Act, Action

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“Your vision of your future will help you press forward. Take a few minutes to envision where you want to be in one year or two or five. Then take action to prepare yourselves. People don’t just run a marathon when they decide to do it. They must train daily, slowly building stamina and endurance to run the 26.2-mile distance. So it is with life. It is daily diligence with prayer and scripture study that will help you reach your goals. Your daily decisions will influence generations.”

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

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“Your Heavenly Father will help you find the right path as you seek His guidance. Remember though, after you pray you must get off your knees and start doing something positive; head in the right direction! He will send people along the way who will assist you, but you must be doing your part as well.”

Margaret D. Nadauld, Young Women General President
A Comforter, A Guide, A Testifier,” April 2001 General Conference

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“Service is a key to being an effective instrument…Service softens and opens hearts, for it is truly the gospel in action.”

Mary Ellen Smoot, Relief Society General President
We Are Instruments in the Hands of God,” October 2000 General Conference

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“Service is the gospel of Jesus Christ in action, for service blesses both the giver and the receiver.”

Mary Ellen Smoot, Relief Society General President
We Are Instruments in the Hands of God,” October 2000 General Conference

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“Next, identify, with the help of the Holy Ghost, a personal message…[In talks given by the prophets] there will be an idea or a few words that you will feel are spoken just for you. Their interpretation will be yours alone. This is the process of personal revelation. It is simple. Don’t brush it aside.

“Put the message into action. Practice. ‘Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only’ (James 1:22). This is the whole point of revelation. It doesn’t matter how often the Lord chooses to speak to us if we fail to do anything about it.”

Virginia H. Pearce, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Listening with New Ears,” April 1996 General Conference

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“Wherever we are, we can carry with us a reserve of our balm of Gilead and we can spread it around. It can be as simple as finding a seat in the room by someone who needs you. It may be a thoughtful comment in a lesson that answers another one’s prayer. It may be catching someone’s eye, lifting a child for a drink from a fountain, sending a note in the mail, reading the scriptures with someone. Or it may be visiting someone you’ve missed at meetings, someone you hear mentioned in your heart by the still, small voice. These little actions inspire us; they take the edges off our problems. Indeed, ‘Out of small things proceedeth that which is great.’ The giver and the receiver are both blessed.”

Elaine L. Jack, Relief Society General President
Relief Society: A Balm in Gilead,” October 1995 General Conference

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“Our eternal progression on that straight and narrow path in the company of the Lord Jesus Christ is the focus of my message today. This is a journey made up of many steps. Our progress on this journey is determined by recognizing the straight and narrow path, having an eternal perspective, and acting accordingly.

“Remember, our eternal progression is the very essence of our earthly existence. It is the Lord’s plan to get us all the way home to our Father in Heaven. This I know: Each of us can get there from here.”

Elaine L. Jack, Relief Society General President
Walk with Me,” April 1994 General Conference

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“Increasing our faith does take more than choosing to believe and asking. It takes some kind of physical and mental action. It takes practice, diligence, and patience, and it takes obedience. We must be ‘doers of the word, … not hearers only’. We can practice living righteously by turning to Him, by thinking about Him, by following Him. And then we must help Him with His work by helping others.”

Patricia P. Pinegar, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Increase in Faith,” April 1994 General Conference

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“Our sisters are steadfast, always abounding in good works. They understand that the commandment is to develop an attitude as well as to undertake an action. ‘Be steadfast’—immovable in righteousness, humble, caring, clever, kind, generous, thoughtful, dignified, gentle, diligent, direct. Women have such depth and such ability!

“And such faith. Despite trials, worldly confusion, and caustic voices, we can trust in the Lord and go forward with happy hearts, knowing that with every challenge or problem, there’s the strength to go on. Why? Because we know His promises are real, that He does know us by name and has a plan for each of us. He will help us learn what it is and give us joy in doing it.”

Elaine L. Jack, Relief Society General President
Charity Never Faileth,” April 1992 General Conference

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“In Timothy, we are admonished to be an example of the believers. A believer is someone who follows and knows the teachings of Christ not only in his mind but also in his heart and whose actions are a witness of that belief. It isn’t easy to be an example of the believers. We don’t usually wake up in the morning and say, ‘Today I’m going to be an example of the believers!’ Yet we can say, ‘Today I will be kind and thoughtful, or considerate, or honest, or whatever quality I need to work on.’ And then we will try hard all day to make a conscious effort to do so. That we can do!”

Ruth B. Wright, Second Counselor, Primary General Presidency
Be Thou an Example,” October 1991 General Conference

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“Mortality is the time to learn to walk by faith. It is the time to learn to be doers of the word, not hearers only. It is the time to gain knowledge and master some wisdom. It is the time to realize that it is not enough to know; we must also act on knowledge with wisdom.”

Dwan J. Young, Primary General President
Prepare to Teach His Children,” October 1983 General Conference

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“The word of the gospel as it is preached and learned is, for each of us, the beginning. ‘Knowing’ alone is not always sufficient to bring the promised light. We have to live by every word. We speak often in our worldwide Church about translation. Computers are being employed to assist, and hundreds of language specialists are engaged in this important work. But the translation for which we each bear personal responsibility is converting the words of the gospel into actions, attitudes, and habits.”

Barbara B. Smith, Relief Society General President
Application of Welfare Principles in the Home: A Key to Many Family Problems,” October 1982 General Conference

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“The gospel principle of love suggests action in the injunction to ‘love one another.’ (John 13:34). When these words are translated into a determined effort to change a behavior that brings hurt or embarrassment or sorrow to one who loves you, it becomes a key to solving a family problem.”

Barbara B. Smith, Relief Society General President
Application of Welfare Principles in the Home: A Key to Many Family Problems,” October 1982 General Conference

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“Like Esther, we must fortify ourselves so that when hard or lonely moments come, we can call upon God for his strength, wisdom, and vision, that we might act according to righteous principles.”

Barbara B. Smith, Relief Society General President
Women for the Latter Day,” October 1979 General Conference

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“Relief Society sisters have always been known to do that which they have been given divine direction to do with excellence, commitment, and the vision that makes it possible for them to have the rewards and the joy of righteous endeavor.”

Barbara B. Smith, Relief Society General President
Teach LDS Women Self-Sufficiency,” April 1976 General Conference

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