Sharing with Youth: Messages on Leadership


“‘Arise and shine forth’ (D&C 115:5) and be a light unto the world, a standard to others.” President Ezra T. Benson

“I now understand abundantly why the prophets have said that the Lord reserved for this last day some of his very choice spiritual sons and daughters. He needs you desperately in the building of his kingdom. And the kingdom … will expand and move to new horizons … in direct proportion to how well you are prepared to assume your assignments in leading the kingdom of God on to ever greater heights.” Elder M. Russell Ballard

“Jesus knew who he was and why he was here on this planet. That meant he could lead from strength rather than from uncertainty or weakness.” President Spencer W. Kimball

“[The Lord] has not hesitated to call young leaders for his eternal purposes, to assist them in their preparation, and to send them forth to their new callings.” Ruth H. Funk, former Young Women general president

“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.” (Matt. 5:14–15.)

“Because of the great principles of integrity and work taught by the Church, … youth leaders are in a position to develop a generation of youth who will evoke the admiration of the world.” Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone

“It has been said that obedience is not the mark of a slave; it is one of the prime qualities of leadership.” President N. Eldon Tanner

You cannot lift another soul until you are standing on higher ground than he is. … You cannot light a fire in another soul unless it is burning in your own soul.” President Harold B. Lee

“A leader cannot ask of others what he is not willing to do himself. … Those who would lead in the Church must set the example of personal righteousness.” Elder James E. Faust

[photos] Photography by Welden Andersen