The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - LeGrand Richards

"Then I think, as I read those Articles of Faith written by the Prophet Joseph Smith (and there are many other important doctrines that he didn't list), how could anybody read those articles and then not believe that we have the truth? No other church in the world has such a foundation to build upon." — LeGrand Richards, "Laying A Foundation For The Millennium," General Conference, October 1971

"Could any historian be expected to describe this event any more clearly than to say that the Lord and Moses talked with each other 'face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend'? Does anyone need to be told how a man speaks to his friend? The Father and the Son spoke with Joseph Smith 'face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend.' There is only one thing that made this possible, and that is the fact that God did create man in his own image and likeness. Could any other image or likeness have been half so wonderful?" — LeGrand Richards, "A Marvelous Work and a Wonder" [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1950], p. 16

"Is there any amount of wealth in this world that could take the place of that positive assurance that Job had in his heart, as a friend of God, through the testimony of the Holy Ghost, that though his body should be destroyed yet in his flesh should he see God—whom he should see for himself?" — LeGrand Richards, "Conference Report," October 1948, p. 42

"Could you imagine living upon the earth when the God of Heaven fulfills that promise made by the Prophet Isaiah and not wanting to know what that 'marvelous work and a wonder' is all about? No boy or girl or man or woman in this world, if they understood fully what God has done in restoring His truth to the earth in our day, could call it anything but 'a marvelous work and a wonder.' When the God of Heaven says that it will be a 'marvelous work and a wonder' in His eyes, then what ought it to be to those of us who are privileged to be partakers of it? Then he said, 'For the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.' Can any man account for what the Lord has done in restoring His truth here in our day?" — LeGrand Richards, "BYU Speeches of the Year," 10 February 1960, p. 6

"The Lord promised he would take the record of Joseph that was in the hands of Ephraim and put it with the record of Judah and make them one in his hands. (See Ezek. 37:16-17.) Can't we believe that God would do that which he said he would do? If the Book of Mormon isn't that record, where is it?" - LeGrand Richards, "General Conference Reports," October 1970, p. 61

"Why should we have a prophet? And then I think of the passage Brother Petersen quoted yesterday, where the Lord said through the prophet Amos, 'Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.' (Amos 3:7.) What does that mean? It means that no honest person believing in the holy scriptures could look to find God's eternal truth upon the earth without a prophet at its head, because we have no record that he has ever had a church or a movement without a prophet." - LeGrand Richards, "General Conference Reports," April 1970, p. 108

"Just think of the consequences if the hearts of the fathers are not turned to their children and the hearts of the children turned to the fathers, and no one in this world outside of this Church can tell you the true meaning of those words, nor would we be able to do so except for the fact that Elijah did come and appeared to the Prophet Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery in the Kirtland Temple, and he revealed these great truths to them. That accounts for our building these holy temples all over the world, so that with the power of the priesthood of God that has been restored in our day, men and women can be sealed together for time and for all eternity and know that their children shall be born under the new and everlasting covenant and shall be theirs throughout the countless ages of eternity." - LeGrand Richards, "General Conference Reports," October 1962, p. 109

"The Book of Mormon tells us that when Lehi was in the desert, he told his son Joseph that the Lord had promised Joseph who was sold into Egypt that he would raise up a prophet in the latter days from his loins like unto Moses; that his name would be Joseph, his father's name would be Joseph, and that he should bring forth his word. (See 2 Ne. 3:6, 9, 15.) That obviously was the Prophet Joseph Smith. He brought us the Book of Mormon. He brought us the Doctrine and Covenants. He brought us the Pearl of Great Price and many other writings. Then the Lord said: '...unto him will I give power to bring forth my word... and not to the bringing forth my word only,... but to the convincing them of my word, which shall have already gone forth among them.' (2 Ne. 3:11.) In other words, he would bring them to a true understanding of the Bible." - LeGrand Richards, "He Has Sent His Messenger to Prepare the Way," Ensign, July 1973, p. 78

"I take it he [Jesus, referring to Matt. 6:24] understood that in the lives of most men the time would come when they might have to make a choice as to whether or not they should choose God or mammon, and it is my conviction and my testimony that when we make the choice, if we choose to serve the Lord, it is just like forming a partnership with him. He will be on our side, he will see us through; and I wonder sometimes if we really sacrifice when we choose to serve the Lord, rather than to serve mammon, and make the necessary effort and contributions required to show our faith in him." - LeGrand Richards, "Conference Report," October 1948, Afternoon Meeting, p. 41

"Then the apostle Paul told us that the Lord had placed in His church apostles and prophets, pastors and teachers, and evangelists for the work of the ministry (that is the great missionary program), for the edifying of the body of Christ (that's the teaching in our auxiliaries and home teaching and priesthood teaching and so forth), for the perfecting of the saints (that comes through the service that they render), 'till we all come in the unity of the faith.' (See Eph. 4:11-13.)" - LeGrand Richards, "The Things of God and Man," Ensign, November 1977, p. 23

"Today I thought I would like to say a few words about the kind of a foundation we have for our faith, and what we live for, and what our aims and our ambitions really are. I think of the time the beautiful temple here on this block was erected, over a hundred years ago. When the foundation was being laid, we are told that it was sixteen feet wide, and at one time President Brigham Young came and saw the workmen throwing in chipped granite. He made them take it out and put in those great granite blocks with this explanation: "We are building this temple to stand through the millennium." Isn't that a good thought? Each one of us ought to want to build our lives and help our families to build their lives so that we can stand through the millennium." - LeGrand Richards, "Laying a Foundation for the Millennium," Ensign, Dec. 1971, p. 81

Topic: The Power of the Holy Ghost

"I think one of the most positive and powerful demonstrations of what this Holy Spirit, the Comforter, can do for a man, as we find recorded in Holy Writ, is the experience of the great apostle Peter. You remember just prior to the Savior's crucifixion Peter said, 'Though all the world forsake thee, I will not forsake thee.' (See
Matt. 26: 33.) And you recall the Savior said that before the cock would crow that he would deny him thrice. But after he had tarried at Jerusalem, according to the command of the Savior, and he had received the Holy Ghost, we have a different Peter. when he was commanded that he should no more preach Christ and him crucified in the streets of Jerusalem, his answer was, 'We ought to obey God rather than men.' (Acts 5:29.)

"If the Lord had not placed in his Church of today his Holy Spirit, we would not be the Church that we are; we could not have accomplished what we have accomplished; the Saints could not have endured all the privations, hardships, and persecutions through which they have passed; neither could we carry on the great missionary program of the Church as we are doing, because the Lord has breathed into his work the breath of life, and our people are willing to make every sacrifice at the call of the Church in order to prove their love of the Lord and their desire to build his kingdom and to share the truth with their fellowmen." - LeGrand Richards, "Conference Report," April 1966, Third Day, Morning Meeting, p.112

"The Lord has not left any without some gift and as you look about you, you will find that where one is strong in one way he may be weak in another. The Lord never did give all His gifts to any one individual. Even in the great work the Prophet Joseph accomplished, the Lord told him that his gifts were limited in some respects. You remember how Alma of old said he would that he had the voice of an angel, that he might cry repentance to all the world, but the Lord did not grant his desire, even though he was a prophet. Paul carried a thorn in his flesh all his days, but the Lord did not see fit to remove it; and the Book of Mormon says thereto are we given weaknesses that we might remain humble. Is there one among you who does not feel his weakness and would that he had greater power than he possesses for achievement in this great and mighty latter-day work? And yet you have to satisfy yourselves to do the things that are within your own reach and with the gifts that the Lord has seen fit to bestow upon you. But remember, 'The manifestation of the spirit is given to every man to profit withal'—that is why the Lord gave the parable of the talents. To one He gave five talents; to another, two; and to another, one. And remember the Lord will return and expect an accounting according to the talents given." - LeGrand Richards, "Conference Report," April 1943, Second DayMorning Meeting, p.48

"When we look at a building, we realize that it did not come into existence without purpose. Every building was planned and erected for a special reason. Likewise, when we look upon this beautiful earth upon which we are privileged to live, we realize that it did not come into existence without purpose." - Legrand Richards, "A Marvelous Work and a Wonder," p.292

“I believe, my brothers and sisters, that our greatest danger as a people is from within, and I would like to believe that the Latter-day Saints believe in the leaders of this great Church to the point that they are willing to accept their counsel and advice. I think sometimes we almost bind them so that when they have the inspiration of Almighty God and would like to speak to us they hesitate for fear some of us will feel that they are interfering with political affairs. If I had my way I would welcome the day, come it as soon as God may grant, when these men with whom I am associated so intimately and whose very intimate thoughts I know and their desires for the welfare of this people and the welfare of the Kingdom of God, might not only be issuing instructions to this great Church but to this great nation, which we are told is a land choice above all other lands and over which Christ our Lord, as decreed, shall reign, as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, because in this land it is decreed that the new Jerusalem of the Lord our God shall be established.” - LeGrand Richards, “Conference Report,” October 1940, Afternoon Meeting, p. 85

“Those words in that song, where it tells us that ‘Prayer will change the night to day,’ I want to tell you prayer will change the sinners into righteous men and they will preserve men from making mistakes, and there is nothing else in this world more fundamental to a man’s success and happiness in this life and achieving greatness than to have that friendship with God, that you know him other than by hearsay.” - LeGrand Richards, October 29, 1963, “BYU Speeches of the Year,” 1963, p. 8

Today in our natural, routine patterns of life, our children go to school as we did for twelve to twenty years, to learn how to have a richer life here in mortality, to earn a better living and enjoy the cultural and refined things of life. If it is worth spending twelve to twenty years to prepare for a life of seventy-five to a hundred years, what is it worth to prepare for a life that never ends? - LeGrand Richards, "Be Ye Prepared," Ensign (CR) October 1981

How things have changed! Why? Because men, without divine guidance, could not agree in their interpretation of the scriptures. Jesus understood that without divine guidance men could not properly interpret the scriptures, for he said: "Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures." (Matt. 22:29.) Hence the need of the voice of authority to differentiate between the doctrines that are the precepts of men, as Isaiah states, and the truths revealed from heaven in the restoration of the gospel, for we did not get our teachings through man's interpretation of the scriptures, but by the revelations of the Lord to his latter-day prophet. - Legrand Richards, Conference Report, April 1969, Afternoon Meeting, p. 88

If you are in possession of something that is dearer to you than life itself, and you know that by giving it away you could enrich the lives of your fellowmen without making your life any poorer, you would want to do it, wouldn’t you? My testimony of the divinity of this Church is that treasure dearer to me than life itself, and I have given it away to many, many people whose lives have been enriched by virtue of the same. - LeGrand Richards, “A Testimony,” Ensign (CR) October 1980

We converted a very prominent banker not long ago, and when I attended one of the conferences at which he was present, I asked him if he would like to say a few words in the conference. He stood up and said something like this: "Mormonism is not only a religion, it is a way of life." And why should it not be a way of life? It is not just a Sunday religion. It is a religion that enters into our lives until the first thing in the life of a Latter-day Saint is to serve the Lord and honor his priesthood, where every man can bear the priesthood of God and help to build the kingdom of God in the earth. I thank the Lord for such a Church as that. - Legrand Richards, "Conference Report," April 1962, Second Day-Morning Meeting, p.42

With man's wisdom alone, one cannot know the truth. This is evidenced by a survey taken in New Zealand last year, in which there were 411 different churches listed. Hence the need of divine revelation to interpret the teachings of the prophets, and this church is built upon divine revelation. - LeGrand Richards, "Conference Report," April 1969, Afternoon Meeting, p.87

You remember the words of the prophet Jeremiah. He said the day would come when it should no longer be said, “The Lord liveth, that brought the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; But, the Lord liveth, that brought up the children of Israel … from all the lands whither he had driven them” (Jer. 16:14–15) and that he would send for many fishers and they would fish them, and for many hunters and they would hunt them from the hills and from the mountains and from the holes in the rocks (see Jer. 16:16). That’s the ... missionaries scattered throughout the world gathering in scattered Israel. – LeGrand Richards, “Be Ye Prepared,” Ensign (CR) November 1981

I doubt if we have any conception of what that really meant, when Elijah came. There are unseen powers that operate in this world on the hearts and minds of men that are as real as the sunshine is to the plants and the trees to help them grow, and the seeds to sprout, and so forth. Elijah did come; on the third day of April 1836 he appeared to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery in the Kirtland Temple and brought back the keys of the turning of the hearts of the fathers who have passed away to their children here upon this earth, and the hearts of the children here to their fathers, and that in itself is one of the great miracles of all ages. – LeGrand Richards, “God Moves in a Mysterious Way His Wonders to Perform,” Ensign (CR) May 1977

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