Prophets and Apostles

Here are 130+ of best quotes by LDS prophets.

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.”

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Here are 300+ of the best quotes by President Henry B. Eyring, organized by topic (A-Z). These quotes represent some of President Eyring’s most powerful messages from General Conference talks, First Presidency messages, BYU Devotionals, etc.

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Quotes About Education By President Henry B. Eyring

Quotes From “Education For Real Life” (May 2001 CES Fireside)

  • When we put God’s purposes first, He will give us miracles. If we pray to know what He would have us do next, He will multiply the effects of what we do in such a way that time seems to be expanded.
  • It takes neither modern technology nor much money to seize the opportunity to learn in the moments we now waste. You could just have a book and paper and pencil with you. That will be enough. But you need determination to capture the leisure moments you now waste.
  • Too often we use many hours for fun and pleasure, clothed in the euphemism “I’m recharging my batteries.” Those hours could be spent reading and studying to gain knowledge, skills, and culture.
  • Our education must never stop. If it ends at the door of the classroom on graduation day, we will fail.
  • We cannot waste time entertaining ourselves when we have the chance to read or to listen to whatever will help us learn what is true and useful. Insatiable curiosity will be our hallmark.
  • A great teacher is always studying.

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Which Christmas memories hold the dearest place in your heart? For President Thomas S. Monson, the Christmas of 1951 made an indelible impression upon him that will last forever. After all, it’s not often that you have the chance to help save Christmas – and that’s just what he did. President Monson shared the following story:

“On a cold winter’s night in 1951 there was a knock at my door, and a German brother from Ogden, Utah, announced himself and said, “Are you Bishop Monson?” I answered in the affirmative. He began to weep and said, “My brother and his wife and family are coming here from Germany. They are going to live in your ward. Will you come with us to see the apartment we have rented for them?” On the way to the apartment, he told me he had not seen his brother for many years.

I looked at the apartment. It was cold and dreary. The paint was peeling, the wallpaper soiled, the cupboards empty. A forty-watt bulb hanging from the living room ceiling revealed a linoleum floor covering with a large hole in the center. I was heartsick. I thought, “What a dismal welcome for a family which has endured so much.”

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Read how President Thomas S. Monson made one Thanksgiving his most memorable. The following is an excerpt from Consider the Blessings: True Accounts of God’s Hands in Our Lives.

Occasionally I ponder an experience from my boyhood. I grew up during the Depression. These were difficult times. My father was a craftsman, a printer, and he always had employment, although others were not so fortunate.

I remember the boys with whom I went to school. Many had clothing bought at rummage sales. The same size jacket was to fit four boys in one family. The father did not support the family. The mother worked nights as a telephone operator in Salt Lake City. The thing I remember most about this family was that when I would call upon the boys to go to school, they would be having breakfast—cornflakes with water. There was no milk, there was no cream, there was no sugar—only cornflakes and water.

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President Packer’s book, The Holy Temple, is a classic of LDS literature that has become one of the most comprehensive and definitive works written about temples. In fact, much of the material found in the Church’s temple preparation pamphlet comes from this inspired book.

In this book, he shares a story from one of his ancestors that shows that not all ghost stories are scary. Some are deeply sacred and profound.

At the rededication of the Logan Temple in 1979 I recounted an incident in the life of my wife’s grandfather, which I include here.

The Logan Temple is sacred to our family, for there my wife and I were married, and my wife’s grandfather responded to the call and helped to construct that temple.

C. O. Law, the superintendent of construction for that temple, wrote on February 25, 1884: “This letter certifies that Brother Julius Smith of Brigham City has worked faithfully and honorably on the Logan Temple for nearly two years, and as the temple nears completion, his branch of the labor being terminated, he is now honorably released and we sincerely trust that Brother Smith may become a participant in the blessings of the House of the Lord which he has assisted to erect.”

Brother Smith with his wife, Josephina, lived on a few acres of ground in Brigham City. There they raised fourteen children, my wife’s father being the youngest. When the call came for workers to assist in the building of the temple, he responded.

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Does the above image make you happy? It makes us happy too. 🙂 Elder Holland says that God wants us to be happy. He shares 4 tips how we can do that. Here is what he says.

I wish to comment on Nephi’s phrase about living “after the manner of happiness” (2 Nephi 5:27). It suggests a quest for happiness, not necessarily happiness itself.

I do not think God in his glory or the angels of heaven or the prophets on earth intend to make us happy all the time, every day in every way, given the testing and trial this earthly realm is intended to provide. As President James E. Faust (1920–2007) once phrased it: “Happiness is not given to us in a package that we can just open up and consume. Nobody is ever happy 24 hours a day, seven days a week.” But my reassurance to you today is that in God’s plan we can do very much to find the happiness we do desire. We can take certain steps, we can form certain habits, we can do certain things that God and history tell us lead to happiness.

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In the October 2016 general conference, President Thomas S. Monson stood at the pulpit to share brief but enlightening messages with the world. As the prophet and leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the challenges he extends to members are relevant and important for us to follow.

In his talk for the Sunday morning session, entitled “The Perfect Path to Happiness,” President Monson encouraged members to strive to do more. On our steady path of improvement, he challenged us to improve not only our knowledge of the gospel but also how we live it.

President Monson’s Sunday morning talk followed his talk in the Priesthood session, “Principles and Promises,” in which he extended a challenge for personal health.

Here are the 5 challenges President Monson extended to the members of the Church in his October 2016 general conference talks:

1. “[May] we care for our bodies and our minds by observing the principles set forth in the Word of Wisdom, a divinely provided plan.”

2. “We need to work and learn, search and pray, repent and improve.”

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Following his address, Pope Francis warmly individually greeted and shook hands with several faith leaders including President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Image from MormonNewsroom.com

In a new video series from Mormon Channel called Hope Works, guest speakers present TED-style talks to promote faith and hope. In one of the videos, Samuel Hislop presented a speech, entitled “We Aren’t God’s Only People,” to explain the positive effects of faiths outside of our own.

Samuel Hislop opens up to the audience, sharing an experience from his mission when his inability to understand other religious views drew him away from Christ.

Serving an LDS mission in eastern Ukraine, Hislop was surrounded by many Eastern Orthodox Christians, who greet one another on Easter with the Paschal greeting, “Иисус Воскрес,” meaning “Jesus is risen.” Even members of the Church participated in the greeting, since many converted from the Eastern Orthodox Church.

Read the full article at LDS Living or watch the speech below:

 

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Ever since the prophet and apostles have become more active on social media, they have been flooded with personal comments, messages and requests on their official pages. Have you ever wondered if it is them posting quotes from talks or if it is just one of their secretaries or a social media specialist that works for the Church? Do you wonder if they actually read your comments? Apparently, President Uchtdorf does, and he wanted us to know this.

Last week, President Uchtdorf shared responses to a few of the social media posts members gave as part of his invitation:

“Sometimes people leave comments on my Facebook posts and tweets asking if I actually read what they write. The answer is yes! I do read many of your comments. Like I said during general conference, while my tech skills may not quite measure up to those of a typical seven-year-old, for a septuagenarian, I do all right.

“After my Saturday morning conference address, I published a Facebook post and a tweet that asked you to share with me ways that you express gratitude for the flood of light and truth God has poured out upon you.

“I was uplifted and inspired to read the comments you left.

“Jake on Twitter told me that he created a brand-new Twitter account that he uses for the purpose of sharing the gospel with others.

“Sheri on Facebook shared that she keeps a gratitude journal that has helped her and her family keep perspective and light during recent times of trial.

“Also on Facebook, Marlo said that she deliberately strives to show gratitude by showing love to her little children and husband even when the “natural man” in her would prompt her to be angry, selfish, or busy.

“These are just a few of the hundreds of comments shared with me over the weekend. I am so grateful for all that you do to live your faith.”