The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Joseph L. Wirthlin

"Traveling over the country as I do, I recall an experience I had not too long ago when I went into a certain hotel. A group of men sat down around a table. They were business men. The first individual made a statement. What did he do first? He took the name of the Lord in vain. The individual there who answered his question and gave him the information he wanted, what did he do? He took the name of the Lord in vain, too. But in the Church of Jesus Christ, brethren and sisters, we never use the name of the Lord unless we are going to talk to Him, and in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ. That is the only time we use those two names." - Joseph L. Wirthlin, "The Kingdom of God is Righteousness," "BYU Speeches of the Year," 1960, p. 6


"The Savior here laid down the mandate of baptism that applies to every son and daughter of the Lord that is born in the flesh, that if they expect entrance into the kingdom of our Heavenly Father they must be born of the water, or baptized of the water, born of the spirit or baptized of the spirit. This declaration was so important that the Savior himself submitted to the ordinance of baptism." - Joseph L. Wirthlin, "Conference Report," April 1945, Second Day-Morning Meeting p. 68

"The very spiritual, mental, physical makeup of man fits him for work and the acquirement of godly power there through. Think, if you will, of all God's creations, there are none comparable to man spiritually, mentally, or physically. In the mind of man, the plan is formulated, and physical instruments, such as the hand, bring into actual existence the plan of the mind. There is nothing comparable to the hand as a useful tool. The things that can be done and accomplished by the hand are innumerable. The most delicate mechanical instruments, such as the electric eye, the radio, radar, all forms of transportation and buildings, are the creations, first, of the mind, influenced by the spirit of inspiration, and, secondly, the hand of man—man, the son of the Eternal Creator." - Joseph L. Wirthlin, "Conference Report," October 1944, Afternoon Meeting, p.37

"Brethren, you have the great honor, yes, the great responsibility of feeding the sheep of the Lord Jesus Christ. If I were to ask you. 'Do you love Jesus Christ?' with one accord I am sure you would respond in the affirmative, and in response to such, I feel sure the words of the Christ would come down through the centuries, declaring again, 'Feed my sheep; feed my lambs.'" - Joseph L. Wirthlin, "Conference Report," October 1945, Afternoon Meeting, p.107

“The Savior at no time during his ministry or in the restoration of the gospel ever promulgated the doctrine that man can be saved on the basis of belief. Rather, he made it very clear and implicit in the following statement:

“Not every one that saith unto me Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. (Matt. 7:21.)” - Joseph L. Wirthlin, “Conference Report,” October 1951, Afternoon Meeting, p. 35

We should teach our children that prayer is a privilege and not a duty. We should teach them to pray from their hearts and not from their lips and not to pray by rote. We should teach them to utter prayers of gratitude to God for all the blessings that we enjoy-prayers of generosity, not thinking so much about the things we want or need, but praying for those who are in distress. Prayers need not be long; they should be rather short and to the point and well thought out. - Elder Joseph L. Wirthlin, “Conference Report,” April 1949, Afternoon Meeting, p.160

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