisters,” October 2015 General Conference

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“I recently read the story of Marie Madeline Cardon, who, with her family, received the message of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ from the first missionaries called to serve in Italy in 1850. She was a young woman of 17 or 18 years of age when they were baptized. One Sunday, while the family was holding a worship service in their home high in the Alps of northern Italy, an angry mob of men, including some of the local ministers, gathered around the house and began shouting, yelling, and calling for the missionaries to be brought outside, I don’t think they were anxious to be taught the gospel—they intended bodily harm. It was young Marie who marched out of the house to confront the mob. They continued their vicious yells and demands for the missionaries to be brought out. Marie raised her Bible up in her hand and commanded them to depart. She told them that the elders were under her protection and that they could not harm one hair of their heads. Listen to her own words: ‘All stood aghast. ….God was with me. He placed those words in my mouth, or I could not have spoken them. All was calm, instantly. That strong ferocious body of men stood helpless before a weak, trembling, yet fearless girl.’ The ministers asked the mob to leave, which they did quietly in shame, fear, and remorse. The small flock completed their meeting in peace.

“Can’t you just picture that brave young woman, the same age as many of you, standing up to a mob and defending her newly found beliefs with courage and conviction?”

Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women General President
Defenders of the Family Proclamation,” April 2015 General Conference

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“We might first consider the word place as a physical environment or a geographic location. However, a place can be ‘a distinct condition, position, or state of mind.’ This means holy places can also include moments in time—moments when the Holy Ghost testifies to us, moments when we feel Heavenly Father’s love, or moments when we receive an answer to our prayers. Even more, I believe any time you have the courage to stand for what is right, especially in situations where no one else is willing to do so, you are creating a holy place.”

Ann M. Dibb, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Your Holy Places,” April 2013 General Conference

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“I would like to invite each of you to do at least one Samaritan-like act this coming week. It may require that you reach beyond your usual friends or overcome your shyness. You may courageously choose to serve someone who doesn’t treat you well. I promise that if you will extend yourself beyond what is easy to do, you will feel so good inside that kindness will start to become a part of your everyday life. You’ll see that benevolence can bring joy and unity to your home, your class, your ward, and your school.”

Mary N. Cook, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Remember This: Kindness Begins with Me,” April 2011 General Conference

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“The scriptures are full of accounts of men and women who showed great courage to do whatever the Lord commanded, even when the tasks seemed impossible, even when they may have wanted to give up.”

Mary N. Cook, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Never, Never, Never Give Up!” April 2010 General Conference

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“What does the Lord want you to do? He wants you to be a valiant and virtuous daughter of God, dedicated to living each day so that you can be worthy to receive the blessings of the temple and return to Him. In today’s world that will take courage. You have the plan of salvation, which makes it possible to do this. Moral agency, the ability to choose, is an essential part of this plan.”

Mary N. Cook, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Never, Never, Never Give Up!” April 2010 General Conference

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“Esther, through fasting, faith, and courage, had saved a nation.
“You will probably not be called upon to put your life on the line, as did Esther, for that which you believe. You will, however, most likely find yourself in situations where great courage will be required as you stand firm for truth and righteousness.”
 
Thomas S. Monson, President of the Church
May You Have Courage,” April 2009 General Conference

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“A few years ago I stood on the spot where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in 1431. Young Joan of Arc, one of the great heroines in history, became the unlikely standard-bearer for the French army in the Dark Ages, long before the gospel was restored. Joan had the Light of Christ and also the courage to follow its promptings and make a difference. Joan was a peasant girl who could neither read nor write, but she was bright. Long years of war with the English had impoverished and divided her country. At 17, sensing her life had a purpose, she left home, determined to help liberate her oppressed country. Naturally, people scoffed at her ideas and thought she was a little crazy, but in the end she persuaded them to let her have a horse and an escort to go and see the king.

“Young King Charles VII of France had heard about Joan and decided to test her. He slipped into the ranks of the army and let one of his trusted associates occupy the throne. When Joan came into the room, she barely acknowledged the man on the throne, but promptly walked up to Charles and curtsied to him as her king. This so impressed the king that he gave her command over his 12,000 troops. At first the French soldiers did not want to obey her, but when they saw that all who followed her succeeded and all who disregarded her failed, they came to look upon her as their leader.

“Clad in a suit of white armor and flying her own standard, Joan of Arc liberated the besieged city of Orleans in 1429 and defeated the English in four other battles. Twice she was wounded, but each time she recovered and went on fighting. Her orders seemed to be those of a military genius. She marched into the city of Reims and stood with sword and banner in hand while Charles was crowned king. She fought in the Battle of Paris until she was captured at Compiègne by English allies, who sold her to the English for 16,000 francs. She was imprisoned, tried as a heretic, and then burned at the stake in 1431.

“Although this is a sad ending, it does not take away from Joan’s greatness. She was courageous enough to follow the personal inspiration to which all of us are entitled. As the Lord said to the Prophet Joseph Smith, “I am the true light that lighteth every man that cometh into the world.”

“To other girls in the fifteenth century, Joan of Arc seemed to be very different. Sisters, don’t be afraid to be different in our century! Don’t be afraid to be different, but be as good as you can be… Joan of Arc did not worry about what her friends did, but rather about what she knew she should do.”

James E. Faust, Second Counselor in the First Presidency
Your Light: A Standard to All Nations,” April 2006 General Conference

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“As you read the scriptures, you will come to know that the Savior is not only the light and life of the world; He is our one bright hope. Through Him you can have the hope of returning to live with your Father in Heaven. Through Him you can repent and overcome the things that will keep you from being steadfast. Through Him you can find the strength and courage to press forward even when the winds of resistance blow.”

Elaine S. Dalton, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Press Forward and Be Steadfast,” April 2003 General Conference

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“When we wholeheartedly accept the Lord’s invitation to walk in His light, we become spiritually prepared, we develop our talents, and we reach out to God’s family.

“As we walk in His light, we become women of courage and conviction. We become women of vision, women of destiny, and women of eternal value.”

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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“This week-after-week walking forward is no small accomplishment. The pioneer steadiness, the plain, old, hard work of it all, their willingness to move inch by inch, step by step toward the promised land inspire me as much as their more obvious acts of courage. It is so difficult to keep believing that we are making progress when we are moving at such a pace—to keep believing in the future when the mileage of the day is so minuscule.”

Virginia H. Pearce, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Keep Walking, and Give Time a Chance,” April 1997 General Conference

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“On a bronze frieze in the Winter Quarters cemetery, a detail shows a mother resting her hand inside the wagon as she walked the distance to the Salt Lake Valley. She did this because her small child wouldn’t stay in the wagon unless he could see his mother’s hand. Even as they walked forward, those pioneers knew how to help one another.

“…Don’t be discouraged. Think of those who reach a hand into the wagon to give you courage. Be the person who reaches out your hand toward others as we all move forward together.”

Virginia H. Pearce, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Keep Walking, and Give Time a Chance,” April 1997 General Conference

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“The Lord loves you for your strength and your courage. He is always there for you. You are not alone. He has promised us that when we are trying to live righteously and are serving Him, ‘I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up.’ ”

Janette Hales Beckham, Young Women General President
Modern Pioneers,” April 1997 General Conference

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“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

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“Children need to be able to discern truth from error for themselves and have the courage to act on what they know.”

Michaelene P. Grassli, Primary General President
Helping Children Know Truth from Error,” October 1994 General Conference

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“When we have been honest with ourselves and humble before the Lord in decisions about work and in the myriad decisions involved in mothering, we can go forward with courage.”

Jeanne Inouye, Relief Society sister
Be of Good Cheer,” October 1993 General Conference

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“We and all mankind are forever blessed because of Eve’s great courage and wisdom. By partaking of the fruit first, she did what needed to be done.”
 
Russell M. Nelson, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Constancy amid Change,” October 1993 General Conference
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“Courage is a powerful tool. With it we can dig into the bedrock and stand steady, even when the footing is treacherous…Cultivate courage, for it will help you live confidently and well.”

Elaine L. Jack, Relief Society General President
Look Up and Press On,” April 1992 General Conference

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“When you keep the commandments and follow the Savior’s example, it’s like holding up a light. Your good example helps others to find their way in a darkening world. It takes courage to do what you know to be right even when it is hard, very hard. But you will never lose your courage unless you choose to.”

Ardeth G. Kapp, Young Women General President
Stand for Truth and Righteousness,” October 1988 General Conference

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