"Columbus was led by God. I'm sure that he inspired a little boy, Christopher Columbus, to stand on the quays in Genoa, Italy, and yearn for the sea. He was filled with the desire to sail the seas, and he fulfilled a great prophecy made long, long ago that this land, chosen above all other lands, should be discovered. And so when he was mature, opportunity was granted to him to brave the unknown seas, to find this land which had been cut off from the rest of the world long centuries, and to open the door, as it were."
Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball 427
"Brigham Young taught: 'All true wisdom that mankind have they have received from God, whether they know it or not. There is no ingenious mind that has ever invented anything beneficial to the human family but what he obtained it from that One Source. . . . There is only one source from whence men obtain wisdom, and that is God, the fountain of all wisdom; and though men may claim to make their discoveries by their own wisdom, by meditation and reflection, they are indebted to our Father in Heaven for all.'" (In Journal of Discourses, 13:148.)
Elder Royden G. Derrick
"By Their Fruits Ye Shall Know Them"
General Conference, October 1984
"The wonder of television causes me to believe that Philo T. Farnsworth, back in 1927, must surely have been inspired of the Lord to develop this remarkable medium of communication. As you know, Brother Farnsworth was a member of the Church. Applying his scientific skills, he brought to the world this marvelous invention, which I believe is to be used for the primary purpose of furthering the work of the Lord."
Elder M. Russell Ballard
"The Effects Of Television"
General Conference, April 1989
"The glory of God is intelligence; in other words, light and truth. All intelligence comes from God, and anyone whose mind is opened to the development of inventions for the benefit and blessing of mankind receives that light and truth through study, through research, through inspiration and guidance from the Spirit of the Lord, whether that individual be a Morse, an Edison, an Alexander Graham Bell, an Orville or Wilbur Wright, or whoever he may be."
Elder Joseph Anderson
"Light And Knowledge To The World"
General Conference, October 1972
"We are living in the most enlightened age of man's history. Scientists, inventors, and others have been inspired during the past ages by an overruling Providence. We owe a debt of gratitude to the dedicated men and women who have applied these inventions and discoveries for the guidance, convenience, and blessing of mankind. Now, because of this service and dedication, we are able to transmit in a brief period the messages of the General Authorities of the Church to millions throughout the world."
David O. McKay
General Conference, April 1964
"In the Lord's due time His Spirit 'wrought upon' Columbus, the pilgrims, the Puritans, and others to come to America. They testified of God's intervention in their behalf (see 1 Ne. 13:12-13). The Book of Mormon records that they humbled 'themselves before the Lord; and the power of the Lord was with them' (1 Ne. 13:16). Our Father in Heaven planned the coming forth of the Founding Fathers and their form of government as the necessary great prologue leading to the restoration of the gospel. Recall what our Savior Jesus Christ said nearly two thousand years ago when He visited this promised land: 'For it is wisdom in the Father that they should be established in this land, and be set up as a free people by the power of the Father, that these things might come forth' (3 Ne. 21:4). America, the land of liberty, was to be the Lord's latter-day base of operations for His restored church." - Ezra Taft Benson, "Our Divine Constitution," Ensign, Nov. 1987, p. 4
"One of the peculiarities of the Latter-day Saints is their belief in Divine revelation. It has been stated in this meeting this afternoon that we are believers in the revelations of the Almighty, and that there is necessity for the word of the Lord to come unto the people in these latter times as in former ages. I sometimes wonder that there should be so much doubt in the minds of the people concerning divine revelation, when we think of the marvelous advances that are being made scientifically among the nations of the earth. It is possible now, so we are told, (while we may not comprehend the principle altogether by which this thing that I have in mind is accomplished, I suppose we have no doubt that it is being accomplished), that messages are sent through the air without any means of transmission that we can see, through the agency of what is termed wireless telegraphy." - Joseph W. McMurrin, “Conference Report,” October 1907, Second Overflow Meeting, p.97
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