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