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29 Inspirational Thoughts for a Monday Morning

By Mormon.org
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Encouraging Words from Prophets and Apostles

Every Monday morning could use a little boost, a little pep talk for the week ahead! Whether you’re facing a daunting deadline, a hectic schedule, a mountain of laundry, an unresolved conflict, a crippling fear, a heartbreaking grief, or a neverending to-do list, take heart. With a few words of encouragement, you can take on the day, the week, and beyond with confidence in your ability to succeed.

Encouraging Words from Prophets and Apostles

  1. “We can’t direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails. For maximum happiness, peace, and contentment, may we choose a positive attitude” (President Thomas S. Monson).
  2. “Doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith” (President Dieter F. Uchtdorf).
  3. “There are great challenges ahead of us, giant opportunities to be met. I welcome that exciting prospect and feel to say to the Lord, humbly, ‘Give me this mountain,’ give me these challenges” (President Spencer W. Kimball).
  4. “We have every reason to be optimistic in this world. Tragedy is around, yes. Problems everywhere, yes. … You can’t, you don’t, build out of pessimism or cynicism. You look with optimism, work with faith, and things happen” (President Gordon B. Hinckley).
  5. “No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. It ministers to our education, to the development of such qualities as patience, faith, fortitude and humility. All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable, more worthy to be called the children of God … and it is through sorrow and suffering, toil and tribulation, that we gain the education that we come here to acquire and which will make us more like our Father and Mother in heaven” (Elder Orson F. Whitney, quoted by Spencer W. Kimball, in Faith Precedes the Miracle [1972], 98).
  6. “Don’t give up, boy. Don’t you quit. You keep walking. You keep trying. There is help and happiness ahead. … You keep your chin up. It will be all right in the end. Trust God and believe in good things to come” (Elder Jeffrey R. Holland).
  7. “Sometimes we mistakenly may believe that happiness is the absence of a load. But bearing a load is a necessary and essential part of the plan of happiness” (Elder David A. Bednar).
  8. “God, as a loving Father, will stretch our souls at times. The soul is like a violin string: it makes music only when it is stretched. … God will tutor us by trying us because He loves us, not because of indifference!” (Elder Neal A. Maxwell, quoted by Harold G. Hillam, in “Strength in Adversity,” BYU devotional, June 25, 1996).
  9. “If you work hard and prepare earnestly, it will be very difficult for you to give in or give up or wear down. If you labor with faith in God and in yourself and in your future, you will have built upon a rock. Then, when the winds blow and the rains come—as surely they will—you shall not fall” (Elder Jeffrey R. Holland).

Encouraging Words in the Scriptures

  1. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, ye are little children, and ye have not as yet understood how great blessings the Father hath in his own hands and prepared for you; and ye cannot bear all things now; nevertheless, be of good cheer, for I will lead you along. The kingdom is yours and the blessings thereof are yours, and the riches of eternity are yours” (D&C 78:17–18) . 
  2. “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness” (Isaiah 41:10).
  3. “O Lord, I have trusted in thee, and I will trust in thee forever. I will not put my trust in the arm of flesh; for I know that cursed is he that putteth his trust in the arm of flesh. Yea, cursed is he that putteth his trust in man or maketh flesh his arm” (2 Nephi 4:34).
  4. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:5–6).
  5. “Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not” (D&C 6:36).
  6. “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed” (James 1:5–6).
  7. “Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever” (Alma 26:12).
  8. “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee” (Deuteronomy 31:6).
  9. “My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment; and then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes” (D&C 121:7–8).
  10. “For verily I say unto you, blessed is he that keepeth my commandments, whether in life or in death; and he that is faithful in tribulation, the reward of the same is greater in the kingdom of heaven. Ye cannot behold with your natural eyes, for the present time, the design of your God concerning those things which shall come hereafter, and the glory which shall follow after much tribulation. For after much tribulation come the blessings. Wherefore the day cometh that ye shall be crowned with much glory; the hour is not yet, but is nigh at hand” (D&C 58:2–4).

Encouraging Words from Authors

  1. “I’m thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength” (Alex Elle).
  2. “It’s never too late to be what you might have been” (George Eliot).

General Words of Encouragement

  1. “On particularly rough days when I’m sure I can’t possibly endure, I like to remind myself that my track record for getting through bad days so far is one hundred percent and that’s pretty good.” 
  2. “You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it."
  3. “When you focus on problems, you’ll have more problems. When you focus on possibilities, you’ll have more opportunities”
  4. “The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday.”
  5. “The best view comes after the hardest climb.”
  6. “When it rains look for rainbows. When it’s dark look for stars.”
  7. “Sometimes when things are falling apart they may actually be falling into place.”
  8. “If you stumble, make it part of the dance.”

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