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#1. Our Savior gave Himself in unselfish service. He taught that each of us should follow Him by denying ourselves of selfish interests in order to serve others. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#2. When we give thanks in all things, we see hardships and adversities in the context of the purpose of life. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#3. When we have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, we must have trust in him. We must trust him enough that we are content to accept his will, knowing that he knows what is best for us. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#4. My experiences taught me firsthand that when a person is not performing well, there are many possible reasons, some not of his own choosing. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#5. Hardships can deprive mortals of the power to ACT. But at the same time, hardships can be the means of eternal growth in ATTITUDE and DESIRE. If endured with the right attitude and accompanied by righteous desires, suffering and deprivation can be the agency of great growth in our spirits. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#6. Man unquestionably has impressive powers ... But after all our obedience and good works, we cannot be saved from the effects of our sins without the grace extended by the atonement of Jesus Christ ... Man cannot earn his own salvation. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#7. Those who are used to a clergy take very lightly those who do not have a formal divinity degree: like Paul and Peter and James and John. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#8. In the acquisition of Sacred knowledge, scholarship and reason are not alternatives to revelation. They are a means to an end, and the end is revelation from God. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#9. We should recognize the reality that just because something is good is not sufficient reason for doing it. The number of good things we can do far exceeds the time available to accomplish them. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#10. It's wrong to criticize leaders of the church, even if the criticism is true. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#11. When I was 66, my wife June died of cancer. Two years later
a year and a half ago
I married Kristen McMain, the eternal companion who now stands at my side. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#12. Forgiving is divine. Plead for the guidance of the Spirit of the Lord to forgive wrongs, to overcome faults, and to strengthen relationships. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#13. A man is not required to run faster than he is able but it is a requirement to run. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#14. Plan specifically so you can implement flexibly. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#15. Religious insights and values are just as important today as they were 50 or 100 years ago. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#16. If we choose the wrong road, we choose the wrong destination. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#17. Let us remember that desires dictate our priorities, priorities shape our choices, and choices determine our actions. In addition, it is our actions and our desires that cause us to become something, whether a true friend, a gifted teacher, or one who has qualified for eternal life. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#18. Having descended beneath it all, He is perfectly positioned to lift us. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#19. We have to forego some good things in order to choose others that are better or best because they develop faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and strengthen our families. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#20. To avoid all possibility for error is to avoid all possibility for growth. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#21. We may have to struggle to achieve our goals, but our struggles may yield as much growth as our learning. The strengths we develop in overcoming challenges will be with us in the eternities to come. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#22. And young women, please understand that if you dress immodestly, you are magnifying this problem by becoming pornography to some of the men who see you. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#23. Priesthood power blesses all of us. Priesthood keys direct women as well as men, and priesthood ordinances and priesthood authority pertain to women as well as men. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#24. When a choice will make a real difference in our lives - obvious or not - and when we are living in tune with the Spirit and seeking his guidance, we can be sure we will receive the guidance we need to attain our goal. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#25. Through the lens of spirituality, we see all the commandments of God as invitations to blessings. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#26. Let us give thanks for what we are and for the circumstances God has given us for our personal journey through mortality. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#27. As a General Authority, it is my responsibility to preach general principles. When I do, I don't try to define all the exceptions... I only teach the general rules. Whether an exception applies to you is your responsibility. You must work out individually between you and the Lord. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#28. Whoever functions in an office or calling received from one who holds priesthood keys exercises priesthood authority in performing her or his assigned duties. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#29. We are cast as combatants in the war between truth and error. There is no middle ground. We must stand up for truth, even while we practice tolerance and respect for beliefs and ideas different from our own and for the people who hold them. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#30. In contrast to the institutions of the world, which teach us to KNOW something, the gospel of Jesus Christ challenges us to BECOME something ... The gospel of Jesus Christ is the plan by which we can become what children of god are supposed to become ... Charity is something one becomes. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#31. The ultimate treasures on earth and in heaven are our children and our posterity. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#32. Our earliest efforts will be heard with joy by our Heavenly Father, however they are phrased. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#33. Establish in the mind of a young person the powerful idea that he or she is a child of God, and you have given self-respect and motivation to move against the problems of life. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#34. We should seek after spiritual gifts. They can lead us to God. They can shield us from the power of the adversary. They can compensate for our inadequacies and repair our imperfections. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#35. Well-taught doctrines and principles have a more powerful influence on behavior than rules. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#36. Healing blessings come in many ways, each suited to our individual needs, as known to Him who loves us best. Sometimes a 'healing' cures our illness or lifts our burden. But sometimes we are 'healed' by being given strength or understanding or patience to bear the burdens placed upon us. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#37. The word sharing affirms that we have something extraordinarily valuable and desire to give it to others for their benefit and blessing. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#38. It's amazing how much you can get done if you don't worry about who gets the credit. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#39. All of us should banish hateful communications and practice civility for differences of opinion. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#40. Given love and opportunity, every child and adult can recover. All who know this and have the capacity to help others should assist as they can. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#41. Man's laws cannot make moral what God has declared immoral - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#42. Fear not little flock; do good; let earth and hell combine against you, for if ye are built upon my rock, they cannot prevail ... Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#43. I testify of our Savior, Jesus Christ, whose teachings and example we seek to follow. He invites all of us who are heavy laden to come unto Him, to learn of Him, to follow Him, and thus to find rest to our souls. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#44. The most powerful teaching of children is by the example of their parents. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#45. Materialism, which gives priority to material needs and objects, is obviously the opposite of spirituality - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#46. Though we disagree, we should not be disagreeable. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#47. I say, choose faith. Choose faith over doubt, choose faith over fear, choose faith over the unknown and the unseen, and choose faith over pessimism. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#48. If our bodies are sick, we seek to heal them. We do not give up. The same thing should be true of our marriages. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#49. I am unpersuaded that relative poverty and hard work are greater adversities than relative affluence and free time. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#50. We are all preparing for things to come. That is the purpose of mortal life ... We are all children of a Heavenly Father who has sent us to earth with the invitation to prepare for eternal life. Every choice, every experience, every repentance and reformation prepares us for what is to come. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#51. Faith is developed in a setting where we cannot see ahead. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#52. Don't accommodate any degree of temptation. Prevent sin and avoid having to deal with its inevitable destruction. So, turn it off! Look away! Avoid it at all costs. Direct your thoughts in wholesome paths. Remember your covenants and be faithful in temple attendance. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#53. Those who enjoy the blessings of liberty under a divinely inspired constitution should promote morality, and they should practice what the Founding Fathers called civic virtue. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#54. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the brightest light and the only hope for this darkened world. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#55. Consider how we use our time. Not everything is worth the portion of our life we give to obtain it. SOme things are better, and others are best. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#56. To achieve our eternal destiny, we will desire and work for the qualities required to become an eternal being. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#57. In order to ask with real intent or to act with full purpose of heart, we must always make an accompanying commitment. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#58. I believe many of us are overnourished on entertainment junk food and undernourished on the bread of life. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#59. The people are the source of governmental power. Along with many religious people, Latter-day Saints affirm that God gave the power to the people, and the people consented to a constitution that delegated certain powers to the government ... The sovereign power is in the people. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#60. The most effective missionsries always act out of love - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#61. Most angelic communications are felt or heard rather than seen. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#62. Alcohol is the number one addictive drug in our day. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#63. What does it mean to be true to the faith? That word true implies commitment, integrity, endurance, and courage. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#64. We should recognize that the Lord will speak to us through the Spirit in His own time and in His own way. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#65. We gain or strengthen a testimony by bearing it. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#66. When we undertake to cover our sins, ... behold, the heavens withdraw themselves; the Spirit of the Lord is grieved; and when it is withdrawn, Amen to the priesthood or the authority of that man - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#67. Testimony is to know and to feel, Conversion is to do and to become. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#68. I just didn't spend enough time with my job. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#69. There is not a right and a wrong answer to every question. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#70. Let us all improve our personal behavior and redouble our efforts to protect our loved ones and our environment from the onslaught of pornography. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#71. It is not enough that we are under call or even that we are going in the right direction. The timing must be right. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#72. The nature and extent of profanity and vulgarity in our society is a measure of its deterioration. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#73. The intensity of our desire to share the gospel is a great indicator of the extent of our personal conversion. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#74. Our lives of service and sacrifice are the most appropriate expressions of our commitment to serve the Master and our fellowmen. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#75. Loving-kindness is required, but a follower of Christ-just like the Master-will be firm in the truth. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#76. The purpose of the gospel is to transform common creatures into celestial citizens, and that requires change. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#77. Become what our Heavenly Father desires you to become. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#78. We must change all elements of our behavior that are in conflict with gospel ... covenants. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#79. The principles stated in the proclamation on the family are a beautiful expression of this gospel culture. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#80. When we understand our relationship to God, we also understand our relationship to one another. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#81. Service is an imperative for those who worship Jesus Christ and a covenant obligation of those who belong to his Church. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#82. If you wish to marry well, inquire well. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#83. When we have a vision of what we can become, our desire and our power to act increase enormously. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#84. We are overcome by the "cares ... of this life" when we are paralyzed by fear of the future, which hinders our going forward in faith, trusting in God and His promises. It is up to each of us to set the priorities and to do the things that make our soil good and our harvest plentiful. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#85. Service that is given with little or no thought of personal advantage is an ideal to pursue for a lifetime. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#86. Just because something is good is not a sufficient reason for doing it. The number of good things we can do far exceeds the time available to accomplish them. Some things are better than good, and these are the things that should command priority attention in our lives. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#87. Pray that you will have good and correct attitudes about all your experiences - be they good or bad. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#88. As children of God, knowing of His great love and His ultimate knowledge of what is best for our eternal welfare, we trust in Him. The first principle of the gospel is faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and faith means trust. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#89. The commandment to avoid contention applies to those who are right as well as those who are wrong. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#90. The good news is that when we do the Lord's work in the Lord's way, we are assured of His blessings to help us. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#91. A good marriage does not require a perfect man or a perfect woman. It only requires a man and a woman committed to strive together toward perfection. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#92. The healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ-whether it removes our burdens or strengthens us to endure and live with them like the Apostle Paul-is available for every affliction in mortality. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#93. When you're involved in the work of the Lord, the power behind you is always greater than the obstacles before you. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#94. The greatest power God has given to His sons cannot be exercised without the companionship of one of his daughters, because only to his daughters has God given the power to be a creator of bodies so that God's design and the great plan might meet fruition. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#95. Revelation comes most often when we are on the move. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#96. We must seek to be firmly rooted and converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#97. Don't be dumb. (don't get a tattoo) - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#98. We should refrain from anything that seems to be a final judgment of any person ... the Lord alone has the capacity to judge ... And, in all of this we must remember the command to forgive. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#99. Our spirits ... require nourishment. Just as there is food for the body, there is food for the spirit. The consequences of spiritual malnutrition are just as hurtful to our spiritual lives as physical malnutrition is to our physical bodies. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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#100. Spirituality is not a function of occupation or calling. A scientist may be more spiritual than a theologian; a teacher may be more spiritual than an officer. Spirituality is determined by personal outlook and priorities. It is evident in our words and actions. - Author: Dallin H. Oaks
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