The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Delbert L. Stapley

"A person's freedom should never be suppressed by men, by Satan, nor by our Lord. Men should never be in bondage one to another. While Satan would like us under his control, God does not control the actions of men. He has given us our agency to combat the trials, temptations, and evils of every kind. However, he gives certain principles that, if followed, will lead us back to his presence. God's kingdom is founded upon perfect liberty. Every man, woman, and child has the right to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience. Each person alone is responsible to his creator for his individual acts." — Delbert L. Stapley, "Using Our Free Agency," Ensign, May 1975, p. 22

"The path of safety to the learned and all of us in the kingdom of God is to hearken and obey the counsels of God in all things." — Delbert L. Stapley, May 5, 1964, "BYU Speeches of the Year," p. 3

"God revealed to Moses that He 'created man in his own image and after his likeness.' (See Gen. 1:26-27) How lofty and inspiring this knowledge is to his children here on the earth, to know that they have not evolved from some lower organism of life, as teachers of evolution would have us believe, but are the literal offspring of Deity. "Man's evolution does not concern his origin and beginning. God determined the fact of his form and creation; but man's evolution as a son of God is to rise towards the likeness of his Eternal Father in heaven by perfecting his God-given abilities and powers which, in an embryonic state, are like God's, but presently are not fully developed." — Delbert L. Stapley, "Man, A Child of God," "BYU Speeches of the Year," 1962 p. 2

"Perhaps this statement will cause us to remember how small we are in comparison to our God, who is all-knowing and all-powerful. The Lord taught Moses a great lesson in this regard. After he had shown Moses by vision the workmanship of his hands, he withdrew from Moses, and his glory was not upon him. Moses was left unto himself, and he fell unto the earth exhausted. It was many hours before he again received his natural strength, and when he did, he humbly said: 'Now for this cause I know that man is nothing, which thing I never had supposed.' (Moses 1:10.) This counsel should remind all of us to be meek and contrite of spirit." — Delbert L. Stapley, "General Conference Reports," 1 April 1967, p. 34

"Here is prophetic evidence of the continuity of God's latter-day kingdom when established upon the earth. Daniel emphasized that point dramatically when he said, 'The dream is certain and the interpretation thereof sure.' The kingdom, prophesied Daniel, is not to be destroyed; it is not to be left to other people; and it shall stand forever. How convincing and certain this declaration is!" - Delbert L. Stapley, "General Conference Reports," October 1959, p. 72

"I believe The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can save the world if its members will live as saints of God should. Each time we let down in living gospel principles, someone is sure to observe our conduct and form an unfavorable opinion about us and the spiritual values of the Church. Our faithfulness gives meaning to the doctrines we teach. The Savior emphasized this statement by saying: 'Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.' (Matt. 5:16.)" - Elder Delbert L. Stapley, "Our Responsibility: To Save the World," Ensign, December 1971, p. 95

"It was only after the death of Christ's apostles that revelation ceased. The pure doctrines Christ taught became diluted with the philosophy of the world, and profane innovations appeared in the ordinances of the church. Eventually, that which had once been clear and understandable became mythical and confusing. Confusion is the field where Satan operates to deceive and lead mankind astray. Jesus and His apostles predicted a 'falling away' (see 2 Thes. 2:1-4), which did occur, and Christianity entered a long night of darkness." - Delbert L. Stapley, "What Constitutes the True Church," Ensign, May 1977, p. 22

"Faith and works complement each other. Faith impels works, and good works make faith even firmer and stronger. Of this there is no end. Faith adheres to intelligent life. Indeed, it is constituent with it. Nothing progressive or creative in character was ever begun without having been initiated by faith. It is the basic power behind all others." - Delbert L. Stapley, May 5, 1964, "BYU Speeches of the Year," 1964 p. 10

"Honesty and integrity as perfected virtues in parents are more likely to become the heritage and rich endowments of their children. Parents cannot give to their children that which they do not possess. All these fine ideals and principles that are a part of the gospel teachings, together with all the virtues that make for good character and good life, should be perfected in each of us. In that perfection they become a part of our nature, and when parenthood comes, these virtues are more apt to be transmitted to our children. We read in Proverbs: 'The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.' (Prov. 20:7.) How true and basic this statement is!" - Delbert L. Stapley, "Honesty and Integrity," Ensign, June 1971, p. 105

"The same gifts of the Spirit which prevailed in the church at the time of Jesus are prevalent today. Some of these gifts are: revelation, healing, miracles, prophecy, and many others—as found in First Corinthians, twelfth chapter; Doctrine and Covenants, forty-sixth section; and in the tenth chapter of Moroni in the Book of Mormon. Charity—the pure love of Christ—will be in evidence among its membership.

"The same power which Jesus gave to His apostles that 'whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven' (Matt. 18:18) will also be in the true church today. There are ordinances and blessings bestowed by an authorized ministry to Church members. These covenants and obligations, if entered into and obeyed, apply not just for this life, but for all eternity." - Delbert L. Stapley, "What Constitutes the True Church," Ensign (CR), May 1977, p.21

"The Savior taught his disciples: 'No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.' (Matt. 6:24.)

"This can be stated another way: You cannot serve both God and Satan. Life is a real challenge, but blessed with God-given powers, we can overcome every stratagem and obstacle Satan may place in our path. The path to eternal life may not be an easy one to follow with all the worldly enticements about us, but when we consider the rewards and blessings we gather if we travel the narrow way, it is worth every sacrifice we make." - Delbert L. Stapley, "The Path to Eternal Life," Ensign (CR), January 1974, p.42

"Surely if the transgressions of men continue in an upward trend, and the world becomes ripe in iniquity, the judgments of God will be poured out in great measure upon the wicked of the earth. Our only hope of heavenly protection is in establishing righteousness and humility in the hearts of men everywhere. The Lord has promised that he shall have power over his saints and shall reign in their midst. It takes real courage and purpose to live a saintly life." - Delbert L. Stapley, "Our Responsibility: To Save the World," Ensign (CR), December 1971, p.94

"Live to be worthy of the companionship of the Holy Ghost. If you have its spiritual influence, it will bring conviction into your hearts. It will build testimony and create in you a desire to love the Lord. You will manifest that love by keeping his laws and commandments and serving him. The Holy Spirit will testify to the truth of these teachings and you will know, as the apostle Paul knew, that the gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of God unto salvation. (See Rom. 1:16.)" - Delbert L. Stapley, "The Path to Eternal Glory," Ensign (CR), July 1973, p.99

"The present-day world is threatened by agencies of destruction. Darkness of mind, hearts shaken by impulses of selfishness, the prevalence of error, evil, ignorance of that which is the right and the wrong, corruption, sin, and wickedness, all these and more, now, as in the historic past, constitute the means by which human society could destroy itself. That such may not come to pass is the ardent hope of all who seek righteousness as their way of life. Their seeking will not be in vain if they turn to '...the kingdom of God and his righteousness...' (Matt. 6:33.) for a realization of their aspirations. All that the kingdom represents is opposed to the destructive forces which I have enumerated. The righteous, we are told, will inherit the earth. That condition will only be attained when the kingdom of God, through its saving power will triumph over evil and wickedness." - Delbert L. Stapley, Conference Report, April 1964, Afternoon Meeting, p.136

"Parents should build comradeship and love in the home and eliminate strained relations to insure stability and security of home life for children. In dealing with children there should always be love and kindness, yet firmness, when setting up controls and rules of conduct.

"Youth, if properly taught, for the most part expect and desire restrictions to guide them in social activities and dates. Safeguards and protective counsel are necessary to fortify them against familiarities and intimacies that lead to sin.

"What appears to youth as fun, excitement, or glamour may present lurking dangers. If parents enjoy the confidence of their children and know what their plans are, they will then be able to see the hidden perils before them and from the experience of parenthood give protective guidance and counsel to help control their emotions and to safeguard virtue and honor, so essential to youth for a happy and satisfying life." - Delbert L. Stapley, Conference Report, October 1956, Afternoon Meeting, p.121-122

"We marvel at the numerous and varied discoveries that are achieved in the laboratories of industry, in universities of learning, and through private research. If man would concentrate the same degree of research in the laboratory of his soul, he would discover life's purpose and God's way to attain eternal life. This should be man's greatest and most important goal." - Delbert L. Stapley, "Conference Report," October 1966, Third Day—Morning Meeting, p.112

"Men who by search and research discover the truths of the kingdom of heaven may have to abandon many of their cherished traditions and even their theories of imperfect philosophy and science if they would possess the pearl of great price, God's kingdom which, with its standards, principles, ideals, and holy ordinances is the gospel plan of life, salvation, exaltation, and glory." - Delbert L. Stapley, "Conference Report," October 1965, First Day—Morning Meeting, p.13

"Perhaps in Church assemblies today we do not stress sufficiently the importance of gospel covenants and the Saints' obligation to them. It is our duty to learn and understand the sacred and binding nature of the covenants we accept at baptism and the covenants and obligations associated with all other ordinances of the gospel found along that narrow path which leads to life eternal." - Delbert L. Stapley, "Conference Report," April 1959, Afternoon Meeting, p.108

“What should men and women look for to distinguish the kingdom of heaven, the goodly pearl, from all other churches? There are many facets to this goodly pearl. …

“… covenants: (1) The gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is a covenant between God and his people. (2) When baptized by an authorized servant of God, we covenant to do God's will and to obey his commandments. (3) By partaking of the Sacrament we renew all covenants entered into with the Lord and pledge ourselves to take upon us the name of his Son, to always remember him and keep his commandments. (4) There is an oath and covenant which belongs to the priesthood wherein men receiving this holy power pledge themselves faithfully to keep all the commandments of God and to magnify their callings in the priesthood, which is God's gift of his power and authority unto them. (5) In connection with all ordinances pertaining to the temples of our God, men and women accept covenants and obligations which relate to the endowment and to the eternity of the marriage and family relationship. All these doctrines and more are necessary and vital to the salvation, exaltation and eternal happiness of God's children.” - Delbert L. Stapley, “Conference Report,” October 1965, First Day—Morning Meeting, p.14

"We cannot mix evil with good and attain the eternal mansions of our Heavenly Father. Our duty is to constantly do the works of righteousness. The Lord has said that light and truth, which is the word of God, forsake the evil one. (See D&C 93:37.) Without light and truth in our lives, we are subject to the powers of Satan." - Delbert L. Stapley, “The Path to Eternal Life,” Ensign (CR), January 1974, p. 42

“No man, following the example and dedication of the Christ, should become ashamed or afraid of his true Christian status and lack courage and strength, in the face of opposition or the taunting of men, to remain true, firm, and steadfast to his conviction of what is right in the sight of God. This life is a probationary state wherein men and women are tried and proven in the crucible of mortal existence.” - Delbert L. Stapley, “Conference Report,” April 1966, First Day—Morning Meeting, p. 26

“The natural inclination of man is to rely solely upon himself and to ignore the purpose of his existence as well as his relationship to God who is his spiritual father. If man will recognize his divine origin, he will then realize his Heavenly Father will not leave him alone to grope in darkness of mind and spirit, but will make available a power to influence him in right paths and into standards of good behavior. The Holy Ghost is that power.” - Delbert L. Stapley, “Conference Report,” October 1966, Third Day–Morning Meeting, p. 114

"Although we would not want it otherwise, there is so much knowledge present in the world today; and tomorrow and each succeeding day thereafter discovery, invention, and knowledge will continue to increase and become so conveniently available that mental development and learning will come earlier and earlier in the life of youth. With it, unless youth is well grounded in the faith, will come worldly sophistication and material pursuits and pleasures. Without maturity of feelings and judgment, wrong roads and attitudes can be easily taken that would impair the promise to them of a rich, useful, and happy life." - Delbert L. Stapley, “Conference Report,” October 1956, Afternoon Meeting, p. 121

"The Church provides every opportunity for us to use our God-given talents, gifts, and powers. However we must learn obedience to authority and to keep all the commandments of God." - Delbert L. Stapley, "Conference Report," April 1952, Second Day-Morning Meeting, p. 49

"If the tender, profound, and sympathizing love practiced and recommended by Jesus were paramount in every heart, the loftiest and most glorious ideals of human society would be realized and little would be wanting to make this world a kingdom of heaven. Love is indeed heaven upon the earth, since heaven above would not be heaven without it." - Delbert L. Stapley, "Conference Report," October 1970, Afternoon Meeting, p. 44

"The Lord has counseled his people to pray over their flocks and herds, which applies to every man's interests. If we faithfully live the gospel and honor the Holy Priesthood of God, we have a right and claim upon him for his blessings and the inspiration to guide us in making proper decisions for the conduct of our businesses in this period of economic uncertainty. There are serious rough spots ahead, flashing warning lights of caution that Latter-day Saints cannot ignore. … Business and markets are sensitive to any change in world conditions. We must recognize the signs of the times as indicated by prophecy and have vision and wise understanding of national and world trends to safeguard our interests and thus strengthen the cause of Zion, even as Joseph of old so wisely planned and prepared against the days of famine and adversity, and thus became a great benefactor to the Egyptians and his father's family. We need all th help that faith, prayer, and inspiration can give." - Delbert L. Stapley, "Conference Report," April 1953, Third Day-Morning Meeting, p.119

The future we seek as Latter-day Saints is a life motivated by good thoughts, expressed in good works, and sustained by an inner peace and determination of righteous doing. The destiny we desire is an inheritance in the celestial mansions prepared by our Savior for the faithful of God’s children. - Delbert L. Stapely, "Good Habits Develop Good Character," Ensign (CR) November 1974

Disobedience to God and His chosen servants ignores the fact that we are all the children of an Eternal Father who has endowed us with the capacity to be as He and His Son Jesus Christ are—perfected, glorified, holy personages. Often we forget that obedience must be learned. Even Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, learned perfect obedience, which qualified Him to serve as our Lawgiver and Lord. - Delbert L. Stapely, "The Blessings of Righteous Obedience," Ensign (VR) November 1977

We now tread in the same path that He trod. That path has been clearly marked out for each of us with signs and warnings to guide us along the way, preventing us from being diverted and lost. But, like Jesus, we must learn obedience. That is the purpose of our mortal life. If we fail in this experience, we will not find the true happiness that leads to exaltation. - Delbert L. Stapley, "The Blessings of Righteous Obedience," Ensign (CR) November 1977

To save the world is a great responsibility. This responsibility rests not only upon the leadership of the Church, but upon the membership of the Church as well. The true gospel of Christ is the hope of the world. It is the only plan that will unite the ethnic and national groups and break down the barriers that divide mankind today. - Delbert L. Stapley, “Our Responsibility: To Save the World,” Ensign (CR) October 1971

Today many people of the world are questioning their belief in God, thinking they have progressed intellectually and scientifically beyond their need for his guidance in the affairs of life. They choose to forget that he is the source of all knowledge, he controls all life, and all things are his works of creation. - Delbert L. Stapley, “The Path to Eternal Glory,” Ensign (CR) April 1973

The renewal and sanctification of our bodies by the power of the Holy Ghost is obtained by living the gospel. Our treasures of good works that precede us are building our eternal mansions. To project one's thinking into the eternities under the influence of the spirit will stretch one's mind and give clear vision of God's plan, which will help chart a true course back to his presence. Keep eternity always before you here in mortality and base your acts and judgments and decisions upon God's eternal laws. We should educate ourselves not only for time but also for eternity. - Delbert L. Stapley, "Conference Report," October 1967, Afternoon Meeting, p. 75

By accepting this challenge to become perfect, we avoid the idea that attaining perfection is a bar to further progress. Perfection is overcoming, one by one, every facet of character weakness. We understand that perfection is a goal of excellence toward which we strive. With this understanding, one can attain perfection. - Delbert L. Stapley, "Conference Report," October 1968, Afternoon Meeting, p. 27

My young brothers and sisters, seek for the knowledge and faith that saves. Choose your companions well, and be a person sought out by others as a proper companion. Hold high the standards and ideals of the gospel. Do not follow the crowd; they can be wrong and often are. Do not waver or settle for anything less than you are worthy and entitled to receive. To compromise is to give up something—and to give up something is to lose. - Delbert L. Stapley, "Conference Report," October 1969, Afternoon Meeting, p. 45

If somehow we could view with clarity the impressive picture of the life hereafter resulting from obeying every gospel principle and ordinance while here perhaps we would plan our lives in mortality differently and see to it that all our daily actions are motivated by truth and righteousness and good works. Life then would have sincere purpose and would earn rewarding values for the soul. - Delbert L. Stapley, "Conference Report," April 1961, Afternoon Meeting, p. 67

We have a gracious, kind, and loving Father in heaven who stands ready to help us. Self-mastery, self-control, and self-discipline are required strengths that enable us to set aside temptations to do wrong. It is a wonderful feeling to conquer wrong practices and to be free and unencumbered from their detrimental effects, both physically and spiritually. When we have conquered our bad habits and replaced them with good ones, living as we should, obedient and faithful, then we are on our way to the presence of God. - Delbert L. Stapley, "Good Habits Develop Good Character," Ensign (CR), November 1974, p.20

Every seeker after truth should searchingly and honestly ask himself or herself this question: Am I attempting to climb heavenward by some other path than the one marked out by the Redeemer and Savior of men? - Delbert L. Stapley, Conference Report, April 1958, Afternoon Meeting, p.112

Many of the signs spoken of by the prophets to precede the second coming of Christ are now being fulfilled before us. They are easily recognizable, and they remind us of the parable of the ten virgins, the five who were wise, and the five who were foolish. Those who were foolish were not prepared when the bridegroom came, and as they went out to prepare themselves, the doors were closed against them, and they could not gain admittance.

You and I need to be prepared. We know not the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man shall come. That day we must be prepared for. - Delbert L. Stapley, "Conference Report," October 1953, Afternoon Meeting, p.71

A person earnestly seeking eternal life must avoid the pitfalls of temptation and sin. He is never safe from committing sin unless he has fully prepared himself and decided on the course he will take before temptation comes into his life. – Delbert L. Stapley, “The Path to Eternal Life,” Ensign (CR) November 1973

Paul kept the saints in remembrance of the necessity to read and study the scriptures. To Timothy he said,
“From a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
“That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Tim. 3:15–17.) – Delbert L. Stapley, “Teachings of the Apostle Paul,” Ensign (CR) November 1976

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