Being an Example for Others

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“Youth, take responsibility for your own spiritual well-being. Turn off your phone if necessary, sing a Primary song, pray for help, think of a scripture, walk out of a movie, picture the Savior, take the sacrament worthily, study For the Strength of Youth, be an example to your friends, confide in a parent, go see your bishop, ask for help, and seek professional counseling, if needed.”

Linda S. Reeves, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Protection from Pornography—a Christ-Focused Home,” April 2014 General Conference

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“Heavenly Father does not want us to look to the world and follow its ever-changing trends. He wants us to look to Him and follow His unchanging guidance. He wants us to live the gospel and lead others to it by setting the standard high.”

Ann M. Dibb, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Arise and Shine Forth,” April 2012 General Conference

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“The small and simple things you choose to do today will be magnified into great and glorious blessings tomorrow. Living each day as ‘an example of the believers’ will help you to be happy and more confident. It will strengthen your testimony, help you to keep your baptismal covenants, and prepare you to receive the blessings of the temple so that eventually you can return to your Heavenly Father.”

Ann M. Dibb, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Be Thou an Example of the Believers,” April 2009 General Conference

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“You are one of the greatest generations of young women ever to live on this earth. Before you came to this earth you were tutored at your Father’s knee. You have been reserved to come to the earth for a special purpose. There are things for each of you to do that no one else can do as well.

“You have a destiny to fulfill. Your righteous example as one of the believers will make a difference in the world, so ‘be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work.’ ”

Elaine S. Dalton, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Believe!” April 2004 General Conference

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“As you strive to be an example of the believers, you may feel that you are standing alone. You may feel that you are the only one who is trying so hard to be righteous and pure. You may feel you are the only one striving to be modest in your actions, speech, and appearance. But you are not alone. There are thousands of young women like you all over the world who are striving to be an example of the believers.”

Elaine S. Dalton, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Believe!” April 2004 General Conference

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“Now the call to each of you is the same as the call the Apostle Paul made to his young friend Timothy: ‘Be thou an example of the believers’ (1 Tim. 4:12). Will you do that? Will you show the world and the Lord that you believe by the way you dress, by the way you speak, by the way you respect your body, by the very purity of your lives? The world needs young women who are believers.

“Believe in the Savior. He loves you, and I testify that He will not leave you alone. He has promised:

Fear not, I am with thee; oh, be not dismayed,
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid.
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand, …Upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.

Elaine S. Dalton, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Believe!” April 2004 General Conference

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“A woman of faith is fearless. She fears no evil, for God is with her. There is no ambiguity, no uncertain trump in her life. She can live a principled life because she studies the doctrine and teachings of a perfect teacher, the Master. She is a noble example to all who know her. She is less than perfect, of course, not because she doesn’t have perfect principles or the perfect example in Christ, but because she is human. She stays away from the evil influence and the unclean thing, and if it encroaches on her territory, she is as a lioness protecting her cubs.”

Margaret D. Nadauld, Young Women General President
A Woman of Faith,” October 2002 General Conference

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“It does not take much living to find out that life almost never turns out the way you planned it. Adversity and affliction come to everyone. Do you know anyone who would not like to change something about themselves or their circumstances? And yet I am sure you know many who go forward with faith. You are drawn to those people, inspired by them, and even strengthened by their examples.”

Mary Ellen Smoot, Relief Society General President
Developing Inner Strength,” October 2001 General Conference

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“Loving may come naturally, but leading is a polished skill that maybe we don’t take seriously enough. We lead by example more strongly than any other way. That is a heavy burden for parents and leaders of youth.”

Sharon G. Larsen, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Fear Not: For They That Be with Us Are More,” October 2001 General Conference

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“We bear testimony every single day by our example.”

Carol B. Thomas, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Developing Our Talent for Spirituality,” April 2001 General Conference

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“We, like Mary, Eve, Sarah, and Emma, are unique. We have ripples to make and water to share. Given our eternal heritage, we must remember how powerfully our simple, righteous actions can ripple through the hearts and homes of those around us. We have such a great opportunity to do so much good…”

Virginia U. Jensen, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Ripples,” October 2000 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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“We can live in such a way that people can look to us as their examples.

“To be a good example of a principle, we must not only understand it but we must live that principle. It should become such a part of our everyday living that without consciously thinking about it, the principle is reflected in the way we live.

“Children are especially sensitive to the power of pure example.”

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

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“It is interesting to note that we choose the examples we follow. We exercise our own agency through our choices. Examples are not forced upon us. We choose which ones we want to emulate and which ones we want to ignore or disregard. The choice is ours, and so is the burden of the consequence.”

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