Thursday, July 24, 2014

Memorable sermons from LDS leaders in fewer than 10 words (30 items)

By and , Deseret News

March 23, 2014

The Mormon Channel's most recent Mormon Message video, which discussed bullying, highlighted a two-word sermon from President Dieter F. Uchtdorf: "Stop it!"

The video was based on President Uchtdorf's April 2013 general conference address titled "The Merciful Obtain Mercy." It encouraged viewers to actively stop bullying and show mercy.

The video and President Uchtdorf's talk demonstrated how short sermons can be powerful reminders and motivators.

Here are 30 quotes from leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that provide powerful messages in fewer than 10 words.

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1 of 30.

“What-e'er thou art, act well thy part."

President David O. McKay referenced this quote, usually attributed to Shakespeare, during a priesthood session of conference. He first saw the statement while serving a mission in Scotland.

It has since been mentioned by Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve at a CES Devotional and by Sister Elaine S. Dalton at the April 2013 general conference.

2 of 30.

“Never suppress a generous thought."

Sister Julie B. Beck, then the Relief Society general president, shared this quote during the October 2009 general conference. She attributed it to Sister Camilla Kimball, wife of President Spencer W. Kimball.

Sister Bonnie D. Parkin, also a former Relief Society general president, shared the quote at a 2007 BYU Devotional.

3 of 30.

“It is better to look up."

At the October 2011 general conference, Elder Carl B. Cook of the First Quorum of the Seventy shared these words President Thomas S. Monson once said to him.

4 of 30.

"Stop it!"

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, shared this two-word sermon during his April 2012 general conference talk on mercy.

He said, "When it comes to hating, gossiping, ignoring, ridiculing, holding grudges, or wanting to cause harm, please apply the following: Stop it!"

5 of 30.

“Come what may and love it."

During the October 2008 general conference, Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin of the Quorum of the Twelve shared this advice he received from his mother when he was young.
1. kathybeebee
Ephrata, WA,
March 24, 2014

I'm distressed at seeing & hearing conference addresses reduced to memes. Seems to be a race to pick out the buzz words and get them posted before the address is even over.

The other side of this, is the conference speakers working to get Memorable Memes worked into their talks. I think it started with Sister Ann Monson Dibb a few years ago, "I know it. I live it. I love it." By the end of that weekend's conference there were dozens of pull quotes and memes. I guess, if it makes the talk memorable, fine; but aren't we really just passing on the slogans and losing the message of the message?

2. lledwards38
Canandaigua, NY,
March 24, 2014

I would love to copy these to give to my Primary class when they apply to a lesson. Is there some way you could present them, so they could be copied without getting all the other stuff on the page?

3. Missouri Coug
Greenwood, MO,
March 24, 2014

Jesus Christ described the purpose of our lives in TWO words: "Know Thyself". I think He meant we must learn all we can about who we are, and what our purpose and potential can be.

4. Jon1
Arlington, VA,
March 24, 2014

These are wonderful! I will definitely use and share these.
Thanks so much.

5. sms614
Warwick, RI,
March 24, 2014

How about "Doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith" and "Become the rock the river can't move" :-)