Quotes on Progress

When we look at all the Lord asks of us, it can sometimes seem overwhelming.  Of course, where much has been given, much is expected.  I believe it is helpful when faced with an enormous challenge to view it as a step-by-step process.  We begin by taking the first step, then continue by taking one step at a time.  I am certain that the Lord is pleased even with our small beginnings, because in His infinite wisdom He knows that small things often become great things. — Elder Tom Perry, “United in Building the Kingdom of God,” Ensign, May 1987, p. 35

Seeing Alma move from wanting to be a “trump” [see Alma 29:1] to being a humble “instrument” and from wanting to “shake the earth” to “perhaps [bringing] some soul to repentance” is a stunning transition!  Furthermore, isn’t it wonderful that we are permitted to grow, whether that growth is expressed in the space of nine verses or in a lifetime? — Elder Neal A. Maxwell, “Content with the Things Allotted Unto Us,” Ensign, May 2000, p. 74

Being content means acceptance without self-pity.  Meekly borne, however, deprivations such as these can end up being like excavations that make room for greatly enlarged souls. — Elder Neal A. Maxwell, “Content with the Things Allotted Unto Us,” Ensign, May 2000, p. 72

Salvation is an eternal goal we gain by a process of constant upward change.  Doubt is spiritual poison that stunts eternal growth.  We must first feel our way before we can see it with any clarity.  We prove ourselves by making numerous correct decisions without being absolutely sure; then comes a greater knowledge and assurance, not before. Happiness is created.  Love is its center.  Its principal ingredients are sincere faith, true repentance, full obedience, and selfless service. — Elder Richard G. Scott, “Happiness Now and Forever”, Ensign, Nov. 1979, p. 70