Career Choice; compiled by Nate Richardson
-As is the case for many subjects, the old teachings of the church have been tailored to the days of old, and the current to the present, so give preference to the present, though a study of the old does help one understand the mind of the Lord.
-“Satan may also coax us to view our work as less valuable than the work assigned to others. But every assignment from God is important, and we will find fulfillment as we “glory in that which the Lord hath commanded [us]” (Alma 29:9).” (Conf. Report OCTOBER 2017 | Of the Seventy; see https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2017/10/i-have-a-work-for-thee?lang=eng)
-“If you are concerned about providing financially for a wife and family, may I assure you that there is no shame in a couple having to scrimp and save. It is generally during these challenging times that you will grow closer together as you learn to sacrifice and to make difficult decisions.” (President Thomas S. Monson, Liahona and Ensign, May 2011, 67; repeated in Conf. Report by Elder Neil Anderson “Children” Oct. 2011 see https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/10/children?lang=eng)
-“After returning from a full-time mission, I missed the daily purpose I had enjoyed. Clearly, I needed to keep my covenants, get an education, start a family, and earn a living. But I wondered if there was something more, or even special, that the Lord wanted me to do. After pondering for several months, I came across this verse: “If you desire, you shall be the means of doing much good in this generation” (D&C 11:8). The Spirit helped me understand that the primary purpose of divine assignments is to bless others and to do “much good.” We can approach decision points in our lives—like what to study, what to do for work, or where to live—in the context of helping others. One family moved to a new city. Instead of finding a home in an affluent neighborhood, they felt impressed to locate to an area with considerable social and economic needs. Over the years, the Lord has worked through them to support many individuals and to build up their ward and stake. A medical professional maintained a typical practice but felt guided to set aside one day each week to provide free care to individuals with no health insurance. Because of this man’s and his wife’s willingness to bless others, the Lord provided a way for them to support hundreds of patients in need while also raising their large family.” (Conf. Report OCTOBER 2017 | Of the Seventy; see https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2017/10/i-have-a-work-for-thee?lang=eng)