The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Spencer W. Kimball

"I am wondering how many of you know the Articles of Faith? How many of you big men, as well as the little men? Do you know them? Have you repeated them? You are always prepared with a sermon when you know the Articles of Faith. And they are basic, aren't they? I would think it would be a wonderful thing if all the boys, as they learn them, would learn them word perfect. That means that you don't miss and you don't forget." — Spencer W. Kimball, "The Privilege Of Holding The Priesthood," General Conference, October 1975

"Apostasy usually begins with question and doubt and criticism. It is a retrograding and devolutionary process. The seeds of doubt are planted by unscrupulous or misguided people, and seldom directed against the doctrine at first, but more often against the leaders." — "The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball", p. 462

"There are depths in the sea which the storms that lash the surface into fury never reach. They who reach down into the depths of life where, in the stillness, the voice of God is heard, have the stabilizing power which carries them poised and serene through the hurricane of difficulties." — "The Rewards, The Blessings, The Promises," General Conference, October 1973

"As Latter-day Saints we must ever be vigilant. The way for each person and each family to guard against the slings and arrows of the Adversary and to prepare for the great day of the Lord is to hold fast to the iron rod' to exercise greater faith, to repent of our sins and shortcomings, and to be anxiously engaged in the work of His kingdom on earth, which is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Herein lies the only true happiness for all our Father's children." — "The Lord Expects Righteousness," General Conference, October 1982

"Avoid the tendency to crowd too many meetings in on the Sabbath day. When holding your regular meetings, make them as spiritual and effective as possible. Meetings need not be hurried nor rushed, for they can be planned in a manner that permits their sacred purposes to be accomplished without difficulty. The consolidated meeting schedule was implemented largely in order to provide several more Sabbath hours for families. Therefore, take time to be together as families to converse with one another, to study the scriptures, to visit friends, relatives, and the sick and lonely." — "Rendering Service to Others," General Conference, April 1981

"Let us be serene and filled with peace and love as we live in a world that is unfortunately filled with increasing crime and violence. Let us remember and keep the Lord's great commandment to love our neighbors. Where there are differences or misunderstandings, let us resolve or diminish them through kindly, brotherly service and genuine concern and regard." — "Follow the Fundamentals," General Conference, April 1981

"Now, my brothers and sisters, it seems clear to me, indeed, this impression weighs upon me--that the Church is at a point in its growth and maturity when we are at last ready to move forward in a major way. Some decisions have been made and others pending, which will clear the way, organizationally. But the basic decisions needed for us to move forward, as a people, must be made by the individual members of the Church. The major strides which must be made by the Church will follow upon the major strides to be made by us as individuals." — "Let Us Move Forward And Upward," General Conference, April 1979

"But I say we do not go to Sabbath meetings to be entertained or amused; we go there to worship the Lord. It is an individual responsibility, and regardless of what is said from the pulpit, if one wishes to worship the Lord in spirit and in truth, he may do so by attending his meetings, partaking of the sacrament, and contemplating the beauties of the Gospel. If the sacrament meeting is a failure to you, you are the one that has failed. No one can worship for you, you must do your own serving of the Lord." — "Conference Report," April 1944, p. 145

"Men do not give their lives to perpetuate falsehoods. Martyrdom dissipates all question as to the sincerity of the martyr. Personalities do not survive the ages. They rise like a shooting star, shine brilliantly for a moment and disappear from view, but a martyr for a living cause, like the sun, shines on forever. ...Thousands gave lives they could have saved, in Missouri, Illinois, and crossing the plains, and today a great people hailed for their education, practicability, and virtue, stand to bear witness that the martyrdom of Joseph Smith, like that of the martyrs before him, is another of the infallible proofs of the divinity of the gospel of Jesus Christ, restored in its fulness through that humble prophet." — "Conference Report," April 1946, p. 50

"Christmas comes once a year to reveal to us the beautiful and near approach man can make to the divine, to the ideal, to the Christlike life." — "The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball," p.247

"As you investigate the Church of Jesus Christ, you will find it is not a religion claiming succession from those who shared Christ's earthly ministry; nor is it a Protestant religion. It is a divine restoration of Christ's earthly kingdom, organized, as was his primitive church, with 'apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, etc.' (A of F 1:6.)" — Spencer W. Kimball, "The Stone Cut without Hands," Ensign, May 1976, p. 7

"I am grateful for the cultural refinement that comes into Latter-day Saint homes as the mothers are able to draw upon their experiences in the Church to add to the serenity of our homes. Especially is this true if we approach these things in the spirit of the thirteenth Article of Faith: 'If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.' [A of F 1:13]" — Spencer W. Kimball, "Privileges and Responsibilities of Sisters," "Ensign," Nov. 1978, p. 105

"Jesus was not a painter, and yet he inspired Michelangelo and many other great painters. They painted Jesus and he was the inspiration for it. He was not an orator, and yet no man spake as this man spoke. He didn't wave his hands and shout in stentorian sounds, but he penetrated men's souls with his thoughts. His sayings have been hammered in marble, chiseled into imperishable stone and granite, wrought into enduring bronze tablets, written in stained glass windows of numberless churches, and fashioned in rich mosaics upon temple walls and set in arched domes of colossal cathedrals." — Spencer W. Kimball, "The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball," Bookcraft, p. 9

"Alma said it well. He had tasted the bitterness of a sinful life and of spiritual rebellion, so he knew well what he was saying - 'Wickedness never was happiness.' (Alma 41:10.) And since happiness brings peace, wickedness brings its antithesis - strife and turmoil." — Spencer W. Kimball, "Miracle of Forgiveness," p. 360

"Idolatry is among the most serious of sins. There are unfortunately millions today who prostrate themselves before images of gold and silver and wood and stone and clay. But the idolatry we are most concerned with here is the conscious worshiping of still other gods. Some are of metal and plush and chrome, of wood and stone and fabrics. They are not in the image of God or of man, but are developed to give man comfort and enjoyment, to satisfy his wants, ambitions, passions and desires. Some are in no physical form at all, but are intangible." -- Spencer W. Kimball, "The Miracle of Forgiveness," [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1969], p. 58

"In the midst of discordant sounds of hate, bitterness and revenge expressed so often today, the soft note of forgiveness comes as a healing balm. Not least is its effect on the forgiver." — Spencer W. Kimball, "The Miracle of Forgiveness," [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1969]

"What is it to know of the doctrine? It is an unwavering assurance. The Lord has offered a rich reward but has provided that it can be had only by meeting certain requirements. In this case the blessing promised is a knowledge of the divinity of the doctrine. And in this case the law or requirement is that one must 'do his will.' Most of us know what his will is, far more than we have disposition or ability to comply. One must not only be baptized and receive the Holy Ghost, but also live the commandments to be given the knowledge of the divinity of the work. Mere passive acceptance of the doctrines will not give the testimony; no casual half-compliance with the program will bring that assurance; it will come only through an all-out effort to live his commandments." - Spencer W. Kimball, "President Kimball Speaks Out," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1981], p. 21

"It is impossible to understand what happened on Calvary without some understanding as to what went on in Gethsemane. Likewise, the birth at Bethlehem must be tied to the significance of the empty tomb which signaled the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The ministry of the Master cannot be understood fully either, unless we understand about his ministry on this hemisphere to the other sheep which were not of the fold in Jerusalem (see John 10:16; 3 Ne. 15:17, 21-24). The more one understands about the ministry of Jesus Christ, the more absurd it is to regard him as any less than the resurrected Son of God." - Spencer W. Kimball, "The Savior: The Center of Our Lives," New Era, April 1980, p. 34

"We are bound to note events and trends in the world which will constitute special challenges. We cannot expect to live in times of turbulence without experiencing some of that turbulence ourselves. But we do not need to be 'tossed to and fro, and carried about [by] every wind of doctrine' without anchor (see Eph. 4:14). We have fellowship in a divine church. We have present-day prophets to guide us. We have Christ as our shepherd to lead us." - Spencer W. Kimball, "Do Not Weary by the Way," Ensign, November 1980, p. 76

"We extend to every listener a cordial invitation to come to the watered garden, to the shade of pleasant trees, to the unchangeable truth. Come with us to sureness, security, consistency. Here the cooling waters flow. The spring does not go dry. Come listen to a prophet's voice and hear the word of God. The Lord does not change. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. His church stands firm and unchangeable. Sin will not be tolerated, but sincere repentance will be rewarded with forgiveness." - Spencer W. Kimball, "Voices of the Past, of the Present, of the Future," Ensign, June 1971, p. 19

"'Brother Kimball, have you ever been to heaven?'...

"'Yes. Just an hour ago. It was in the holy temple across the way. The sealing room was shut off from the noisy world by its thick, white-painted walls; the drapes, light and warm; the furniture, neat and dignified; the mirrors on two opposite walls seeming to take one in continuous likenesses on and on into infinity; and the beautiful stained-glass window in front of me giving such a peaceful glow. All the people in the room were dressed in white. Here were peace and harmony and eager anticipation. A well-groomed young man and an exquisitely gowned young woman, lovely beyond description, knelt across the altar. Authoritatively, I pronounced the heavenly ceremony which married and sealed them for eternity on earth and in the celestial worlds. The pure in heart were there. Heaven was there.'" - Spencer W. Kimball, "Glimpses of Heaven," Ensign, Dec. 1971, p. 36

"For many years I saw a strong man carry his tiny, emaciated, arthritic wife to meetings and wherever she could go. There could be no sexual expression. Here was selfless indication of a"Hidden knowledge is not unfindable. It is available to all who really search. Christ said, ' and ye shall find.' (Matt. 7:7.) Spiritual knowledge is not available merely for the asking; even prayers are not enough. It takes persistence and dedication of one's life. The knowledge of things in secular life are of time and are limited; the knowledge of the infinite truths are of time an eternity." - Spencer W. Kimball, Conference Report, October 1968, Afternoon Meeting, p.129ffection. I think that is pure love. I saw a kindly woman wait on her husband for many years as he deteriorated with muscular dystrophy. She waited on him hand and foot, night and day, when all he could do was to blink his eyes in thanks. I believe that was love.

"I knew a woman who carried her little, handicapped daughter until the child was too heavy to carry, and then pushed her in a wheelchair for the following years until her death. The deprived child could never express appreciation. It seems to me that that was love. Another mother visited regularly her son who was in the penitentiary. She could receive nothing from him. She gave much, all she had." - "The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball," edited by Edward L. Kimball [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1982], p. 245

"The Lord declared: 'For Zion must increase in beauty, and in holiness; her borders must be enlarged; her stakes must be strengthened; yea, verily I say unto you, Zion must arise and put on her beautiful garments.' (D&C 82:14; italics added.) Zion consists of the pure in heart—those who are sanctified and whose garments are washed white through the blood of the Lamb (see Alma 13:11). These are they who take charity as a mantle and serve"Hidden knowledge is not unfindable. It is available to all who really search. Christ said, ' and ye shall find.' (Matt. 7:7.) Spiritual knowledge is not available merely for the asking; even prayers are not enough. It takes persistence and dedication of one's life. The knowledge of things in secular life are of time and are limited; the knowledge of the infinite truths are of time an eternity." - Spencer W. Kimball, Conference Report, October 1968, Afternoon Meeting, p.129 others out of a pure heart.

"We are building up the strength of Zion—her cords or stakes—throughout the world. Therefore, we counsel our people to remain in their native lands and gather out the elect of God and teach them the ways of the Lord. There temples are being built and the saints will be blessed wherever they live in all the world." - Spencer W. Kimball, "The Fruit of Our Welfare Services Labors," Ensign, Nov. 1978, 76

"Peter urged us to give honor unto our wives. (See 1 Pet. 3:7.) It seems to me we should be even more courteous to our wives and mothers, our sisters and our daughters, than we are to others. When Paul said that a man who did not provide for his own and those of his own household was 'worse than an infidel' (1 Tim. 5:8), I like to think of providing for our own as including providing them with affectional security as well as economic security. When the Lord told us in this dispensation that 'women have claim on their husbands for their maintenance' (D&C 83:2), I like to think of maintenance as including our obligation to maintain loving affection and to provide consideration and thoughtfulness as well as food." - Spencer W. Kimball, "Fundamental Principles to Ponder and Live," Ensign (CR), November 1978, p.43

"It frequently happens that offenses are committed when the offender is not aware of it. Something he has said or done is misconstrued or misunderstood. The offended one treasures in his heart the offense, adding to it such other things as might give fuel to the fire and justify his conclusions. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why the Lord requires that the offended one should make the overtures toward peace....

"To the Nephites the Lord said:

"...if ...thy brother hath aught against thee-

"Go thy way unto thy brother, and first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come unto me with full purpose of heart, and I will receive you. (III Nephi 12:23-24.)...

"Do we follow that commandment or do we sulk in our bitterness, waiting for our offender to learn of it and to kneel to us in remorse?" - Spencer W. Kimball, "Conference Report," October 1949, Third Day—Morning Meeting, p.132

"We see about us constant change. Even the pace of life itself has speeded up. Sometimes it seems that the world is undergoing such throes of change that people are disoriented, not knowing what is of value. Right and wrong, however, are as they always were. The principles of the gospel are unaltered. All of men's evil speaking and all of men's evil acting cannot alter one jot or tittle of the commandments of God." - Spencer W. Kimball, "Hold Fast to the Iron Rod," Ensign (CR), November 1978, p.4

"'If ye love me, keep my commandments,' he told his people constantly. (John 14:15.)

"There are depths in the sea which the storms that lash the surface into fury never reach. They who reach down into the depths of life where, in the stillness, the voice of God is heard, have the stabilizing power which carries them poised and serene through the hurricane of difficulties.

"There are so many beautiful promises. To read the scriptures and turn the pages, and it seems that it is almost all rewards, evidence of living the commandments of the Lord." - Spencer W. Kimball, "The Rewards, the Blessings, the Promises," Ensign (CR), January 1974, p.14

"Work brings happiness, self-esteem, and prosperity. It is the means of all accomplishment; it is the opposite of idleness. We are commanded to work. (See Gen. 3:19.) Attempts to obtain our temporal, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being by means of a dole violate the divine mandate that we should work for what we receive. Work should be the ruling principle in the lives of our Church membership. (See D&C 42:42; D&C 75:29; D&C 68:30-32; D&C 56:17.)" - Spencer W. Kimball, "Welfare Services: The Gospel in Action," Ensign (CR), November 1977, p.76

"Let us hold fast to the iron rod. The Savior urged us to put our hand to the plow without looking back. In that spirit we are being asked to have humility and a deep and abiding faith in the Lord and to move forward—trusting in him, refusing to be diverted from our course, either by the ways of the world or the praise of the world. I see that quality of readiness and devotion in our people today. There is so much yet to be done! let us, then, move forward; let us continue the journey with lengthened stride. The Lord will lead us along, and he will be in our midst and not forsake us." - Spencer W. Kimball, "Let Us Not Weary in Well Doing," Ensign (CR), May 1980, p.80

"Hidden knowledge is not unfindable. It is available to all who really search. Christ said, ' and ye shall find.' (
Matt. 7:7.) Spiritual knowledge is not available merely for the asking; even prayers are not enough. It takes persistence and dedication of one's life. The knowledge of things in secular life are of time and are limited; the knowledge of the infinite truths are of time an eternity." - Spencer W. Kimball, Conference Report, October 1968, Afternoon Meeting, p.129

"It is normal for children to try. They fall and get up numerous times before they can be certain of their footing. But adults, who have gone through these learning periods, must determine what they will do, then proceed to do it. To 'try' is weak. To 'do the best I can' is not strong. We must always do better than we can. This is true in every walk of life. We have a companion who has promised: 'Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.' (Matt. 7:7.) With the inspiration from the Lord we can rise higher than our individual powers, extend far beyond our own personal potential." - Spencer W. Kimball, "The Miracle of Forgiveness," p.163

"Wondering or skeptical people often ask, Why are there not the spiritual manifestations today, including healings, as in the days of the Prophet Joseph Smith and the days of the Savior?

"The answer is clear: There are infinitely more healings today than in any age, and they are just as wondrous. The religious history of the Savior's ministry and the period following is written in a few short chapters; as John said, 'There are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written.' (John 21:25.)

"As the history of the years was condensed, it would be expected that only the most spectacular of the healings would be chronicled, giving the impression that all miracles were spectacular ones and that all who asked were healed. Little mention is made of the possibly numerous times in Christ's and the later apostles' ministries when the blessings were not so outstanding, when a headache was stopped, when a recovery was greatly speeded up, or when agonies were relieved. Today the libraries would bulge their walls if all the miracles of our own time were recorded." - Spencer W. Kimball, "President Kimball Speaks Out," p.77-78

"On a number of occasions I have encouraged the Saints to keep personal journals and family records. I renew that admonition. We may think there is little of interest or importance in what we personally say or do—but it is remarkable how many of our families, as we pass on down the line, are interested in all that we do and all that we say. Each of us is important to those who are near and dear to us—and as our posterity read of our life's experiences, they, too, will come to know and love us. And in that glorious day when our families are together in the eternities, we will already be acquainted." - Spencer W. Kimball, "
We Need a Listening Ear," Ensign (CR), November 1979, p.4

"Another act in the greatest drama is being played. No theatrical stage has ever produced such acts of such engrossing interest and importance as have been the scenes of the history of the Church in these last days. The stage has changed from New York to Ohio to Missouri to Illinois to Utah. The conditions have altered and the people who have taken the parts are different people. Today another great leader is sustained. What a privilege for us who are here to be a part of such an important event! In this change in leadership of the Church, it is important that the quorums of the priesthood and the assembly of the Saints have an opportunity to express their gratitude, pledge their support and confidence, and reaffirm their covenants." - Spencer W. Kimball, "
We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet," Ensign (CR), January 1973, p.33

"No, revelation has not ceased and will not cease. This kingdom of God has been set up for the rest of time, never to be torn down nor given to another people. It is a continuous program and will grow instead of diminish. Its doctrines are well established, but because of growth and expansion, improved ways are afforded to teach the gospel all over the world. Additional servants are called to the increasing work for a bigger world. Revelation and other miracles will never cease unless faith ceases. Where there is adequate faith, these things will continue." - Spencer W. Kimball, "The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball," edited by Edward L. Kimball, p.448

Remember that there were no clouds in the sky, no evidence of rain, and no precedent for the deluge when Noah builded the ark according to commandment. There was no ram in the thicket when Isaac and his father left for Moriah for the sacrifice. Remember there were no towns and cities, no farms and gardens, no homes and storehouses, no blossoming desert in Utah when the persecuted pioneers crossed the plains. And remember that there were no heavenly beings in Palmyra, on the Susquehanna or on Cumorah when the soul-hungry Joseph slipped quietly into the Grove, knelt in prayer on the river bank, and climbed the slopes of the sacred hill.

"But know this: that undaunted faith can stop the mouths of lions, make ineffective the fiery flames, make dry corridors through beds of rivers and seas. Unwavering faith can protect against deluge, terminate drouths, heal the sick, and bring heavenly manifestations. Indomitable faith can help us live the commandments and thereby bring blessings unnumbered with peace, perfection, and exaltation in the kingdom of God. May this be our desire to develop this kind of faith and may we finally attain the blessings which such perfect faith can bring...." - Spencer W. Kimball, "Conference Report," October 1952, Second DayMorning Meeting, p.51

We preach and discuss the revelation known as the Word of Wisdom, and usually think of the temporal blessings that will come to us in increased health if we live in harmony with its teaching, that we might run and not be weary and walk and not faint, and the destroying angel should pass us by, but there is also a spiritual aspect which is more far-reaching and should stimulate us to high purpose. The promise I am thinking of is this:

"'And all saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments... shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures...' (Doc. & Cov. 89:18, 19.)

"What could be so priceless as wisdom and knowledge, even hidden treasures?" - Spencer W. Kimball, "Conference Report," October 1944, Afternoon Meeting, p.42

"Brothers and sisters and friends, if we will sue for peace, taking the initiative in settling differencesif we can forgive and forget with all our heartsif we can cleanse our own souls of sin, accusations, bitterness, and guilt before we cast a stone at othersif we forgive all real or fancied offenses before we ask forgiveness for our own sinsif we pay our own debts, large or small, before we press our debtorsif we manage to clear our own eyes of the blinding beams before we magnify the motes in the eyes of otherswhat a glorious world this would be! Divorce would be reduced to a minimum; courts would be freed from disgusting routines; family life would be heavenly; the building of the kingdom would go forward at an accelerated pace; and the peace which passeth understanding would bring to us all a joy and happiness which has hardly "entered into the heart of man.'"Spencer W. Kimball, "Conference Report," October 1949, Third DayMorning Meeting, p.133

"There is an urgency to engage more fully in the redeeming of our kindred dead through more frequent temple attendance. All those who possess temple recommends should use them as often as possible to engage in baptisms, endowments, and sealings for the dead. Other members of the Church should concern themselves seriously with preparations to qualify for temple recommends that they, too, might enjoy these eternal blessings and also act as saviors on Mount Zion. There is an ever-increasing burden of temple work to be done by the Saints, and we should rise to meet this challenge." - Spencer W. Kimball, "Hold Fast to the Iron Rod," Ensign (CR), November 1978, p.4

"It is sad to me to see in the congregations many people standing silent when they could be singing "their hearts out." I wonder constantly if they would sing happily today if for twelve years they could only move their lips through thousands of songs and could make no sound? I wonder if the silent ones can even imagine what it is like to be unable to join fellow singers in praise to their Lord in music?...

"If the conductor sings also, it will encourage the congregation and help them remember the words.... In every beat of the baton should be the pleading to the Saints of God: Sing. Sing. Sing from your hearts." - Spencer W. Kimball, "The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball," edited by Edward L. Kimball, p.518-519

"Could the thousands of our pioneers have voice this morning, I am sure that they would ask for no shrine, no monuments to their name, no words of praise, but this thing would they ask: that we, their posterity, should consecrate our lives, our fortunes, our energies, and ourselves to the work of the Lord, the cause for which they gave so much." - Spencer W. Kimball, "The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball," edited by Edward L. Kimball, p.156

"Peace, sweet peace, finally comes to all men when they humbly yield to the gentle pressures of the Spirit." - Spencer W. Kimball, "Conference Report," April 1955, Fourth Day-Morning Meeting, p.97

"'Having food and raiment let us be therewith content.'—Why another farm, another herd of sheep, another bunch of cattle, another ranch? Why another hotel, another cafe, another store, another shop? Why another plant, another office, another service, another business? Why another of anything if one has that already which provides the necessities and reasonable luxuries? Why continue to expand and increase holdings, especially when those increased responsibilities draw one's interests away from proper family and spiritual commitments, and from those things to which the Lord would have us give precedence in our lives? Why must we always be expanding to the point where our interests are divided and our attentions and thoughts are upon the things of the world? Certainly when one's temporal possessions become great, it is very difficult for one to give proper attention to the spiritual things.
" - Spencer W. Kimball, "Conference Report," October 1953, Second Day—Morning Meeting, p.54

"We pray for enlightenment, then go to with all our might and our books and our thoughts and righteousness to get the inspiration. We ask for judgment, then use all our powers to act wisely and develop wisdom. We pray for success in our work and then study hard and strive with all our might to help answer our prayers. When we pray for health we must live the laws of health and do all in our power to keep our bodies well and vigorous. We pray for protection and then take reasonable precaution to avoid danger. There must be works with faith." - "Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball," p.44

“Spencer Kimball was not a great storyteller or stand-up comedian, yet in spite of his serious responsibilities he preserved a comic sense of his own limitations and sometimes kept from sinking under a load of cares by being able to see something laughable in a difficult situation. There are unquestionably more important qualities by which to judge a person, but a warm, friendly sense of humor is by no means the least of virtues. Indeed, in the view of many it ranks well up on the list. And on this criterion, as well as others, Spencer Kimball is a man worth emulating.” – “Spencer W. Kimball: a Man of Good Humor” by Edward L. Kimball , BYU Studies, vol. 25 (1985), Number 4 - Fall 1985, p. 70

“It is not enough to acknowledge the Lord as supreme and refrain from worshiping idols; we should love the Lord with all our heart, might, mind, and strength, realizing the great joy he has in the righteousness of his children.” - Spencer W. Kimball, “Hold Fast to the Iron Rod,” Ensign (CR), November 1978, p. 4

“Righteousness brings discernment. How comforting it is to know that on judgment day we shall be treated fairly and justly and in the light of the total, true picture and the discernment of the Judge!

“A similar power of discernment and perception comes to men as they become perfect and the impediments which obstruct spiritual vision are dissolved.” – “The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball,” edited by Edward L. Kimball, p. 156

“Since the beginning there has been in the world a wide range of sins. Many of them involve harm to others, but every sin is against ourselves and God, for sins limit our progress, curtail our development, and estrange us from good people, good influences, and from our Lord.” – “The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball,” edited by Edward L. Kimball, p. 153

“In the Church a stewardship is a sacred spiritual or temporal trust for which there is accountability. Because all things belong to the Lord, we are stewards over our bodies, minds, families, and properties. (See D&C 104:11-15.) A faithful steward is one who exercises righteous dominion, cares for his own, and looks to the poor and needy. (See D&C 104:15-18.)” - Spencer W. Kimball, “Welfare Services: The Gospel in Action,” Ensign (CR), November 1977, p. 76

“Scripture study as individuals and as a family is most fundamental to learning the gospel. Daily reading of the scriptures and discussing them together has long been suggested as a powerful tool against ignorance and the temptations of Satan. This practice will produce great happiness and will help family members love the Lord and his goodness.” – “Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball,” p. 13

“Man can transform himself and he must. Man has in himself the seeds of godhood, which can germinate and grow and develop. As the acorn becomes the oak, the mortal man becomes a god. It is within his power to lift himself by his very bootstraps from the plane on which he finds himself to the plane on which he should be. It may be a long, hard lift with many obstacles, but it is a real possibility.” - Spencer W. Kimball, “The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball,” edited by Edward L. Kimball, p. 28

“I suppose if I have learned anything in life, it is that we are to keep moving, keep trying—as long as we breathe! If we do, we will be surprised at how much more can still be done.” - Spencer W. Kimball, "Do Not Weary by the Way,” Ensign (CR), November 1980, p. 76

“I have learned that where there is a prayerful heart, a hungering after righteousness, a forsaking of sins, and obedience to the commandments of God, the Lord pours out more and more light until one finally has power to pierce the heavenly veil and to know more than man knows. Such a person has a priceless promise that one day he will see the Lord's face and know that he is (see D&C 93:1).” – “The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball,” edited by Edward L. Kimball, p. 73

"In abandoning evil, transforming lives, changing personalities, molding characters or remolding them, we need the help of the Lord, and we may be assured of it if we do our part. The man who leans heavily upon his Lord becomes the master of self and can accomplish anything he sets out to do, whether it be to secure the brass plates, build a ship, overcome a habit, or conquer a deep-seated transgression." - "Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball," p. 45

"The Sabbath day is given throughout the generations of man for a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between the Lord and his children forever. It is a day in which to worship and to express our gratitude and appreciation to the Lord. It is a day on which to surrender every worldly interest and to praise the Lord humbly, for humility is the beginning of exaltation. It is a day not for affliction and burden but for rest and righteous enjoyment. It is a day not for lavish banqueting, but a day of simple meals and spiritual feasting; not a day of abstinence from food, except fast day, but a day when maid and mistress might be relieved from the preparation. It is a day graciously given us by our Heavenly Father. It is a day when animals may be turned out to graze and rest; when the plow may be stored in the barn and other machinery cooled down; a day when employer and employee, master and servant may be free from plowing, digging, toiling. It is a day when the office may be locked and business postponed, and troubles forgotten; a day when man may be temporarily released from that first injunction, 'In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground.' (Genesis 3:19.) It is a day when bodies may rest, minds relax, and spirits grow. It is a day when songs may be sung, prayers offered, sermons preached, and testimonies borne, and when man may climb high, almost annihilating time, space, and distance between himself and his Creator." - "The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball," edited by Edward L. Kimball, p. 215

"My brothers and sisters, there seems to be a general state of wickedness in the world in these perilous yet crucially momentous days. But in the midst of all the turmoil about us, we can have an inner peace. We are richly blessed and have so much to be thankful for. As I meditate upon these things, I remember the words of the Lord, 'For unto whomsoever much is given, of him much shall be required.' (Luke 12:48.) The Lord expects of us righteousness and obedience to His commandments in return for the bounties of life He has so richly bestowed upon us." - Spencer W. Kimball, "The Lord Expects Righteousness," Ensign (CR) October 1982

All too frequently, one who has done many splendid things in life and made an excellent contribution will let pride cause him to lose the rich reward to which he would be entitled otherwise. We should always wear the sackcloth and ashes of a forgiving heart and a contrite spirit, being willing always to exercise genuine humility, as did the publican [see Luke 18:9-14], and ask the Lord to help us to forgive. - "Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball," p.101

There are those today who say that man is the result of his environment and cannot rise above it. Those who justify mediocrity, failure, and even weakness and criminality are certainly misguided. Surely the environmental conditions found in childhood and youth are an influence of power. But the fact remains that every normal soul has its free agency and the power to row against the current and to lift himself to new planes of activity and thought and development, Man can transform himself. Man must transform himself. - Spencer W. Kimball, "The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball," edited by Edward L. Kimball, p.169

I remember as a youth walking with my mother up the dusty road to the bishop’s house in a day when we often paid tithing from our animals and produce. As we walked, I said, “Why do we take the eggs to the bishop?” She answered, “Because they are tithing eggs and the bishop receives the tithing for Heavenly Father.” My mother then recounted how each evening when the eggs were brought in, the first one went into a small basket and the next nine went into a large basket. I first learned the law of tithing from my beloved mother. - Spencer W. Kimball, "Will A Man Rob God?" New Era, March 2002

You live in a time of wars and revolutions. And yet, as President Brigham Young said, the world will be revolutionized by the preaching of the gospel and the power of the priesthood. And this work we are called to do. Women and men, our keeping the commandments is the most revolutionary development in the world, though it is often less noticed and less glamorous. Do not be discouraged, in the midst of the sweep of events of our time, if your life sometimes seems so small. Phillips Brooks observed, “Greatness, after all, in spite of its name, appears to be not so much a certain size as a certain quality in human lives.” - Spencer W. Kimball, "The Savior: The Center of Our Lives," New Era, April 1980

May I counsel you that when you select causes to devote your time and talents and treasure to, be careful to select good causes. There are so many of these causes to which you can give yourself fully and freely and which will produce much joy and happiness for you and for those you serve. There are other causes, from time to time, which may seem more fashionable and which may produce the applause of the world, but these are usually more selfish in nature. These latter causes tend to arise out of what the scriptures call “the commandments of men” rather than the commandments of God. Such causes have some virtues and some usefulness, but they are not as important as those causes which grow out of keeping the commandments of God. - Spencer W. Kimball, "President Kimball Speaks Out on Service to Others," New Era, March 1981

There seems to grow upon us a film of worldliness when we move away from the Lord. It might be like the film of grease spread over the body of the swimmer who would cross the English Channel. It fills the pores and covers the skin so there can be less penetration of the cold. It might be like the skin-diver’s rubber suit. But when we pierce the shell and penetrate the covering and humble ourselves with naked soul and sincere supplication and cleansed life, our prayers are answered. We can reach the point where Peter stood, and like him we may “be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

“But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.” (2 Pet. 1:4, 9.) - Spencer W. Kimball, "Prayer," Ensign, March 1978

First, service to others deepens and sweetens this life while we are preparing to live in a better world. It is by serving that we learn how to serve. When we are engaged in the service of our fellowmen, not only do our deeds assist them, but we put our own problems in a fresher perspective. When we concern ourselves more with others, there is less time to be concerned with ourselves! In the midst of the miracle of serving, there is the promise of Jesus that by losing our selves, we find ourselves!

Not only do we “find” ourselves in terms of acknowledging divine guidance in our lives, but the more we serve our fellowmen in appropriate ways, the more substance there is to our souls. Indeed, it is easier to “find” ourselves because there is so much more of us to find." - Spencer W. Kimball, "The Abundant Life," Liahona, June 1979

Prophets say the same things because we face basically the same problems. Brothers and sisters, the solutions to these problems have not changed. It would be a poor lighthouse that gave off a different signal to guide every ship entering a harbor. It would be a poor mountain guide who, knowing the safe route up a mountainside, took his trusting charges up unpredictable and perilous paths from which no traveler returns. - Spencer W. Kimball, "The Stone Cut Without Hands," Ensign (CR) May 1976

We celebrate the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ at this season of the year. How grateful we are that the baby Jesus was born. His birth and life and death were the greatest of all. He died a propitiation for our sins to open the way for our resurrection, to point the way to our perfection of life, to show the way to exaltation. He died purposefully, voluntarily. His birth was humble, his life was perfect, his example was compelling; his death opened doors, and man was offered every good gift and blessing. - Spencer W. Kimball, "Jesus of Nazareth," Ensign December 1984

But a warning is sounded for us. It behooves us to be alert and to listen and flee from the evil for our eternal lives. Without help we cannot stand against it. We must flee to high ground or cling fast to that which can keep us from being swept away. That to which we must cling for safety is the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is our protection from whatever force the evil one can muster. - Spencer W. Kimball, "Hold Fast to the Iron Rod," Ensign (CR) November 1978

Unless the way we live draws us closer to our Heavenly Father and to our fellowmen, there will be an enormous emptiness in our lives. It is frightening for me to see, for instance, how the life-style of so many today causes them to disengage from their families and their friends and their peers toward a heedless pursuit of pleasure or materialism. So often loyalty to family, to community, and to country is pushed aside in favor of other pursuits which are wrongly thought to be productive of happiness when, in fact, selfishness is so often the pursuit of questionable pleasure which passes so quickly. One of the differences between true joy and mere pleasure is that certain pleasures are realized only at the cost of someone else's pain. Joy, on the other hand, springs out of selflessness and service, and it benefits rather than hurts others. - "Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball," p.88

We have a hope in Christ here and now. He died for our sins. Because of Him and His gospel, our sins are washed away in the waters of baptism; sin and iniquity are burned out of our souls as though by fire; and we become clean, we have a clear conscience, and we gain that peace which passeth understanding. - Spencer W. Kimball, "The Lord Expects Righteousness," Ensign (CR) November 1982

As I have previously said, most members of the Church are aware of our intense interest in the missionary work in the Church and the appeals we have made in many lands for the rededication to preaching the gospel and preparing missionaries to carry the good news of the restoration to the people everywhere. I feel the same sense of urgency about temple work for the dead as I do about the missionary work for the living, since they are basically one and the same. I have told my brethren of the General Authorities that this work for the dead is constantly on my mind. - Spencer W. Kimball, "The True Way of Life and Salvation," Ensign (CR) May 1978

If you can think of the greatest real joys that have ever come to you in this life, then think of the next life as a projection of this one with all the purposeful things multiplied, enlarged, and even more desirable. All in these associations of our lives here have brought to you development and joy and growth and happiness. Now when life ends, we shall return to a situation patterned after our life here, only less limited, more glorious, more increased joys. - Spencer W. Kimball, "The Cause Is Just and Worthy," Ensign (CR) May 1974

Let us “be of good cheer” (D&C 78:18), for the Lord will, as he has promised, lead us along and show us the way. He will help us as we decide from day to day on the allocation of our time and talent. We will move faster if we hurry less. We will make more real progress if we focus on the fundamentals. We will even come to know more as we serve more, for as we learn to bear more we are made ready to hear more (see John 16:12 and Mark 4:33). - Spencer W. Kimball, “Let Us Move Forward and Upward,” Ensign (CR) May 1979

There are those who would assume that with the printing and binding of these sacred records, that would be the “end of the prophets.” But again we testify to the world that revelation continues and that the vaults and files of the Church contain these revelations which come month to month and day to day. We testify also that there is, since 1830 when The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized, and will continue to be, so long as time shall last, a prophet, recognized of God and his people, who will continue to interpret the mind and will of the Lord. - Spencer W. Kimball, “Revelation: The Word of the Lord to His Prophets,” Ensign (CR) May 1977

The Church and its agencies and institutions constitute a little island in a great ocean. If we cannot hold the line and keep the floods of error and sin from entangling us and engulfing us, there is little hope for the world. Tidal waves of corruption, evil, deceit, and dishonor are pounding our shores constantly. Unless we can build breakwaters and solid walls to hold them back, the sea will engulf us and destroy us also. - Spencer W. Kimball, "The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball," edited by Edward L. Kimball, p. 438

Even so, brethren and sisters, modern communications have a way of bringing the world into our homes, and we must not lose our perspective, even if others are confused. If we hear discouraging reports and are sobered by events in the world, let us not become fainthearted—“Do not weary by the way.” The Lord’s program will succeed even if some individuals in the Church fail. We will see the constant progress of the Lord’s work, even in the midst of problems in the world. It will roll forth until it fills the whole earth. He has given us his assurances so many, many times. He has told us that if we will keep his commandments he is bound to keep his promises to us. He does! He will! - Spencer W. Kimball, “Do Not Weary by the Way,” Ensign (CR) October 1980

Waste is unjustified, and especially the waste of time-limited as that commodity is in our days of probation. One must live, not only exist; he must do, not merely be; he must grow, not just vegetate. - "The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball," edited by Edward L. Kimball, p. 359

Have you seen a real mirage in the distance with lakes and trees and dwellings and castles and water, but as the thirsty traveler moves on and on and on through it, he finds it but an illusion, and when he has gone too far to return he stumbles choking in the desert deception. That is like life—wealth and pride, wit and physical charm, popularity and flattery are the shadows of the nothingness that can bring us only disappointment and frustration. - "The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball," edited by Edward L. Kimball, p. 153

How this confused world of today needs revelation from God. With war and pestilence and famine, with poverty, desolation, with more and more graft, dishonesty, and immorality, certainly the people of this world need revelation from God as never before. How absurd it would be to think that the Lord would give to a small handful of people in Palestine and the Old World his precious direction through revelation and now, in our extremity, close the heavens. - Spencer W. Kimball, "Revelation: The Word of the Lord to His Prophets," Ensign (CR), May 1977, p.76

We have paused on some plateaus long enough. Let us resume our journey forward and upward. Let us quietly put an end to our reluctance to reach out to others—whether in our own families, wards, or neighborhoods. We have been diverted, at times, from fundamentals on which we must now focus in order to move forward as a person or as a people. - Spencer W. Kimball, "Let Us Move Forward and Upward," Ensign (CR), May 1979, p.82

As local Church leaders cautiously conserve the time that families can spend together, we say to both parents and children, "Come back home." Parents should spend less time in clubs, bowling alleys, banquets, and social gatherings, and more time with their children. Young men and women must balance their involvement in school and other social activities with supportive participation in family activities and appropriate time in the home. - Spencer W. Kimball, "Living the Gospel in the Home," Ensign (CR), May 1978, p.100

The Lord bless you, my dear brethren and sisters. I hope that you will go forward now with a new spring in your walk and that you may be able to carry forward the things that you have planned all your life to do. I hope that you will do them well and do them better than they have ever been done before. And I hope that you will give to the numerous people who need the Lord's blessings that which they need so much: the assurance that the Gospel is here, that the Lord is God, that Jesus Christ is the Redeemer, and that we can depend on him totally in our work. - Spencer W. Kimball, "Do Not Weary by the Way," Ensign (CR), November 1980, p.76

We have been entrusted with a special message for all the world. We must ever be conscious of that trust and ever be on the alert. There is a tide to be taken now in the affairs of the Church in all the earth which will lift us up and carry us forward as never before. Let us then not weary in well doing. – Spencer W. Kimball, “Let Us Not Weary in Well Doing,” Ensign (CR) May 1980

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