The Presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Summary of Lectures by Truman G Madsen

The Presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Summary of Lectures by Truman G Madsen

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(Madsen was a professor of Philosophy at BYU, and a Mission President, and has lead tours at Jerusalem, much Church History scholarship, many publications and films.)
-Under the title of each President, are things they said and did. At the end of the document are some assorted notes.
-There are wonderful things here you probably haven’t heard about the prophets that will strengthen your love for and faith in Jesus Christ, and that the servants he has called to lead his work in these latter-days are of Him.
God bless you. -Nate

President Joseph Smith:
-said were he the emperor of the world he would guarantee all people religious rights (wanted to give to others what we have sometimes been denied)
-you think me a boy like one of you (said to Zion’s Camp members), but I’m in a position where I’m governed and controlled by the Lord.
-if they send us to hell we’ll turn the devil out and make a heaven out of it. (This is basically what happened when leaders of the Church were sent to prisons)
-Madsen says that people say there are 2 Joseph Smith’s and that Madsen only teaches of the good one. Well, truth is that all the first hand accounts speak of Joseph Smith as being a good man. The second Joseph Smith is fictitious and a fabrication of evil conspiring men.
-they were strict to keep journals from the beginning days of the Church for they knew that they were making history and that one day people would refer to those as scripture.
– if they take his rights fine but if they go after those of the Saints he would stand for them he said with sword in hand
-the Smith family had verbal threat for their lives hence Emma Smith must have wanted to stay back as to not jeopardize them entire camp going west
-Joseph Smith was said by another prophet to manifest the power of all the prophets
-the revelation said his life wasn’t YET as Job, and in increasingly came to be as time went on
-he was kissed by a man who would betray him
-people broke the law to slay him
-people met in secret to plan his death
-about 150 people were ready to swear with their hand on a bible to not rest until he was killed
-Hyrum Smith was given a blessing of long life and what would come then by Joseph Smith, and he forfeited that blessing in order to go with Joseph.
-the relationship between Joseph and Hyrum surpasses anything you’ll read of any two mortal people in history ever
-Joseph walked CALMLY toward the window, knowing that weather inside or outside of the jail he would be killed. He was shot in the back and pulled himself through the window, and fell down; in so doing, he managed to save two other people who were in the jail, for once Joseph had fallen out the window, they yelled “he’s out!” and left.
-Hyrum made a covenant with the God of Israel to be where Joseph was, and to die where he died.
-Joseph told some with him near his death: don’t worry, they cannot do to us more than they did to the Master. They can only kill our bodies. We and our message will live on.
-said Hyrum demonstrated the very meekness and love of Christ
-one of the prophets said soon the church would be 10 million then one hundred million, in an extension of Joseph Smith’s words that the church would grow to fill north and south America, and eventually to fill the world.
-all truth belongs to Mormonism; that if there is any truth in hell, it belongs to the Mormons. That the devil has no attractive kingdom, the devil merely distorts truth. The devil has NOTHING.
-another prophet said that WHEN (not if) the law fails to revenge the blood of Joseph Smith, leave it to God.
-the day will come, another prophet said, that Joseph will be known as a temporal and spiritual deliverer of this dispensation like Joseph in Egypt was in his
-when asked “who are you?” he said “Noah came before the flood. I have come before the fire.”
-at the time when things were tense and Joseph was about to be killed Joseph saw some packing their wagons and leaving the gathering of the Saints. He said as he watched them leave, “there go the cowards.”
-no one was convicted for any crime in the murder of Joseph Smith.
-the murder of Joseph Smith was an obvious conspiracy
-after Joseph Smith was killed, mobsters continued to rape and plunder the Saints.
-Joseph said he doesn’t care what they do to him so long as they don’t hang him. Hearing this, a 300 pound man (a close associate) offered to be hung in the stead of Joseph Smith. (*that would hurt and perhaps rip his head off)
-if you can get the LDS to agree on any matter, you can know that such a matter is of God
-he and Emma moved about 14 times
-he revealed to Eliza Snow that we have a Mother in Heaven.
-said once when under the spirit strongly that it’s as though we were in the presence of The Father and the Son and others who have given their entire lives to build up the Kingdom of God and heal and seal family relationships.
-of guardian angels that he believed likely we have relatives (now dead) who care more for us than we can for them and they have influence in our lives and aren’t far from us
-spoke of the Godhead as the matchless governing quorum over all the creations of the Father
-taught earnestly against using black and mourning clothes at death and funerals; instead wear white! Eliza Snow said he taught her this.

President Brigham Young:
-when God calls a man to a work nothing can stop it
-he said “now we are to rest here” while on the trial. Then he said “now we dance”. Porter Rockwell said “first he tells us we can rest, now he tells us we must dance!”
-a person full of the Holy Spirit never grows old
-Brigham Young as a young man learned to care for horses, clear timber, and work in the cold (they would often milk their cows in 30 below zero in a tee shirt) as those of Vermont, “the final frontier of the yankee” were common to do. They were fiercely independent people there. There the Constitution and rights were strongly respected, and Brigham was sad to see those be violated against him and the Saints through his life.
-one missionary was asked how many wives Brigham Young had yelling it over and again in a congregation. It was relentless so the missionary said “I don’t know I’ll have to ask him when I get to heaven.” The man responded “oh no, he’s not going to heaven”. Then the missionary said “then you ask him!”
-he said at his baptism he felt like fire was running through his body and he couldn’t help but get up and preach
-on the night when Joseph Smith got the plates from the Hill Cumorah which would become known as the Book of Mormon, with his wife Emma, it was Rash Hashanah, the Jewish new year holiday. This record signified the beginning of a new dispensation, the restoration of the knowledge of the days of old. Brigham Young at this time didn’t even know who Joseph Smith was, but he and Heber C. Kimball went out from a woman beckoning them to come see the stars, and they went and saw in the sky armies of soldiers dressed in American revolution clothing with guns, and they were marching toward the west. It went on for about an hour. They could hear the marching. They seemed intent about something, concerned about something, and as to be preparing to participate in a great battle.
-many of the Saints had to burn the very homes and bridges they built to protect the Saints from an army coming to get them though they lived in peace in the west where no one else wanted to be.
-Joseph Smith heard him pray for the first time when they first met and said that he would be one of the greatest teachers of redemption this world has ever seen.
-he preached that Jesus went beneath all things so that no person, no matter how sin stained, could be out of the reach of Christ
-he taught that human kind are generally good, doing away with the doctrine of original sin, which thing he had also heard Joseph Smith preach. That most of the falling of the human race came at the time of Cain. That Adam and Eve didn’t fall very much that they knew what they were doing and yes there are consequences of that action but it’s what we need. He taught that humans are generally good in nature, all with the candle light of the Lord in them even the worst of people having some of that. In other words that people are inherently good not inherently bad.
-he taught that we should picture Christ in our minds, and that in so doing, making every part of our lives spiritual and involving God in every part of our lives, even the menial parts of life become hallowed, and that this thinking of Christ will ALLOW (not make) our spirits to become hallowed and holy.
-in England many were baptized into the Church, one prophet said that the forefathers in Israel had prayed for their families that they would get the gospel and the reason that there were many baptisms in England was fulfillment of the prayers of their forefathers that they would one day find the fullness of the gospel. Many of these people are the blood of Israel, and it’s such that prayed for them. More than 6 thousand baptisms were performed, and they baptized all day long.
– in response to others who say that they couldn’t have endured what the pioneers did, he said that he was in the very heart of those trials, and that he had never felt better in his life. That the spirit of God was poured out upon them so heavily during those times, and it was exquisite and precious.
-we will put in our roots here (in the Utah area) so deep that not even the devil himself will be able to drive us out
-one saint was bare foot and in scraggly clothes and stood outside of a conference the Church was having too embarrassed to go inside from how he looked for it was all he had. He learned that in that conference President Young had asked for men to go and get more stone for the Salt Lake Temple, this man said yes I will go!
-he told one man that his calling was to “go and colonize Mexico. You’ll be released when you’re dead. God bless you!” And thus did and died the man in Mexico colonizing.
-at one time he had 7 counselors to him as President. Not all of them had to be Apostles.

President John Taylor:
-came from England.
-felt that he was to come to America to preach the gospel
-organized a group of people called the seekers who were looking for New Testament Christianity. They were taught about the Church by Parley P Pratt and joined.
-at one point Pratt spoke bad of Joseph Smith, and John responded although a new convert that if Joseph Smith was a prophet at first, he still is now, and that Pratt was out of line. Pratt later came back into good terms with Joseph Smith and did more great missionary work
-John went on an 8 year mission and only got to return to visit his wife very seldomly, and when he did return from those 8 years she was ill
-liked the debate with people as a missionary particularly that this Church is the only one with the authority offices miracles and spiritual gifts of the new testament. He didn’t avoid debate and this sort of contention.
-take care to nourish the smaller roots and the bigger ones will take care of themselves
-tithing was given in kind in those days; he would look at the baskets of his fruit and see the best one and say there that is the tithing for the Lord
-was known to say the Kingdom of God or nothing; he searched for the New Testament Church until he found it
-he translated the Book of Mormon into French and German
-Joseph Smith told him he needed to give his wife to Joseph for sealing. John responded that if it is the Lord who wants her in this thing, ok the Lord can have her in this way as asked, but that if it’s merely Joseph’s desire then no. Joseph wept and told him that the Lord was only trying him as Abraham, asking for what he held most dear and seeing if he and his wife were willing to give everything up for God and His Christ.
-only did plural family principal because it was from the Lord, otherwise he wouldn’t. It was to raise more righteous prosperity to go preach the gospel
-he would not be a slave to anything so he quit tobacco and alcohol
-he would not be a slave to anyone, not even to God. That he would be a servant to God and son of God, but not a slave to anyone, that he would die first.
-he wrote the Times and Seasons which is the newspaper they had the Deseret News of the time for the Church
-he was a very skilled writer
-at Carthage as mobers were shooting through the door at Joseph Smith, John used a stick to whack the pistols up into the air from the crack in the door. Joseph said that is right, perry them off as long as you can. Those are the last words he heard from Joseph.
-when it comes to the gospel and eternity, our nation knows about as much as an iron railing
-the Lord suddenly appear at his temple means the Jews await his appearance at the Jerusalem temple, it will happen.

President Wilford Woodruf:
-Hugh B Brown was asked who he would deem a Saint based on the regular qualifications in Catholicism etc of devotion to the Church, radiance, being productive: he said Wilford Woodruf
-a miller in Connecticut
– plead to God to find someone who could say like the bible characters, they they didn’t just know of Christ, rather that they KNOW Christ.
-felt prompted to go to Rhode Island but didn’t go. If he had gone he would have heard the preaching of the LDS missionaries there. But later in the next year he did go, and a missionary Pullsifer went there, and felt to go directly to Wilford’s house. Wilford went to a church meeting then was baptized in icy water with clothing on but he said he didn’t feel the cold
-a friend of his called “father Mason” had a vision before his death that the New Testament Church would return and he would not get to see it, but that Wilford would be a large participant in it.
-a small number of choice spirit sons and daughters of God have been kept to come to earth now and inherit this Church, they’ve been kept in store for 6,000 years (that’s when Adam was in Eden) to come forth in this time to build up and organize this Church, to receive the Everlasting Priesthood.
-had many injuries growing up; he felt like a marked man, partly because he was a most avid journal keeper. He took notes of the Joseph Smith sermons and couldn’t rest until he went and put them from shorthand into legible prose.
-his daily journal is over 7,000 pages
-unless we have the spirit, our religion is a farce.
-those with the spirit can see weather others they meet with have the spirit. You’ll feel safe in their atmosphere etc.
-he was told he would be numbered with the 144,000 who sing the new song on Mt. Zion
-was a President of a horticultural society
-everything that brings joy and gladness is for us, if we use it well
-no singing or dancing in hell. No joy there. There is only singing and dancing in heaven.
-you can build all the buildings you want but there will never be enough to hold the LDS
-visited by the founders of the USA in the temple of St. George Utah. Those who put their lives on the line to sign the Declaration of Independence etc. They “pled” with him as a man pleading for his LIFE that he would do their temple work so they could have those blessings. They said “we did not apostasies from the form of government that God gave us but we have no form of earthly representatives for us to do this temple work, please help do this for us.” George Washington and Benjamin Franklin “argued with me and said they were choice spirits not wicked men”. Woodruf did their temple work, and loved the Constitution and the American way, partly because he spoke to those who created them.
-did some reading in Greek Latin and Hebrew; he was well read
-would say things in public meetings regardless of how it would effect him personally or effect the audience
-rather than troubling the government, they stopped plural marriage.
-founded Utah Power and Light Company
-was a statistician and at the end of each year said of the number of people he visited, number of sermons he had preached, etc. We know of at least 4367 baptisms and confirmations he did, 817 administrations of the sick via the Priesthood, sealing 11,388 couples (living and dead) in the temple. That is an average of administering 2 ordinances per day of his life. Said he never did an ordinance without the Holy Ghost.
-dedicated a railroad; believed that temporal and spiritual things are tied to each other
-constantly spoke of the spirit world (Madsen calls him a spiritual amphibian, spending so much time in the world of spirit and the temporal world). One example of this is that he said to one man “hello Mr. Jones. (a pause). You know, I don’t think I’ve talked to your father since he died!”
-as we dedicate and should hosannah at temple dedication, they do so in heaven and it echoes to the very throne of God.
-Isaiah speaking of the house of the Lord in the mountains: he was seeing and referring to the Salt Lake City Utah LDS Temple!
-there have been 2 powers: one to slay me and one to spare me
-the Lord used me because he couldn’t find a weaker vessel
-we must read novels, but we can’t call the bible mere novel: it contains revelation.
-said that Joseph Smith will be crowned as a martyr in the presence of God and the Lamb
-bore his testimony into a talking machine (voice recorder)
-at his death he wanted no one to wear mourning clothes because he was a faithful person and for those type of people, death is a good thing
-said he would try to attend his own funeral

President Lorenzo Snow:
-descendant of Sfardic Jews at time of spanish inquisition where Jews told they had to leave or die
-came from a family of 9
-at his school one had to do 3-4 hours of manual labor a day, and they were geared toward language study, he was interested in Hebrew, but not impressed in the religion he saw. Said “if this is all there is in religion, then goodbye to religion!”
-didn’t believe in  Joseph Smith at first, only having heard bad rumors of him.
-was stunned at promises Joseph Smith Sr. was giving in Patriarchal blessings to people. He told Lorenzo “you’ll become great as God and you couldn’t wish to be greater”
-he gave up his military ambitions and his plans of further education to set out on his first mission for the Church
-after some time in the jail (at present day Sugar House SLC) for polygamy, one thought he would be full of wrath and a spirit of rebellion. Rather he was calm like a Saint. In this prison the Saints thrown in taught math lessons to each other, art lessons, and enjoyed each others association. They had Church sacrament and sermons on Sundays. They wore black and white striped outfits common to prisons. He lead them in a Hosannah Shout which they did at the top of their lungs.
-had a vision he went to Kolob (the star nearest to the throne of God, see PoGP), and was clothed with a Celestial body. The joy that came from that was beyond description.
-went with 4 women to be sealed in the temple
-was to colonize a city, Brigham City. He told the Saints that they would indeed return to Jackson County Missouri (Where the New Jerusalem will be built), but not today or tomorrow, to build there for now.
-healed a dying child in Italy
-converted a group of people in Italy who were rebelling against the current protestant Churches. This group of people was living in strict adherence to the New Testament despite the protestant ideas that were going around.
-translated the Book of Mormon into Italian
-came home and woke all his children and family, knelt in prayer with then that they would be able to understand what he was about to testify of to them: that he saw Jesus Christ. When praying in the temple of how to organize the Church upon the death of the President, Christ appeared to him in the hall way of the temple after he had prayed much for guidance. Christ stood on something a little above the floor, similar to the Kirtland temple account of Christ standing on a paved breastwork of pure gold when Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdry saw him there, and Christ told him how to lead the Church, to reorganize it straightway and be President. Christ also told him plainly whom his councilors were to be.
-if we knew all our trials in advance it would discourage us; God ever helps us in the time of our greatest need; whenever threatened with discouragement, he saw glorious blessings awaiting.
-had 41 children and adopted 3 more. Last child born to him at age 81.
-away from home oft several years at a time
-“As man is God once was, and as God is man may become.” He taught this, and after that revelation, he saw it in the scriptures as well in writings of Jesus Paul and John. The early Christian Fathers also taught that doctrine.
(the Hebrew says we are created “a little lower than the Gods (elohim is the word)” not angels (melak is the word for that).
-Jesus was a God before he came here to this earth. Knowledge of that was taken from him when he was born. Similarly, knowledge of who we were before we were born is withheld from us in this life. Jesus in pre mortality (whom was Jehovah) knew of the mission he would preform during mortality. We also knew the mission we would perform in mortality while we were still in the pre mortal world.
-being like Christ means suffering for others rather than dominating over them. This is how we access the ultimate power in the universe, the Priesthood.
-there is no God in eternity that has any governmental rights except over his own children
-being President meant nothing to him in comparison of what his calling would be in the next life
-rose a girl from the dead after she had been dead for 2 hours.
-was 5’6 and 140 lbs. and had respiratory problems.
-if we are faithful we will at some time be doing our own work, but for now we are doing the work of our Father in Heaven.
-a mother who has brought up faithful children should be saved even if she does nothing else.
-diplomatic friendly scholarly gentle Christlike appearance.

President Joseph F Smith:
-son of Hyrum Smith, nephew of Joseph Smith Jr.
-when JFS was a little boy of 6, Hyrum and Joseph were going to Carthage Jail where they would be murdered. Hyrum pulled JFS up onto his horse and gave him a big hug. JS said “Hyrum he looks pale have you been feeding him skim milk?” It wasn’t that, it was that sorrow to see his father leave, and that they had been living in hiding because of the death threat for any Smith to be found.
-his mom Mary Fielding Smith prayed in faith over an ox and it healed. She died when he was 14, so he was sort of an orphan.
-there are more than 6,000 righteous posterity that have come from the lineage of JFS.
-self taught, beside his mother teaching him to read. All he had to read from was the bible. He became a master of the english language. When his children on missions would write home to him, he would send their letters back to them marked with red pen in places where they had misspelled things.
-schools were maintained in the covered wagon trail
-had a fiery temper in his early life; a school teacher threatened to whack his sister, he threatened the teacher. The teacher came after him, and he beat up the teacher. He was expelled.
-The leaders of the Church decided to channel this energy in another direction, and sent him on a mission to Hawaii at age 15. He got the endowment before leaving.
-He was promised to master the language but it came at great struggle for him.
-That mission was so challenging that even the mission President gave up, but others did not and had great success.
-At one point on this mission he became very ill and was taken in by a lady and nursed for 3 months like by a mother. Later as President, he returned to Hawaii around age 90 and saw here there and ran to her hugging and kissing her calling her “mamma, mamma!” over and over.
-When he was leaving to go on this mission he wouldn’t get on the small dingy boat unless they commanded him in the name of the Lord to do so. They did and he did.
-a woman was seizing up and having contortions from an evil spirit. He said “in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ I rebuke you.” She fell down and later recovered.
-his first wife was barren. She divorced him.
-later he married 6 others, and had many children. (Plural marriage was still current)
-in a vision he saw JS and touched his bosom as he went to take a child JS had blessed to return the child to it’s mother. He said that the contact with JS brought much excitement, discerning that it was a life form of a perfect order (*this is after the death of JS, perhaps suggesting he is resurrected now, or an illustrative vision to teach of future, or on the nature of spirits)
-had all his children call him papa, and the most affectionate term he had for his wife was mama
-having children gave him deeper appreciation for everything about life. he was very affectionate with children.
-in the tradition of his father, he kissed all his children on the lips a quick smack weather they were adults or not.
-made an Apostle at age 27
-Carthage jail has a blood stain on the floor of Hyrum Smith his father. When he saw that he sat on the bed there, put his hands in his face, and wept uncontrollably until water came pouring out of his hands. He said “Charlie take me out of here” on the 20 mile buggy ride back to where they were staying not a word was said.
-every morning the JFS family had prayer together then he kissed each one of the children
-one morning JFS got a letter of the mean note his son had written to a bully who beat him up and almost drown him in a puddle of water. The letter had every cuss word his son had ever read or heard in it. That morning JFS gave a kiss to all of his children except this one. To him he said “See me in my office.” He opening the scriptures pointed to one and said “Now what does that say?” He did this showing passages of forgiveness and “swear not at all” etc for 20 minutes. Then he said come here and he gave him a hug and a kiss then said no more of it. The boy never swore again.
-he shook hands with newspapers etc. that said bad things about him and the Church. One man said of him that he would shake hands with the devil himself. He was able to make better relations with people, and those who wrote ill of him often later wrote good of him because of these things.
-with some people you feel an instant trust. With some songs they strike you so deeply as if you knew them from somewhere before. We knew some people and songs etc. in pre mortality, that is why. At times in the Spirit, Celestial memories fill us with the spirit and feeling of pre mortality.
-he taught that Jesus Christ didn’t visit people in the spirit world other than the worthy, the missionaries; this implies that no one can see Jesus without being ready or it’s terrible for them. On a similar note, his sister sees his parents after their death and they are veiled. He asks why and is told by them that it was because she couldn’t endure their presence
-teaching the gospel is the primary activity in the spirit world for the righteous (this shows that you can’t escape yourself you go on doing what you do in this life in the next life, you keep being who you are even after death)

President Heber J Grant:
-had a summer cabin in Brighton
-Jediah Grant his dad said USA is the best place and the best people under the heavens. He died when Heber was a baby.
-his mother went to an LDS sermon on a Sunday out of a dare then went home and prayed to God for forgiveness of breaking the Sabbath by going to a congregation of false doctrine on the Sabbath. Then she went to church and her pastor told her that if she did that again she would loose a seat in his church. She said “how do you know they aren’t right?” being upset and defending herself. This caused her to be curious and really investigate the LDS faith, and then she was baptized into the LDS faith.
-Eliza Snow said at him when 2, said you would grow to be an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ. His mother heard this and always told him growing up that if he would behave himself he would be a leader in the Church. He said he did not want to, that he wanted to do other things.
-grew up in severe poverty
-6 leaks in their roof as he was a lad. A bishop came and told his mother that she should not give fast offerings, that those fast offerings should be for her to fix her leaking roof. She said who are you to deny me the blessings of obeying this commandment of God to give fast offerings? She said if I need my roof fixed my son will do it. The bishop said Heber was lazy and wouldn’t do it. Heber was angry about this and built his mother an entire new home, and invited that bishop over to do the dedication prayer over it, and thanked him for his motivating statement earlier which inspired the project.
-called to be a stake president at age 23.
-his mother wept at the idea of him going off to school at the prestigious universities he was offered to attend. He prayed all night about it and thought it would be a good thing. In the morning he saw that his mothers eyes were blood shot, she had been crying all night at the idea. He decided not to go but to stay and take care of his mother who needed him there.
-he wanted to go on a mission but President Brigham Young said no stay and take care of your widow mother.
-turned down a position as Senator since he realized he only wanted that position for pride to prove to someone that he could do it to a person who had called him stupid. He was already deeply involved in the Church and wanted to stay in that.
-as a stake president he was asked if he absolutely knew the gospel and the Church are true he said no. Some said he can’t be a stake president then. President John Taylor said that Heber was the only one in the room that didn’t know he had an absolute witness. Pres. Taylor said Heber does have one he just doesn’t know that he does yet. As he did his calling, he realized that he indeed did have an absolute witness.
-once he had some beer he was asked by the bar tender do you keep the word of wisdom? He responded “yes” the tender said “really?” he said “yes. As of right now.” And he never had any more alcohol.
-had an obvious stock trading opportunity to get rich with and was afraid of how riches could corrupt him so he prayed about what to do, of which stocks to sell and God told him which and he didn’t make all that money he was glad about that and saw it was from the Lord.
-as a boy was good in business, he would get good at playing marbles, and for every ten marbles he won he would only loose one. With all the marbles, he would sell them and use that money to hire others to do his chores.
-in a Patriarchal blessing to him it was said that the spirit of his heart is integrity and said for that reason the Lord honors him and that he would be blessed because of that all his days
-had many prophetic insights through his life like the spirit telling him which callings he would get
-tells of a man asked by a bishop to give his best ham at a church banquet. He thought to himself “if I don’t give my best ham, who would know?” he realized that was the devil speaking and he said “shut up Mr. Devil, or I’ll give two hams!” then the man was troubled no more
-he was in a car going to his Thursday temple meeting with the rest of the Apostles, they fasted before those meetings. A man came to him with cold fresh frosted cherries on that hot summer day and put them through the window and said you want some? His eyes raised and he was excited and reached out for some then said “oh no!” and didn’t take any, and explained to the man why he had to refuse. Heber then turned to the empty seat next to him in the car and said “Knocked you out there, didn’t I Mr. Devil!”
-as an Apostle he had not had an open vision of Jesus Christ. Later he did, but before that he had to push away the devil who tempted him by saying “you lie you have no absolute witness”.
-he felt so unworthy and unqualified to be an Apostle. He had a vision of Christ in heaven with his father and Joseph Smith and other righteous men counseling in heaven about who would fill the vacancies in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. They said they would have the son of Jediah Grant do it because of the faith of Jediah Grant. He saw this vision not with his eyes but with spiritual eyes like Lehi who said “I thought I saw God on his throne surrounded by concourses of angels praising him”. He then wept for joy for he felt so small compared to the others in the Quorum and rejoiced to see this was a big part of why he was called to this office.
-had several counsels decide one way on an issue 2 times. He was in charge of the decision however, and decided to do it the other way contrary to the counsel of the counsel. He said when he thought of doing it the way they said he only saw darkness, and only saw light when thinking of doing it the way he felt it should be done. So he decided to do it  his way and it worked out for the best in the long term.
-one time he offered his life if it could somehow save the credit of the Church. He prayed all night. One person came through and saved the banks.
-get out of debt and stay out
-saw it as dishonest to declare bankruptcy. To him, he owed that money and he was going to pay for it. He had all his children work menial jobs to help pay for things
-Pres. Taylor said the Lord told him in accepting a mission call to preside in Japan despite his financial difficulties and how it would make him live very meager and put many more years of debt upon him, that Heber Grant had made a financial sacrifice comparable to Abraham in that field, and it was acceptable to God. Pres. Taylor said to him not to plan how to get out of debt but to wake each morning and ask the Lord what to do and he will put ideas in your head of what to do. He did this and his 13 year plan to get out of debt was done in 6 months. Pres. Taylor said he would be able to go on his mission and return a free man and be helped in paying for the mission expenses, so it was.
-he was tone deaf (standing at the piano facing away from it, if you played the top key and the bottom key, he would not be able to tell the difference between the two) but he wanted to learn to sing because he knew the song of the righteous is a prayer unto the Lord, and he wanted to pray. He sang 5,000 times the hymn “Oh my Father”, and 5,000 times the hymn “The flag without a stain”. He was able to master these songs and sing them with great feeling and power.
-he had chicken scratch handwriting and was criticized for this, so he went on to master it and taught  penmanship.
-the 3 Nephites would help carry the gospel to the Japanese.
-had a vision of his son being taken to heaven by his deceased wife and a Church leader interpreted it for him. One night his son was ill and he asked his current wife if she felt something strange. She said yes, she felt like his first wife was in the room to come take the son to heaven. Heber was so filled with peace that he didn’t shed a tear as the son died.
-in those days when one was about to die they spoke of it intimately and said tell such and such person this and that message when you get to the other side.
-he didn’t have much grammar skill
-we didn’t need to get involved in the WW2 the way we did. That if the leaders of the country were better it wouldn’t have been thus. He said this on record in a Conference Report.
-sustained the US Constitution good as anyone ever did
-spoke so much of the word of wisdom commandment that people wrote him letters to stop talking about that and go on to something important.
-he didn’t want alcohol legal in Utah. People in that day had all the same arguments for legalizing alcohol as people do today for legalizing marijuana. Heber felt that alcohol needed law force against it or it would get out of hand and be a plague. When news came to him that alcohol had become legal in Utah, he slammed his fist against the table and said we will pay in misery and sorrow for this!
-when President of the Church, he chose Melvin J Ballard to be an Apostle rather than one of his lifelong friends to fill the position. This helped him see that the Church is lead by God and not by him, for he didn’t even know who Melvin J Ballard was.
-had an LDS friend who started with a little alcohol and ended up dying with liver poisoning from alcohol at age 30. From then on he swore to be an eternal enemy against alcohol.
-asked J Goden Kimball on a ride if he could practice singing all through the ride. He gave him his word yes. Half way through the journey Kimball was going crazy from it, but Heber always held people to their word, and insisted that he keep his promise, and kept singing the rest of the way.
-was in favor of menial work; said that nothing is below our dignity. He pushed a wheel barrow of dirt in his earlier life and one said “why do you do that work it’s below your dignity” he responded “why is it beneath my dignity? I paid for it!”
-believed that music could open hearts when all else failed
-paralyzed on one side, the doctor told Heber that there is nothing he can do to heal it. Heber said “is there really nothing I can do?” the doctor said “I suppose you can take a sponge and try squeezing it”. Heber that day had someone go get a sponge for him. They put it in his hand and it rolled off. He said “again” over and over all night long trying this. He was able to get the movement back from this.
-of driving cars, he would rather be 30 minutes late to a meeting than be 30 years early to eternity
-some neglect duty and replace it with seeking mysteries he said
-pass on to your children a good name and a testimony of the gospel and to save nickels and dimes investing for the temple for such would teach them glorious things.
-Jesus wasn’t a mere good moral teacher. If such were the case and he not divine, he would be telling the biggest lie ever, that he is the Son of God, and such a lie would not make him a great moral teacher.
– the only royal virtue here is humility
-most common disease is “the big head”
-when people praised him he would, as he walked away, say under his breath, “that’s devil talk! Devil talk! Pride will get you…”
– on evolution lets leave it to the scientists and get on with preaching the gospel
-tells of a man who prayed for 1 million dollars and that he would give 300,000 of it to charity ; the man went on to say “God you don’t even have to trust me. Just give me 700,000!”
-spoke of a man getting ten apples and holding one of them up in the air saying “here you can have a bite of this one”. He compared this to how people aren’t willing to pay the 1/10 tithing that God has commanded.
-quoted Wilford Woodruf saying “if my head aches (while fasting), let it ache.
-gave to temples rather than an estate for his posterity. Asked why he said ” I want my posterity to be sorry when I die.”
-saw Maezer teaching the gospel to children and getting their attention and keeping it within the first minute and really taking them a wonderful place; he spoke of how he spends his time in worldly things, business natured things. He said he would not be worthy to black the boots of Maezer in the next life, seeing as there was a man who dedicated his whole like to lifting mankind.

President George Albert Smith:
-most men then were married before going on a mission.
-his wife was devastated without him so they sent her to be his mission companion
-his wife rose flowers and gave them to hospitals
-one spread bad rumors of him and that caused him to loose an election to be president of the local National Guard. He was so angry about it that he did not take the sacrament at Church. He went to the man who slandered him and asked his forgiveness for being so angry at him. They became friends.
-got highest scout awards
-good at business, on many boards, very busy man.
-when called the the Quorum of the 12 Apostles it was announced in a conference before he was told himself. The room was full so he didn’t go in that conference, and people congratulated him. He said “oh no, there must be some mistake!” He hated the idea of being an Apostle because his father  was in the First Presidency and he worried about people thinking he was in for that reason, and the other members of that quorum were giants he had looked up to all his life and sustaining as a child. It shook his faith and he prayed of it and God said that his leaders are all known to him.
-the thing he had going for him was he had lived a moral life and tried to keep the commandments.
-had a self creed of commandments for himself to live by including helping the poor, visiting the sick, friending the lonely, teaching the truth, seeking the erring one and trying to love him back, not forcing but loving people into what’s right, live with the masses and help the world be pleasant, not offend people even if they offend him, not be an enemy to any living soul.
-damaged eyes so helped develop blind program in the Church
-gave laundered and starched shirts in the welfare program. People were putting them back in his closet thinking it a mistake. He said no, that’s the way I like my shirts, so it’s probably the way they would like them as well.
-one stole his car and he sorrow he said “I wish he would’ve asked me for it then I would’ve given it to him and he wouldn’t be a thief.”
-donated to the Salvation Army saying “they reach some that we miss”
-came home blue and cold from having given his coat away to a man on Main St. in SLC
-people of other religions are so good and beautiful and that we ought not to say that we only have the truth, but that we want to add to what they have, and not have them leave behind any blessing, only come and let us help you enjoy blessings from Heavenly Father which they have not be experiencing up to this point.
-he was a historian. Said that without memorials, we tend to forget (this could be why they had to carry the plates across the desert, or why Joseph Smith had to have the plates).
-said to Matthew Cowley never to prepare a sermon, just stand and say what the Lord tells you (*could mean prepare, have materials, but at delivery, don’t read it, rather say what God gives to your thoughts)
-taught that music can reach the heart when prose cannot.
-Didn’t have a centurion voice but rather a gentle one.
-you couldn’t get him angry or hostile no matter how hard you tried
-one said of him he often was known for giving hope to the hopeless
-when others spoke of “very important people” around him, saying “yes such and such a person is a very important person” He would say “no, we are all very important people”
-of people who believe there was no holocaust of the Jews, that belief would be worse than the holocaust itself.
-taught that we need to stay on the Lord’s side of the line
-we the LDS will lead all the world in all regards because we have everything they do, but in addition we have the inspiration of the Lord.
– what matters if we understand Homer, Milton, Newton, etc, if we fait to know the scriptures, for they are the better part.
-the home is a mini temple; we can use it to resist evil
– our dead are just as anxious for us as the Lord is and they are praying for us
-our eternal happiness will largely be based on what our children attain
-“give the Lord a chance.”
-focused on how much growth and development is ahead of us and how to that point, the Church had only been in it’s infantile stages.
-he didn’t care about school degrees
-Spencer Kimball said that he was a good indian, for they sat together for 48 hours on a hard bench waiting to meet with an indian chief (those chiefs have a way of testing people).
-he was an advocate for the indians
-when asked if he had any last council near his death he said “yes, I know that my Redeemer lives!”
-at his death, a 7 year old paper boy knocked on their door and said “I’ve lost by best friend, what can I do?” They had him be one of the pallbearers.  (he made friends with even who others would call insignificant people)
-it was said of him that his journey from death to the next life was the shortest journey he ever took (meaning he lived a heavenly life)
-he was a great reconciler
-he made not just friends, but dear friends
-he spoke of the aristocracy of righteousness
-of him President McKay said he was one of the most Christlike men who ever lived.

President David O. McKay:
-his parents were ostracized for joining the Church
-a bishop for 20 years
-his dad would have the subject changed whenever people would start talking bad things about others
-he prayed for self assurance of the truthfulness of the gospel as a lad. The answer didn’t come right then, but eventually it did.
-one told him he would grow to be in the leading councils of the Church. He tried to live for that.
-while working in the field he would memorize whole passages of Shakespeare, other poetry, etc.
-he knew much British Literature
-his father was political and educationally involved
-the vocational training of their home was centered around education.
-He knew he was to be a teacher.
-he was class president and valedictorian. In those days to be valedictorian it involved moral character strengths as well, not just academic strength.
-of all the people he met as Prophet, his parents were the most influential.
-motherhood is the most beautiful and noble occupation
-supportive powerful family growing up
-his girlfriend couldn’t resist his dancing and quoting poetry. They were married.
-he said of his girlfriend that she was his queen
-never let your wife’s hand touch a doorknob
-take your wife out once a week; let her count on that. He did this all through life and when he had to be away from home he would call her and tell her that he would make it up to her
-always helped his wife into her seat
-always kissed his wife goodbye. Once he was put in a wheelchair to be take out of a hospital and carefully taken down all the way out to a car, much work helping him get in and out of the chair etc. When they got there he said “oh no we have to go back” he had forgotten to kiss his wife goodbye
-he was kind courteous and trusting
-no man has a right to an oath in or out of his hoe
-never raised his voice in his home
-said no one would dare leave a TV on when leaving the house, so slothful that would be.
-he never asked his boys to do anything he didn’t himself; said it’s useless for a father to punish his child for swearing by swearing at his son
-blessed a man in a terrible accident who would have obvious great scarring that he would have no scars it was fulfilled
-he developed teacher training in the Church and insisted on outline of lessons and that after a principal be taught, that application of that principal be taught and discussed.
-one would always start meetings late; he told the constituents to not correct him, but to praise him greatly when he did start onetime one day, and in that method, the man would continue to start on time. So it was.
-he speaks of lofty ideals and the sublime and ecstasy
-dreamed of a city where people of white robes and headdresses were. The Savior was there and he had peace about him which was sublime. It was Christ’s city. The people who were there were they who had overcome and world and truly been born again.
-becoming partakers of the divine nature as Peter taught happens in process as we take the sacrament and go to the temple till we can say we have truly been born again
-about 200 people joined the Church from one sermon he gave on an island
-said often the veil is very thin
-was President of European mission
-a trustee of on university and regent of another
-Apostle Benson accepting the government position as secretary to Eisenhower “my mind is clear on it I know what the Lord would have you do.” It was to accept, and much good came of it.
-one polynesian man went to his office to see him; it wasn’t common to be able to just go in; but he went in, past everything and to his door. It was opened some, and McKay said “come in brother”
-he had humor
-his eyes seemed to search the very soul
-one interviewer asked “are you a prophet?” in response he said “look me in the eyes and you’ll know” he did and it was confirmed to him.
-if we want to love God we must love and serve his children
-Jesus Christ is the source of The Priesthood
-his secretary said she never saw him depressed or lash out; people came to him that way but they left differently, he had a great effect on people
– never thought of death because I’m so enthralled with life
-few who he calls as mission Presidents are suprized about that call
-when his wife was set apart for them being mission presidents she was blessed with health, and indeed her cancer was healed
-he was president of the church except over his wife he said
-advocated that even little children fast learning that they must do things at times just because they don’t want to
-advocate of science and technology
-against Niche philosophies speaking of Christianity being bad; this couldn’t be said of original Christianity, but nevertheless it gives a wrong idea to people
-against communism
-said every member a missionary (if all members then converted one person each for a year, it would take 14 years before the whole earth were members, then each one of those people would only have to do 40 names in the temple, and everyone from Adam would have their temple work done) (in one sense the prophets are the gatherers of gatherers, and the common members are to gather everyone else)
-didn’t slow down until he was in his 90’s
-the scripture says that when Moses came down from Mt Sinai that ‘he wot not that his face shown’ meaning he didn’t realize it was shining. Pres. McKay had gone to the holiest room in the temple to pray about who was to fill the vacancy in the first Presidency and was told who it was to be. President Hugh B Brown spoke with Pres. McKay after that, and said that was the very same experience, his face shone but he knew it not.
-no one can stay clean in this world without the Holy Ghost
-earth was created by a personal divine source and not by mere creation. He said scientists can say what they will about the creation but let there be one mistake about this one thing: it was not by chance, it was by God. There was divine intervention.
-the temptations of Jesus are typical of all types of temptation we experience in life: 1. appetite 2. fashion and pride 3. money and leadership
-few, even temple workers, understand the importance of the endowment; it’s the steps to get into God’s presence; if our young people understood that it would be the core of their spiritual motivation (*I think what he is saying here is the doctrine that this is the only way, there is no other way, we must go to the temple if we are to return to the presence of God to dwell with him after this life)
-he went to the temple each week through his life and it showed

President Joseph Fielding Smith:
-at one meeting he told the Saints that they needed to repent or few of them would be saved in the world to come. People complained so he came back and said he had changed his mind, and told them that if they didn’t repent NONE of them would be saved.
-he told some temple square guides that they needed to be more humble guides
– he loved the concept that through Christ the yoke can be lightened
-he loved the scripture about how we can become like Jesus to see him as he is at His coming
-he loved the scripture that we can learn more and more making us  become lighter until the perfect day; that we may have bodies shining bright as the sun in a day to come
-one woman knew Joseph Smith a prophet but didn’t know of him being one. She got to shake his hand and felt spiritual power in him.
-one said to him “I’m a convert” he responded that he was too
-one came by his office in the temple depressed thinking he not there walked on and then the he put his arm on his shoulder of the depressed man and said “it’s rough going isn’t it”. The man told him his plight, and Smith told him “God bless you brother”
-the supreme act of worship is keeping the commandments
-he never came to a meeting late though he did complain about the length of some meetings.
-he sat on the hump seat in the back seat of cars so others could be comfortable
-integrity comes from integral and means pulling things together in your life and being consistent. He wouldn’t act like signing a letter for a picture to be taken of him, but found a letter he needed to sign anyway and had them take a picture of him signing that
-avoid mysteries he spoke of not thinking about weather the gates of heaven are on a hinge or are rolling etc.
-he quoted himself twice in discourses
-people thought that Einstein had all the right answers but now much of what he said is out of date. Like how Widsoe thought of Ether being what’s referred to in D&C 88 but that theory is out now but the D&C goes onward.
-Pres. Smith interviewed one for being a teacher at BYU on a controversial topic said “do you like my book Man his Origin and Destiny”? The man said no and Smith asked why he said that and he replied that he thought some of it out of date or something. Smith asked the man if he would teach some of those things he said he doesn’t like. He said he would and defensively. Smith responded well I guess you’ll have to, have a good time teaching at BYU.
-he would go out of his way to go say hello to people
-he wrote a book “Signs of the Times”. He was constantly reading the prophecies.
– the fire at the second coming will be as real as the water that was at the time of Noah. He went on to say that the water was H2O and that the fire to come is the kind we now know also.
-taught that in preexistence there was an organization there just as well as there is here and that there were men in authority holding the Priesthood. A Pre-mortal Church.
-taught that fullness of the Priesthood only comes to those men and women sealed to each other as spouses in the temple
-he wanted people to kneel and pray about their questions of the gospel rather than calling him all of the time.
-his daughter would call him then set the phone down and read a book for a while then pick up the phone and say hello dad! It was because they let the phone ring 33 times before picking it up knowing that such a caller had something urgent since he was so bombarded with calls.
-was known to not be able to have a conversation without bringing the scriptures into it; likewise his son in law Bruce R McConkie
-when Bruce R McConkie was 19, J Fi. S gave him a blessing foretelling that his doctrinal commentaries would be known of in the 4 quarters of the earth and that he would one day be in the leading councils of the Church. Bruce R McConkie determined 100 doctrines in the Book of Mormon then obtained 100 copies of the book and tore out the pages pertaining to said doctrines in 100 folders and referred to those reading them a half hour a day with his spouse
-wouldn’t drink the coffee with no caffeine or other supposed toxins, because he wanted to avoid the presence of evil, and it still looked and smelled like normal coffee.
-very little meat he ate, taking the word of wisdom seriously
-played hand ball until his 70’s. He was so good at it that he could hit the ball and have his opponent running around waring out his opponent.
-liked to fly jets
-so many calls to his house that he would wait until the phone had rung 32 times then he would pick it up knowing it must be very important
-1st wife died 2nd wife died and then married a third
-when asked if marriages are made in heaven he said “It’s in heaven now”
-married Jessie same year os his prior wife died, President Grant told him to remarry, whom firmly believed that it’s not good for man to be alone.
-women have the most exciting and noble calling
-women will be given authority when they are priestesses
-the Lord offers every gift and blessing to both his sons and his daughters
-64 years Church History record keeper; 20 years counselor in a temple Presidency; 4 years as a temple President.
-19 years as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
-insisted on rising early from bed
-an invalid spouse of his (bedridden) spent much time on family history he said he will ever bless her for how she helped him with doing that
-asked how he got so much done at work he said “it’s in the bag” referring to how he would bring a sack lunch and never take that hour off

President Harold B Lee:
-he told Ludlow to get the curriculum done by the beginning of the year and said if you need more motivation to do this just consider that you would be shot if you don’t. So Ludlow took a sleeping bad and stayed at the Church offices for 30 days and got it done.
– auxiliaries wouldn’t be needed in a future day when the parents are doing more
-Elder Romney submitted to the words of the leaders of the Church when they didn’t like his political platform and he stopped trying to win an election; they had different political views. They saw that he was willing to submit to the council of the leaders of the Church and they called him to be an Apostle in the Church.
– the titles etc we get in this life aren’t really important, but the real importance is weather we truly lived the gospel, and how are our families
-played the piano as did several of his children
-was an educator but full time church service at a very young age
-served Denver Colorado English mission
-when his daughter died he said The Lord keeps stirring me up.
-on an airplane he felt hands on his head twice and looked back to see who it was. Upon landing found out that he had bleeding ulcers and without administration of a Priesthood blessing he would have died
-one time in the hospital he was told to get up put on his clothes and walk out. This made the doctors and nurses angry.
-Elder Spencer Kimball one of the Twelve Apostles was having great health problems; he was saying that perhaps he had lived long enough and that he would not do the risky surgery. President Lee banged his fist on the table and said  you have been called of God you must live as long as you can. Elder Kimball then agreed to the surgery if President Lee would give him a blessing the night before.
-there were 8,000 people in the tabernacle a man said he had a bomb. Lee responded that there was no bomb. Indeed.
-glued papers into his scriptures with important things and quotes on them
-did interviews until 2am then had more at 5am. He prayed that the 3 hours of sleep would be enough
-about blacks and the Priesthood, those who understand revelation, to them there is no problem. To those who do not understand revelation, there is no solution
-in animals the light of Christ is instinct.
-was told if he would get physically close to other people they would trust him- so he would say be close in our homes and invite people in your homes and show familial closeness and they’ll befriend and trust you.
-says most profound thing he had heard any prophet say is that those who defame Joseph Smith will die and ever have their stink of such but the glory of Joseph Smith lives on forever
-even President of the Church eventually gets released from that calling, but the calling of father and mother are forever.
-had problems so difficult that he has had to pray all night about them
-upon the question of medication which would numb his mind, he said that we should not alleviate all suffering for the scriptures say that Melchizedek and others learned by the things they suffered.
-after his death, Elder Kimball who would be the next President visited with him half a night long. This seems to be the pattern of all the prophets gutted proceeded.
-a strong supporter of the Constitution of the USA
-Smithsonian Institute had display of LDS religion as being typical of a faith which has religious understanding of the Constitution of the USA
– the gospel has all answers to complex life questions
-when people see Mormonism in action they’d be more tolerable of our faith

President Spencer W Kimball:
-after his death, Elder Kimball who would be the next President visited with him half a night long. This seems to be the pattern of all the prophets gutted proceeded.
-Elder Spencer Kimball one of the Twelve Apostles was having great health problems; he was saying that perhaps he had lived long enough and that he would not do the risky surgery. President Lee banged his fist on the table and said  you have been called of God you must live as long as you can. Elder Kimball then agreed to the surgery if President Lee would give him a blessing the night before.
-the surgery was done by Russel M Nelson (*now President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles). Of the 250 cuts in this open heart surgery about 25 cuts go wrong. This was the only surgery Nelson had ever done of the 8,000 surgeries of his career that he had done perfectly. Before or after, he was never able to do a perfect surgery.
-to parents who adopted Chinese children he told them to tern Mandarin Chinese for the Church will be there someday
-avid in family history
-he was dumped on for the hardest chores in the family. His mother said that he would get extra blessings for helping on the farm. (This may be why he was so short, working so hard in his youth)
-was good at athletics and got in a few fights but grew out of that
-never overcompensated or complained for being short. Didn’t walk in extra long steps etc. He refused to go through the door first. He was humble and identified with humble men
-his wife Camilla was a teacher
-never let anything anything anything get between you and Jesus Christ. He said you young people are too infatuated with degrees and grades. 20 years from now no one will care if you got A’s or E’s in school. He was himself a self taught man, and VERY avid reader
-attributed strong education of his children to his wife
-had large will display of Old Testament prophets and events timeline
-the first commandment (thou shalt not have any gods before me) is the commandment that we break the most (see his talk, “The God’s we Worship” about obsession with material things).
-known for much community involvement not so much academia
-learned piano since mom excused him from some chores if he would practice
-in banking, lost all his scrupulous savings from the great depression and had debts at other times from bank failures
-managed bank books; balanced them to the penny, eliminating the disorder. He did much clerk work through his life.
-as a Stake President a flood came and he counseled people to work at recovery hard all day long but that when the evening comes, break out the violins and live life.
-when asked to be in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles he said “oh no not me!” he felt there were other more worthy candidates
-he recalled not reporting vandalism he had seen or in business being too pressing on someone in a deal or asking too much money for something so he went around with his check book making amends to people. A few times people said yes I’ll take some money for that but most of the time they said that if anything, they dealt with him wrong not the other way around. He would tell these people he went to that he had been called to a high position in his Church, and couldn’t do it in good conscience unless he set some things straight.
-when set apart as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, he knelt before the face of who ordained him
– if working hard could make up for his inadequacies he would. So he slept only a few hours each night and became a master of sneaking away every now and then for a 15 minute cat nap, then was back in action.
-had many boils in his skin for 20 years (not even Job had them that long)
-on one occasion an unkempt indian man came into a sacrament meeting with his unkempt son they were very poor he got up and hugged kissed and blessed the child. With other men one may think this was for attention, but not with President Kimball.
– the purpose for parents isn’t to get children on missions but to get them into the temple, then they go on missions to get other people into the temple.
-he was able to get missionaries fixed on going home to stay on their missions. He had them write home that day to their parents telling them they would stay.
-there was a missionary staying at the mission Presidents home with an emotional issue. The mission President woke one night to see that Elder standing over his bed with a knife. He called President Kimball and they spoke for a few minutes then he asked Kimball about what to do, President Kimball said “Save him. The Lord bless you.” then Kimball hung up the phone. He never gave up on anyone!
-he did the intense personal one on one counseling with people, he took on the hardest cases including 200 homosexuals. When asked what the result was of working with them on that, he said “we pretty well got that all cleaned up.” He didn’t believe in “born that way genetics” and he taught against it. He stayed in touch with them by phone.  He would help a person change their behavior, then work on the inner life that lead to the behavior. Institutions criticized him for his methods and theories. He said “You know I’m a criminal.”
-the Miracle of Forgiveness book he wrote is so unyielding in it’s principals that even hardened addicts became successful by using it.
-at 2am the lights were often still on the the Kimball home on. He would be writing in his journal responding to letters and thanking them for any bit of faith they had in such letters. In his journals he not only wrote of the things of the day but he opened his heart. There are 33 black binders of these journals he kept. He said that in journals don’t put your sins in neon but write you have weaknesses and quickly get on to the good stuff, to the inspired.
– one physician said that in the time of his throat cancer, that when Kimball spoke it took 5 times as much effort to speak as it would for a normal person. That speaking for an hour to him was like us speaking 5 hours. President Lee said that Elder Kimball will speak. Kimball motioned to his throat to say no my throat is too bad. Lee said oh yes he will speak. Kimball spoke a 10 minute very raspy monotone message. Lee wanted the people to feel his spirit. He sat down and put his hand in his face and wept after giving the speech. This happened another time. When the speech was over, Lee shook his fist in the air “YES Spencer, YES!”
-say with a dying person all night
-at the end of work day he wrote thank you letters and responses to all who had written him even the little children and he thanked them for all they do big or small
-if it was fir the Kingdom, pain meant nothing to him. In the line of duty for Christ, his rights subsided. That is the opposite of our society, it’s all about rights for us. But in the gospel, all rights have duties, and all duties have blessings.
-the main issue with marriages today is selfishness, insisting your needs be met.
– divorce is rarely needed
-don’t put your wife down from her pedestal by putting her onto a diet.
– marriage can be ecstasy
– he has different likes than his wife, and she has different likes than him, but they have some similar likes, and that’s where they stay when they do things together. They do their own thing by themselves at times, and they get along just fine.
-once he and his wife couldn’t determine weather some extra money they had saved would be used for a vacation to go touring, or to save for getting a new house. He wanted the vacation so he went on the family vacation touring by himself and reportedly had a very good time.
-if anti-Mormon people had the spirit of God, they wouldn’t talk that way
-he complained of strapless evening dresses the women would wear.
-peoples’ lives are written on their faces. After 40 years, it’s written there. What we are born with is what it is, but after 40 years we are the ones who have written what is seen there. Kimball wasn’t as comely as President McKay, but when he was under the influence of the spirit of God, he was beautiful!
-on the Mount of Transfiguration, the Apostles were also transfigured
-Kimball hinted that it was better that Peter lived to be leader of the Church than to get killed earlier. God had other plans for him. Though Peter had said “I know not the man”, he never said that Jesus is not the Christ.
-death is not so bad, it’s giving up a handful of dust for something much better.
-disintegration of the family is the worst tragedy of our time and if the Church won’t reverse this at least among themselves, great trouble is ahead.
-the majority of the Apostles won’t lead you astray. All of the LDS Prophets since Joseph Smith and onward have said something to this effect.
– while we profess God we are nevertheless an idolatrous people.
-heaven is like here but there are more realms of creativity.
-one man was called to be a General Authority. He cried at the thought of being in association with Kimball. Kimball left the room for 10 minutes while the man was crying, saw that he was still crying, and left the room again.
-Madsen says he feels like Kimball was much like the person of Heavenly Father, kissing and hugging people he saw.
-3,000 youth fasted he would be well to come address him at college. He wasn’t going to go not feeling well, very ill, but he went. The opening prayer student prayed that they had been fasting please send the prophet to speak to us. Then Kimball entered. They cheered.
-of children who have strayed “it’s not over yet”
-Madsen got a call from Kimball. It was the saddest he had ever heard Kimball in his life. Kimball had called to ask him to go perform a civil marriage for one of his grandchildren (not a temple marriage).
– there will be martyrs in this dispensation in the future. He said giving your life is better than violating covenants. Martyrdom is how Christianity began, and before the end (before the Second Coming of Christ which is termed in the scriptures as the end of the world in the JST of Matt. 24 because it’s the end of wickedness in the world), that’s how the scenes will be.

President Ezra Taft Benson:
-dated some before his mission and met a wealthy girl he liked his friends said she’ll never even look at you (she was rich he was poor). They dated a while he said if you’re still around when I return  we can take it from there. He returned and she was but she was going on a mission and gave him the same offer, and he waited for her and they married upon her return.
-in his marriage they were good examples of looking for the good in each other
-atheism has become the state religion
-America is the Lord’s base of operations
-America is the only place the restoration could happen, and it barely did even there
-people came to America hungry for religious freedom
-we must study the Book of Mormon DAILY.
-no civic honor (he got tons of them) is comparable to getting the Melchizedik Priesthood
-Jesus Christ not only taught the law, he IS the law; aka his current revelation is what we do.
-pride is become a popular sin in our generation and it leads to sin
-the law of Consecration is not a social experiment, it’s an eternal law of heaven
-for bitter or sweet, Jesus has experienced such deeper than us
-only a God could atone for our sins. Jesus Christ was and is a God.
-born a stillborn. The Dr. gave up on him and went to save his mother. Several women in the room dipped him in cold then hot water back and forth then he came to.
-in Family Home Evening in his family they did song scriptures recreation of their own make knowing how to make their own recreation, not TV.
-his wife gave up a nice home to marry him. She was from a rich family, he from poor.
-he hated debt. He had a sense of self sufficiency personally and in government.
-there were 837,000 members of the Church when he was called an Apostle, and no stakes abroad.
-saw a German who survived a bomb upon receiving many boxes  of wheat from the Church. He said in tears “how can people who don’t know us care this much about us?”
-his message was do not despair, there is always a way
-they wanted 12 but only got 6 children
-when US President Eisenhower  asked him to be his secretary, he said he would ask the brethren of the Church and see what they say. President McKay said “my mind is clear on it I know what the Lord would have you do.” It was to accept, and much good came of it.
-Benson told Eisenhower he would not defend a policy that he didn’t believe in or what is against my religion. Eisenhower then had him put in.
-he insisted that policies were good for the character of the US people as secretary to US President. Others asked “what does that have to do with it?”
-he said, like Toquerville, that the strength of American was in it’s spirituality.
-insisted they start cabinet meetings with verbal prayer not just a silent moment for silent prayer. They did so.
-he fired one person thinning he was a socialist. Such would be against what America stands for in all it’s background. Later found the person was not socialist, and rather than trying to excuse himself he said he had made a mistake and apologized (not for being anti-socialist, but for firing the man in misunderstanding)
-Benson had the people fast for rain. It did. The news headlines read “Benson really does have contacts that are out of this world”
-Eisenhower and others joined him in doing Family Home Evenings on Monday nights.
-Eisenhower said that Benson was the shining star in the firmament of his administration.
-he was against government subsidies and against paying farmers to destroy their crops and against putting limits on farmers
-spoke of what to do with freedom once it’s been won; to hold on to faith in God; the greatest tragedy is forgetting God
-of Vietnam war: it was a fight we never intended to win and hence a fight we should have never entered.
-plead with mothers to stay home as much as they could even to leave work and cut the budget. One womanist wished she had listened to this prophet lamenting her fate.
– leaders in Zion should be familiar with each other sharing with each other their intimate thoughts humor etc. They would lay down their lives for each other and were to be very close.
-There is more salvation in wheat than in high flown theology. Benson said this like Orson Pratt. Said revelation on having food storage could be like the people of the day of Noah being commanded to get on the ark.
-often his addresses were to specific audiences like sisters mothers etc and he did that in a genius way.

President Howard W Hunter:
-despite repeated advice from doctors kept his wife at home with him and didn’t put her in a nursing home despite her illnesses which were common for a person forgetting things and turning on even those closest to them and her being bedfast
-despite bone cancer, remained active and tender
-let the temple be the symbol of your membership in the church
-be calm in your spirituality (not as a cheerleader)
-reflecting on the past should not be self debasing or causing doubt
-God is usually more willing to forgive us than we are ourselves
-if Jesus lays his hands on a marriage it lives
-any theology that says Christ didn’t suffer all levels of suffering and temptations are false
-to judge righteously means with fairness, compassion, and charity
-the meek will inherit the earth not those who win by intimidation
-went on Egyptian Nile cruse on a honeymoon
-when one scowls a lot, usually there are lines that show in the face from doing that over time. He had none, and there is something Christlike in that.
-he was not dominating when with people. He was careful and methodical; a careful listener; these things were probably a result of his legal training
-the Marriott Center at BYU had a full audience, one man stood and shouted that he had a bomb in a brief case and that it would go off if he didn’t come sign a statement. He said NO! The bomber persisted, he said no again. Some members started singing which distracted the bomber, and he went on with his sermon
-he leaned back to far and fell straight on his back while giving a General Conference address. Elder Packer and others helped him up, and he went right on with his discourse without missing a word.
-was part of the archeological society
-was a regular reader of The Biblical Archeologist
-had a large collection of historical books which he read
-marked his scriptures well
– God’s blessings are for all Palestinians regardless of Muslim Jewish etc. for all are the children of God. He recognized the scripture that says the Jews will eventually return to Jerusalem, but said that we don’t get involved with the geo-political conflict there.
-in the 1950’s there were only about 100,000 visitors to Hawaii a year, but he dedicated the Polynesian Cultural Center and said that it would bring millions of visitors and be a missionary tool. Such has happened.
-in the time of the dedication of the BYU Jerusalem center, there was conflict. President Jeffery R Holland was President of BYU at the time. A prominent Jewish man came to his office and offered to write a check for the cost put into it so far and however else much he wanted if they would stop the BYU Jerusalem center. Holland said no. Holland was worried until he opened the scriptures at random and it said in the D&C: “It is peaking to me that a school should be built in Zion”
-in the dedication prayer for the BYU Jerusalem, said that people who go there will feel constrained to acknowledge that “this is thy house”. All types of people say they feel peace there. An atheist said he feels like praying when near the upper room there. Other atheists have said that also.
-he was a lawyer. His patriarchal blessing said that he would be wise in the ways of the world and that he would teach those to people and that the Lord would use those skills to build up his kingdom.
-was in a wheelchair and Dr.’s said he would never walk again and he overcame that; he walked into the Apostles Thursday temple meeting with a walker. He was usually never late but this time he was and though it’s not usual they stood and applauded him. He basically collapsed in a chair and they went around hugging and kissing him.
-played 7 instruments competently while a teenager.
-leader of a well known music band in his youth
-not as interested in the gospel in his teenage years
-loved animals as a boy
-collected bird eggs and could identify them
-used money he made from his band to help pay family expenditures and prepare for school
-the purpose of temples is to reunite the family of man
-got an offer to be a higher judge but decided to not so he could be able to keep  doing church service and his law practice was treating him well enough.

President Gordon B. Hinckley:
-one man gave an excellent talk. He became proud. Time for his next talk he got up in a boastful spirit. The spirit left him and his talk was shattered, he stumbled his way through it. He got off the stand humbled. Hinckley told him if he would have went up the way he went down, he would have went down the way he went up.
-in university schooling during the great depression
-studied ancient Greek literature and British literature in college before his mission then learned of communications on his mission and studied that thereafter; always there helping in the production of church films and other distribution things
-he would do whatever the brethren told him to, but he LOVES missionary work
-spoke much for retention of church converts
-it was said of his dad that he wrote more church manuals than any other for in his day it was an individual assignment not that of a committee.
-at age 12 he went to a Priesthood meeting though against his will. There he heard the song “Praise to the Man” about Joseph Smith sang by many converts, and then is the first time he recalls it coming into his heart that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God.
-as a lad dipped the pigtails of a girl into black ink
-didn’t go to class one day along with other students who wanted to protest; his mother wrote to the principal to please excuse him what he did was merely an impulse to follow the crowd. He says that is the most scathing rebuke he ever got from his mother.
-he never beat his children. Twas his policy that such only intensifies resentment
-when Pres. Hunter died, Hinckley was one of his councilors. A son of his tried getting ahold of him a long time and finally did. He asked if he could help. Hinckley said “Yes, pray for me” then hung up the phone.
-while he was President of the Church, 138 million were given in humanitarian aid. The humanitarian aid section was added to the tithing slip. This minority small church isn’t just taking care of it’s own, it’s taking care of others who don’t belong to it. 100% of funds to humanitarian aid in this church go to that cause. There is no one else who does that. Funds to this church are not of overhead; all we have are the tithes of the members to run this church. We don’t dip in along the way, every penny of it goes where directed.
-spoke of a single woman who raised her family by cleaning houses. Over the years after her children were grown and married, she managed to save up enough to get a new house or remodel her house. She gave it to the church. A mission President said no, you earned this and have right to it and deserve it. She said no, I want to give serve the Lord. I am comfortable enough in my house, I’ve gotten used to it. President Hinckley said after relating this account, DON’T WASTE THE WIDOWS MITE! The funds we have in this Church are very sacred, much of them come from house cleaning mothers.
-do little more than is expected. At close of his talks he often said do a little better. (Such are the words of a man who has put in effort)
-when visiting near Ghana Africa he told the people “I don’t want to leave here, I feel at home here.” They wept together.
-if we don’t do D&C 121 then our Priesthood and leadership in the Church will be gone and our role as Patriarch will be gone.

President Thomas S. Monson:
(*At the time of this publication, Thomas S Monson was not yet the President of the Church. For information summarized on his life and messages, see Richardson Studies post on “To The Rescue”, the biography of him. This is the link to my notes on that book, very interesting: https://richardsonstudies.wordpress.com/category/to-the-rescue-biography-of-thomas-s-monson-by-heidi-swinton-tsm-is-current-president-of-lds-church/)

Assorted:
-a master Psychologist speaking of why we came to Utah as a people, said it’s not just to survive, for plenty do that, but it’s because if offers something more here, something special.
-BH Roberts, known to be one of the most eloquent speakers the Church had had, said of young people who were indifferent or even hostile toward the Church “Ah! They have not yet met a master interpreter!”
-olive oil causes more poisons to cease than any other remedy; so if you don’t know what poison you ingested or how to cure it, drink olive oil. Interesting that such is what we use in anointing the sick as directed in James 5, and that Christ’s atonement was at an olive tree (*also Jewish lore suggests the Tree of life in the garden of Eden was an olive tree; also the bird returning to Noah on the ark to show that there was land brought back an olive tree leaf); it’s like how Jesus purifies us of our sins and heals us from our afflictions of all types (*Alma 7 says Christ doesn’t just help us with our sins, but with all aspects of life)
-President Packer was asked if we really believe we are going to take these sacraments (temple ordinances) to every human that has ever lived. He responded “it is a big job, and we’re doing it”
-Truman G Madsen asked President Hugh B Brown: what are the blessings of Abraham Isaac and Jacob? Answer: posterity. Question: they why was Abraham asked to sacrifice his one chance at that? Answer: Because Abraham needed to learn something about Abraham. He and Isaac came down from that mountain with stronger faith in God and in the future.
-BH Roberts was in disagreement with the rest of the brethren about weather one of them in the high council of the Church had to get permission from the others before running for public office. Everyone said yes except him. They told him he would have to leave the council if he could not come to terms with this. He walked around all night and finally decided to come to terms with it. He told them it took him all night to come to that, and they responded, JFS being one of them, that they hadn’t left the room, and had been praying all night for him.
-Madsen said the First Presidency asked him to speak on Emma Smith, he asked what are the current feelings of the brethren on her, they said “Very positive.”
-The LDS Sort Center in SLC gives 1 million clothes a month.
-one person asked Elder Jeffry R Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “would your give your life for Christ?” He responded “I thought that is what I was doing”.
-Matthew Cowley said when called as Apostle felt it a call to be a delinquent father. He said that because in that type of calling The Church must come 1st, although of coarse the ultimate thing is family.
-book “Think and grow rich” by Nepolian Hill. BH Roberts quoted from this famous book.
-David Whitmer was the only one of the three witnesses of the Book of Mormon to be told directly by the angel “blessed is he that endureth to the end”; he was the only one of them who didn’t come back to the Church.
-Madsen says how much we bring to the scriptures determines how much we take from them.
-Madsen says with Mosiah 5 the people were literally reborn
-Madsen says that our conscience kisses us when we obey the core of our heats, that being which is truth.
-Madsen says that the 1 year plan for food storage and cash the church has instructed us about is important; Too many of us see the Church as something to rescue us when we have none of that, and it’s not designed to be that. The plan of the Church is storage kept by the members themselves.
-Hugh B Brown was in the First Presidency at one point
-how much we bring to the scriptures is how much we will get out of them

-J Golden Kimbal said if you want to live a long time, get an incurable disease then take care of it
-Madsen was told as long as he was in the path of duty on his mission he would be safe in his travels
-one man visiting an LDS congregation, he was getting a doctorate in theology, said “they’re all like little children there… which is just like Christ would want them to be” he then joined the Church.

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