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propht10 (“favorites” of Presidents of the Church ** )

 Some favorite sayings of the Presidents of the Church


                          Prophet                         Favorite adage

                       Joseph Smith             "Seek knowledge by study and by faith."

                       Hyrum Smith              "Say what God says and no more."

                       Brigham Young            "Help people to help themselves."

                       John Taylor              "Leave your enemies to the Lord."

                       Wilford Woodruff         "Avoid confessing other people's sins."  *

                       Lorenzo Snow             "Aim to become creative."

                       Joseph F Smith           "Do the best you can and leave the rest to the Lord."

                       Heber J Grant            "Live the Gospel!"  "That which we persist in doing becomes easier to
                                                do; not that the nature of the thing has changed, but our capacity to
                                                do has increased."

                       George Albert Smith      "I would not be an enemy to any living soul."  "There's a great tug-o-war
                                               going on between the Lord and the adversary.  Stay safely on the Lord's
                                               side of the line."

                       David O McKay            "Every member a missionary."  "The greatest work you will ever do will be                                                       within the walls of your own home."  "True Christianity is love in action."

                       Joseph Fielding Smith    "There is no cure for the ills of the world except the Gospel."  "Wickedness                                                   never was happiness."

                       Harold B Lee             "Be true to the faith; just live the Gospel."  "Stand ye in holy places, and                                                    be not moved."

                       Spencer W Kimball        "Do it!"  "We must lengthen our stride."

                       Ezra Taft Benson         "Cleanse the inner vessel by conquering pride."  "The Book of Mormon brings                                                      men to Christ."  "What manner of men ought ye to be? Even as I am."

                       Howard W Hunter          "Treat each other with more kindness, more courtesy, more humility,                                                             and patience and forgiveness."  "Let another man praise thee, and not thine                                                     own lips."

                       Gordon B Hinckley        "Keep trying. Keep believing. Be happy. Don't get discouraged.  Things
                                                  will work out."  "Do your best." 

                       Thomas S Monson          "Work will win when wishy-washy wishing won't."

                       Russell M Nelson         "The gathering of scattered Israel is the greatest work on the earth."
                                                "Let God prevail in your life."  "Stay on the covenant path." 

(from the files of Elder Glen L. Rudd)


Other ‘favorites’ of some of the Church presidents

                      Heber J Grant           Hymn - "Do What Is Right", Food - bread and milk, trait - persistence

                        George Albert Smith     Hymn - "Let Us Oft Speak Kind Words", food - apple pie with a little
                                              warm milk on it, trait - compassion

                        David O McKay           Hymn - "O Say, What Is Truth?", food - Cummings chocolates, trait -

                       Joseph Fielding Smith   Hymn - "Prayer Is The Soul's Sincere Desire", food - sweet pickles,
                                              trait - gospel scholarship

                        Harold B Lee            Hymn - "Praise To The Man", food - bread and milk, trait - be in tune with the                                                  whisperings of the Holy Spirit

                        Spencer W Kimball       Hymn - "I Need Thee Every Hour", food - datenut bread crumbled into a cold
                                                      glass of milk, trait - dedication

                        Ezra Taft Benson        Hymn - "How Great Thou Art", food - fresh raspberries, trait - love

                       Howard W Hunter         Hymn - "Have I Done Any Good In The World Today?", food - Alaskan crab,
                                               trait - always look for the best in people
                        Gordon B Hinckley       Hymn - "God Of Our Fathers", food - pie and ice cream, trait - do your


(from a talk given by President Thomas S. Monson at the BYU on September 15, 2009)


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