Friday, October 24, 2008

Here's Another One For You

Thank you for all of your "You Know You're Mormon if..." statements. I now have another challenge for you.

When you think of things the prophets have told us to do in recent years, what comes to mind?

Here's one example:
David O. McKay - "Every member a missionary."
Spencer W. Kimball - "Do it."

What are others from these prophets and others?

I'll explain later why I'm asking these things.


Belcher Family said...

President Hinckley: Stand for Something.

President Hinckley: Stand a Little Taller.

President Hinckley: Forget yourself and go to work.

President Hinckley: Be Grateful, Be Smart, Be Clean, Be True, Be Humble, Be Prayerful, Be Positive, Be Involved, Be Still

vaxhacker said...

David O. McKay, "No other success can compensate for failure in the home."

I probably shouldn't admit that I actually (albeit vaguely) remember President McKay, should I?

Josh Alder said...

Here are some favorites of mine:

Pres. Young: "Which would you part with first-your tobacco, your whisky, or your religion? Your tea, or your religion? Which would you shake hands with and bid good-bye for ever-your coffee, or your religion? I should think I had disgraced the man that stands before you this day, if I loved any object on the earth better than I love my religion and my God."
-- Journal of Discourses 8:140 (August 5, 1860)

 "Never let a day so pass that you will have cause to say, "I will live better tomorrow,"
-- Journal of Discourses 8:140 (August 5, 1860)

"Don't try to tear down other people's religion about their ears. Build up your own perfect structure of truth, and invite your listeners to enter in and enjoy it's glories.
-- The Life Story of Brigham Young, p. 149-150

“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.

Pres. McKay: "Nor is war justified in an attempt to enforce a new order of government, or even to impel others to a particular form of worship, however better the government or eternally true the principles of the enforced religion may be."
-- Gospel Ideals, 1953.

 “Children are more influenced by sermons you act than by sermons you preach.”
-- Conference Report, Apr. 1955, 26.

Pres. Woodruff: The Church of God could not live twenty four hours without revelation.
-- The Discourses of Wilford Woodruff, sel. G. Homer Durham [1946], 61.

Pres. Snow: “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.

Pres. Joseph F. Smith: "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.

Pres. Grant:
“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.

 Pres. George Albert Smith: "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.

Pres. Lee: "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.

Pres. Kimball: "“We must lengthen our stride and must do it now.”
-- “Always a Convert Church: Some Lessons to Learn and Apply This Year,” Ensign, Sept. 1975, 3

Pres. Benson: "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.

Pres. Hunter: “Look to the temple of the Lord as the great symbol of your membership.”
-- “Exceeding Great and Precious Promises, ” Ensign, Nov. 1994, 8.

Pres. Hinckley: “The time has come for us to stand a little taller, to lift our eyes and stretch our minds to a greater comprehension and understanding of the grand millennial mission of this, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”
-- “This Is the Work of the Master,” in Conference Report, Apr. 1995, 95.

Pres. Monson: “Whatever our calling, regardless of our fears or anxieties, let us pray and then go and do.”
-- “They Pray and They Go,” Ensign, May 2002, 51.

"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.”
-- “The Peril of Hidden Wedges,” Ensign, July 2007, 8.

"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.”
-- “The Call to Serve,” Ensign, Nov. 2000, 48–49.

Josh Alder said...

Oops... forgot two on my list from the Prophet Joseph Smith:

Joseph Smith: "The greatest responsibility in this world that God has laid upon us, is to seek after our dead...They without us cannot be made perfect.
-- Times and Seasons 5:616; Discourses of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 147; History of the Church 6:313

"But meddle not with any man for his religion: all governments ought to permit every man to enjoy his religion unmolested. No man is authorized to take away life in consequence of difference of religion, which all laws and governments ought to tolerate and protect, right or wrong. Every man has a natural, and, in our country, a constitutional right to be a false prophet, as well as a true prophet."
-- History of the Church 6:304

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