Excerpt from The Latter-Day Saints' Millennial Star, Vol. 65: November 26, 1903
Many of our devoted missionaries are valiantly striving to do their best, and to make their best better day by day; great is and greater yet shall be their reward. Others are lacking in energy and effort; their work is done, if at all, in a half-spirited way, and their thoughts are ever running ahead to the time of their release and return.
To those of the first class the days are all too short and the months too few for the exalted labors in which they find such genuine satisfaction and happi ness. To the others the days drag and the weeks are burdensome. Saddening as it is to make the declaration, it is nevertheless true that there are idlers in the vineyard, who, under the spell of indolence and negligence, let the vines in their care go unpruned and untended. For such there is little satisfaction and less true happiness in the work that means so much for them and for others.
It is a matter of righteous pride and pure ambition among our young people - young men particularly - to hold a missionary's certificate of appoint ment, with its appended honorable release. To have won such honestly the holder must have been valiant while in the service.
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