Quotes of Note- Joseph Smith on Easter and Mormonism

"The fundamental principles of our religion are the testimony of the Apostles and Prophets, concerning Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended into heaven; and all other things which pertain to our religion are only appendages to it" -Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 121 (I usually post a picture of the person quoted, but today thought in more appropriate to picture the subject of the post.) … [Read more...]

Quotes of Note: Elder Maxwell on Increasing Faith

I miss Elder Maxwell... There are other things we can do daily to bolster the faith of others as well as our own. Peter prescribed: "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear" (1 Peter 3:15).The word answer here means a verbal defense or a reason statement. The very act of so giving our witness will help not only others but also ourselves. As Brigham Young said, we will … [Read more...]

President Lee on your Seminary Teacher’s Uncle’s Friend whose Daughter Married a Guy who Ran Into President Hunter and the Three Nephites in an Elevator

In context of rumors, random stories, space doctrine, and basically the kind of thing missionaries pass around without any kind of substantiated provenance, President Lee said, "...it never ceases to amaze me how gullible some of our Church members are..."— President Harold B. Lee, "Admonitions for the Priesthood of God", Ensign, Jan 1973 … [Read more...]

Quotes of Note- The FP and President Clark on Assertion vs. Revelation

I'll admit upfront that there's more than one way to read this.Dogmatic assertions do not take the place of revelation, and we should be satisfied with that which is accepted as doctrine, and not discuss matters that, after all disputes, are merely matters of theory. Your brethren, (Signed) JOSEPH F. SMITH, ANTHON H. LUND, CHARLES W. PENROSE. -James R. Clark, comp., Messages of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 6 vols. [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1965-75], … [Read more...]

Quotes of Note- Elder Widtsoe and President Brown on Limits of our Knowledge and Assumptions

"We set up assumptions, based upon our best knowledge, but can go no further."- Elder John A. Widtsoe, Evidences and Reconciliations, 126.Widtsoe was a European, a Harvard grad, a scientist, and an Apostle, a unique combination I don't believe has been duplicated since. (President Eyring comes close, although New Jersey, a foreign country to many of us, isn't technically in Europe.)Widtsoe makes this statement in context of thinking about the Flood. What I find striking about it is how … [Read more...]

Quotes of Note- Presidents Hinckley and Uchtdorf on Books and Reading

President Hinckley, cited in The Voice of My Servants, p. 61: "I confess that I am constantly appalled by the scarcity of my knowledge, and the one resentment I think I carry concerns the many pressing demands which limit the opportunity for reading." Speaking to BYU graduates, he said, There is a tendency on the part of some graduates to say, `Now all of that is behind me.' No, there is much more ahead than there is behind. We live in a world where knowledge is developing at an … [Read more...]

Quotes of Note- Elder Talmage on Genesis

"Let us not try to wrest the scriptures in an attempt to explain away what we can not explain. The opening chapters of Genesis, and scriptures related thereto, were never intended as a text-book of geology, archaeology, earth-science or man-science. Holy Scripture will endure, while the conceptions of men change with new discoveries. We do not show reverence for the scriptures when we misapply them through faulty interpretation." -Elder James E. Talmage, "The Earth and Man," LDS Church, Salt … [Read more...]

Quotes of Note- President Packer on “Scientific neglect”

No, it's not what you're thinking. I believe this story is from when he served as mission president in  New England, 1965-68, and I'm still not quite sure what to make of this story, other than that President Packer is not always the "hard-liner" he is made out to be. … [Read more...]

Quotes of Note- Elders Ballard and Packer on meetings

"Are you using the ward and stake councils effectively as they were intended? Don’t let them become meaningless exercises in organizational bureaucracy. The way some leaders conduct council meetings, you would think they really believe in a fourteenth article of faith:'We believe in meetings—all that have been held, all that are now scheduled—and we believe there will yet be held many great and important meetings. We have endured many meetings and hope to be able to endure all meetings. I … [Read more...]

Quotes of Note- George Q. Cannon on Doctrine from the Stand

If we hear any principle taught from the stand that we do not understand, let us seek to comprehend it by the Spirit of God. If it be not of God, we have the privilege of knowing it. We are not required to receive for doctrine everything that we hear. We may say, "I do not know whether this is true or not; I will not fight it, neither will I endorse it, but I will seek knowledge from God, for that is my privilege, and I will never rest satisfied until I have obtained the light I require." If you … [Read more...]