All the people on the earth might deny him and disbelieve, but he lives in spite of them. Amen. You may know, as did Joseph Smith, Paul, and Peter, and as do a great number of your contemporaries. What difference does it make that the item concerned is not shaped like an idol? Having dropped all pride of your mental stature, having acknowledged before God your confusion, having subjected your egotism, and having surrendered yourself to the teaching of the Holy Spirit, you are ready to begin to learn. He reestablished his truths on the earth—the priesthood, the power, the organization, the knowledge to save and exalt men—but, as stated earlier, this lasted only a few generations and was gone again. They may have their own opinions, but he still lives, and his form, powers, and attributes do not change according to men’s opinions. A million educated folk might speculate and determine in their minds that the earth came into being by chance. It never varies. May I repeat, the time will come when there will be surrender of every person who has ever lived on this earth, who is now living, or who ever will live on this earth; and it will be an unforced surrender, an unconditional surrender. This talk was later printed in the Improvement Era in 1966, and was the basis for Chapter 8 of the book Faith Precedes the Miracle (printed 1972). It cannot be disproved. General Conference. He therefore organized his Church among his faithful followers, with apostles, prophets, and other officials to give his people guidance. Seeking Eternal Riches April 1976. It cannot be disproved. This resurrection referred to is the work of Jesus Christ, the Savior, who, because he was both mortal (the son of Mary) and divine (the Son of God), was able to overcome the powers governing the flesh. Spencer W. Kimball was President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when this devotional address was given at Brigham Young University on 6 September 1977. One might know much about plumbing and be a complete failure in training children or getting along with men. The law of gravity is an absolute truth. Now, with great humility, I send this message to you, John, and to all others who may hear it, with a prayer in my heart that you will not cast it aside, but that you will think it through and ponder about it as you pray about it. The rules of dietetics have changed many times in my lifetime. Death was his last enemy, and he overcame even that and established the resurrection. Spencer W. Kimball, prophet of the LDS Church from 1973 to 1985, proclaimed, “We are unanimous, all of the Brethren, in feeling and recommending that Indians marry Indians, and Mexicans marry Mexicans; the Chinese marry Chinese and the Japanese marry Japanese; that the Caucasians marry the Caucasians, and the Arabs marry Arabs.” [15] One might be a noted theologian and yet be wholly untrained in watchmaking. It was given full and complete authority, full and complete plans and programs. In order to do so and to get the nations to accept it, pagan superstitions and doctrines were superimposed upon the Christian doctrines and intermingled until the doctrines and ordinances established by the Christ were changed and diluted so that they had only a faint resemblance to the truth. This Church of Jesus Christ (nicknamed Mormon) is the “only true and living church” that is fully recognized with the authority to perform for him, and the only one with a total and comprehensive and true program which will carry men to powers unbelievable and to realms incredible. We shall give you a rich earth, lavishly furnished for your benefit and enjoyment, and we shall see if you will prove true and do the things that are asked of you. Religious confusion reigned and most of the world opposed the work bitterly and cried “false prophet” at the first mention of the restored truth. The watchmaker still existed, no matter the extent of their ignorance or experience. What is the difference between light and darkness—growing and shriveling—a giant and a pygmy—freedom and slavery—eternity and the one day—life and death? Experience in one field does not automatically create expertise in another field. Opinions will never make the earth to be flat, the sun to dim its light, God to die, or the Savior to cease being the Son of God. Set Some Personal Goals April 1985. Overcoming severe health problems, he became Church President on December 30, 1973, at the age of 78. The watchmaker in Switzerland, with materials at hand, made the watch that was found in the sand in a California desert. Expertise in religion comes from personal righteousness and from revelation. Its authority extends beyond life, through the veil of death, to the eternities ahead. Two thousand or a million? I realize I cannot convince you against your will, but I know I can help you if you will only listen and let me call to your attention some salient truths, and if you will listen with a prayer and a desire to know that what I say is true. Talks by Spencer W. Kimball. Then you may know of these truths just as surely, or more surely, than the scientist knows the metals, or the acids, or other elements. This will be your proving ground. So often, therefore, what we are doing in our various talks and meetings is to remind ourselves of the need for balance, the need for fresh emphasis here or there, and the need to do the things that matter most without leaving the other things undone.” Spencer W. Kimball | Conference Report, Apr. I am willing to go into eternity and face my God with this testimony on my lips. This story on pp. Previous Next. Most of the world disbelieves it, ministers attempt to disprove it, intellectuals think to rationalize it out of existence; but when all the people of the world are dead, and ministers and priests are ashes, and the highly trained are mouldering in their graves, the truth will go forward—the Church will continue triumphant and the gospel will still be true. 1 thought on “ Lock Your Heart – Spencer W. Kimball ” judith muhangueno says: September 2, 2016 at 2:06 pm I just loved it I know that this inspired talk, this not president speaking but the Lord speak to his arms of missionary thanks so much. Becky Craven April 2019 Missionary Work: Sharing What Is in Your Heart No ratings yet Dieter F. Uchtdorf April 2019 Much of what was said in that letter has been on my mind lately and I wish to share the substance of those thoughts in this talk to you. These realities will not go away simply because we have different opinions about them. One might be a great authority on the hydrogen bomb and yet know nothing of banking. The Lord has defined truth as being a “knowledge of things as they are, and as they were, and as they are to come” (D&C 93:24). There is no room for doubt. One might be the best of bookkeepers and yet not know anything of electricity. The Lord told the Prophet Joseph Smith: “All truth is independent in that sphere in which God has placed it” (D&C 93:30). Time passed, idolatry prevailed, wickedness increased—but finally the Lord sent a superior spirit to earth, born the son of Terah. The man was considered to be humble, witty, loving, faithful, full of energy and committed to the Lord. When? If they were, then your opinion would be just as good as mine, or better. Of these truths I bear witness in the name of Jesus Christ. This is a talk given by Elder Spencer W. Kimball on December 5, 1955, at Brigham Young University. After completing a mission and marrying Camilla Eyring, he settled in Safford, Arizona, to raise his family and run an insurance business. Years of Church and community leadership preceded his calling as an Apostle in 1943. We are now on trial—on the proving ground. The people who found the watch had never been to Switzerland, nor seen the watchmaker, nor seen the watch made. You are mature, you have a good mind, you have a strong background, and the seeds of truth were sown in your life in your youth. Born on March 28, 1895, in Salt Lake City, Spencer W. Kimball grew up in Thatcher, Arizona. You cannot cast off this appeal and warning without grave responsibility. It was organized by revelation from Jesus Christ. I would not, even if I could, force your thinking, for free agency is the basic law of God and each one must assume the responsibility for his own response; but certainly each of us must do his part in influencing for good those who might need some assistance. You may know. The people of the world became so wicked that they were literally drowned and washed off the earth. The earth is spherical. The Church was uprooted and almost destroyed by physical horrors; then finally, through pagan rulers who were not truly converted, Christianity was accepted and made popular. #Stress #Goal #Achievement “Preparedness, when properly pursued, is a way of life, not a sudden, spectacular program.”-- Spencer W. Kimball . It is an incontrovertible fact. The years ahead can be far more glorious for you than any years in the past. -- Spencer W. Kimball . The assurance will definitely come to you, but not unless you make an effort. Born on March 28, 1895, in Salt Lake City, Spencer W. Kimball grew up in Thatcher, Arizona. Nov 25, 2012 - This is a talk given by Elder Spencer W. Kimball on December 5, 1955, at Brigham Young University. I repeat, these are not matters of opinion. [Moses 7:32]. To the above most generous offer, we as sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father responded with gratitude. This is true. President Kimball writes him repeatedly and calls him to repentance. Innumerable others, both priesthood and laity, suffered unbelievable tortures. by Covenant Communications. It does not decompose but proceeds to the spirit world for further experience, with the assurance that after sufficient preparation there a reunion will take place where the spirit will be housed eternally in a remodeled body of flesh and bones. But the spirit, which is supreme in the dual man, transcends the body. God will make it known to you once you have capitulated and have become humble and receptive. It cannot be hoped for nor purchased. We took our turns and came to earth as bodies were prepared by our earthly parents. Of course, there is a difference of opinion but again, opinion cannot change laws or absolute truths. Topics. There are absolute truths and relative truths. He may acquire knowledge in any field, though it requires much thought and effort. Paul knew more about the healing and saving truths that were necessary for the welfare of human souls than all of the sages and the doctors of his time or this time. They and we became mortal, subject to illness, pains, and even the physical dissolution called death. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Obi-wan Kenobi said that the Force "is what gives a Jedi his power. When will it be for you? Being a god, he gave his life. All the theorists in the world cannot disprove it. (“The Life and Ministry of Spencer W. Kimball,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball, (2006),xiv–xxxvii) Spencer W. Kimball was called to be an apostle on July 8, 1943. The Gods organized and gave life to man and placed him on the earth. He must know stresses and strains; temperatures at which pipes will freeze; laws which govern steam, hot water, expansion, contraction, and so forth. Conferences. Discover (and save!) #Brother #Lds #Victory “Success is not measured in achievement of goals, but in the stress and strain of meeting those goals”-- Spencer W. Kimball . Spencer W. Kimball was President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when this devotional address was given at Brigham Young University on 6 September 1977. Somehow blood, the life-giving element in our bodies, replaced the finer substance which coursed through their bodies before. In President Spencer W Kimball’s biography, his son Edward reveals the aftermath of Bruce R McConkie’s ‘7 Deadly Heresies’ talk: ‘President Kimball was not doctrinaire, and he felt a need to interfere in doctrinal matters only when he saw strong statements of personal opinion as being divisive. Absurd it is, but you will frequently find popular personalities, who seem never to have lived a single law of God, discoursing in interviews on religion. These absolute truths are not altered by the opinions of men. There must be an open mind, a sincere heart, a desire, a reaching. What a promise! Spencer Kimball always spoke well, and I received it well. Immortality is a reality. He suffered hunger, thirst, persecutions. Posted in Talks. This is the church and gospel of Jesus Christ. In short, opinion alone has no power in the matter of an absolute truth. 1976, 70; or Ensign, May 1976, 46 Reply. As in all other dispensations, the majority went foul, ignored the true way, and followed the way of the world. So, in the early nineteenth century, the “marvelous work and a wonder” was reintroduced in to the world. He was stoned nearly to death and raised again. When we were spiritual beings, fully organized and able to think and study and understand with him, our Heavenly Father said to us, in effect: “Now, my beloved children, in your spirit state you have progressed about as far as you can. It is a fact. This is an absolute truth. Opinion? We have that promise now, that even though individuals may fall the Church and the gospel are here to stay, and all the powers of the earth and hell cannot effect total apostasy again. Again, to you, John, I say, it is not if you will capitulate to the great truth; it iswhen, for I know that you cannot indefinitely resist the power and pressure of truth. Our Father lives; his Son lives. These innumerable promises are epitomized by Moroni in the following: “And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things” (Moroni 10:5). Family Preparedness April 1976. “Now,” said the Lord, “we shall take of the elements at hand and organize them into an earth, place thereon vegetation and animal life, and permit you to go down upon it. Two hundred years? You do not learn to make electric generators in a seminary. The young man has penetrating eyes, curly hair, and a captivating smile. Behold these thy brethren; they are the workmanship of mine own hands, and I gave unto them their knowledge, in the day I created them; and in the Garden of Eden, gave I unto man his agency. To continue your development, you need physical bodies. This is an absolute truth. I remember when he was president of the L.D.S. . We've got some steamy novels for you to snuggle up with, including Casey McQuiston's... To see what your friends thought of this book, Spencer W. Kimball Collection: [Four Classic Talks]. Born on March 28, 1895, in Salt Lake City, Spencer W. Kimball grew up in Thatcher, Arizona. The youthful Prophet, whose mind had not been contaminated with the sins of the world or prejudiced by false philosophies of men, was the instrument of the Restoration. With preconceived religious notions stubbornly held, one is not teachable. He still lives. One might be the author of the law of relativity and yet know nothing of the Creator who originated every law. His family had survived the Great Depression, floods and more, but he never faltered, never wavered in his service to the Lord. If all the proponents of the “-isms” on all the continents disbelieve it, it is still true—an absolute truth. God’s existence is a reality. It is not a matter of if. Washington and his fellows were inspired to revolt from England and bring political liberty to this land, along with the more valuable treasure of religious liberty so that the soil might be prepared for the seed of the truth when it should again be sown. The Family: A Proclamation to the World He has counseled us to seek, ask, and search diligently. Be the first to ask a question about Spencer W. Kimball Collection. Some of these seeming truths were stoutly maintained for centuries. . There are relative truths, and there are also absolute truths which are the same yesterday, today, and forever—never changing. Spencer W. Kimball's Last General Conference Talk as LDS Church President . Opinions do not change that. Join Best Church Talks to find the ideas and inspiration you need for yourself and those you serve. The true and living Church and its members and representatives stand ready to provide answers to any questions; and I promise you faithfully that if you will study and pray, keeping your mind open, you will receive the light, and it will be to you as the dawning of a new day after having gone through the night of darkness. Jul 17, 2018 - This is a talk given by Elder Spencer W. Kimball on December 5, 1955, at Brigham Young University. They have come to ask me to perform the marriage ceremony for them tomorrow in the temple of the Lord. Today? With that explanation you will better understand the point of view assumed and the style in which it is given. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. He has given the key. One might know much about buying and selling groceries and be absolutely ignorant of bridge building. And this is the Church organized through revelation by the Savior: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Someday you will see and feel and understand and perhaps even berate yourself for the long delay and waste of time. Remembering the 'most significant' General Conference talks of the decade and revisiting the sudden death of LDS Church President Harold B. Lee and the naming of his successor, Spencer W. Kimball. It is as true and the near-spherical shape of the earth, and as gravity; as true as the shining of the sun—as positive as the truth that we live. President Spencer W. Kimball : Modern idols or false gods can take such forms as clothes, homes, businesses, machines, automobiles, pleasure boats, and numerous other material deflectors from the path to godhood. Compare that statement to the one made by President Gordon B. Hinckley about the priesthood (another Yoda-like prophet—especially with the cane) in 1984: "There is no power on the earth like it. To become a plumber, one must study the laws which govern plumbing. Wherefore, it speaketh of things as they really are, and of things as they really will be.” (Jacob 4:13). I know that this is the only complete, divine, eternal program which is recognized and approved of God! Here I get my belly full daily and a fair space in which to sleep.” How short-sighted he would be to prefer such status when he is told that across the sea and across the desert a promised land awaits where he can be free and well-fed, be master of his own destinies, and have leisure, culture, growth, and all one’s heart could rightfully desire. My beloved brethren, it’s a joy to meet with you this conference session. If I can only make clear this one thing, it will give us a basis on which to build. Looking for a fictional meet-cute in the new year? The article almost entirely on accounts of Kimball's life written by his sons, rather than on independent secondary sources. The Savior knew beyond doubt that an apostasy would come. The sincere searching of science often rests only on the threshold of truth, whereas revealed facts give us certain absolute truths as a beginning point so we may come to understand the nature of man and the purpose of his life. The great prophet Jacob said that “the Spirit speaketh the truth. His administration produced significant advances in doctrinal understanding, member unity, and gospel expansion worldwide. The corrupted doctrines of former centuries were all there. Spencer W. Kimball + Follow Similar authors to follow + + + See more recommendations Something went wrong. As you know, one can grow only by overcoming. The truth remains. 218 University Press Building This is not another church. My beloved brothers and sisters, what a joy it is to be with you on your first devotional for the new school year! 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