Top 130+ Quotes by LDS Prophets

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Here are 130+ of best quotes by LDS prophets.

The following are all the men that have served as President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Not only were they the leaders of The Church, but they were each the designated Prophet called by God to act as His representative on the earth. With this calling, they have led and guided God’s children and have revealed the Lord’s will and teachings to His children. The current prophet is President Thomas S. Monson. God will continue to call prophets to lead and guide Christ’s Church on the earth until the Savior’s Second Coming. Below are all the LDS Prophets and their most well-known quotes.

Joseph Smith

1st LDS Church President, served 1830-1844

“When you climb up a ladder, you must begin at the bottom and ascend step by step, until you arrive at the top; and so it is with the principles of the Gospel– you must begin with the first, and go on until you learn all the principles of exaltation. But it will be a great while after you have passed through the veil before you will have learned them. It will be a great work to learn our salvation and exaltation even beyond the grave.”
“Happiness is the object and design of our existence; and will be the end thereof, if we pursue the path that leads to it; and this path is virtue, uprightness, faithfulness, holiness, and keeping all the commandments of God.”
“Whatever God requires is right, no matter what it is, although we may not see the reason there of until all of the events transpire.”
“A man is saved no faster than he gains knowledge”
“When God commands, do it!”
“We say that God is true; that the Constitution of the United States is true; that the Bible is true; and that the Book of Mormon is true, and that Christ is true”
“The best way to obtain truth and wisdom is not to ask from books, but to go to God in prayer, and obtain divine teaching.”
“You don’t know me; you never knew my heart. No man knows my history. I cannot tell it: I shall never undertake it. I don’t blame any one for not believing my history. If I had not experienced what I have, I would not have believed it myself. I never did harm any man since I was born in the world. My voice is always for peace.”
“God himself, finding he was in the midst of spirits and glory, because he was more intelligent, saw proper to institute laws whereby the rest could have a privilege to advance like himself. The relationship we have with God places us in a situation to advance in knowledge. He has power to institute laws to instruct the weaker intelligences, that they may be exalted with Himself, so that they might have one glory upon another, and all that knowledge, power, glory, and intelligence, which is requisite in order to save them in the world of spirits. (King Follett Discourse) ”
“It is our duty to concentrate all our influence to make popular that which is sound and good, and unpopular that which is unsound. ”
“God judges men according to the use they make of the light which He gives them.”
“Let us here observe, that a religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things, never has power sufficient to produce the faith necessary unto life and salvation.”
“A man filled with the love of God, is not content with blessing his family alone, but ranges through the whole world, anxious to bless the whole human race.”
“The Book of Mormon is the most correct of any book on this Earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than any other book.”
“The exaltation and happiness of any community, goes hand in hand with the knowledge possessed by the people, when applied to laudable ends; whereupon we can exclaim like the wise man; righteousness exalteth a nation; for righteousness embraces knowledge and knowledge is power.”
“If men do not comprehend the character of God, they do not comprehend themselves…”
“If the veil were rent today, and the great God who holds the world in its orbit, and who upholds all worlds and all things by His power, was to make Himself visible, – I say, if you were to see Him today, you would see Him like a man in form – like yourself in all the person, image, and very form as a man.”
“Sometimes the Lord brings us low before he can lift us higher.”
“Never give up an old tried friend, who has waded through all manner of toil, for your sake, and throw him away because fools may tell you he has some faults.”
“Stand Fast Through the Storms of Life.”
“The important consideration is not how long we can live but how well we can learn the lesson of life, and discharge our duties and obligations to God and to one another.”
“We say, that the Constitution of the United States is a glorious standard; it is founded in the wisdom of God.”
“The nearer a person approaches the Lord, a greater power will be manifested by the adversary to prevent the accomplishment of His purposes.”
“Shall we not go on in such great a cause?”
“If men do not comprehend the character of God, they do not comprehend themselves.”
( History of the Church, 6:303. )

Brigham Young

2nd LDS Church President, served 1847-1877

“I have the grit in me and I will do my duty anyhow” (“Remarks,” Deseret News, 12 Aug. 1857, 180).
“Education is the power to think clearly, the power to act well in the worlds work, and the power to appreciate life.”
“Honest hearts produce honest actions.”
“Never let a day pass that you will have cause to say, I will do better tomorrow.”
“Any young man who is unmarried at the age of twenty one is a menace to the community.”
“True independence and freedom can only exist in doing what’s right.”
“A good man, is a good man, whether in this church, or out of it.”
“If I had a choice of educating my daughters or my sons because of opportunity constraints, I would choose to educate my daughters.”
“The biggest labor problem is tomorrow.”
“We should never permit ourselves to do anything that we are not willing to see our children do.”
“Love the giver more than the gift.”
“We have been kicked out of the frying-pan into the fire, out of the fire into the middle of the floor, and here we are and here we will stay. God has shown me that this is the spot to locate His people, and here is where they will prosper” (quoted in Life of a Pioneer: Being the Autobiography of James S. Brown [1900], 121).
“’Mormonism’ has made me all I am; and the grace, the power, and the wisdom of God will make me all that I ever will be, either in time or in eternity.”
( Discourses of Brigham Young, sel. John A. Widtsoe [1941], 451.)
“We have a work to do just as important in its sphere as the Savior’s work was in its sphere. Our fathers cannot be made perfect without us; we cannot be made perfect without them. They have done their work and now sleep. We are now called upon to do ours; which is to be the greatest work man ever performed on the earth.
( Discourses of Brigham Young, sel. John A. Widtsoe [1954], 406.)
“How shall we know that we obey [God]? There is but one method by which we can know it, and that is by the inspiration of the Spirit of the Lord witnessing unto our spirit that we are His, that we love Him, and that He loves us. It is by the spirit of revelation we know this.
( Discourses of Brigham Young, sel. John A. Widtsoe [1954], 224.)
“All I have to do is keep my spirit, feelings and conscience like a sheet of blank paper, and let the Spirit and power of God write upon it what He pleases. When He writes, I will read; but if I read before He writes, I am very likely to be wrong.
( Deseret News, Apr. 19, 1871, 125.)
“The principle of love within us is an attribute of the Deity, and it is placed within us to be dispensed independently according to our own will.
( Deseret News, Apr. 4, 1860, 34.)
“There are no two faces alike, no two persons tempered alike; we are tried with each other, and large drafts are made upon our patience, forbearance, charity, and good will, in short, upon all the higher and Godlike qualities of our nature.
( Deseret News, July 6, 1862, 9.)
“When I look upon the faces of intelligent beings I look upon the image of the God I serve. There are none but what have a certain portion of divinity within them; and though we are clothed with bodies which are in the image of our God, yet this mortality shrinks before that portion of divinity which we inherit from our Father.
( Discourses of Brigham Young, sel. John A. Widtsoe [1954], 168.)
“I honor and revere the name of Joseph Smith. I delight to hear it; I love it. I love his doctrine. I feel like shouting Hallelujah, all the time, when I think that I ever knew Joseph Smith, the Prophet whom the Lord raised up. I am bold to say that, Jesus Christ excepted, no better man ever lived or does live upon this earth. I am his witness.
( Discourses of Brigham Young, sel. John A. Widtsoe [1954], 458-459.)
“The difference between God and the Devil, is that God creates and organizes, while the whole study of the Devil is to destroy.
( Discourses of Brigham Young, sel. John A. Widtsoe [1954], 69.)
“I am more afraid that this people have so much confidence in their leaders that they will not inquire for themselves of God whether they are led by him. I am fearful they settle down in a state of blind self security. Let every man and woman know, by the whispering of the Spirit of God to themselves, whether their leaders are walking in the path the Lord dictates, or not.”
( Discourses of Brigham Young, sel. John A. Widtsoe [1954], 135.)

John Taylor

3rd LDS Church President, served 1880-1887

“By and by, you will find they will tear the Constitution to shreds, as they have begun now; they won’t have to begin; they have started long ago to rend the Constitution of our country in pieces; …but we will stand by and maintain its principles and the rights of all men of every color, and every clime.”
“This church fail? No! Times and seasons may change, revolution may succeed revolution; thrones may be cast down; and empires be dissolved; earthquakes may rend the earth from center to circumference; the mountains may be hurled out of their places, and the mighty ocean be moved from its bed, but amidst the crash of worlds and the crack of matter, truth, eternal truth, must remain unchanged, and those principles which God has revealed to his saints be unscathed amidst the warring elements, and remain as firm as the throne of Jehovah.”
“Talk about melancholy in the fear of God, and in his service! It is the corruption of the world, that has made men unhappy; and the corruption of religion that has made it gloomy: these are the miseries entailed by men, not the blessings of God. Talk about gloom!”
“Too many of us feel after the world. Can the world give you the light that you have received, and the gospel and the hopes of heaven you have received, and the priesthood you have received? And will you barter these things for a mess of pottage, and wallow in the filth, corruption, iniquity, and evils which abound in the world?”
“I would rather trust in the living God than in any other power on earth.”
( Deseret News Semi-Weekly, June 10, 1884, 1.)
“There is no man living in and of himself, can guide the ship of Zion or regulate the affairs of the Church and kingdom of God unaided by the Spirit of God, and hence He has organized the Church as He has with all the various quorums and organizations as they exist today.”
( The Gospel Kingdom, sel. G. Homer Durham (1943), 38.)
“A man, as a man, could arrive at all the dignity that a man was capable of obtaining or receiving; but it needed a God to raise him to the dignity of a God.”
( The Mediation and Atonement [1882], 145.)
“There are certain eternal laws by which the Gods in the eternal worlds are governed and which they cannot violate, and do not want to violate. These eternal principles must be kept, and one principle is that no unclean thing can enter into the kingdom of God.”
( The Gospel Kingdom, sel. G. Homer Durham [1943], 19.)
“The earth, as a part of the creation of God, has fulfilled and will fulfil the measure of its creation. It has been baptized by water, it will be baptized by fire; it will be purified and become celestial, and be a fit place for celestial bodies to inhabit. ”
( “The Gathering,” Times and Seasons, Jan. 15, 1944, 408.)

Wilford Woodruff

4th LDS Church President, served 1887-1898

“We are willing to stand by the revelations of God.”
( Deseret News Weekly, Dec. 23, 1874, 741.)
“I have always looked upon the life of our Savior who descended beneath all things that He might rise above all things as an example for His followers.”
( The Discourses of Wilford Woodruff, sel. G. Homer Durham [1946], 4.)
“You may have the administration of angels, you may see many miracles; . . . but I claim that the gift of the Holy Ghost is the greatest gift that can be bestowed upon man.”
( The Discourses of Wilford Woodruff, sel. G. Homer Durham [1946], 5.)
“I say to Israel, the Lord will never permit me or any other man who stands as president of this Church to lead you astray. It is not in the program. It is not in the mind of God. If I were to attempt that the Lord would remove me out of my place, and so He will any other man who attempts to lead the children of men astray from the oracles of God and from their duty.”
( The Discourses of Wilford Woodruff, sel. G. Homer Durham [1946], 212–13.)
“The Church of God could not live twenty four hours without revelation.”
( The Discourses of Wilford Woodruff, sel. G. Homer Durham [1946], 61.)
“I say to the Latter day Saints, the keys of the kingdom of God are here, and they are going to stay here, too, until the coming of the Son of Man. Let all Israel understand that. . . . No man who has ever breathed the breath of life can hold these keys of the kingdom of God and lead the people astray.”
( The Discourses of Wilford Woodruff, sel. G. Homer Durham [1946], 73–74.)
“No obstacles are insurmountable when God commands and we obey.”
“Do not be discouraged because you cannot learn all at once; learn one thing
at a time, learn it well, and treasure it up, then learn another truth and
treasure that up, and in a few years you will have a great store of useful
knowledge….”
“Those men who laid the foundation of this American government and signed the Declaration of Independence were the best spirits the God of heaven could find on the face of the earth. They were choice spirits, not wicked men. General Washington and all the men who labored for the purpose were inspired of the Lord.”
“Opposition to God and His Christ, opposition to light and truth has existed since the beginning to the present day. This is the warfare that commenced in heaven, that has existed through all time, and that will continue until the winding up scene, until He reigns whose right it is to reign, when He shall come in clouds of glory to reward every man according to the deeds done in the body.”
“Calamities and troubles are increasing in the earth, and there is a meaning to these things. Remember this, and reflect upon these matters. If you do your duty, and I do my duty, we’ll have protection, and shall pass through the afflictions in peace and safety. Read the scriptures and the revelations. They will tell you about all these things. Great changes are at our doors. The next twenty years will see mighty changes among the nations of the earth. You will live to see these things, whether I do or not. . . . It’s by the power of the gospel that we shall escape.”

Lorenzo Snow

5th LDS Church President, served 1898-1901

“As man now is, God once was; as God is now man may be.”
( The Teachings of Lorenzo Snow, ed. Clyde J. Williams [1984], 1.)
“We should try to learn the nature of [the spirit of revelation]. . . . This is the grand means that the Lord has provided for us, that we may know the light, and not be groveling continually in the dark.”
( Conference Report, Apr. 1899, 52.)
“When you find yourselves a little gloomy, look around you and find somebody that is in a worse plight than yourself; go to him and find out what the trouble is, then try to remove it with the wisdom which the Lord bestows upon you; and the first thing you know, your gloom is gone, you feel light, the Spirit of the Lord is upon you, and everything seems illuminated.”
( Conference Report, Apr. 1899, 2–3.)
“There is no Latter day Saint who dies after having lived a faithful life who will lose anything because of having failed to do certain things when opportunities were not furnished him or her. In other words, if a young man or a young woman has no opportunity of getting married, and they live faithful lives up to the time of their death, they will have all the blessings, exaltation, and glory that any man or woman will have who had this opportunity and improved it. That is sure and positive.”

Joseph F. Smith

6th LDS Church President, served 1901-1918

“We desire it distinctly understood that “Mormonism,” as it is called, has come to the world to stay.”
( Conference Report, Oct. 1903, 4.)
“One of the main purposes of our existence is that we might conform to the image and likeness of Him who sojourned in the flesh without blemish—immaculate, pure and spotless! Christ came not only to atone for the sins of the world, but to set an example before all men and to establish the standard of God’s perfection, of God’s law, and of obedience to the Father.”
( Improvement Era, Dec. 1917, 104.)
“To do well those things which God ordained to be the common lot of all man kind, is the truest greatness. To be a successful father or a successful mother is greater than to be a successful general or a successful statesman. One is universal and eternal greatness, the other is ephemeral.”
( Gospel Doctrine, 5th ed. [1939], 285.)
“Pure intelligence comprises not only knowledge, but also the power to properly apply that knowledge.”
( Gospel Doctrine, 5th ed. [1939], 58.)
“One fault to be avoided by the Saints, young and old, is the tendency to live on borrowed light [and] to permit. . . . the light within them to be reflected, rather than original.”
( Gospel Doctrine, 5th ed. [1939], 87.)
“It is clear that plans which contemplate only relieving present distress are deficient. . . . Our idea of charity, therefore, is to relieve present wants and then to put the poor in a way to help themselves so that in turn they may help others.”
( Gospel Doctrine, 5th ed. [1939], 237.)
“There can be no genuine happiness separate and apart from the home, and every effort made to sanctify and preserve its influence is uplifting to those who toil and sacrifice for its establishment… There is no happiness without service, and there is no greater service than that which converts the home into a divine institution, and which promotes and preserves family life.”
( Gospel Doctrine, 5th ed. [1939], 300.)
“If you can only convince your children that you love them, that your soul goes out to them for their good, that you are their truest friend, they, in turn, will place confidence in you and will love you and seek to do your bidding.
( Conference Report, Apr. 1902, 98.)”
“Marriage is the preserver of the human race. Without it, the purposes of God would be frustrated; virtue would be destroyed to give place to vice and corruption, and the earth would be void and empty.”
( Gospel Doctrine, 5th ed. [1939], 272.)

Heber J. Grant

7th LDS Church President, served 1918-1945

“No matter in what land we may dwell the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ makes us brothers and sisters, interested in each other, eager to understand and know each other.”
( “Christmas Greetings from the First Presidency,” Improvement Era Dec. 1932, 67.)
“The minute a man stops supplicating God for His Spirit and direction, just so soon he starts out to become a stranger to Him and His works. When men stop praying for God’s Spirit, they place confidence in their own unaided reason, and they gradually lose the Spirit of God.”
( “Some Sentence Sermons,” Improvement Era, Aug. 1944, 481.)
“If we are faithful in keeping the commandments of God His promises will be fulfilled to the very letter. . . . The trouble is, the adversary of men’s souls blinds their minds. He throws dust, so to speak, in their eyes, and they are blinded with the things of this world.”
( Gospel Standards, comp. G. Homer Durham [1941], 44–45.)
“There is a still small voice telling us what is right, and if we listen to that still small voice we shall grow and increase in strength and power, in testimony and in ability not only to live the gospel but to inspire others to do so.”
( “The Path of Safety,” Improvement Era, Dec. 1937, 735.)
“If there is any one thing that will bring peace and contentment into the human heart, and into the family, it is to live within our means. And if there is any one thing that is grinding and discouraging and disheartening, it is to have debts and obligations that one cannot meet.”
( Gospel Standards, comp. G. Homer Durham [1941], 111.)

George Albert Smith

8th LDS Church President, served 1945-1951

“I would not be an enemy to any living soul.”
( “Greatness in Men: Superintendent George Albert Smith,” Improvement Era Mar. 1932, 295.)
“Brethren and sisters, let us go to our homes. If our houses are not in order, let us set them in order. Let us renew our determination to honor God and keep His commandments, to love one another, to make our homes the abiding place of peace. Each of us can contribute to that in the homes in which we live.”
( Conference Report, Apr. 1950, 169.)
“None of us are secure except we keep the commandments of our Heavenly Father. The pathway of righteousness is the highway of happiness. There is no other way to happiness.”
( Conference Report, Apr. 1950, 168.)
“The spirit of the adversary is the spirit of destruction. There are two influences in the world. The one is the influence of our Heavenly Father and the other is the influence of Satan. We can take our choice which territory we want to live in, that of our Heavenly Father or that of Satan.”
“I cannot understand how people can be other than happy under all these circumstances. Think of our opportunities. There is not a desirable blessing, and all blessings are desirable, that we may wish to have that we may not enjoy if we are faithful to God and honor our membership in His Church. He has promised us that all things will come to us if we are righteous.”
( Conference Report, Apr. 1950, 6.)
“I wonder sometimes if we realize the importance of music. I wonder if we know that the Lord Himself is concerned about it. He has given us the information that the song of praise is a prayer unto Him. In our day He has given revelation about music. He gave instruction that Emma Smith was to gather the hymns that were to be sung in the Church.”
( “Pres. Smith’s Leadership Address,” Church News, Feb. 16, 1946, 8.)

David O. McKay

9th LDS Church President, served 1951-1970

“Every member a missionary!”
( Conference Report, Apr. 1959, 122.)
“No man can sincerely resolve to apply to his daily life the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth without sensing a change in his own nature. The phrase, ‘born again’, has a deeper significance than many people attach to it. This changed feeling may be indescribable, but it is real.”
( Conference Report, Apr. 1962, 7.)
“No other success can compensate for failure in the home.”
( Quoted from J. E. McCullough, Home: The Savior of Civilization [1924], 42; Conference Report, Apr. 1935, 116.)
“Motherhood is the greatest potential influence either for good or ill in human life. The mother’s image is the first that stamps itself on the unwritten page of the young child’s mind. It is her caress that first awakens a sense of security; her kiss, the first realization of affection; her sympathy and tenderness, the first assurance that there is love in the world.”
( Gospel Ideals, [1953], 452.)
“Children are more influenced by sermons you act than by sermons you preach.”
( Conference Report, Apr. 1955, 26.)
“I have but one thought in my heart for the young folk of the Church and that is that they be happy. I know of no other place than home where more happiness can be found in this life. It is possible to make home a bit of heaven; indeed, I picture heaven to be a continuation of the ideal home.”
( Gospel Ideals, [1953], 490.)
“True happiness comes only by making others happy—the practical application of the Savior’s doctrine of losing one’s life to gain it. In short, the Christmas spirit is the Christ spirit, that makes our hearts glow in brotherly love and friendship and prompts us to kind deeds of service.”
( Gospel Ideals, [1953], 551.)

Joseph Fielding Smith

10th LDS Church President, served 1970-1972

“Our mission is to preach the doctrines of salvation in plainness and simplicity as they are revealed and recorded in the scriptures.”
( Conference Report, Oct. 1990, 5.)
“We must endure to the end; . . . We must so live as to acquire the attributes of godliness and become the kind of people who can enjoy the glory and wonders of the celestial kingdom.”
( “The Plan of Salvation,” Ensign, Nov. 1971, 5.)
“Now I pray that our Father in heaven will bless His people—bless them abundantly and in full measure. I pray that the Saints shall stand firm against the pressures and enticements of the world; that they shall put first in their lives the things of God’s kingdom; that they shall be true to every trust and keep every covenant.”
( “A Witness and a Blessing,” Ensign, June 1971, 110.)
“There is one thing which we should have exceedingly clear in our minds. Neither the President of the Church, nor the First Presidency, nor the united voice of the First Presidency and the Twelve will ever lead the Saints astray or send forth counsel to the world that is contrary to the mind and will of the Lord.”
( “Eternal Keys and the Right to Preside,” Ensign, July 1972, 88.)

Harold B. Lee

11th LDS Church President, served 1972-1973

“If it were not for the assurance that I have that the Lord is near to us, guiding, directing, the burden would be almost beyond my strength, but because I know that He is there, and that He can be appealed to, and if we have ears to hear attuned to Him, we will never be left alone.”
( “President Harold B. Lee’s Closing Remarks,” Ensign, Jan. 1974, 129.)
“Never is the gospel of Jesus Christ more beautiful than in times of intense need, or in times of a severe storm within us as individuals, or in times of confusion and turmoil.”
( “A Blessing for the Saints,” Ensign, Jan. 1973, 133.)
“The heaviest burden that one has to bear in this life is the burden of sin.”
( “Stand Ye in Holy Places,” Ensign, July 1973, 122.)
“The trouble with us today, there are too many of us who put question marks instead of periods after what the Lord says. I want you to think about that. We shouldn’t be concerned about why He said something, or whether or not it can be made so. Just trust the Lord. We don’t try to find the answers or explanations. We shouldn’t try to spend time explaining what the Lord didn’t see fit to explain. We spend useless time.”
( “Admonitions for the Priesthood of God,” Ensign, Jan. 1973, 108.)
“Remember that, brethren. You cannot destroy the appointments of the prophets of God. The Lord knows whom He wants to preside in His Church, and sometimes it takes a lot of practicing, guiding, testing, before He may know whether or not one of us is prepared for the present assignment.”
( “Admonitions for the Priesthood of God,” Ensign, Jan. 1973, 107.)

Spencer W. Kimball

12th LDS Church President, served 1973-1985

“We have a commitment to serve our Lord. We have an assurance that the cause is just and worthy. But, above all, we have a knowledge that God lives and is in His Heavens and that His Son Jesus Christ has laid out a plan for us which will bring us and our loved ones eternal life if we are faithful. That life will be a busy, purposeful life with accomplishments and joys and development.”
( “The Cause Is Just and Worthy,” Ensign, 1974, 118.)
“I come to you today. . . as one who has urged you to “lengthen your stride” and who continues urging you to do so.”
( “The True Way of Life and Salvation,” Ensign, May 1978, 4.)
“No father, no son, no mother, no daughter should get so busy that he or she does not have time to study the scriptures and the words of modern prophets. None of us should get so busy that we crowd out contemplation and praying. None of us should become so busy in our formal Church assignments that there is no room left for quiet Christian service to our neighbors.”
( “Boys Need Heroes Close By,” Ensign, May 1976, 47.)
“I am convinced that each of us, at some time in our lives, must discover the scriptures for ourselves—and not just discover them once, but rediscover them again and again.”
( “How Rare a Possession-the Scriptures,” Ensign, Sept. 1976, 5.)
“Working toward perfection is not a one time decision but a process to be pursued throughout one’s lifetime.”
( “Hold Fast to the Iron Rod,” Ensign, Nov. 1978, 6.)
“The Lord’s way builds individual self esteem and develops and heals the dignity of the individual, whereas the world’s way depresses the individual’s view of himself and causes deep resentment.”
( “Family Preparedness,” Ensign, May 1976, 125.)
“There is no doubt that the life one leads, and the thoughts one thinks are registered plainly in his face.”
( “To Bear the Priesthood Worthily,” Ensign, May 1975, 81.)
“A true Latter–day Saint family is a haven against the storms and struggles of life.”
( “The Fruit of Our Welfare Services Labors,” Ensign, Nov. 1978, 75.)

Ezra Taft Benson

13th LDS Church President, served 1985-1994

“The Book of Mormon is the ‘keystone’ of our religion, and the Doctrine and Covenants is the capstone, with continuing latter day revelation. The Lord has placed His stamp of approval on both the keystone and the capstone.”
( “The Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants, ” Ensign, May 1987, 83.)
“The time is long overdue for a massive flooding of the earth with the Book of Mormon for the many reasons which the Lord has given. In this age of electronic media and mass distribution of the printed word, God will hold us accountable if we do not now move the Book of Mormon in a monumental way.”
( “Flooding the Earth with the Book of Mormon, ” Ensign, November 1988, 4–5.)
“The great task of life is to learn the will of the Lord and then do it.”
( “The Great Commandment-Love the Lord, ” Ensign, May 1988, 4.)
“My beloved brethren and sisters, as we cleanse the inner vessel, there will have to be changes made in our own personal lives, in our families, and in the Church. The proud do not change to improve, but defend their position by rationalizing. Repentance means change, and it takes a humble person to change. But we can do it.”
( “Cleansing the Inner Vessel, ” Ensign, May 1986, 7.)
“Pride is a sin that can readily be seen in others but is rarely admitted in ourselves.”
( “Beware of Pride, ” Ensign, May 1989, 5.)
“We have a sacred responsibility to fulfill the threefold mission of the Church—first, to teach the gospel to the world; second, to strengthen the membership of the Church wherever they may be; third, to move forward the work of salvation for the dead.”
( “A Sacred Responsibility, ” Ensign, May 1986, 77.)

Howard W. Hunter

14th LDS Church President, served 1994-1995

“It is the deepest desire of my heart to have every member of the Church worthy to enter the temple.”
(Conference Report, Oct. 1994, 8.)
“Look to the temple of the Lord as the great symbol of your membership.”
(“Exceeding Great and Precious Promises, ” Ensign, Nov. 1994, 8.)
“A worried society now begins to see that the disintegration of the family brings upon the world the calamities foretold by the prophets. The world’s councils and deliberations will succeed only when they define the family as the Lord has revealed it to be. ‘Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it’ (Ps. 127:1).”
(“Exceeding Great and Precious Promises, ” Ensign, Nov. 1994, 9.)
“You should express regularly to your wife and children your reverence and respect for her. Indeed, one of the greatest things a father can do for his children is to love their mother.”
(“Being a Righteous Husband and Father, ” Ensign, Nov. 1994, 50.)
“To those who have transgressed or been offended, we say, come back. The path of repentance, though hard at times, lifts one ever upward and leads to a perfect forgiveness.”
(“Exceeding Great and Precious Promises, ” Ensign, Nov. 1994, 8.)

Gordon B. Hinckley

15th LDS Church President, served 1995-2008

“This is my prayer for all of us—’Lord, increase our faith.’ Increase our faith to bridge the chasms of uncertainty and doubt. . . . Grant us faith to look beyond the problems of the moment to the miracles of the future. . . . Give us faith to do what is right and let the consequence follow.”
(Ensign, Nov. 1987, 52–53.)
“This cause will roll on in majesty and power to fill the earth. Doors now closed to the preaching of the gospel will be opened. The Almighty, if necessary, may have to shake the nations to humble them and cause them to listen to the servants of the living God. Whatever is needed will come to pass.”
(Ensign, Nov. 1997, 68.)
“This church does not belong to its President. Its head is the Lord Jesus Christ, whose name each of us has taken upon ourselves. We are all in this great endeavor together. We are here to assist our Father in His work and His glory. . . . Your obligation is as serious in your sphere of responsibility as is my obligation in my sphere. No calling in this church is small or of little consequence.”  (Ensign, May 1995, 71.)
“One of the bellwether marks of the growth and vitality of the Church is the construction of temples. . . . We will keep on working to bring the temples to the people, making it more convenient for Latter day Saints everywhere to receive the blessings which can only be had in these holy houses.”
(Ensign, May 2001, 1.)
“Under the plan of heaven, the husband and the wife walk side by side as companions, neither one ahead of the other, but a daughter of God and a son of God walking side by side. Let your families be families of love and peace and happiness.”
(Ensign, Mar. 2001, 64.)

Thomas S. Monson

16th LDS Church President, served 2008-present

“The spirit must be freed from tethers so strong and feelings never put to rest, so that the lift of life may give buoyancy to the soul. In many families, there are hurt feelings and a reluctance to forgive. It doesn’t really matter what the issue was. It cannot and should not be left to injure. Blame keeps wounds open. Only forgiveness heals. George Herbert, an early 17th-century poet, wrote these lines: ‘He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass if he would ever reach heaven, for everyone has need of forgiveness.’”
(Ensign, May. 2002, 19.)
“Sometimes we can take offense so easily. On other occasions we are too stubborn to accept a sincere apology. Who will subordinate ego, pride, and hurt—then step forward with ‘I am truly sorry! Let’s be as we once were: friends. Let’s not pass to future generations the grievances, the anger of our time’? Let’s remove any hidden wedges that can do nothing but destroy.”
(Ensign, July 2007, 8.)
“Let us have the courage to defy the consensus, the courage to stand for principle. Courage, not compromise, brings the smile of God’s approval. Courage becomes a living and an attractive virtue when it is regarded not only as a willingness to die manfully, but also as a determination to live decently. A moral coward is one who is afraid to do what he thinks is right because others will disapprove or laugh. Remember that all men have their fears, but those who face their fears with dignity have courage as well.”
(Ensign, May 2004, 55–56.)
“As parents, we should remember that our lives may be the book from the family library which the children most treasure. Are our examples worthy of emulation? Do we live in such a way that a son or a daughter may say, ‘I want to follow my dad,’ or ‘I want to be like my mother’? Unlike the book on the library shelf, the covers of which shield its contents, our lives cannot be closed. Parents, we truly are an open book in the library of learning of our homes.”
(Ensign, Nov. 2000, 65.)
“A prominent judge was asked what we, as citizens of the countries of the world, could do to reduce crime and disobedience to law and to bring peace and contentment into our lives and into our nations. He thoughtfully replied, ‘I would suggest a return to the old-fashioned practice of family prayer.’”
(Ensign, Nov. 2000, 65.)
“Faith precedes the miracle. It has ever been so and shall ever be. It was not raining when Noah was commanded to build an ark. There was no visible ram in the thicket when Abraham prepared to sacrifice his son Isaac. Two heavenly personages were not yet seen when Joseph knelt and prayed. First came the test of faith–and then the miracle. Remember that faith and doubt cannot exist in the same mind at the same time, for one will dispel the other. Cast out doubt. Cultivate faith.”
(Ensign, Nov. 2000, 48–49.)
“Come from your wandering way, weary traveler. Come to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Come to that heavenly haven called home. Here you will discover the truth. Here you will learn the reality of the Godhead, the comfort of the plan of salvation, the sanctity of the marriage covenant, the power of personal prayer. Come home.”
(Ensign, Nov. 2000, 66.)
“Sometimes we let our thoughts of tomorrow take up too much of today. Daydreaming of the past and longing for the future may provide comfort but will not take the place of living in the present. This is the day of our opportunity, and we must grasp it.”
(Ensign, May 2003, 20.)
“Whatever our calling, regardless of our fears or anxieties, let us pray and then go and do.”
(Ensign, May 2002, 51.)

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