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"Even in those early years I somehow grasped the idea that I alone must work out my salvation, and that I could not blame anyone else if I didn't. Today I cannot identify the exact teaching of this principle, but I suspect that it came from those testimonies I heard in the Second Ward, the Sunday School class, my parents, and the repetition of the second Article of Faith [ A of F 1:2 ], which I repeated many times in that day. This article states: 'We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam's transgression.'" — S. Dilworth Young, " He Hath Showed Thee, O Man, What Is Good ," "Ensign," Nov. 1978, p. 64
"We know how to go out to teach. We know how to find people and how to cultivate their interest. We know how to apply sound teaching methods. All we need to do now is for each of us to become converted, to arise and go forth in the power of our knowledge and by the Spirit. Truly the admonition of the Lord to Peter, 'and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren,' is happening today. As the Holy Ghost descended upon Peter and his associates at Pentecost, so has this divine gift been given freely to us. We have had, ever since 1830, the power of the Holy Ghost guiding and strengthening our leaders and loyal members. The gospel has been carried through the fervent witness of untiring missionaries and members until we now have organized units of the Church in more than two-thirds of the countries throughout the world, but there are uncounted millions yet to hear." - S. Dilworth Young, " When Thou Art Converted ," Ensign, June 1971, p. 40
"We may be sure that if there are many children or invalids or aged in a home, it is almost a certainty that such homes need help. O ye saints, do not pine if you have not presidency or teaching positions. Be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of your own free will. You may come nearer your heaven by the unobtrusive help you render those standing in need of comfort, succor, and attention. You won't feel important to the organization, but the angels will be smiling as they record the hours of church service given to those whom the Lord loves and to whom he personally directed his own effort-the poor, the downtrodden, the needy, the ill, the discouraged.
"We are all church workers; those with specific assignments and those with none are required by revelation to go to the house of prayer weekly to offer up their oblations. We then renew our pledges to remember him who is our Savior and to keep his commandments, the second one of which is to remember to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Having entered into this covenant, it is our responsibility to seek diligently to show this love through our deeds." - S. Dilworth Young, " By Love, Serve One Another ," Ensign, Dec. 1971, p. 67
"With awe we contemplate the perfection of this Firstborn of God, his power, his glory. Ours is more than the simple act of worship as an end. We testify that his purpose and mission are to make it possible for us to come into his presence, be like him, and share his honor and his glory forever. He said, '...this is my work and my glory-to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.' (Moses 1:39.)" - S. Dilworth Young, "Conference Report," April 1969, Afternoon Meeting, p.78
"Many of us know what it is to suffer physically for ourselves, and we suffer mentally and emotionally for our friends and loved ones in their sorrows and afflictions. I am not capable of fully understanding the suffering of this great firstborn Son of God for the sins of the world. We call it Gethsemane. He gave us agency and then, knowing all would sin to a greater or lesser degree, took the responsibility on himself of paying the price of the atonement for our sins, provided we would repent and follow him and his teachings. I find peace in doing what he said to do. When he said: 'Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you' (John 14:27), he meant what he said. Someday I hope to be able to understand better. I know the peace I can have if I will keep his law and abide in his commandments." - S. Dilworth Young, "When I Read, I Am There," Ensign (CR), July 1973, p.113
"May I conclude by reminding you of the first thing that I said, things 'seen and heard.' How necessary it is for a parent to bear that witness! I have an aged great-grandmother, long since dead, who in her ninety-seventh year was approached by one who had lost faith, and thinking perhaps that the grandmother, too, had lost some, said to her, 'You knew the Prophet. What did you think of him?' This aged woman had endured the vicissitudes of the seventies' trek from Kirtland to Missouri, had suffered through Haun's Mill with her infant child in her arms, had counted the long miles across the plains, and then had lived through years of poverty in Utah. She smiled as she looked at this person, and I think disappointed the person, too, because this is what she said: 'We all knew that he was a Prophet.'" - S. Dilworth Young, "Conference Report," October 1956, Afternoon Meeting, p. 69
We are all church workers; those with specific assignments and those with none are required by revelation to go to the house of prayer weekly to offer up their oblations. We then renew our pledges to remember him who is our Savior and to keep his commandments, the second one of which is to remember to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Having entered into this covenant, it is our responsibility to seek diligently to show this love through our deeds. - S. Dilworth Young, "By Love, Serve One Another," General Conference, October 1971
Each quorum should be alert to its opportunities. All about us are those who, while living among us, know very little about us. They see us leave for work and come home. They see our lights go out as we retire to rest, but they do not comprehend our deep abiding joy in the restoration, as the spirit whispers to us peace. We have an obligation to live in such a manner that they will see. And we have a further obligation to open our doors, our windows, and our hearts to them so that if they are at all willing, they cannot fail to see and, in addition, to hear and accept. - S. Dilworth Young, "Conference Report," April 1968, Afternoon Meeting, p.84
Incidentally, to this generation of young fathers I suggest that they spend overtime teaching their children the fifth commandment, which tells them to honor their parents. - S. Dilworth Young, “He Hath Showed Thee, O Man, What Is Good,” Ensign (CR) November 1978
Peter believed and denied. Peter was converted and became a rock against which the power of Satan was impotent. He became determined, fearless, pushed by an inward power strong and true. Paul persecuted because of disbelief, thinking that he did God’s service. Paul was converted and became like Peter.
Conversion brings strength, determination to defend the work of the Lord on earth and to expand it. This conversion comes when one receives the baptism of fire, the witness of the Holy Ghost. – S. Dilworth Young, “When Thou Art Converted,” Ensign (CR) May 1971
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