President Gordon B. Hinckley has said: “This is the great day of decision for each of us. For many it is the time of beginning something that will go on for as long as you live. … Rise to the high ground of spiritual, mental, and physical excellence. You can do it. You may not be a genius. You may be lacking in some skills. But so many of us can do better than we are now doing. We are members of this great Church whose influence is now felt over the world. We are people with a present and with a future. … Be excellent” (“The Quest for Excellence,” Liahona, September 1999, 6). Following are accounts of youth who are achieving excellence in their lives by striving to follow the example of the Savior, Jesus Christ, and live His gospel.