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President Thomas S. Monson

First counselor, First Presidency

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"There is one responsibility that no one can evade. That is the effect of one's personal influence."

Duties carried out faithfully, even in what may seem a limited sphere, reap great blessings and influence. A humble fisherman, "Simon, man of doubt, became Peter, apostle of faith. . . . Saul of Tarsus, the persecutor, became Paul the proselyter. The Redeemer chose imperfect men to teach the way to perfection. He did so then; he does so now."

Each person has great influence in what may seem a small and humble environment: the family. "It is in the home where fathers and mothers can teach provident living to their children. Sharing of tasks and helping one another sets a pattern for future families as children grow, marry and leave home. The lessons learned in the home are those that last the longest."

"Our appointed task may appear insignificant, unnecessary, unnoticed." But one diligent Sunday School teacher, who could have dismissed her calling as insignificant, took a rowdy class of youths and turned it into a group so dedicated to the gospel that they voted to use their hard-earned party money to help the family of one of the boys.

A church magazine representative found and helped reactivate two long-inactive men by magnifying her calling: carefully canvassing the ward to sell more magazines.

"By following that man of Galilee — even the Lord Jesus Christ — our personal influence will be felt for good wherever we are, whatever our callings."