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"'Cursed is the ground for thy sake' was the Divine fiat to the first man. In contrast, note the assurance given to Israel that by faithfulness the seasons should be made propitious, that nurturing rains should come, bringing such harvests that the people would lack room to store their products. (See Malachi 3:8-12)." -- James E. Talmage, "General Conference Reports," April 1924, p. 50

"As long as the people faithfully complied with the law of the tithe they prospered; and when they failed the land was no longer sanctified to their good. Hezekiah (2 Chron. 31: 5-10) and Nehemiah (Neh. 13:10-13) reproved the people for their negligence in the matter and awakened them to the jeopardy that threatened; and, later, Malachi voiced the Word of Jehovah in stern rebuke, forceful admonition, and encouraging promise, relative to the payment of the Lord's tenth..." -- James E. Talmage, "The Vitality of Mormonism," [Boston: The Gorham Press, 1919], p. 206

"The Lord deals with individuals; and salvation is an individual affair; but, nevertheless, he deals also with nations. for he is the God of nations, which are set up or put down, are preserved or destroyed, according to their fitness; and all this is done in the Lord's due time and way. 'Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,' sang the psalmist. 'Righteousness exalteth a nation; but sin is a reproach to any people,' declared the author of the book of Proverbs." - James E. Talmage, "Conference Report," October 1923, p. 52

"I sometimes think we pay a little undue attention to technicalities, and to questions that cannot be fully answered with respect to the Book of Mormon. It matters not to me just where this city or that camp was located. I have met a few of our Book of Mormon students who claim to be able to put a finger upon the map and indicate every land and city mentioned in the Book of Mormon. The fact is, the Book of Mormon does not give us precise and definite information whereby we can locate those places with certainty. I encourage and recommend all possible investigation, comparison and research in this matter. The more thinkers, investigators, workers we have in the field the better; but our brethren who devote themselves to that kind of research should remember that they must speak with caution and not declare as demonstrated truths points that are not really proved. There is enough truth in the Book of Mormon to occupy you and me for the rest of our lives, without our giving too much time and attention to these datable matters." - James E. Talmage, "Conference Report," April 1929, Afternoon Meeting p. 44

“The idols that man makes and which he sets up and worships are the workmanship of his hands or mind. The God of our spirits, verily the Father of our spirits, is no God of man's creation. He created us, and calls upon us to worship him and to obey his commandments. Israel was a peculiar people of old, and has remained a peculiar people both in the gathered and in the scattered condition, and that was one of the signs by which they were distinguished from their heathen, pagan, idolatrous contemporaries, and by which they are distinguished from their heathen, pagan, idolatrous contemporaries today. For, mark you, idolatry never was more rife, and paganism was never more widespread than in this very year of our Lord, 1923. Men may not now put their golden idols or their images of silver, or brass, or iron, or wood, or stone, always up upon pedestals, and physically kneel down before them and worship them. Gold need not always be cast in the form of a calf after the pattern of Apis to be verily the god of man.” - James E. Talmage, “Conference Report,” April 1923, Closing Session, p. 141

Not until the gospel was restored in the 19th century, with its ancient powers and privileges, was the holy priesthood manifest again among men. And be it remembered that the authority to speak and act in the name of God is essential to a temple, and a temple is void without the sacred authority of the holy priesthood. Through Joseph Smith, the gospel of old was restored to earth, and the ancient law was reestablished. In course of time, through the ministry of the Prophet, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized and established by manifestations of divine power. - James E. Talmage, "A History of Temples," Ensign, October 2010

The faith that God is concerned with the affairs of men has been a source of comfort and strength to the generations of mankind. It has assured puny man, infinitely small as he appears in the midst of universal vastness, that he is under the watch-care of his Heavenly Father. This faith has inspired him to mighty works, and has given him courage to meet the diverse issues of life. Without this faith, man could live only a faltering, doubting life. With it, certainty and gladness enter the heart, as in the words of David, "He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters." - James Talmage, "An Understandable Religion," p. 42

This Church was not formed on man’s initiative, it was not called into being because of some brilliant leader who stepped forward with a new plan; and therefore we cannot, we have not the power nor the authority, to make any kind of affiliation with any other church; and let me say with equal earnestness, no other denomination, no church, no sect can ever affiliate as such with this, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There have been overtures made by some religious bodies to find out the terms under which they probably could come in with us; and the answer has been: Come in as every member of this Church has come in—through … the door of baptism, that ye may receive the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands. - James Talmage, Conference Report, April 1920, page 104

The impress of great truths, caught ofttimes by a momentary flash of heavenly light, are held in store within the hidden recesses of the mind, forgotten, perhaps, for years. Then at a moment of crucial test or painful trial, in the time of distress and affliction, the active reagent compounded in the laboratory of memory and sensitized by the elixir of inspiration is applied, and the picture of the past is brought to light, attesting the truth in a way that none may gainsay or deny. - James E. Talmage, "The Parables of James E. Talmage," p. 17

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