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10 Quotes about Self-Esteem from Christian Leaders

By Mormon.org
Christ walking with and teaching the apostles

In counseling His beloved Apostles, Jesus Christ taught an important principle that is universally applied. Asked He, “Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:29–31). In other words, you are of great worth to your Father in Heaven.

How Great Is Your Worth?

Your worth as a son or daughter of God can be determined by the price that has already been paid for you. “Remember, the worth of souls is great in the sight of God; for, behold, the Lord your Redeemer suffered death in the flesh; wherefore he suffered the pain of all men, that all men might repent and come unto him” (D&C 18:10–11). Our Savior, Jesus Christ, paid the ultimate price because of your infinite worth.

Sometimes, however, other voices taunt, “You aren’t good enough; you are worthless.” But those voices do not determine your value and should not influence your self-esteem. Watch as President Dieter F. Uchtdorf reminds each of us of our true identity.

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Thoughts on Self-Esteem from Christian Leaders

Here are 10 quotes about self-esteem from other Christian leaders.

“Your Heavenly Father loves you—each of you. That love never changes. It is not influenced by your appearance, by your possessions, or by the amount of money you have in your bank account. It is not changed by your talents and abilities. … God’s love is there for you whether or not you feel you deserve love. It is simply always there.” Thomas S. Monson

The second of our Lord’s two great commandments carries a double charge: ‘Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself’ (Matt. 22:39). Therefore, love of companion is governed, in part, by esteem of self.” Russell M. Nelson

“Contrary to what you may think, an immoral act of any kind will only lower your self-esteem. Be true to yourselves, and your respect for yourself will increase. Know that yours is a divine birthright. Cultivate a good opinion of yourselves. Others may make cutting remarks concerning you. This is only a sign of their ignorance and not of your qualities. Walk with that dignity which is becoming a young woman who is a daughter of God.” Gordon B. Hinckley

“If we can find forgiveness in our hearts for those who have caused us hurt and injury, we will rise to a higher level of self-esteem and well-being. Some recent studies show that people who are taught to forgive become ‘less angry, more hopeful, less depressed, less anxious and less stressed,’ which leads to greater physical well-being. Another of these studies concludes ‘that forgiveness … is a liberating gift [that] people can give to themselves.’” James E. Faust

“My dear friends, you are a royal generation. You were preserved to come to the earth in this time for a special purpose. Not just a few of you, but all of you. There are things for each of you to do that no one else can do as well as you. If you do not prepare to do them, they will not be done. Your mission is unique and distinctive for you. Please don’t make another have to take your place. He or she can’t do it as well as you can. If you will let Him, I testify that our Father in Heaven will walk with you through the journey of life and inspire you to know your special purpose here.” H. Burke Peterson

“Feelings of worth come when a woman follows the example of the Master. Her sense of infinite worth comes from her own Christlike yearning to reach out with love, as He does.” Russell M. Nelson

“If we love God, do His will, and fear His judgment more than men’s, we will have self-esteem.” Ezra Taft Benson

“The world would have you believe that you are of worth only if you have money, a certain physical appearance, stylish clothes, or social position. The gospel assures you that your value is not dependent on your looks or material possessions. … Part of what it means to be a Latter-day Saint is to know within your soul your eternal worth, who you really are, and why you are here on earth.” Elaine L. Jack

“Satan delights to have us put ourselves down. Self-contempt is of Satan. There is no such thing in heaven.” Neal A. Maxwell

"You are a child of God He is the father of your spirit. Spiritually you are of noble birth, the offspring of the King of Heaven. Fix that truth in you mind and hold to it. However many generations in your mortal ancestry, no matter what race or people you represent, the pedigree of your spirit can be written on a single line. You are a child of God" Boyd K. Packer

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