He suffered hunger, thirst, persecutions. 1 Oct 1943 Response to a Call General Conference. I am glad to be here and I greet you with my affection and deep-seated love. He finally knew it so positively that he gave the balance of his life teaching it. And, as the prophet Daniel prophesied millennia ago, there finally came a day when another restoration of truth should come, this time never to be lost. Spencer W. Kimball gave an address at a Regional Representatives Seminar on April 4, 1974. This, also, is an absolute truth. Years of Church and community leadership preceded his calling as an Apostle in 1943. Religious confusion reigned and most of the world opposed the work bitterly and cried “false prophet” at the first mention of the restored truth. Why not now? Church organizations made by men, without claim to divinity or revelation, were everywhere in abundance. Nov 25, 2012 - This is a talk given by Elder Spencer W. Kimball on December 5, 1955, at Brigham Young University. 61-63 of the book describes Spence as straying from the Church during his adult lifetime. It takes more than a decade to get a high school diploma; it takes an additional four years for most people to get a college degree; it takes nearly a quarter-century to become a great physician. 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. They are absolute truths. My beloved brothers and sisters, what a joy it is to be with you on your first devotional for the new school year! He must know stresses and strains; temperatures at which pipes will freeze; laws which govern steam, hot water, expansion, contraction, and so forth. Any intelligent man may learn what he wants to learn. by Covenant Communications. You need not be in doubt. Two hundred years? One might know much about plumbing and be a complete failure in training children or getting along with men. 1976, 70; or Ensign, May 1976, 46 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. This is the Church. One might be a great authority on the hydrogen bomb and yet know nothing of banking. See Also. Certainly men and women may use their free agency to do as they please, but they cannot ever evade the penalties that might come by reason of any error they make. 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. He therefore organized his Church among his faithful followers, with apostles, prophets, and other officials to give his people guidance. 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. “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. The truth remains. Discover (and save!) The Family: A Proclamation to the World This time the union will never be dissolved, since there will be no blood to disintegrate and cause trouble. The law of gravity is an absolute truth. Set Some Personal Goals April 1985. January 1st 2006 General Conference Talks By Spencer W. Kimball. © Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. So, in the early nineteenth century, the “marvelous work and a wonder” was reintroduced in to the world. . 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). Now, with the doctrines perverted, the priesthood gone, the organization corrupted, and the knowledge lost, there must come another awakening. It is everlastin… 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. The apostles are said to have suffered martyrs’ deaths. 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. A finer substance will give life to the body and will render it immortal. Please try your request again later. Posted in Talks. Faith and Reason: The Appropriation of Knowledge and Truth, BYU Speeches Topics. Joseph Smith went into a grove, spent a long time on his knees, and came out with knowledge to the divinity of Elohim and his Son, Jesus Christ—such a firm conviction that he went voluntarily to his martyrdom rather than deny it. Spencer W. Kimball and the Revelation on Priesthood Edward L. Kimball N o doubt the most dramatic moment of the Spencer W. Kimball administration and probably the highlight of Church history in the twentieth century occurred in June 1978, when the First Presidency I know it. Our Father lives; his Son lives. If you will agree to exercise control over your desires and continue to grow toward perfection and godhood by the plan which I shall provide, I will give to you a physical body of flesh and bones and a rich and productive earth, with sun, water, forests, metals, soils, and all other things necessary to feed and clothe and house you and give to you every enjoyment that is proper and for your good. What a promise! The Pilgrims and other Europeans were inspired to find this American haven of refuge and thus people this land with honest and God-fearing citizens. 7 Apr 1945 "Thy Son Liveth" General Conference. Many scientific findings have changed from year to year. A million brilliant minds might conjecture otherwise, but it is still true. Spencer W. Kimball, "The Blessings and Responsibilities of Womanhood" Camilla Kimball, "A Woman's Preparation" Julie B. Beck, "A Mother Heart" Boyd K. Packer, "A Tribute to Women" Patricia T. Holland, "A Woman's Perspective on Priesthood" Richard G. Scott, "The Joys of Living the Plan of Salvation" Family. Abraham spent a glorious life teaching righteousness to his own numerous posterity and to others. Born on March 28, 1895, in Salt Lake City, Spencer W. Kimball grew up in Thatcher, Arizona. This is an absolute truth. I am so sure of this that I am willing to bear witness of it with the last effort of my tongue and lips. Overcoming severe health problems, he became Church President on December 30, 1973. Conferences. I am doing my best to present it. Of these truths I bear witness in the name of Jesus Christ. In twenty years? General Conference Talks By Spencer W. Kimball. Again, I offer the assistance of the Church, but I will not push this matter upon you nor force it. Obi-wan Kenobi said that the Force "is what gives a Jedi his power. After completing a mission and marrying Camilla Eyring, he settled in Safford, Arizona, to raise his family and run an insurance business. One might be the best of bookkeepers and yet not know anything of electricity. After completing a mission and marrying Camilla Eyring, he settled in Safford, Arizona, to raise his family and run an insurance business. Weights will not suspend themselves in the air, but when released will fall earthward. As in all of the other dispensations, and especially the one preceding it when Jesus personally came to restore it, the little seed of truth had to fight a mountain of falsehood. 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. Immortality is a reality. It is a matter of when. We learn about these absolute truths by being taught by the Spirit. 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). The tiny organization, begun in 1830 with six members, has had phenomenal growth to some four million in that short period. 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. There are many ideas advanced to the world that have been changed to meet the needs of the truth as it has been discovered. He actually gave his life and literally took it up again as the “first fruits,” to be followed by every soul that has ever lived. 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). His family had survived the Great Depression, floods and more, but he never faltered, never wavered in his service to the Lord. It was given full and complete authority, full and complete plans and programs. You may know, as did Joseph Smith, Paul, and Peter, and as do a great number of your contemporaries. Greater laws can overcome lesser ones, but that does not change their undeniable truth. President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Spencer W. Kimball was the twelfth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 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. You will have to answer to your Creator if you ignore it, just as I would have to answer if I ignored it. Writing to this young man, who was battling with his thoughts, I said: Your resistance and argument against the truths of the gospel have given me grave concern. General Conference. 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. There is no room for doubt. Expertise in religion comes from personal righteousness and from revelation. 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. The Savior knew beyond doubt that an apostasy would come. 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. The Gods organized the earth of materials at hand, over which they had control and power. 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. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Experience in one field does not automatically create expertise in another field. In short, opinion alone has no power in the matter of an absolute truth. 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. 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. 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. Today? The watchmaker still existed, no matter the extent of their ignorance or experience. In addition to this, I will make it possible for you to eventually return to me as you improve your life, overcoming obstacles and approaching perfection.”. You cannot cast off this appeal and warning without grave responsibility. God, our Heavenly Father—Elohim—lives. 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. 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? 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. He was stoned nearly to death and raised again. If I can only make clear this one thing, it will give us a basis on which to build. 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. This is not another gospel or philosophy. This will be your proving ground. Atonement; Jesus Christ; plan of salvation; Sabbath; All topics (316) Spencer W. Kimball. He had developed, through his perfection in overcoming all things, the power to take up his life again. October 2020; April 2020; October 2019; April 2019; All conferences (101) ... All speakers (490) Topics. We are now on trial—on the proving ground. This much-needed restoration came through the Prophet Joseph Smith, who followed in the march of the prophets Adam, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, and Moses, and the Lord Jesus Christ. Man cannot discover God or his ways by mere mental processes. 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. The Church stands ready to furnish such assistance as you may require. 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. 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. Innumerable others, both priesthood and laity, suffered unbelievable tortures. One might know much about buying and selling groceries and be absolutely ignorant of bridge building. Grampa Bill believes this to be the most complete link listing available of President Spencer W. Kimball's talks and articles on the web. Truth. The years ahead can be far more glorious for you than any years in the past. It is here to stay. No one could take it from him. How ridiculous for such persons to attempt to outline for the world a way of life! All the people on the earth might deny him and disbelieve, but he lives in spite of them. The young man has penetrating eyes, curly hair, and a captivating smile. Becky Craven April 2019 Missionary Work: Sharing What Is in Your Heart No ratings yet Dieter F. Uchtdorf April 2019 Neither do you learn certain truths about spiritual things in a physics laboratory. I wrote, some time ago, a letter to a disbeliever. This story on pp. Two thousand or a million? 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. All the theorists in the world cannot disprove it. This restoration was preceded by a long period of preparation. Provo, Utah 84602. . This is absolute. The assurance will definitely come to you, but not unless you make an effort. 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. The intellectual may rationalize him out of existence and the unbeliever may scoff, but Christ still lives and guides the destinies of his people. If one can accept these unassailable truths, then he is ready to start his experimentation and his laboratory work. 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. by President Spencer W. Kimball. Even before he went to Calvary, the Lord knew that his young and pitifully small organization could not long resist the wolves of antagonistic philosophies and the terrific persecutions which would come, but he left some stalwart apostles and others to guide and build the kingdom. It must come by a careful, honest, and sincere investigation. It is an incontrovertible fact. I am willing to go into eternity and face my God with this testimony on my lips. The Lord Expects Righteousness October 1982. How wonderful! Previous Next. Looking for a fictional meet-cute in the new year? Persecution was intolerable. 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. One might be a noted theologian and yet be wholly untrained in watchmaking. As you know, one can grow only by overcoming. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published He ignored all the multitudinous religious organizations then extant and all their manmade doctrines and philosophies and set up his own divine plan. This is a talk given by Elder Spencer W. Kimball on December 5, 1955, at Brigham Young University. Much time has been lost. 218 University Press Building There are relative truths, and there are also absolute truths which are the same yesterday, today, and forever—never changing. This truth is absolute. 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. 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. Some of these seeming truths were stoutly maintained for centuries. Atonement; Jesus Christ; plan of salvation; Sabbath; All topics (316) Spencer W. Kimball. 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. The people of the world became so wicked that they were literally drowned and washed off the earth. We’d love your help. This is the church and gospel of Jesus Christ. You must go to the spiritual laboratory, use the facilities available there, and comply with the governing rules. We took our turns and came to earth as bodies were prepared by our earthly parents. God’s church was lost for the moment, as it had been through many centuries in the past. To the above most generous offer, we as sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father responded with gratitude. It is not a matter of if. He has given the key. It cannot be disproved. One cannot know God nor understand his works or plans unless he follows the laws which govern. Time passed, idolatry prevailed, wickedness increased—but finally the Lord sent a superior spirit to earth, born the son of Terah. Years of Church and community leadership preceded his calling as an Apostle in 1943. 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. A million educated folk might speculate and determine in their minds that the earth came into being by chance. 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. The article almost entirely on accounts of Kimball's life written by his sons, rather than on independent secondary sources. There must be an open mind, a sincere heart, a desire, a reaching. 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. The Gods organized and gave life to man and placed him on the earth. That is an absolute truth; there is no gainsaying. I intend to provide a plan whereby you may continue your growth. Of course, there is a difference of opinion but again, opinion cannot change laws or absolute truths. The scientists taught for decades that the world was once a nebulous, molten mass cast off from the sun, and later many scientists said it once was a whirl of dust which solidified. Spencer W. Kimball's Last General Conference Talk as LDS Church President . Born on March 28, 1895, in Salt Lake City, Spencer W. Kimball grew up in Thatcher, Arizona. I know that this is the only complete, divine, eternal program which is recognized and approved of God! I repeat, these are not matters of opinion. One might be the author of the law of relativity and yet know nothing of the Creator who originated every law. All the powers of earth and heaven cannot bring this knowledge to you. 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. It cannot be hoped for nor purchased. To continue your development, you need physical bodies. There is nothing better than this. 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? Spencer Kimball always spoke well, and I received it well. Born on March 28, 1895, in Salt Lake City, Spencer W. Kimball grew up in Thatcher, Arizona. The man was considered to be humble, witty, loving, faithful, full of energy and committed to the Lord. He led the Church with spiritual power and energetic determination during a period of dramatic vitality and growth. He died in Salt Lake City on November 5, 1985. 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. The Teachings of President Spencer W. Kimball (from lds.org); Read or download full talks/articles on this topic (Arranged alphabetically by last name) What does it matter? 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. You do not learn to make electric generators in a seminary. [Moses 7:32]. This true way of life is not a matter of opinion. When? 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. Someday you will see and feel and understand and perhaps even berate yourself for the long delay and waste of time. One must be governed by the laws which control the realm into which he is delving. Years of Church and community leadership preceded his … 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]. General Conference. With preconceived religious notions stubbornly held, one is not teachable. 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 enjoy hearing the prophet. But the spirit, which is supreme in the dual man, transcends the body. I bear testimony to you that this is true. They may have their own opinions, but he still lives, and his form, powers, and attributes do not change according to men’s opinions. The rules of dietetics have changed many times in my lifetime. 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. 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. 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. 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). They have come to ask me to perform the marriage ceremony for them tomorrow in the temple of the Lord. Amen. He still lives. This is true. 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). Reply. If they were, then your opinion would be just as good as mine, or better. Understanding the difference between love and lust can help us in understanding God's laws about reserving sexual intimacy for marriage. Talks by Spencer W. Kimball. The earth was made by the Gods as was the watch by the watchmaker. This is not another church. If all the four billion people in the world think it flat, they are in error. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. 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. His administration produced significant advances in doctrinal understanding, member unity, and gospel expansion worldwide. Start by marking “Spencer W. Kimball Collection: [Four Classic Talks]” as Want to Read: Error rating book. 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. Spencer W. Kimball + Follow Similar authors to follow + + + See more recommendations Something went wrong. The spiritual realm, which is just as absolute as is the physical, cannot be understood by the laws of the physical. To become a plumber, one must study the laws which govern plumbing. Could it have been the different food which made the change? Welcome back. I remember when he was president of the L.D.S. Spencer W. Kimball's Final General Conference Talk as LDS Church President . This apostasy is a certainty. your own Pins on Pinterest 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. Refresh and try again. Church, and it is nice to hear his voice and feel his messages again. It never varies. These absolute truths are not altered by the opinions of men. 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. The watchmaker in Switzerland, with materials at hand, made the watch that was found in the sand in a California desert. These truths are available to every soul. When will it be for you? 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] President Spencer W. 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