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“One person’s moment of embarrassment is another person’s moment of entertainment.”

Don’t waste your time worrying about how bad you might look—take risks, enjoy life, and laugh a lot.

—Kaela Worthen Gardner; Associate Editor, LDS Living

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“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” –Yoda

Screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan’s words via Yoda have resonated with me ever since I first saw “Star Wars: Episode VII—The Empire Strikes Back” as a child (and many more times since). I have been mindful of the importance of carrying out tasks I have been given or have voluntarily accepted myself. I believe the wise Jedi Master’s counsel resonates with gospel principles, given that the prophet Nephi taught that “it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.” (2 Nephi 25:23)

—Rhett Wilkinson, Editorial Intern

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“The Lord blesses you just for showing up for the job.”

There was only one time in my mission that I felt completely ready to just throw in the towel. After receiving probably the most discouraged email I’d ever sent, my dad hit me with this gem: The Lord blesses you just for showing up for the job. That changed my whole perspective. I felt as if all the Lord was asking of me was to try. So I showed up for the job. And somehow, the Lord took care of the rest.

—Jenny Spencer, Editorial Assistant

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"Never suppress a generous thought." -Camilla Kimball

I remember hearing this at one of my first Relief Society General Meetings at BYU, and it's impacted me ever since. So many times I have an idea to do something for or say something kind to someone else, but I worry about looking or sounding stupid. Then I remember that everyone needs a lift - and it's never stupid to be kind. Something else I've learned that goes hand in hand is that "true love goes beyond reciprocity." Too often we expect to be awarded for our love, and it's nice when we are, but pure love is happy simply to love.

—Kate Ensign-Lewis, Online Editor

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