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"Mothers, let me beg of you to bestow all the care and training that you possibly can upon your daughters. Make them as perfect as you can; give them every facility within your power to become women of culture. And, fathers, do the same by your boys. If there is a man in your settlement who excels in any one thing, let him teach the rest. If there be among you a good penman, let him teach others this beautiful art. And if there is a woman that excels in anything, let the girls be taught in that one thing until they shall equal or surpass her. If there is a man among you who is accustomed to society, let him impart lessons to the boys, and let them imitate him. This is one thing that devolves upon us, as Latter-day Saints." — George Q. Cannon, "Journal of Discourses," 22:283

"Men may fail us, as they do. I often think of the Scripture which says, 'Cursed is he that putteth his trust in man, or maketh flesh his arm.' The best of men will fail us. They are fallible beings, full of frailties and short-comings; and they are not to be trusted with our salvation. But our God can be trusted to the very uttermost. No matter how serious the trial, how deep the distress, how great the affliction, He will never desert us. He never has, and He never will. He cannot do it. It is not His character. He is an unchangeable being; the same yesterday, the same today, and He will be the same throughout the eternal ages to come. We have found that God. We have made Him our friend, by obeying His Gospel; and He will stand by us. We may pass through the fiery furnace; we may pass through deep waters; but we shall not be consumed nor overwhelmed. We shall emerge from all these trials and difficulties the better and purer for them, if we only trust in our God and keep His commandments." — George Q. Cannon, 1 March 1891, "Collected Discourses, 5 vols.", Stuy, Brian H., ed. [Burbank, California, and Woodland Hills, Utah: B.H.S. Publishing]

"We may mark out paths for traveling, but the Lord directs our ways, and we cannot walk safely without. We may have our ideas as to how this work is going to be built up and established, but the Lord will show us, as has been quoted... that 'As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are God's ways higher than man's ways.' We would never have reached these valleys had not the Lord guided us; and we can look back and see how wonderfully His promises have been fulfilled in our behalf. Scarcely a step could have been taken of our own choice if we had not been upheld by God and had He not sustained us in all our doings. So it will be to the end, and we will be obliged to confess that his wisdom has done it all." — George Q. Cannon, "Collected Discourses, Volume 2," 6 April 1891

"There were two duties imposed upon us in early days; one was to seek to gather out the honest, to do all in our power to gather out the people who loved and received the Gospel, and to be diligent in our labors doing all in our power to find them. We were sent out as fishers, we were sent out as hunters, we were sent everywhere carrying this Gospel, seeking out the Israel of God scattered among the Gentiles. This was one duty. Then there was another duty, to warn the people, to warn all men in the most solemn manner that the hour of God's judgment was near at hand, to declare to the inhabitants of the earth that the approach of our Lord was near, that the Lord Jesus Christ was about to descend from heaven, and that vengeance and anger and judgment were about to be poured out upon the nations of the earth." — George Q. Cannon, "Collected Discourses, Volume 2," 12 January 1890

"The only principle upon which position should be sought and held by the servants of God is that they might thereby be more useful—that the field of their usefulness might be enlarged. No man should seek to hold a position to gratify a vain ambition to excel. And whatever the position that may be assigned him, he should therewith be content. If an Elder's happiness be affected by the prominence or obscurity of his station, it is an evidence that he is dependent upon something beside the Spirit of God for happiness; if he be appointed to labor in a humble position by those who have the authority and he strives to fill that appointment honorably, he will be happy—his happiness will be perfect; his joy will be full; should his station be ever so exalted, he could be no more than this...." - George Q. Cannon, "Gospel Truth: Discourses and Writings of President George Q. Cannon," selected, arranged, and edited by Jerreld L. Newquist, p.181

"As a people we need to live so as to have the word of God given to us.  To be fed upon anything else but this would be a great disappointment and would leave us hungry and in a destitute condition.  The life of a Latter-day Saint is such that he has need to be in close communion with his God; and the religion that we profess is one which imparts to the human soul at the very time that it is required the consolation, the strength, and the necessary gifts and powers to enable that soul to contend with and overcome all the evils that may lie in his pathway." - George Q. Cannon, "Living Our Religion," Remarks made in the Tabernacle, Salt Lake City, Sunday afternoon, May 26, 1889

"There is one sign which always accompanies the people of God, and when that is absent we cease to be the people of Godunion. Whenever the Latter-day Saints become divided they cease to be the children of God. Whenever you see clashing, division, and strife, and Saint arrayed against Saint, section against section, locality against locality, you may be sure that those who have that spirit and manifest that feeling are not of God. I care not what their professions may be or what their position in the Church may be. I care not what their experience may be if there be this spirit and feeling among us, depend upon it that something is very wrong and there is room for radical change, or the spirit, blessing, and power of God will be withdrawn from us, and His anger will be kindled against us." - George Q. Cannon, July 14, 1889, "Collected Discourses," Brian H. Stuy, ed., Volume 1

“But moral courage is a quality of a different character. It requires moral courage to be a Latter-day Saint. It requires moral courage to do the right thing and say the right word when it is unpopular to do so. No man can be a truly great man who does not possess this quality. A man possessed of moral courage never shrinks from telling the truth. Such a man is never a liar or a deceiver or a hypocrite; he is never untrue to his principles. To use one of the phrases now common in our day, such a man has the courage of his convictions. A man or woman possessed of true moral courage always excites admiration and compels respect. Moral cowards especially respect such persons, for the reason that it is natural for mankind to admire the good in others that is lacking in their own characters. (Nov. 15, 1882, JI 17:344)” - George Q. Cannon, “Gospel Truth: Discourses and Writings of President George Q. Cannon,” selected, arranged, and edited by Jerreld L. Newquist, p. 450

“To enjoy the sweet, mankind must know something about the bitter. They must have the opportunity of exercising their faculties and testing their powers. Unless they were exposed to temptation they never could know themselves, their own powers, their own weaknesses nor the power of God. If Satan had no power to tempt mankind, they would be in a state where they could neither know good nor evil; they could not know happiness nor misery. All their powers would lie dormant, for there would be nothing to arouse them. They would be destitute of that experience which prepares men to become like God, their Eternal Father.” - George Q. Cannon, “Gospel Truth: Discourses and Writings of President George Q. Cannon,” selected, arranged, and edited by Jerreld L. Newquist, p. 109

"Your children may err, and do things that are sinful and are painful and sorrowful to you.  But cling to them.  Pray for them.  Exercise faith in their behalf.  Treat them with kindness; not, however, condoning their sins and their transgressions.  But be full of charity, full of long-suffering, full of patience, and full of mercy to your children.  Don't drive them away by your severity, or by being too strict.  But be kind and merciful to them, correcting their faults when they need correcting, at the same time showing them that your corrections are not prompted by anything but love for them and for their happiness." - George Q. Cannon, General Conference, 6 April 1891

"There is a means by which we can measure our progress to meet [the Second Coming]. If the breach is daily widening between ourselves and the world, as it is between the community of the Saints and the world, then we may be assured that our progress is certain, however slow. On the opposite hand, if our feelings and affections, our appetites and desires, are in unison with the world around us and freely fraternize with them, if our faith and our actions are cold and barren of good fruit, we should do well to examine ourselves. (Oct. 5, 1861, MS 23:645-46)." - George Q. Cannon, "Gospel Truth: Discourses and Writings of President George Q. Cannon," selected, arranged, and edited by Jerreld L. Newquist, p. 51

"This should be our aim as a people and as individuals, every day living so near to God that we shall have more of His Spirit and power, and more of the gifts and endowments of the holy Gospel of the Son of God. If we take and continue in this course we shall feel and understand that we are progressing in the knowledge of God and in the comprehension of truth. And let me tell you, my brethren and sisters, if we thus live, when counsel is given, no matter what it may be, or what principle it may refer to, it will be plain and simple, and as clear unto our minds as the light we now see; and our understandings will be enlightened by it and we shall see beauty in it." - George Q. Cannon, "Journal of Discourses," 26 vols., 13:374

It requires the utmost care upon the part of the people who have received the Spirit of the Lord by the laying on of hands to distinguish between the voice of that Spirit and the voice of their own hearts or other spirits which may take possession of them. Experience and watchfulness will enable the Saint to recognize the voice of the Holy Spirit. - George Q. Cannon, "Gospel Truth: Discourses and Writings of President George Q. Cannon," selected, arranged, and edited by Jerreld L. Newquist, p.144

Man may deride and say there is no God, and say that it is all humbug. But I know for myself that God lives. I know that when I pray to him he hears and answers my prayers. If I pray to him in secret and he rewards and gives me the desires of my heart, supposing all the rest of the world should say that God does not live, does that alter my position, or detract from any of the blessings I enjoy? Not in the least. It does not interfere with them. It is my right to believe there is a God, and if another man chooses to believe there is not then that is his business. Shall I quarrel with a man because I think my religion is better than his? Not at all. If my religion is better than his, why I will show it in my life and not descend to ridicule and violence. - George Q. Cannon, "Journal of Discourses," 26 vols., 20:341

It is a great mistake to suppose that the man who goes off riding on Sunday obtains more rest than the man who goes to meeting. There is a refreshing influence connected with the Spirit of the Lord that brings health and strength and ease to those who receive it, and time spent in meeting, listening to the word of God and partaking of the sacrament is well spent, and both body and spirit are refreshed. Men and women who thus observe the Sabbath day are prepared on Monday morning, with invigorated bodies, enlightened and comforted minds, to enter upon the serious labors of the week and to perform them with ease and pleasure. While in meeting and under the influence of the Spirit of the Lord troubles and perplexities are cast away, burdens are lifted, anxieties are removed and peace and joy fill the soul. - "Gospel Truth: Discourses and Writings of President George Q. Cannon," selected, arranged, and edited by Jerreld L. Newquist, p.393

The gifts that pertain to the gospel of Jesus Christ can only be obtained by obedience to the truth; and can only be retained by a faithful adherence to the commandments of God; and in order that these may be multiplied upon the people, they must be appreciated by those upon whom they are bestowed. When our hearts are filled with thanksgiving, gratitude, and praise to God, we are in a fit condition to receive additional blessings, and to have more of the outpouring of His Holy Spirit. When we see the deliverances that He vouchsafes to us, and appreciate those deliverances, we are in a fit condition to receive additional strength, power, and salvation, because we acknowledge His hand in all the blessings we receive, and in all the circumstances which surround us. - George Q. Cannon, "Journal of Discourses," 26 vols., 11:331

Besides this, we have the Book of Mormon—a record translated and published before the Church itself was organized—in which all these scenes that we are now passing through are described with wonderful minuteness and accuracy.  The opposition that we now have to contend with, and the character of that opposition, are foretold in that book with exceeding great plainness.  And the prophets of God have written these things in such simple language that a child can read and understand them. - George Q. Cannon, "Future of the Kingdom," Weber Stake Conference, Sunday Morning, July 21, 1889

We may think and feel that we are surrounded by difficulties, that we are enveloped by obstacles, and that our future prospects are most discouraging.  But, says the Lord, "Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee."  He does remember Zion, and the promises he has made to Zion will be fulfilled, and there is no power on earth nor in hell that can prevent their fulfillment. - Brian H. Stuy, ed., “Collected Discourses,” 5 vols., George Q. Cannon, January 12, 1890

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