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"All the qualified leaders that I have ever observed have first been good followers. This is where your challenge comes in, young people, for I think you have a great obligation to your parents. Heavenly Father has given us a commandment that we should honor our father and mother. He has given a promise associated with that commandment and if we will do it, the Lord will bless us. Our parents love us. Let us listen to their counsel. Let us do those things they would have us do. God has said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments." (John 14:15.) The rules of life your parents would have you follow are exactly the same as Heavenly Father's commandments because there is nothing that mothers and fathers would like more than to have you follow in the pathways of the truth and light of the gospel." - Robert L. Simpson, "Organizing for Eternity," April 20, 1965, "BYU Speeches of the Year"

"The temple is a house of instruction-yes, even divine instruction-about God's eternal plan for his children. In the temple one gains a superior perspective about his personal relationship with his Maker and with the Savior-yes, special knowledge about God and Jesus Christ, which is essential to the obtaining of life eternal. 'And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent' (John 17:3)." - Robert L. Simpson, "The House of the Lord," Ensign, November 1980, p. 10

"Yes, with all of the soberness of my soul, I declare that God's house is a house of order. His holy purposes are not carried out by man's whim or fancy but, rather, in this church which bears his name, sacred ordinances can only be performed by proper authority. We agree with Paul that 'no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.' (Heb. 5:4.) Priesthood authority of the Lord Jesus Christ was restored by John the Baptist, by Peter, James, and John in the spring of 1829." - Robert L. Simpson, "The Most Vital Information," Ensign, November 1974, p. 46

"Are you your brother's keeper? Most certainly! If not you, who? Who else would do it if you didn't do it...?

"Are you converted? You most certainly are, whether you recognize it or not, and 'when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren'-for the Church has need of every member." - Robert L. Simpson, "Strengthen Thy Brethren," Ensign, Dec. 1971, p. 103

"Yes, with all of the soberness of my soul, I declare that God's house is a house of order. His holy purposes are not carried out by man's whim or fancy but, rather, in this church which bears his name, sacred ordinances can only be performed by proper authority. We agree with Paul that 'no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.' (Heb. 5:4.) Priesthood authority of the Lord Jesus Christ was restored by John the Baptist, by Peter, James, and John in the spring of 1829." - Robert L. Simpson, "The Most Vital Information," Ensign (CR), November 1974, p.45

"Often we hear folks say, 'I can't see the forest for the trees.' How important it is for us to ascend a vantage point from time to time, above the fog that my friend referred to; there to check direction and relative position, there to decide on things of most importance; there to re-evaluate our goals.

"The Lord gave the key to all men nearly two thousand years ago when he said:

"'Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him and will sup with him, and he with me.

"'To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.' (Rev. 3:20-21.)

"How grateful we should be to have this key to live by. How grateful we should be that as we face the tremendous task of overcoming the imperfections of mortality, he assures us of his presence and sustaining help; but not without one very important stipulation, that the incentive must come from us, for remember he said, 'Behold, I stand at the door, and knock.' In other words he is always there, ready to enter, ready to be with us, but we, too often, fail to recognize the knock." - Robert L. Simpson, "Conference Report," October 1962, Third Day—Morning Meeting, p.99

"We have always been taught that the gospel of Jesus Christ embraces all truth, wherever that truth is found. This should also include truth found in science. The simplicity of basic truth in the fields of chemistry and physics has always intrigued me. For example, there is the simple expression that H2O is the chemical formula for water. Also fascinating is the fact that Einstein could express his mind-expanding theory of relativity by the simple equation E = mc2. It almost appears that the closer we approach a basic truth, the more simply it can be expressed.

"The best example of this in religious truth is perhaps the oft-repeated scriptural passage found in Moses in the Pearl of Great Price, wherein God states in a single sentence the total objective of all eternity: 'For behold, this is my work and my gloryto bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.' (
Moses 1:39.)

"Imagine, just twenty words to summarize the entire plan of eternal progression and salvation. I like that, because it is true. The statement is fundamental; it makes perfect sense. It isn't superfluous; it establishes a goal by which everyone can achieve success. All of Heavenly Father's children become candidates for exaltation, and in the process Deity is glorified by our success." - Robert L. Simpson, "
The Simplicity of Gospel Truths," Ensign (CR), May 1984, p.59

"To me, and I am sure to you, God's plan is like a superhighway. This superhighway is built on solid rock; it is built well above the fog-shrouded valleys; and it is built well above the swamps of infidelity, selfishness, and immorality. The Lord himself has said, 'I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.' (John 8:12.)" - Robert L. Simpson, "Conference Report," April 1965, Afternoon Meeting, p.133

"Now, in case someone has forgotten the extent of our obligation in forgiving that wayward neighbor, just remember 70 times 7 is 490. But we will never make it to 490, because if we follow the Lord's formula with sincerity, something very special always comes into our lives and into the lives of our neighbors long before we achieve 70 times 7." — Robert L. Simpson, "Conference Report," October 1966, Afternoon Meeting, p.12

“The temple is a house of eternal relationships, a place where families can come for the purpose of transforming their family circle into an eternal family unit, where all of a sudden ‘together forever’ becomes far more important than the next trivial family difference. You see, eternal families reason together in family council with dad at the head.” - Robert L. Simpson, “The House of the Lord,” Ensign (CR), November 1980, p. 10

"The 'living water' that the Son of God offers is a set of divine principles. These principles are proven principles—they are priesthood principles which, when applied, can result in the blessings of eternity. How well you and I learn and practice these priesthood principles is not just important, ...; it is everything. Everything worthwhile in your life, everything you hope and dream for, is embraced in priesthood principles." - Robert L. Simpson, "Conference Report," October 1968, General Priesthood Meeting, p. 96

Prominently displayed on President Kimball’s desk is a slogan which reads simply, “DO IT.” With this inspired leader, personal convenience comes second. Everything is done to meet the Lord's convenience. His example for work has become legend and establishes an example for us all to follow. - Robert L. Simpson, "Do It," Ensign (CR) November 1975

All of us who are to stand prepared for the great blessings associated with this priesthood authority that is ours must be sanctified from time to time by whatever process the Lord has in mind. Just as surely as we are assembled here, whether a General Authority, a bishop, an elder, a deacon, the process is exactly the same. We must try to understand that when adversity comes, it is likely a means of preparing us for something ahead. Yes, it’s worth it. Believe me, young men, it’s worth it all. - Robert L. Simpson, "No Shortcuts," Ensign (CR) May 1987

Gospel concepts as taught by the Savior are sometimes difficult for the mind of mortal man. You see, God’s ways are not man’s ways, and all of us need to learn that lesson well. I suppose some of what we have been talking about here today is involved in the divine truth that “the first shall be last, and that the last shall be first.” (D&C 29:30.) There could be many surprises in the hereafter as we look up ahead and exclaim in our amazement, “But he was only a home teacher.” You know and I know that if he was the kind of home teacher that the handbook talks about and if he lived worthily, that man could likely stand eligible to inherit all that the Father has. And there is no greater blessing than that. - Robert L. Simpson, “The Lord’s Support System,” Ensign (CR) November 1976

“How can we be certain that the Church is true?” Can anyone gain a so-called perfect testimony here in mortality? I think all of us here are still in the never-ending process of a developing testimony. Youth of Zion, forget about receiving a miracle, or the so-called sure sign from heaven. There are no shortcuts to eternity. Thus, extreme patience becomes another key factor as we develop our testimony over a lifetime. It is simply “line upon line, precept upon precept; here a little, and there a little,” just as the scriptures say (D&C 128:21). - Robert L. Simpson, “No Shortcuts,” Ensign (CR) May 1987

Reduced to its simplest terms, our mission here in mortality is to overcome weaknesses of the flesh and all irregularities in our lives, to the point that our control of personal desires is sufficient to bring about a daily living and thinking pattern that will be compatible with [God’s] holy presence. - Robert L. Simpson, “Courts of Love,” Ensign (CR) April 1972

Brothers and sisters, save our dead? we must—such is our commitment. Carry the gospel to every nation, kindred, tongue and people? we must—such is our commitment. Be our brother's keeper and teach one another? we must—such is our commitment. Learn our individual duty well and teach our families, as we overcome petty weaknesses? we must—for such is our commitment. - Robert L. Simpson, "These Four Things," Ensign (CR), May 1976, p. 57

Be not disillusioned by doctrine of the adversary that there will likely be a magic point in eternity when all of a sudden selfish and improper actions are automatically eliminated from our being. Holy writ has confirmed time and time again that such is not the case, and prophets through the ages have assured us that now is the time to repent, right here in this mortal sphere. It will never be easier than now; and returning to Brother Talmage's thought, he who procrastinates the day or hopes for an alternate method that might require less courage waits in vain, and in the meantime, the possibilities grow dimmer. He is playing the game as Satan would have him play it, and exaltation in the presence of God grows more remote with each passing day. - Robert L. Simpson, “Courts of Love,” Ensign (CR), July 1972, p.48

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