Monthly Archives: November 2015

Daily Reminder on Work and Self-Reliance: #15 out of 21

Today I, ____________________, commit to work hard to achieve my goals.

“Set high goals for yourself, and be willing to work hard to achieve them.” – For the Strength of Youth

Think of one of your high/long-term goals and set a smaller specific goal that you can do that will help you achieve your larger goal.


““Come, come, ye Saints, no toil nor labor fear.”

“This phrase became an anthem to the weary travelers. It is difficult to imagine how hard these great souls worked. Walking was one of the easiest things they did. They all had to pull together to provide food, repair wagons, tend animals, minister to the sick and feeble, seek and collect water, and protect themselves from the pressing dangers of the elements and the many hazards of the wilderness.

“They woke up each morning with clearly defined purposes and goals that everyone understood: to serve God and their fellowmen and to arrive in the Salt Lake Valley. Every day those purposes and goals were clear to them; they knew what they needed to do and that each day’s progress mattered.

“In our time—when so much of what we desire is so easily within our reach—it is tempting to turn aside or give up whenever the road ahead seems a little bumpy or the slope tends to rise steeply before us. In those moments, it might inspire us to reflect on those men, women, and children who did not allow sickness, hardship, pain, and even death to deter them from their chosen path.

“The pioneers learned that doing hard things deepened and strengthened body, mind, and spirit; magnified their understanding of their divine nature; and heightened their compassion for others. This habit firmed their souls and became a blessing to them long after their trek across the plains and mountains had ended.” – All is Well by Dieter F. Uchtdorf


Have I prayed to my Father in Heaven for help and guidance in achieving my goals?

Daily Reminder on Work and Self-Reliance: #14 out of 21

Today I, ____________________, commit to work hard to achieve my goals.

“Heavenly Father has given you gifts and talents and knows what you are capable of achieving. Seek His help and guidance as you work to achieve your goals.” – For the Strength of Youth

Today, try to set aside some time to go over your goals and seek Heavenly Father’s guidance concerning them and anything else that is currently on your mind.


“The Lord Will Bless Us If We Use Our Talents Wisely

“President Joseph F. Smith said, “Every son and every daughter of God has received some talent, and each will be held to strict account for the use or misuse to which it is put” (Gospel Doctrine, 5th ed. [1939], 370). A talent is one kind of stewardship (responsibility in the kingdom of God). The parable of the talents tells us that when we serve well in our stewardship, we will be given greater responsibilities. If we do not serve well, our stewardship will eventually be taken from us. (See Matthew 25:14–30.)

“We are also told in the scriptures that we will be judged according to our works (see Matthew 16:27). By developing and using our talents for other people, we perform good works.

“The Lord is pleased when we use our talents wisely. He will bless us if we use our talents to benefit other people and to build up His kingdom here on earth. Some of the blessings we gain are joy and love from serving our brothers and sisters here on earth. We also learn self-control. All these things are necessary if we are going to be worthy to live with our Heavenly Father again.” – Gospel Principle, (2011), 196-99 – Chapter 34: Developing Our Talents


Have I prayed to my Father in Heaven for help and guidance in achieving my goals?

Daily Reminder on Work and Self-Reliance: #13 out of 21

Today I, ____________________, commit to work hard to achieve my goals.

“Remember that God has a great work for you to do. He will bless you in your efforts to accomplish that work.” – For the Strength of Youth


“When our wagon gets stuck in the mud, God is much more likely to assist the man who gets out to push than the man who merely raises his voice in prayer—no matter how eloquent the oration. President Thomas S. Monson put it this way: “It is not enough to want to make the effort and to say we’ll make the effort. … It’s in the doing, not just the thinking, that we accomplish our goals. If we constantly put our goals off, we will never see them fulfilled.”” – Two Principles for Any Economy by Dieter F. Uchtdorf


Have I prayed to my Father in Heaven for help and guidance in achieving my goals?

Daily Reminder on Work and Self-Reliance: #12 out of 21

Today I, ____________________, commit to work hard to achieve my goals.

“The Lord has commanded us not to be idle.” – For the Strength of Youth

Set a goal related to idleness.


“Do not waste your time and money in gambling. Gambling is wrong and should not be used as a form of entertainment. It is addictive and can lead to lost opportunities, ruined lives, and broken families. It is false to believe that you can get something for nothing.” – For the Strength of Youth

“Gambling weakens the ethics of work, industry, thrift, and service—the foundation of national prosperity—by holding out the seductive lure of something for nothing. By the same token, gambling encourages idleness, with all of its resulting bad effects for society.” – The Evils of Gambling by Dallin H. Oaks. For a more recent talk that includes this quote, see “Don’t Bet on It!”: A Latter-day Saint Look at Gambling by Marvin K. Gardner

Quote Submitted by Steve Evans


Have I prayed to my Father in Heaven for help and guidance in achieving my goals?