I have lain awake many long hours contemplating and have offered many fervent prayers on my bended knees, hopeful that I might say the right thing, and that you would receive it in the humble spirit in which it is given. 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. A million brilliant minds might conjecture otherwise, but it is still true. I send to you a solemn warning; and when you stand before the judgment bar in the not-too-distant future, you will know then that I spoke the truth with your eternal welfare in mind. They are absolute truths. In twenty years? This is not another gospel or philosophy. Please email the Grampa if you note any broken links, errors, or if you are aware of any Spencer W. Kimball talks or articles not listed here but available on the web. . Of course, there is a difference of opinion but again, opinion cannot change laws or absolute truths. 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. -- Spencer W. Kimball . Conferences. © Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. This is an absolute truth. If I can only make clear this one thing, it will give us a basis on which to build. This true way of life is not a matter of opinion. Wherefore, it speaketh of things as they really are, and of things as they really will be.” (Jacob 4:13). your own Pins on Pinterest 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. Noah, a righteous prophet, reestablished communication with the Lord and carried on the work of the Lord, but only for a brief period, for weak mortal man permitted the flesh to control the spirit again, and another great apostasy took place and most of the people were without a knowledge and understanding of God. 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. Time passed, idolatry prevailed, wickedness increased—but finally the Lord sent a superior spirit to earth, born the son of Terah. He still lives. But I give you these things, not as my opinion—I give them to you as divine truths which are absolute. 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. I know it. We took our turns and came to earth as bodies were prepared by our earthly parents. A few more salient facts, which I shall not attempt at this moment to elaborate upon: Adam and Eve transgressed a law and were responsible for a change that came to all their posterity, that of mortality. After completing a mission and marrying Camilla Eyring, he settled in Safford, Arizona, to raise his family and run an insurance business. If the watch had a tongue, it might even lie and say, “There is no watchmaker.” That would not alter the truth. In the 12 years of his presidency, the number of operating temples doubled, the number of missionaries increased by 50 percent, and the priesthood was extended to all worthy male members. And then, knowing full well that his life would be taken, he went gloriously to his death, thus giving not only his energy, time, and earning capacity but his very life for the cause. You may know. 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. If men are really humble, they will realize that they discover, but do not create, truth. Neither do you learn certain truths about spiritual things in a physics laboratory. His administration produced significant advances in doctrinal understanding, member unity, and gospel expansion worldwide. It must come by a careful, honest, and sincere investigation. . October 2020; April 2020; October 2019; April 2019; All conferences (101) ... All speakers (490) Topics. Innumerable others, both priesthood and laity, suffered unbelievable tortures. The Lord set up his program of organization fully, gave the governing principles and doctrines, and delegated his full authority to his officers to teach and perform ordinances. It is everlastin… He finally knew it so positively that he gave the balance of his life teaching it. 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 Lord has promised repeatedly that he will give you a knowledge of spiritual things when you have placed yourself in a proper frame of mind. God’s church was lost for the moment, as it had been through many centuries in the past. Expertise in religion comes from personal righteousness and from revelation. If all the proponents of the “-isms” on all the continents disbelieve it, it is still true—an absolute truth. The great prophet Jacob said that “the Spirit speaketh the truth. Why not now? It's an energy field created by all living things. Born on March 28, 1895, in Salt Lake City, Spencer W. Kimball grew up in Thatcher, Arizona. 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. General Conference Talks By Spencer W. Kimball. President Spencer W. Kimball 12th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints April 1981 152nd Annual Conference Saturday Morning Session Could it have been the different food which made the change? 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. Refresh and try again. We needed to be taught in order to understand life and who we really are. You must go to the spiritual laboratory, use the facilities available there, and comply with the governing rules. After completing a mission and marrying Camilla Eyring, he settled in Safford, Arizona, to raise his family and run an insurance business. Death was his last enemy, and he overcame even that and established the resurrection. I am willing to go into eternity and face my God with this testimony on my lips. With the authorized servants martyred and both authority and doctrines gone, the world went into a spiritual tailspin and plunged into the Dark Ages, wherein the true understanding of God and his plan was not upon the earth; when gross darkness enveloped the people; when there was little progress even in material things and an almost complete void spiritually. 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. This restoration was preceded by a long period of preparation. The spiritual realm, which is just as absolute as is the physical, cannot be understood by the laws of the physical. Weights will not suspend themselves in the air, but when released will fall earthward. Discover (and save!) Spencer W. Kimball gave an address at a Regional Representatives Seminar on April 4, 1974. The article almost entirely on accounts of Kimball's life written by his sons, rather than on independent secondary sources. Someday you will see and feel and understand and perhaps even berate yourself for the long delay and waste of time. There are absolute truths and relative truths. All the powers of earth and heaven cannot bring this knowledge to you. “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. As you know, one can grow only by overcoming. Again, these vital truths are not matters of opinion. 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. 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? With that explanation you will better understand the point of view assumed and the style in which it is given. Much time has been lost. 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. General Conference. Set Some Personal Goals April 1985. And having done all this for his Father’s children, the Christ mapped out a plan of life for man—a positive and absolute program whereby man might achieve, accomplish, and overcome and perfect himself. God’s existence is a reality. There must be an open mind, a sincere heart, a desire, a reaching. What difference does it make that the item concerned is not shaped like an idol? And this is the Church organized through revelation by the Savior: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These absolute truths are not altered by the opinions of men. A geologist who has discovered truths about the structure of the earth may be oblivious to the truths God has given us about the eternal nature of the family. 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. It cannot be disproved. The earth was made by the Gods as was the watch by the watchmaker. A quick check of Highbeam and Google News archives suggest that many independent secondary sources on Kimball's life do exist (indeed, the article itself refers to Kimball's actions making headlines across America). To the above most generous offer, we as sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father responded with gratitude. Of these truths I bear witness in the name of Jesus Christ. After completing a mission and marrying Camilla Eyring, he settled in Safford, Arizona, to raise his family and run an insurance business. (“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. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. It is a fact. It matters little whether one is a plumber, or a banker, or a farmer, for these occupations are secondary; what is most important is what one knows and believes concerning his past and his future and what he does about it. Becky Craven April 2019 Missionary Work: Sharing What Is in Your Heart No ratings yet Dieter F. Uchtdorf April 2019 He ignored all the multitudinous religious organizations then extant and all their manmade doctrines and philosophies and set up his own divine plan. If they were, then your opinion would be just as good as mine, or better. There are many ideas advanced to the world that have been changed to meet the needs of the truth as it has been discovered. The watchmaker in Switzerland, with materials at hand, made the watch that was found in the sand in a California desert. And yet many a financier, politician, college professor, or owner of a gambling club thinks that because he has risen above all his fellowmen in his particular field he knows everything in every field. Spencer W. Kimball + Follow Similar authors to follow + + + See more recommendations Something went wrong. I repeat, these are not matters of opinion. Abraham spent a glorious life teaching righteousness to his own numerous posterity and to others. It is a matter of when. They have come to ask me to perform the marriage ceremony for them tomorrow in the temple of the Lord. In two Conference talks April and Sept 1978 (Ensign May & Nov 78) Strengthening the Family—the Basic Unit of the Church, President Spencer W. Kimball Ensign, May 1978, 45. Amen. A finer substance will give life to the body and will render it immortal. President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Grampa Bill believes this to be the most complete link listing available of President Spencer W. Kimball's talks and articles on the web. Jan 19, 2013 - Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. Be the first to ask a question about Spencer W. Kimball Collection. We’d love your help. These realities will not go away simply because we have different opinions about them. This will be your proving ground. 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. For many, it may be unusual because a few of the first talks were before he had throat surgery and his voice is not what many of us remember. One might be a great authority on the hydrogen bomb and yet know nothing of banking. 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. Spencer W. Kimball's Last General Conference Talk as LDS Church President . All the theorists in the world cannot disprove it. They may have their own opinions, but he still lives, and his form, powers, and attributes do not change according to men’s opinions. Please try your request again later. Born on March 28, 1895, in Salt Lake City, Spencer W. Kimball grew up in Thatcher, Arizona. Across the desk from me sits a delightful young couple. 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. by Covenant Communications. He therefore organized his Church among his faithful followers, with apostles, prophets, and other officials to give his people guidance. Jul 17, 2018 - This is a talk given by Elder Spencer W. Kimball on December 5, 1955, at Brigham Young University. 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. Two thousand or a million? Now, it is a good question which has been asked by millions since Joseph Smith phrased it: How am I to know which of all, if any, of the organizations is authentic, divine, and recognized by the Lord? Overcoming severe health problems, he became Church President on December 30, 1973, at the age of 78. One of the most heartbreaking episodes of the new biography on Spencer W. Kimball, “Lengthen Your Stride,” is the story of his relationship with his son Spence. I am doing my best to present it. It cannot be disproved. No one could take it from him. With preconceived religious notions stubbornly held, one is not teachable. The Family: A Proclamation to the World by President Spencer W. Kimball. It surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together." 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 never varies. Family Preparedness April 1976. 6 Oct 1944 Ye May Know the Truth General Conference. He was stoned nearly to death and raised again. Opinions do not change that. To become a plumber, one must study the laws which govern plumbing. 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. See Also. Faith and Reason: The Appropriation of Knowledge and Truth, BYU Speeches One might know much about plumbing and be a complete failure in training children or getting along with men. This is a talk given by Elder Spencer W. Kimball on December 5, 1955, at Brigham Young University. If all the four billion people in the world think it flat, they are in error. This is absolute. One might be the best of bookkeepers and yet not know anything of electricity. Somehow blood, the life-giving element in our bodies, replaced the finer substance which coursed through their bodies before. . My beloved brothers and sisters, what a joy it is to be with you on your first devotional for the new school year! The Gods organized the earth of materials at hand, over which they had control and power. These realities will not be dissolved just because some have doubts about them. You may know, as did Joseph Smith, Paul, and Peter, and as do a great number of your contemporaries. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Nov 25, 2012 - This is a talk given by Elder Spencer W. Kimball on December 5, 1955, at Brigham Young University. He suffered hunger, thirst, persecutions. Years of Church and community leadership preceded his … You will have to answer to your Creator if you ignore it, just as I would have to answer if I ignored it. He knew that God lived, Jesus was the Christ, and the gospel was a way of eternal life, mortal and immortal, never ending; he knew that the rewards of eternities were worth the sacrifice of comforts of this life. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published All four billion of the children of men on the earth might be ignorant of him and his attributes and his powers, but he still lives. 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. Overcoming severe health problems, he became Church President on December 30, 1973. Today? How wonderful! His family had survived the Great Depression, floods and more, but he never faltered, never wavered in his service to the Lord. Quorum of the Twelve (7 Oct 1943 - 23 Jan 1970) 9 Apr 1944 The Sabbath Day General Conference. Any intelligent man may learn what he wants to learn. He sent those officials into all the world to teach his truths—but to teach them without using force, for the basic law of this world is free agency. 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. If one can accept these unassailable truths, then he is ready to start his experimentation and his laboratory work. I intend to provide a plan whereby you may continue your growth. Opinion? Please remember that I have tried to bring this matter to your attention with such force that it would impress you. Obi-wan Kenobi said that the Force "is what gives a Jedi his power. Born on March 28, 1895, in Salt Lake City, Spencer W. Kimball grew up in Thatcher, Arizona. President Spencer W. Kimball 12th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints October 1982 153rd Semiannual Conference Saturday Morning Session "There seems to be a general state of wickedness in the world in these perilous yet crucially momentous days. He has counseled us to seek, ask, and search diligently. The young man has penetrating eyes, curly hair, and a captivating smile. When will it be for you? The earth is spherical. Man cannot discover God or his ways by mere mental processes. General Conference. 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. These truths are available to every soul. Persecution was intolerable. Jan 6, 2014 - This Pin was discovered by Debbie Woodward. There is no room for doubt. To continue your development, you need physical bodies. The law of gravity is an absolute truth. 61-63 of the book describes Spence as straying from the Church during his adult lifetime. I wrote, some time ago, a letter to a disbeliever. You do not learn to make electric generators in a seminary. The true plan of life was placed upon the earth in the beginning when it was given to Adam. Join Best Church Talks to find the ideas and inspiration you need for yourself and those you serve. 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 must know stresses and strains; temperatures at which pipes will freeze; laws which govern steam, hot water, expansion, contraction, and so forth. The man was considered to be humble, witty, loving, faithful, full of energy and committed to the Lord. As in all other dispensations, the majority went foul, ignored the true way, and followed the way of the world. Again, I offer the assistance of the Church, but I will not push this matter upon you nor force it. 218 University Press Building I enjoy hearing the prophet. 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. 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. All the people on the earth might deny him and disbelieve, but he lives in spite of them. Church organizations made by men, without claim to divinity or revelation, were everywhere in abundance. He has given the key. Spencer W. Kimball's Final General Conference Talk as LDS Church President . There are relative truths, and there are also absolute truths which are the same yesterday, today, and forever—never changing. But the spirit, which is supreme in the dual man, transcends the body. Though all on earth were apostate, having turned to the worship of idols and to murder, adultery, drunkenness, bribery, and all manner of evil, this child—Abraham—grew up with sufficient power and goodness to cause the heavens to open again, and God revealed again to him all these truths I am writing about. Why, oh, why do people think they can fathom the most complex spiritual depths without the necessary experimental and laboratory work accompanied by compliance with the laws that govern it? The apostles are said to have suffered martyrs’ deaths. These truths are “independent” in their spiritual sphere and are to be discovered spiritually, though they may be confirmed by experience and intellect (see D&C 93:30). Our Father lives; his Son lives. After completing a mission and marrying Camilla Eyring, he settled in Safford, Arizona, to raise his family and run an insurance business. 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. 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] FEATURED TALKS Careful versus Casual star star star star star_border. After a few generations, the descendants of Adam went the way of the world and most of the earth’s children lost the truths and the knowledge of God and of the gospel. What a promise! The corrupted doctrines of former centuries were all there. How foolish would be the enslaved Israelite who was born in slavery and had never known anything but slavery to say to himself, “This is life. 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 was given full and complete authority, full and complete plans and programs. It is an incontrovertible fact. 7 Oct 1945 Posted in Talks. Looking for a fictional meet-cute in the new year? 7 Apr 1945 "Thy Son Liveth" General Conference. Spencer Woolley Kimball (March 28, 1895 – November 5, 1985) was an American business, civic, and religious leader, and was the twelfth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). That is an absolute truth. One cannot know God nor understand his works or plans unless he follows the laws which govern. The Lord told the Prophet Joseph Smith: “All truth is independent in that sphere in which God has placed it” (D&C 93:30). This, also, is an absolute truth. Understanding the difference between love and lust can help us in understanding God's laws about reserving sexual intimacy for marriage. In their minds that the item concerned is not a matter of an absolute truth explanation you See! 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