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"It is the individual testing time that I see approaching, so that it is well to know the forces and the powers that are arrayed against us, and their purposes, that we may close our ranks and fortify ourselves. Being forewarned we should be forearmed, and I declare to you that every gospel principle which the Church has received is calculated in its very nature to steel and armour us against the assaults of the enemy of our souls." — Melvin J. Ballard, "Struggle for the Soul," New Era, Mar. 1984, p. 38

"But his interest in this world did not end when he had performed his great sacrifice. He is the Savior of all men, no matter where or when they have lived upon the earth. To his disciples at Jerusalem he said, 'And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.' (John 10:16) It is generally agreed now that when he spoke those words there was a mighty multitude of people living in this western world. He was their Savior and knew of their existence." - Melvin J. Ballard, "Conference Report," October 1936, Church of the Air Broadcast,  p. 99

How can we have spiritual hunger? Who is there among us that does not wound his spirit by word, thought, or deed, from Sabbath to Sabbath? We do things for which we are sorry, and desire to be forgiven, or we have erred against someone and given injury. If there is a feeling in our hearts that we are sorry for what we have done; if there is a feeling in our souls that we would like to be forgiven, then the method to obtain forgiveness is not through rebaptism, it is not to make confession to man, but it is to repent of our sins, to go to those against whom we have sinned or transgressed and obtain their forgiveness, and then repair to the sacrament table where, if we have sincerely repented and put ourselves in proper condition, we shall be forgiven, and spiritual healing will come to our souls. It will really enter into our being. You have felt it. I am a witness that there is a spirit attending the administration of the sacrament that warms the soul from head to foot; you feel the wounds of the spirit being healed, and the load is lifted. Comfort and happiness come to the soul that is worthy and truly desirous of partaking of this spiritual food. - Melvin J. Ballard, "How Can We Have Spiritual Hunger?" (Improvement Era 1919)

"O, my brethren and sisters, when I think of what God has done for us in this daily temporal life of ours; in this being that we have here, the clothing that we wear, the air we breathe, the food to eat, and all are daily given as manifestations of the munificent gifts of God. We think it was a wonderful thing that He sent manna down to feed Israel: but every day we have as wonderful a miracle in the things that we have to subsist upon in this world as the result of God's munificent gifts unto us. I rejoice in the many things that He has done. Many people ask how they can trust Him, and how they can believe in the Lord Jesus Christ when they have not seen Him, or seen a miracle. You do not need to see Him. There is one thing, if He had done no other that ought to bring forth such confidence in our hearts, and trust in him, that we could not doubt His love for us. I refer to His most precious of all gifts. I do not diminish any other gift of God to man, but I do value above all other things the gift of His Son Jesus Christ to the world." - Melvin J. Ballard, "Conference Report," October 1910, Overflow Meeting, p.82 - 84

"I doubt not that God lives. His providence is over his Church and over the world, and a good time is coming. I can see behind the dark clouds present, the silver lining of a better day, the glorious consummation of those precious promises that have inspired the utterances of the prophets of God from the beginning until this day, that this is but preparation for the coming of the great Son of God to live upon the earth." - Melvin J. Ballard, "Conference Report," April 1917, Second Overflow Meeting, p.120

"The world has riches beyond anything we have, but we have the one precious thing that they do not have, and it is worth more than all other things in the world—the saving principles, the priesthood, the virtue and the power of the gospel of the Son of God. And that is the thing the world will desire more than they want anything else, and they will come to it. Shall we be prepared to give it to them? We will be, if we are wise; and this is the day when I say we ought to set our houses in order, a day when we ought to repent. And if we need chastisement, it will come to us, and sorrow will come to us, only for the purpose of turning our hearts to the Lord in humility and faith to obtain and maintain the blessings God has promised to the faithful." - Melvin J. Ballard, “Conference Report,” April 1918, Second Meeting—Outdoors, p.142

“We have learned that the Lord has had in training, before they came into this world, tried and tested individuals, even as he revealed to Abraham, to be his leaders in the various dispensations—men whom he knew, prophets, statesmen, wise men, and leaders for all nations. I am convinced also that when our Father sent these leaders into the world he did not send them alone. He sent, in connection with them, hosts of other tried souls who would be helps to those who were selected of the Lord to be his leaders. I believe, therefore, that when the time came for the birth into the world of the chosen prophet, Joseph Smith, who was selected before he came into the world to be the prophet of this last dispensation, he did not come alone, but there came with him men and women like unto himself, tried souls. God knew them. He held them in reserve for ages, until this day should dawn.” - Melvin J. Ballard, “Conference Report,” October 1920, Third Day—Morning Session, p. 77

“As we followed President Smith, let us follow our leader today. He is the spokesman of the Lord. The Lord has his program to work out: and so far as I am concerned, and I hope it shall be true of every member of this Church, we shall be willing to listen to the voice of the leader today. All honor to the leaders of the past. They filled their niche, their place, their station, completed their work. But the work of God is not finished in the earth. It has only partly completed what God ordained it to do. And those of us who remain must seize the banner and carry this work off victorious, to glorify the names of those who have been identified with this work in the days that are past, and to receive honor and place and position with them in the eternal world, and vindicate the word of our Father in his blessings and promises to those who would enter into sacred covenants to keep the commandments of the Lord.” - Melvin J. Ballard, “Conference Report,” June 1919, Outdoor Meeting, p. 73

“Men must have a true measuring rod to determine whether knowledge which comes to them is true or false. They must have a true balance or rule that is always reliable, always dependable, by which they can weigh or measure every particle of information that comes to them. What will this rule be? I have discovered that the sure action of my soul is the knowledge I have that God lives, that Jesus is the Christ, and that our Father in heaven has spoken, that those truths contained in the revelations of God in the Bible, Book of Mormon, and D&C, are the very eternal truth. I have accepted them as my measuring rod, and I have not accepted as the final truth anything that does not square up to those eternal truths, that does not harmonize with the truth I have from God. Truth will harmonize with itself. Let us adopt this standard when we go out into the world, and seek the world's knowledge, its science, and everything pertaining to the world and the world's work, and we shall be saved from shipwreck.” - Melvin J. Ballard, “Conference Report,” April 1915, Second Overflow Meeting, p. 59

I bear witness to you that God is speaking in the interest of truth and in the interest of the establishment of his work, even by the very elements: and he will speak in an effort to cause men in their mad rush for pleasure to stop, to ponder, to ask themselves whether or not God be in the affairs of men. May men repent, may they save themselves by accepting the principles of the gospel. God himself cannot save them, only as they comply with the rules of eternal truth. If they disregard them they put themselves beyond his power. He can do nothing for them. - Melvin J. Ballard, Conference Report, October 1928, Third Day Morning Meeting, p.111

Other nations might boast of their kings, but the King of America, proclaimed by the patriotic fathers who rounded it and established it, is the great God of heaven. This must continue to be the sentiment of the people of America if these glorious institutions shall be preserved, and in our hands is the sacred keeping of these great and glorious principles. - Melvin J. Ballard, Conference Report, October 1928, Third Day—Morning Meeting, p. 109

It is delightful to know that in an age when churches are being tested and tried and shaken, and doubt and uncertainty are developing, here there is strength, here there is power, here there is solidity; and in the most enlightened age that the world has ever known for this Church to be making its most rapid progress, surely is hopeful. - Melvin J. Ballard, “Conference Report,” October 1929, First Day-Morning Meeting, p.48

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