Accountability


“Your lives, your friendships, your marriages, your families, your neighbors and coworkers currently constitute the sample of humanity which God has given you. We are each other’s clinical material, and we make a mistake when we disregard that sober fact. No wonder, therefore, we feel stress at times. … Now, you are going to have days when people make a large draft on your patience, when they lay claim to your long-suffering that you may feel they don’t quite deserve. This is part of the chemistry that goes on in discipleship if we are serious about it, as we constitute each other’s clinical material.”

—Neal A. Maxwell, “Jesus, the Perfect Mentor,” Ensign, Feb. 2001, 13

“Brothers and sisters, may we focus on the simple ways we can serve in the kingdom of God, always striving to change lives, including our own. What is most important in our Church responsibilities is not the statistics that are reported or the meetings that are held but whether or not individual people—ministered to one at a time just as the Savior did—have been lifted and encouraged and ultimately changed. Our task is to help others find the peace and the joy that only the gospel can give them. In seven words, Jesus summarized how we can accomplish this.  He said, ‘If ye love me, keep my commandments’ (John 14:15).”

—M. Russell Ballard, “O Be Wise,” Ensign, Nov. 2006, 20

“God judges men according to the use they make of the light which He gives them.”

—Joseph Smith, in History of the Church, 5:401

“I would hope, I would pray, that each of us … would resolve to seek those who need help … and lift them in the spirit of love into the embrace of the Church, where strong hands and loving hearts will warm them, comfort them, sustain them, and put them on the way of happy and productive lives.”

—Gordon B. Hinckley, “Reach with a Rescuing Hand,” Ensign, Nov. 1996, 86