Esther

“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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“Esther, at the peril of her own life, pled with the king that her people should be spared. The king listened to her entreaty, and they were saved. One woman can make a great difference, even for a nation.

“These are challenging times. I believe your spirits may have been reserved for these latter days; that you, like Esther, have come to earth ‘for such a time as this.’ ”

James E. Faust, Second Counselor, First Presidency
The Virtues of Righteous Daughters of God,” April 2003 General Conference

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“Sisters, I do not believe that you and I are here at this unique time by accident. I believe that, like Esther of old, we are ‘come to the kingdom for such a time as this’, when our influence, our example, our strength, and our faith may stand as a bulwark against the rising tide of evil that threatens to engulf our homes, our families, and our loved ones.”

Virginia U. Jensen, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Creating Places of Security,” October 1997 General Conference

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“Each woman in today’s world has responsibilities akin to those which Esther faced. The circumstances of each life are significantly different, yet each woman faces the challenge of being true to the principles of the gospel if she would improve the quality of her mortal life and make herself worthy of the opportunity of eternal progression. She should begin by understanding who she is and that she has a magnificent potential as a daughter of God. Her goal then should be lofty. The scriptures say: ‘Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect’ (Matt. 5:48). Quickly I caution that this is not an obtainable goal in one step or one day or one year. It takes a lifetime of conscious effort, of striving and learning and living, to become an holy woman.”

Barbara B. Smith, Relief Society General President
Women for the Latter Day,” October 1979 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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“Her [Queen Esther’s] questioning moment was a hard and very lonely one when her uncle, Mordecai, sent her word that she should go into the king and plead for him to spare her people from the planned destruction. Esther, though queen, had no right to go to the king unless he called for her. The king had absolute power. She had no right of appeal. But she really was the only one with possible entrance to the throne of his power. Her uncle reminded her, ‘Who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?’ (Esth. 4:14).

“Esther had the strength born of good teaching. It enabled her to determine to ask all of the Jews of the kingdom to fast and pray with her. It was then she made personal preparation by looking her most beautiful, as she went in to see the king.

“With every step she must have wondered, ‘Will he hold out the royal sceptre?’ ‘Will he condemn me to death?’ ‘Will he drop me into poverty and oblivion?’ She stood before him, young, beautiful, calm—knowing that she was totally vulnerable. She also knew that she had appealed to God for help and that there was a great moral wrong about to be committed. She had to be responsible to God who made her, no matter what the mortal consequences.”

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

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