“Now behold, a marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men. Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day. Therefore, if ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work; For behold the field is white already to harvest; and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul; And faith, hope, charity and love, with an eye single to the glory of God, qualify him for the work. Remember faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility, diligence. Ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Amen.” – D&C 4
“I am convinced that missionary work is not easy because salvation is not a cheap experience. Salvation never was easy. We are The Church of Jesus Christ, this is the truth, and He is our Great Eternal Head. How could we believe it would be easy for us when it was never, ever easy for Him? It seems to me that missionaries…have to spend at least a few moments in Gethsemane. Missionaries…have to take at least a step or two toward the summit of Calvary.” – Jeffrey R. Holland
This Day in LDS History
1896 U.S. President Grover Cleveland signs the proclamation making Utah the forty-fifth state in the Union; the Saints had unsuccessfully tried to achieve statehood for nearly fifty years.
1995 For the second time in three years, the Associated Press names Steve Young, quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers football team, the most valuable playeri n the National Football League.
1996 The U.S. Postal Service releases a stamp honoring Utah’s centennial; it is designed by McRay Magleby, the creative director of BYU’s Publications and Graphics Department.