Motivational Thoughts

Ardeth Kapp, former general president of the LDS Young Women's organization.
Ardeth Kapp, former general president of the LDS Young Women's organization.


I received a wonderful little book from my daughter written by Ardeth G. Kapp, who is a great motivational speaker. We all have times when we need a little boost - a little encouragement. This book is full of great quotes and scriptures that can help out when we get discouraged or overwhelmed.

I will be paraphrasing some of Ardeth G. Kapps words. We often have feelings of being less than what we want to be. In fact, even reading some scriptures make us feel inadequate. "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." (Matt 5.48) The scripture was not meant to discourage us, but rather to see that we have a destiny which is possible, but it takes one step at a time. We should feel glad that we have a loving Heavenly Father who has a plan for us.

Even though perfection is distant, by understanding our potential, we can have hope, faith, and even anticipation. In Romans 8:17 it says: "And if children, then heirs, heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ, if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together".

That scripture gives me so much hope.

Why would we demean ourselves or lose confidence knowing the Savior has paid a great price for us?

An Old English weaver said "Oh God, help me to hold a high opinion of myself." It does not mean we should be haughty, conceited or arrogant, but have a self respect and belief in our own worth, our worth to God, and our worth to man.

If we build up those around us instead of demeaning them and ourselves, we will be much happier in this life.

Ardeth Kapp told of a time she went to Washington, D.C. to participate in a national leadership task force. There was a great diversity in the women in attendance (age, culture, faith, language) yet they were all united in a cause to help protect the family and society. One of the women made an observation and said "One woman is helpful; ten women are influential; one hundred are powerful; one thousand are invincible." Unity brings strength. That is why it is so important that we build others up instead of tearing them down. A good woman can feed those - including themselves - who hunger at times for a feeling of acceptance.

We are not good judges of ourselves as we reach for goals that may belong to another season of our lives.

A word of sincere commendation is like a ray of sunshine that brings a smile to the face and a warm feeling to the heart.

Ardeth Kapp mentioned that when she was the General President of the LDS Young Women's Organization, she felt that she was not adequate for her position until a dear friend said to her "You Are Better than you think you are."

Sometimes we set unrealistic goals for ourselves and become discouraged when we cannot reach them. We do not have to be so hard on ourselves. Just keep going.

Writing notes of appreciation for small acts of kindness, a great presentation, or to someone who followed through on something they promised, can be all they need to make their day. Our husbands, children, family members, friends all need a little encouragement from time to time. The effort it takes to write a little note or whisper a kind word can go a long way in cheering someone up.

At one Young Women celebration, they were asked to write brief message of love, hope and testimony and attach them to helium-filled balloons.They included their names and contact information. Then they all released them at the same time. Their messages were carried by the winds far and wide. Some were released in Ireland, Turkey, New Zealand, Bolivia and other areas.

One young woman who had released her balloon in Arkansas received a response from a man in Kentucky. He said that he had found the note while cutting hay in the field. He noticed a note and got off his tractor to look at it. He was so happy to have found it and said that it made him feel so good inside knowing there were still good people left in the world today.

What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visit him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honor. ~ Psalm 8:4-5

The Savior himself tells us to "be of good cheer." (John 16:33) He is the one who will judge us and knows the intentions of our heart. He tells us also "I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands." (Isaiah 49:16). He personally understands what we are going through and how much we suffer.

She quoted Elder Neal A Maxwell who said "Some of us who would not chastise a neighbor of his frailties have a field day with our own." Sometimes we are too critical of ourselves. We need to be constructive critics, especially to ourselves.

From Elder Richard G. Scott, she quotes "God is not a jealous being who delights in persecuting those who misstep. His is an absolutely perfect, compassionate, understanding, patient, and forgiving father."

She has a book titled How to Make Yourself Miserable . It suggests you always ask yourself about the past "if only", the present "how come", and the future "what if" to make you feel miserable. We should be more grateful for what we have, what we are and pray for the future.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. ~Ecclesiastes 3:1

Have you stopped long enough today to catch your breath and awaken your senses to the beauties of this season?

She quotes Elizabeth Barrett Browning who gives this insight:

Earth's crammed with heaven,

And every common bush afire with God;

But only he who sees, takes off his shoes,

The rest sit around it and pluck blackberries

Are we distracted in picking blackberries and miss the magnificence of this time?

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elayne001 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

I am glad you found your way to my hub joannruiz. Thank you for your comments.


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joannruiz 5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

thanks elayne001 for this great message. it helps us, as women to understand our worth, how much precious we are in Our Heavenly Father's sight.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Some days it is easier than others, but I keep trying. I appreciate your comment.


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Beach Bum Bhudda 6 years ago from Maui, Hawaii

Keep up the great spiritl.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thanks for your addition to my hub pmccray. So well put and so true.


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pmccray 6 years ago from Utah

Amen no truer words were spoken. You need to take life one day at a time. Your hub mentions why God is the only entity in a position to judge. As men we only know what another reveals to us, but God knows our hearts and souls, therefore He is more in a position to place judgment upon mankind.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Semisi is a common name in Tonga, just like James is in the USA.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

Really? Semisi. I like it! :D


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thanks Semisi (that is James in Tongan BTW). I appreciate your checking it out.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

An excellent Hub about a worthy subject. Thank you for this edification.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thanks for your comments rlaframboise. Glad your friend was a great example. Wow - India. We actually have a friend from India staying with us right now. Aloha.


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rlaframboise 6 years ago from 1776

My best friend is an LDS member and the church has truly changed his life and has inspired mine. We used to ride around in the car listening to Ezra Taft Benson gives speeches on communism and oppression and God's grace it was wonderful.

He is currently serving a mission in India for two years and these words of wisdom certainly reminded me of him.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

I appreciate that Judicastro. Glad you enjoyed it.


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Judicastro 6 years ago from birmingham, Alabama

Elayne-great hub. Loved it! Voted up and beautiful.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thanks for your addition to my hub Martie. I appreciate that.


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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa

This is truly one of the most inspiring scriptures: To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. ~Ecclesiastes 3:1. Thanks for this inspiring hub, elayne.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thank you Pamela99. Glad you enjoyed it. The book by Ardeth Kapp really did inspire me.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

This is an excellent hub with such valuable information. Positive thinking makes such a huge difference in your daily life. I like the Elizabeth Barrett Browning quote. Rated up!


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

You are so right dallas93444. If only the bad ones would stay out and never come back, but we have to make an effort many times to change our brain stream.


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dallas93444 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

Good positive affirmations! I think positive and there I will become positive. We are like a computer: "garbage in, garbage out...


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thanks Ms Dee. Glad you found it useful and inspiring.


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Ms Dee 6 years ago from Texas, USA

This is wonderful! I'm sending it to someone else this message is for, too :-)


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

So true dahoglund. Thanks for commenting.

Thanks you again LianaK - you are always lifting others up. Thanks you for your loving spirit.


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LianaK 6 years ago

Wonderful words to live by. Sometimes we are too hard on ourselves. It is so important to look for that balance in our lives as dahoglund said. Thank you for another wonderful hub.


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dahoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Good advice. We all need balance in o8ur lives.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

So true LillyGrillzit. I appreciate your addition to my hub.


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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

Words mean what they mean, and you have spread goodness, love and peace to many others. Thank you.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

You are welcome Hello, hello. We sure do need a lift now and then.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

I gues, now and then, we need a bit of being picked-up and put on our feet again. Thank you for a wonderful hub.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thanks sarmack for visiting, and yes, words of encouragement are always appreciated.

@Lucky621 - I appreciate your rating it up and glad you liked this hub.

@Mentalist acer - so true. Our outlook on life can make or break our day and also those for those around us.


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Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

Optimism is the best medicine;)


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Lucky621 6 years ago from The Sunshine State

Excellent! Rated this one up!


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sarmack 6 years ago from Washington

Wonderful words of encouragement, elayne.

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