Instruments in the Hands of God


“Expressing charity, or love, purifies and sanctifies our souls, helping us become more like the Savior. Through those small acts of charity, you follow the Savior and you act as instruments in His hands as you help, care, lift, comfort, listen, encourage, nurture, teach, and strengthen the sisters under your care.”

Silvia H. Allred, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Charity Never Faileth,” October 2011 General Conference


“I testify that a return to virtue is possible because of the Savior’s example and the ‘infinite virtue of His great atoning sacrifice.’ I testify that we will be enabled and strengthened not only to do hard things but to do all things. Now is the time for each of us to arise and unfurl a banner to the world calling for a return to virtue. May we so live that we can be instruments in preparing the earth for His Second Coming, ‘that when he shall appear we shall be like him,… purified even as he is pure.’ ”

Elaine S. Dalton, Young Women General President
A Return to Virtue,” October 2008 General Conference


“What does it mean to be an instrument in everyday terms? I think it means to nurture others… I have had many sweet moments when I have felt the Lord using me as an instrument. I believe that you too have been guided and helped as you teach, comfort, and encourage.”

Bonnie D. Parkin, Relief Society General President
Sweet Moments,” October 2005 General Conference


“There are countless ways to be instruments in God’s hands. For example, be the kind of visiting teacher you’ve always wanted; ask a young single adult about what she likes to do rather than why she’s not married; share instead of accumulate; carefully choose your dress, speech, and choice of entertainment; smile at your husband or child who knows they’ve caused frustration and heartache; put your arm around a young woman; teach in nursery with a happy heart; show by your attitude that you are finding joy in the journey. The Prophet Joseph said of such efforts, ‘If you live up to your privilege[s], the angels cannot be restrained from being your associates.’ ”

Bonnie D. Parkin, Relief Society General President
Sweet Moments,” October 2005 General Conference


“My life’s journey is different from yours. Each of you could teach me much from your experiences of submitting your will to the Lord’s as you earnestly seek to know His will for you. We can rejoice together in the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, gratefully acknowledging the blessing of having a testimony of the Savior and His Atonement for each of us. This I know—our individual efforts to become instruments in the hands of God have not been easy and have stretched us spiritually, enriching our mortal journeys in the most personal, glorious ways.”

Anne C. Pingree, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Knowing the Lord’s Will for You,” October 2005 General Conference


“Truly, we may each be an instrument in the hands of God. Happily, we need not all be the same kind of instrument. Just as the instruments in an orchestra differ in size, shape, and sound, we too are different from one another. We have different talents and inclinations, but just as the French horn cannot duplicate the sound of the piccolo, neither is it necessary for us to all serve the Lord in the same way. Sister Eliza R. Snow said that ‘there is no sister so isolated and her sphere so narrow but what she can do a great deal towards establishing the Kingdom of God upon the earth’. Our privilege and our responsibility as daughters of God and as sisters of Relief Society, then, is to become the most effective instruments we can be.”

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


“Do not feel that your gift is insignificant. Mother Teresa says, ‘I’m a little pencil in the hands of God. He does the thinking. He does the writing. He does everything—and it’s really hard—sometimes it’s a broken pencil. He has to sharpen it a little more. But be a little instrument in His hands so that He can use you anytime, anywhere. … We have only to say Yes to Him.’ ”
Chieko N. Okazaki, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Rejoice in Every Good Thing,” October 1991 General Conference


“If we all unite and become one sisterhood in our meetings and activities, together we can become instruments in the hands of God by which he can perform his work. We will be motivated to good works by the accepting, encouraging, ennobling love of Christ. My beloved sisters, ‘above all things, clothe yourselves with the bond of charity, as with a mantle, which is the bond of perfectness and peace’ (D&C 88:125).”

Barbara B. Smith, Relief Society General President
The Bond of Charity,” October 1980 General Conference


“If we have been able to be instruments in the smallest way in serving the Lord, our joy is great.”
Ruth Funk, Young Women General President
Come, Listen to a Prophet’s Voice,” October 1978 General Conference

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