Brigham Young quotes

  • You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Family #Education #Women

  • He who takes offense when no offense is intended is a fool, and he who takes offense when offense is intended is a greater fool.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Fool #Offense

  • All intelligent beings who are crowned with crowns of glory, immortality, and eternal lives must pass through every ordeal appointed for intelligent beings to pass through, to gain their glory and exaltation. Every calamity that can come upon mortal beings will be suffered ... to prepare them to enjoy the presence of the Lord. ... Every trial and experience you have passed through is necessary for your salvation.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Intelligent #Crowns #Trials

  • Our education should be such as to improve our minds and fit us for increased usefulness; to make us of greater service to the human family.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Mind #Fit #Should

  • Love the giver more than the gift.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Love #Christmas #Meaningful

  • There is neither man or woman in this Church who is not on a mission. That mission will last as long as they live, and it is to do good, to promote righteousness, to teach the principles of truth, and to prevail upon themselves and everybody around them to live those principles that they may obtain eternal life
    -- Brigham Young

    #Men #Long #Church

  • Now, where a man in this church says, 'I don't want but one wife, I will live my religion with one,' he will perhaps be saved in the Celestial kingdom; but when he gets there he will not find himself in possession of any wife at all. He has had a talent that he has hid up. He will come forward and say, 'Here is that which thou gavest me, I have not wasted it, and here is the one talent,' and he will not enjoy it but it will be taken and given to those who have improved the talents they received, and he will find himself without any wife, and he will remain single forever and ever.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Taken #Men #Wife

  • The men and women, who desire to obtain seats in the celestial kingdom, will find that they must battle everyday.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Men #Everyday #Battle

  • Never let a day pass that you will have cause to say, I will do better tomorrow.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Causes #Tomorrow #Better Tomorrow

  • Every accomplishment, every refined talent, every useful attainment in mathematics, music, and in all sciences, and art belong to the Saints.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Music #Art #Accomplishment

  • Let us have compassion upon each other, and let the strong tenderly nurse the weak into strength, and let those who can see guide the blind until they can see the way for themselves.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Strong #Kindness #Compassion

  • If you are without bread, how much wisdom can you boast and of what real utility are your talents, if you cannot procure for yourselves and save against a day of scarcity those substances designed to sustain your natural lives?
    -- Brigham Young

    #Real #Scarcity #Substance

  • There is no knowledge, no light, no wisdom that you are in possession of, but what you have received it from some source.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Wisdom #Knowledge #Light

  • Silence may be golden, but can you think of a better way to entertain someone than to listen to him?
    -- Brigham Young

    #Thinking #Silence #May

  • Don't try to tear down other people's religion about their ears, Build up your own perfect structure of truth, and invite your listeners to enter in and enjoy it's glories.
    -- Brigham Young

    #People #Perfect #Religion

  • The principle of love within us is an attribute of the Deity, and it is placed within us to be dispensed independently according to our own will.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Principles #Deities #Attributes

  • The only men who become Gods, even the Sons of God, are those who enter into polygamy
    -- Brigham Young

    #Son #Men #Polygamy

  • What a learned idea! Jesus, our elder brother, was begotten in the flesh by the same character that was in the garden of Eden, and who is our Father in Heaven. Now, let all who may hear these doctrines, pause before they make light of them, or treat them with indifference, for they will prove their salvation or damnation
    -- Brigham Young

    #Brother #Jesus #Father

  • True independence and freedom can only exist in doing what's right.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Motivational #Freedom #Independence

  • We went west willingly--because we had to.
    -- Brigham Young

    #West

  • Education is the power to think clearly, the power to act well in the worlds work, and the power to appreciate life.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Inspirational #Motivational #Education

  • Nature is the glass reflecting God, as by the sea reflected is the sun, too glorious to be gazed on in his sphere.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Glasses #Sea #Sun

  • [Our] first and foremost duty [is] to seek the Lord until we open the path of communication from God to our own soul.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Communication #Soul #Path

  • Angels are those beings who have been on an earth like this, and have passed through the same ordeals that we are now passing through. They have kept their first estate far enough to preserve themselves in the Priesthood. They did not so violate the law of the Priesthood and condemn themselves to the sin against the Holy Ghost as to be finally lost. They are not crowned with the celestial ones. They are persons who have lived upon an earth, but did not magnify the Priesthood in that high degree that many others have done who have become Gods, even the sons of God.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Angel #Son #Law

  • Honest hearts produce honest actions.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Heart #Action #Honest

  • My knowledge is, if you will follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and his Apostles, as recorded in the New Testament, every man and woman will be put in possession of the Holy Ghost. . . . They will know things that are, that will be, and that have been. They will understand things in heaven, things on the earth, and things under the earth, things of time, and things of eternity, according to their several callings and capacities.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Jesus #Teaching #Men

  • You might prove doctrine from the Bible till doomsday, and it would merely convince a people, but would not convert them. You might read the Bible from Genesis to Revelations, and prove every iota that you advance, and that alone would have no converting influence upon the people. Nothing short of a testimony by the power of the Holy Ghost would bring light and knowledge to them -- bring them in their hearts to repentance. Nothing short of that would ever do.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Heart #Light #People

  • If you wish to get rich, save what you get. A fool can earn money; but it takes a wise man to save and dispose of it to his own advantage.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Wise #Men #Wish

  • A good man, is a good man, whether in this church, or out of it.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Greatness #Men #Good Man

  • There is not a man or woman, who violates the covenants made with their God, that will not be required to pay the debt. The blood of Christ will never wipe that out, your own blood must atone for it . . .
    -- Brigham Young

    #Men #Blood #Debt

  • Life is best enjoyed when time periods are evenly divided between labor, sleep, and recreation...all people should spend one-third of their time in recreation which is rebuilding, voluntary activity, never idleness.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Sleep #People #Balance

  • If you don't feel like praying, pray until you do!
    -- Brigham Young

    #Praying #Feels

  • If you have a bad thought about yourself, tell it to go to hell because that is exactly where it came from.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Hell #About Yourself

  • If I do not know the will of my Father, and what He requires of me in a certain transaction, if I ask Him to give me wisdom concerning any requirement in my life, or in regard to my own course, or that of my friends, my family, my children, or those that I preside over, and get no answer from Him, and then do the very best that my judgement will teach me, He is bound to own and honor that transaction, and He will do so to all intents and purposes.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Children #Father #Giving

  • Why should we worry about what others think of us, do we have more confidence in their opinions than we do our own?
    -- Brigham Young

    #Self Esteem #Self Confidence #Thinking

  • We should never permit ourselves to do anything that we are not willing to see our children do.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Motivational #Family #Success

  • No matter what your circumstances are, whether you are in prosperity or in adversity, you can learn from every person, transaction, and circumstance around you.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Inspiring #Education #Adversity

  • All rational beings have an agency of their own; and according to their own choice they will be saved or damned.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Agency #Choices #Rational

  • It's a lot more common now for someone to know a Mormon rather than just know of Mormons out in Utah, ... We seem more normal. We're not as exotic.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Utah #Exotic #Normal

  • Now hear it, O inhabitants of the earth, Jew and Gentile, Saint and sinner! When our father Adam came into the garden of Eden, he came into it with a celestial body, and brought Eve, one of his wives, with him. He helped to make and organize this world. He is Michael, the Archangel, the Ancient of Days! about whom holy men have written and spoken -- He is our Father, and our God, and the only God with whom we have to do. Every man upon the earth, professing Christians or non professing, must hear it, and will know it sooner or later.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Christian #Father #Men

  • In the days of Joseph [Smith] it was considered a great privilege to be permitted to speak to a member of Congress, but twenty-six years will not pass away before the Elders of this Church will be as much thought of as the kings on their thrones.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Kings #Years #Passing Away

  • There are multitudes of pure and holy spirits waiting to take tabernacles, now what is our duty. To prepare tabernacles for them; to take a course that will not tend to drive those spirits into families of the wicked, where they will be trained in wickedness, debauchery, and every species of crime. It is the duty of every righteous man and woman to prepare tabernacles for all the spirits they can. This is the reason why the doctrine of plurality of wives was revealed, that the noble spirits which are waiting for tabernacles might be brought forth.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Men #Wife #Waiting

  • When the time came that His first-born, the Saviour, should come into the world and take a tabernacle, the Father came Himself and favoured that spirit with a tabernacle instead of letting any other man do it.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Father #Men #World

  • How much unbelief exists in the minds of the Latter-day Saints in regard to one particular doctrine which I revealed to them, and which God revealed to me — namely that Adam is our Father and God —...
    -- Brigham Young

    #Father #Mind #Saint

  • If you want to know what to do with a thief that you may find stealing, I say kill him on the spot, and never suffer him to commit another iniquity.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Suffering #Thieves #May

  • The gifts of the Gospel are given to strengthen the faith of the believer.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Given #Believer

  • It is true that the blood of the Son of God was shed for sins through the fall and those committed by men, yet men can commit sins which it can never remit.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Fall #Son #Men

  • I do not want "Mormonism" to become popular; I would not, if I could, make it as popular as the Roman Catholic Church is in Italy, or as the Church of England is in England, because the wicked and ungodly would crowd into it in their sins.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Catholic #Wicked #Church

  • We want men to rule the nation who care more for and love better the nation's welfare than gold and silver, fame or popularity.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Men #Love Is #Gold

  • There is no calling of God to man on earth but what brings with it the evidence of its authenticity.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Men #Calling #Earth

  • Your endowment is, to receive all those ordinances in the house of the Lord, which are necessary for you, after you have departed this life, to enable you to walk back to the presence of the Father.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Father #House #Departed

  • No person having the least particle of Negro blood can hold the Priesthood
    -- Brigham Young

    #Blood #Priesthood #Particles

  • Prayer is good, but when baked potatoes and milk are needed, prayer will not supply their place.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Prayer #Potatoes #Milk

  • I have no wife whom I love so well that I would not put a javelin through her heart, and I would do it with clean hands.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Heart #Hands #Wife

  • They who secure eternal life are doers of the word as well as hearers
    -- Brigham Young

    #Doers #Eternal Life #Wells

  • We do not wish incorrect and unsound doctrines to be handed down to posterity under the sanction of great names, to be received and valued by future generations as authentic and reliable, ... Errors in history and doctrine, if left uncorrected by us who are conversant with the events, and who are in a position to judge of the truth or falsity of the doctrines, would go to our children as though we had sanctioned and endorsed them.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Children #Errors #Names

  • We are prepared for some things, and we receive just as fast as we prepare ourselves.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Prepared

  • You see some classes of the human family that are black, uncouth, uncomely, disagreeable and low in their habits, wild, and seemingly deprived of nearly all the blessings of the intelligence that is generally bestowed upon mankind....Cain slew his brother. Can might have been killed, and that would have put a termination to that line of human beings. This was not to be, and the Lord put a mark upon him, which is the flat nose and black skin.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Brother #Blessing #Class

  • I know just as well what to teach 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 Scripture as they deserve. The people have the oracles of God continually.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Children #Men #Order

  • Take care of yourselves, and live as long as you can, and do all the good you can.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Exercise #Long #Care

  • This intelligence must endure . . . . The glory and intelligence that God has prepared for the faithful, no man knoweth. Should not this fill every heart with peace and joy - that there is no end to the progress of knowledge?
    -- Brigham Young

    #Heart #Men #Joy

  • My mind becomes tired, and perhaps some of yours do. If so, go and exercise your bodies.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Tired #Exercise #Mind

  • I expect, if I am faithful with yourselves, that I shall see the time with yourselves that we shall know how to prepare to organize an earth like this - know how to people that earth, how to redeem it, how to sanctify it, and how to glorify it, with those who live upon it who will hearken to our counsels. The Father and the Son have attained to this point already; I am on the way and so are you, and every faithful servant of God.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Father #Son #People

  • If your neighbors talk about you, and you think that they do wrong in speaking evil of you, do not let them know that your ever heard a word, and conduct yourselves as if they always did right, and it will mortify them, and they will say, "We'll not try this game any longer."
    -- Brigham Young

    #Thinking #Games #Evil

  • When you get up in the morning, before you suffer yourselves to eat one mouthful of food, call your wife and children together, bow down before the Lord, ask him to forgive your sins, and protect you through the day, to preserve you from temptation and all evil, to guide your steps aright...
    -- Brigham Young

    #Morning #Prayer #Children

  • Sin keeps a man from prayer, and prayer keeps a man from sin.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Prayer #Men #Sin

  • Some wise being organized my system, and gave me my capacity, put into my heart and brain something that delights, charms, and fills me with rapture at the sound of sweet music.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Music #Wise #Sweet

  • We have not yet received our kingdoms, neither will we, until we have finished our work on earth . . . . Then he that has overcome and is found worthy, will be made a king of kings, a lord of lords over his own posterity, or in other words: A father of fathers.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Kings #Father #Overcoming

  • To be damned is to be banished from, or be deprived of living in the presence of the Father and the Son. Who will live with him? They [who] will come up and inherit the highest glory that is prepared for the faithful.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Father #Son #Faithful

  • See that your children are properly educated in the rudiments of their mother tongue, and then let them proceed to higher branches of learning..
    -- Brigham Young

    #Education #Mother #Children

  • Whether surrounded with error or truth, the web woven around them in childhood's days lasts, and seldom wears threadbare...The traditions of my earliest recollection are so forcible upon me that it seems impossible for me to get rid of them. And so it is with others; hence the necessity of correct training in childhood.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Errors #Childhood #Training

  • Every man and woman who has talent and hides it will be called a slothful servant. Improve day by day upon the capital you have. In proportion as we are capacitated to receive, so it is our duty to do.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Men #Talent #Proportion

  • Let us seek to extend the present life to the uttermost by observing every law of health, and by properly balancing labor, study, rest and recreation.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Law #Pyramids #Study

  • If we are not one, we are not in the true sense of the word the disciples of the Lord Jesus.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Jesus #Lord #Disciple

  • The people must have amusement as well as religion...every pure enjoyment is from heaven.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Pyramids #People #Heaven

  • Recreation and diversion are as necessary to our well-being as the more serious pursuits of life.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Pyramids #Serious #Pursuit

  • Let the people be led by the revelations of Jesus Christ, and the finger of God will be made manifest before them day by day in their progress to eternal happiness; for this is the privilege of the faithful.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Jesus #People #Faithful

  • Can we fight against and subdue ourselves? That is the greatest difficulty we ever encountered, and the most arduous warfare we ever engaged in.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Fighting #Warfare #Difficulty

  • Sweet harmonious sounds give exquisite joy to human beings capable of appreciating music. I delight in hearing harmonious tones made by the human voice, by musical instruments, and by both combined.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Music #Sweet #Voice

  • Pray as if all depended on God and work as if all depended upon you.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Praying

  • Monogamy, or restrictions by law to one wife, is no part of the economy of heaven among men. Such a system was commenced by the founders of the Roman Empire... Rome became the mistress of the world, and introduced this order of monogamy wherever her sway was acknowledged. Thus this monogamic order of marriage, so esteemed by modern Christians as a hold sacrament and divine institution, is nothing but a system established by a set of robbers.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Christian #Men #Order

  • Do you think that I am an old man? I could prove to this congregation that I am young; for I could find more girls who would choose me for a husband than can carry any of the young men.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Girl #Husband #Thinking

  • A few years ago one of my wives, when talking about wives leaving their husbands said, 'I wish my husband's wives would leave him, every soul of them except myself.' That is the way they all feel, more or less, at times, both old and young.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Husband #Talking #Years

  • If I had forty wives in the United States, they did not know it, and could not substantiate it, neither did I ask any lawyer, judge, or magistrate for them. I live above the law, and so do this people.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Law #Wife #Judging

  • Emma took the revelation, on polygamy supposed she had all there was; but Joseph had wisdom enough to take care of it, and he had handed the revelation to Bishop Whitney, and he wrote it all off... She went to the fireplace and put it in, and put a candle under it and burnt it, and she thought that was the end of it, and she will be damned as sure as she is a living woman. Joseph used to say that he would have her hereafter, if he had to go to hell for her, and he will have to go to hell for her as sure as he ever gets her.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Care #Bishops #Hell

  • The Scripture says that He, the Lord, came walking in the Temple, with His train; I do not know who they were, unless His wives and children; but at any rate they filled the Temple, and how many there were who could not get into the Temple I cannot say. This is the account given by Isaiah, whether he told the truth or not I leave every body to judge for himself.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Children #Wife #Judging

  • Yes, polygamy is one of the relics of Adam, of Enoch, of Noah, of Abraham, of Isaac, of Jacob, of Moses, David, Solomon, the Prophets, of Jesus, and his apostles.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Jesus #Moses #Prophet

  • Prepare yourselves for two weeks from tomorrow; and I will tell you now, that if you will tarry with your husbands, after I have set you free, you must bow down to it, and submit yourselves to the celestial law. You may go where you please, after two weeks from tomorrow; but, remember, that I will not hear any more of this whining.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Husband #Law #Two

  • It is a poor, unwise and very imbecile people who cannot take care of themselves.
    -- Brigham Young

    #People #Care #Imbeciles

  • Will you love your brothers or sisters likewise, when they have committed a sin that cannot be atoned for without the shedding of their blood? Will you love that man or woman well enough to shed their blood?
    -- Brigham Young

    #Brother #Love You #Men

  • Let us preach righteousness, and practice it. I do not wish to preach what I do not practice.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Practice #Wish #Righteousness

  • Why do we believe in and practice polygamy? Because the Lord introduced it to his servants in a revelation given to Joseph Smith, and the Lord's servants have always practiced it. 'And is that religion popular in heaven?' It is the only popular religion there...
    -- Brigham Young

    #Believe #Practice #Heaven

  • Talk about polygamy! There is no true philosopher on the face of the earth but what will admit that such a system, properly carried out according to the order of heaven, is far superior to monogamy for the raising of healthy, robust children!
    -- Brigham Young

    #Children #Order #Heaven

  • When our father Adam came into the garden of Eden, he came into it with a celestial body, and brought Eve, one of his wives, with him.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Father #Garden #Eden

  • If you work hard you'll be happy and if you don't then you'll go to hell!
    -- Brigham Young

    #Hard Work #Hell

  • After men have got their exaltations and their crowns--have become Gods, even the sons of God--are made Kings of kings and Lords of lords, they have the power then of propagating their species in spirit; and that is the first of their operations with regard to organizing a world. Power is then given to them to organize the elements, and then commence the organization of tabernacles.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Kings #Son #Men

  • The idea that the Lord our God is not a personage of tabernacle is entirely a mistaken notion. He was once a man. Brother Kimball quoted a saying of Joseph the Prophet, that he would not worship a God who had not a Father; and I do not know that he would if be had not a mother; the one would be as absurd as the other. If he had a Father, he was made in his likeness. And if he is our Father we are made after his image and likeness.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Mother #Brother #Father

  • The Lord created you and me for the purpose of becoming Gods like himself.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Purpose #Becoming #Lord

  • He is our Father - the Father of our Spirits, and was once a man in mortal flesh as we are, and is now an exalted being.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Father #Men #Flesh

  • I believe in sisters marrying brothers, and brothers having their sisters for wives... This is something pertaining to our marriage relation. The whole world will think what an awful thing it is. What an awful thing it would be if the Mormons should just say we believe in marrying brothers and sisters.
    -- Brigham Young

    #Brother #Believe #Thinking