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"While we honor and revere Joseph Smith as the Prophet of the Restoration and seek to emulate his qualities of character, we adore and worship the Savior. That adoration is shown at each sacrament service when we covenant to take upon us the name of Jesus Christ, to always remember him, and to keep the commandments which he has given to us, that we may always have his Spirit to be with us. (See Moro. 4:3.)

"The supernal status of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and the preeminent place which he occupies in the eternal scheme of things cause us to stand in awe at what has been called the condescension of Christ, meaning his willingness to step down from his exalted place and to go forth, as the scripture says, 'suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind;... that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities,... that he might blot out their transgressions according to the power of his deliverance.' (Alma 7:11–13.)" - Francis M. Gibbons, "The Savior and Joseph Smith—Alike Yet Unlike," Ensign, May 1991, 33

"Obviously, secret prayer is necessary in many cases where it is awkward or infeasible to pray vocally. So, if we are in a social or a business setting and need comfort or direction, a resort to secret prayer is often our only alternative.

"But a more significant reason for praying secretly is found in the Doctrine and Covenants, section 6, where it is written, 'Yea, I tell thee, that thou mayest know that there is none else save God that knowest thy thoughts and the intents of thy heart.' (D&C 6:16.)

"Other scriptures broaden this concept to include not only God, but those whom God inspires. So Zeezrom, the crafty lawyer who was taught by Alma and Amulek, became convinced 'that they knew the thoughts and intents of his heart; for power was given unto them that they might know of these things according to the spirit of prophecy.' (Alma 12:7.)

"It is clear, then, that Satan and his followers, who have been cast out of God's presence and are dead to His Spirit, are excluded from those who, by the spirit of prophecy and revelation, may know the thoughts and the intents of our hearts. So, in his wisdom and mercy, God has provided a channel of communication between him and his children on earth that Satan, our common enemy, cannot invade. This is the channel of secret prayer. The significance of this to the Latter-day Saint is profound, for by this means we are able to communicate with our Heavenly Father in secrecy, confident that the adversary cannot intrude." - Francis M. Gibbons, "The Dual Aspects of Prayer," Ensign (CR), November 1991, p.78

As one final word I would say that I came to the position of secretary to the First Presidency sixteen years ago with a full knowledge of the significance of the Church and of the status of its leaders. I have seen nothing in those intervening years that would cause me to question in any respect the doctrines of the Church, the practices of the Church, or most assuredly the integrity of those who head it. I am their witness. I testify that they are honorable, upright, dedicated men of integrity committed to teaching the principles of the gospel, who strive with all of their might to prepare a people ready for the return of the head of the Church, Jesus Christ, at his second coming. - Frances M. Gibbons, "Sixteen Years as a Witness," Ensign (CR) April 1986

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