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Let . . . all the works which I have appointed unto you, be continued on and not cease; and let your diligence, and your perseverance, and patience, and your works be redoubled, and you shall in nowise lose your reward, saith the Lord of Hosts. . . . - D&C 127:4.

"Those special things you have to do include being rulers of the nations, lawmakers, business and professional men, teachers, tradesmen, tillers of the soil, and so on. But even more, the special things you have to do involve the establishment of the kingdom of Zion and the building of it," said Elder Robert L. Backman of the Seventy during the October 1980 general conference. "That . . . requires much more than the casual approach many of us take to preparation for life. It requires the establishment of goals - far-reaching goals that stretch into eternity, goals that require courage and determination to achieve."