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worship is far more than prayer and preaching (Joseph Fielding Smith)

“We believe that worship is far more than prayer and preaching and gospel performance. The supreme act of worship is to keep the commandments, to follow in the footsteps of the Son of God, to do ever those things that please Him. It is one thing to give lip service to the Lord; it is quite another to respect and honor His will by following the example He has set for us.” 


Joseph Fielding Smith


( “I Know That My Redeemer Liveth,” Ensign, Dec. 1971, 27.)

Isaiah 40:9-31

9 ¶O aZion, that bringest bgoodctidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of dJudah, Behold your God! 10 Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand, and hisaarm shall rule for him: behold, his brewardis with him, and his work before him. 11 He shall feed his aflock like a bshepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young. 12 ¶Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance? 13 Who hath adirected the bSpirit of the Lord, or being hisccounsellor hath taught him?

we cannot gauge the worth of another soul...(Uchtdorf)

“We sometimes confuse sin with sinner, and we condemn too quickly and with too little compassion. We know from modern revelation that ‘the worth of souls is great in the sight of God.’ We cannot gauge the worth of another soul any more than we can measure the span of the universe.”
-Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “You Are My Hands,” Ensign, May 2010, 69

Sir Thomas More Quotes

Better 'tis to be fortunate than wise!
— "The Words of Fortune to the People" (c.1504)




Men use, if they have an evil turn, to write it in marble; 
and whoso doth us a good turn, we write it in dust.
— History of King Richard III (c.1513-1518)




What you cannot turn to good, you must at least make as little bad as you can.
— Utopia, Bk. 1. (1516)



They have no lawyers among them, for they consider them as a sort of people whose profession it is to disguise matters.
— Utopia, Bk. 2. (1516)




All things appear incredible to us, as they differ more or less from our own manners.
— Utopia, Bk 2. (1516)




If any good thing shall go forward, something must be adventured.
— A Dialogue Concerning Heresies (1529)




A faint faith is better than a strong heresy.
— A Dialogue Concerning Heresies (1529)




A tale that fleeth through many mouths catcheth many feathers.
— A Dialogue Concerning Heresies (1529)




I do not care very much what men say of me, provided that God approves of me.
— A Letter to Erasmus, 1532.




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our first and foremost duty (Brigham Young)

Were I to draw a distinction in all the duties that are required of the children of men, … I would place first and foremost the duty of seeking unto the Lord our God until we open the path of communication from heaven to earth—from God to our own souls.


Brigham Young


Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Brigham Young (1997), 44.