LDS Quotations

The following is a collection of quotations from prominent LDS Church officials and scripture:

GENERAL

“Each of us has to face the matter—either the Church is true, or it is a fraud.
There is no middle ground. It is the Church and kingdom of God, or it is nothing.”

Mormon President Gordon B. Hinckley, LDS General Conference, April 2003.

“I will tell you who the real fanatics are:
 they are they who adopt false principles and ideas as facts,
and try to establish a superstructure upon a false foundation…
If our religion is of this character we want to know it;
we would like to find a philosopher who can prove it to us.”

Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, vol. 13, p. 272

“It is better not to have so much faith as to believe all the lies.”
Hyrum Smith, brother of Joseph Smith

“If we have the truth, it cannot be harmed by investigation. If we have not the truth, it ought to be harmed.”
J. Reuben Clark, D. Michael Quinn: The Church Years. Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University Press, 1983, p. 24

“I know just as well what to tach this people and just what to say to them and what to do in order to bring them into the celestial kingdom… I have never yet preached a sermon and sent it out to the children of men, that they may not call Scripture. Let me have the privilege of correcting a sermon, and it is as good as Scripture as they deserve. The people have the oracles of God continually.”
Prophet Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, vol. 13, p. 95

“…it should be remembered that not every statement made by a Church leader, past or present, necessarily constitutes doctrine. It is commonly understood in the Church that a statement made by one leader on a single occasion often represents a personal, though well-considered, opinion, not meant to be official or binding for the whole Church.”
Apostle D. Todd Christofferson, “The Doctrine of Christ“, April 2012 General Conference

 

RACISM

“I am as much opposed to the principle of slavery as any man in the present acceptation or usage of the term, it is abused. I am opposed to abuseing that which God has decreed, to take a blessing, and make a curse of it. It is a great blessing to the seed of Adam to have the seed of Cain for servants….”
Brigham Young Addresses, Ms d 1234, Box 48, folder 3, dated February 5, 1852, located in the LDS church historical dept.

“Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African race? If the white man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty, under the law of God is death on the spot. This will always be so”
Brigham Young. Journal of Discourses, vol. 10, p.110

“And if any man mingle his seed with the seed of Cane [sic] the ownly [sic] way he could get rid of it or have salvation would be to come forward and have his head cut off & spill his Blood upon the ground it would also take the life of his children …”
Wilford Woodruff’s Journal. January 16, 1852, typed copy; original located in LDS church archives

“The Lord has never indicated that black skin came because of being less faithful. Now, the [American] Indian; we know why he has changed, don’t we? The Book of Mormon tells us that: and he has a dark skin, but he has promise there that through faithfulness, that they all again become a white and delightsome people.”
Apostle LeGrand Richards, Interview by Wesley P. Walters and Chris Vlachos, August 16, 1978, Church Office Building

SEXISM

“Husbands, love and treasure your wives. They are your most precious possessions.”
Gordon B. Hinckley, April 2007 General Conference Closing Remarks

APOSTATES

“I have known a great many men who have left this Church for whom there is no chance whatever for exaltation, but if their blood had been spilled, it would have been better for them. The wickedness and ignorance of the nations forbid this principle’s being in full force, but the time will come when the law of God will be in full force. This is loving our neighbour as ourselves ; if he needs help, help him ; and if he wants salvation and it is necessary to spill his blood on the earth in order that he may be saved, spill it.”
A Discourse by President Brigham Young, Delivered in the Tabernacle, Great Salt Lake City, February 8 1857 (Journal of Discourses, Vol 4, p 220)

“Christians—those poor, miserable priests brother Brigham was speaking about—some of them are the biggest whoremasters there are on the earth, and at the same time preaching righteousness to the children of men. The poor devils, they could not get up here and preach an oral discourse, to save themselves from hell; they are preaching their fathers’ sermons —preaching sermons that were written a hundred years before they were born. …You may get a Methodist priest to pour water on you, or sprinkle it on you, and baptize you face foremost, or lay you down the other way, and whatever mode you please, and you will be damned with your priest.”
Apostle Heber C. Kimball, Journal of Discourses, 5:89

PROPHESIES

“Who can tell us of the inhabitants of this little planet that shines of an evening, called the moon?… when you inquire about the inhabitants of that sphere you find that the most learned are as ignorant in regard to them as the most ignorant of their fathers. So it is in regard to the inhabitants of the sun. Do you think it is inhabited? I rather think it is. Do you think there is any life there? No question of it; it was not made in vain. It was made to give light to those who dwell upon it, and to other planets; and so will this earth when it is celestialized.”
Brigham Young, July 24, 1870, Journal of Discourses 13:271

“We will never get a man into space. This Earth is man’s sphere and it was never intended that he should get away from it … The mood is a superior planet to the Earth and it was never intended that man should go there. You can write it down in your books that this will never happen.”
Prophet Joseph Fielding Smith, Honolulu Stake Conference, May 14, 1961.


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  1. I am a British author and journalist. I was very glad to find your site, was absorbed by your essay on your “Apostasy” and have found the quotations useful in current work on Mormonism and Mitt Romney. You are very welcome to publish or circulate this ironic piece http://www.richardheller.co.uk/2012/06/belles-lettres/mitt-romney%e2%80%99s-mormon-god-a-very-poor-chief-executive/

  2. I am very grateful for your website. I am going through the process of disentangling myself from the LDS Church. I still retain a faith in God, which makes it all the more ironic, that as I have been praying about this process, the feelings I get tell me to,”Get the hell out.” This has been a process which began a year or so ago, as I began to research Church history more closely.

    It is amazing to me, when you’re deep into the Church and a TBM, how you blindly look past glaring errors in the doctrine, history, and fallibility of prophetic statements. Not only that, but as you sacrifice to enter into more serious covenants through ritualistic practices, it causes you to be more committed and devoted. I can’t tell you how in the past I have loathed and hated myself, because of the garbage they shoveled into my brain. When I was younger, I acted to commit suicide on three different occasions because of what they were teaching. Fortunately, my suicide attempts failed and I can live to leave the LDS groupthink.

    Peace.

  3. If any one could be wrong about the church being true in the first place, they can be wrong about it being false later. If the church is true, then the statements about the plight of those who fight against it or God or His Saints is a very scary prospect. It seems prudent to leave the church quietly and not to influence others to follow, lest you heap damnation on your soul. I know that my mind is not capable of absolute knowledge and feel inclined to err on the side of caution.

    • That may be true, if one believes in souls, damnation, or a god of some kind. You seem to be talking to the wrong person.

      Leaving quietly, in my view, is for those who lack the confidence to stand up and defend their discoveries. I’ve done (and continue to do) my research, and can give evidence to nearly every claim I make about the church, its history, and its doctrine.

    • Also, absolute knowledge is not required for anything; the quest for knowledge is taken one step at a time, “precept upon precept” as it were. The question is whether each step is well-founded and supported by imperial data & evidence. This is where the church’s path falls apart, patching the holes with “faith” as if it were a fix-all solution.

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