Joseph Fielding Smith quotes

  • There is no cure for the ills of the world except the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
    -- Joseph Fielding Smith

    #Jesus #World #Christ

  • Satan has control now. No matter where you look, he is in control, even in our own land. He is guiding the governments as far as the Lord will permit him. That is why there is so much strife, turmoil, and confusion all over the earth. One master mind is governing the nations. It is not the president of the United States; it is not Hitler; it is not Mussolini; it is not the king or government of England or any other land; it is Satan himself.
    -- Joseph Fielding Smith

    #Kings #Land #Government

  • We believe that worship is far more than prayer and preaching and gospel performance. The supreme act of worship is to keep the commandments, to follow in the footsteps of the Son of God, to do ever those things that please Him. It is one thing to give lip service to the Lord; it is quite another to respect and honor His will by following the example He has set for us.
    -- Joseph Fielding Smith

    #Prayer #Believe #Son

  • To do well those thing which God ordained to be the common lot of all man-kind, is the truest greatness. To be a successful father or a successful mother is greater than to be a successful general or a successful statesman... We should never be discouraged in those daily tasks which God has ordained to the common lot of man... Let us not be trying to substitute an artificial life for the true one.
    -- Joseph Fielding Smith

    #Mother #Father #Successful

  • When messengers are sent to minister to the inhabitants of this earth, they are not strangers, but from the ranks of our kindred, friends, and fellow beings. Our fathers and mothers, brothers, sisters and friends who have passed away from this earth...bringing messages of love, warning, reproof and instruction, to those whom they had learned to love in the flesh.
    -- Joseph Fielding Smith

    #Love #Mother #Brother

  • The mere stuffing of the mind with a knowledge of facts is not education. The mind must not only possess a knowledge of the truth, but the soul must revere it, cherish it, love it as a priceless gem; and this human life must be guided and shaped by it in order to fulfill its destiny.
    -- Joseph Fielding Smith

    #Destiny #Order #Soul

  • The Lord will grant to any honest person who earnestly seeks to know the truth one manifestation by the Holy Ghost; but he is not entitled to repeated manifestations. After such a revelation is given, he is to act, for the Holy Ghost cannot be appealed to for continued manifestations until after baptism and the gift has been bestowed.
    -- Joseph Fielding Smith

    #Baptism #Honest #Ghost

  • The spirit of God speaking to the spirit of man has power to impart truth with greater effect and understanding than the truth can be imparted by personal contact even with heavenly beings. Through the Holy Ghost, the truth is woven into the very fibre and sinews of the body so that it cannot be forgotten.
    -- Joseph Fielding Smith

    #Men #Understanding #Woven

  • There is one thing which we should have exceedingly clear in our minds. Neither the President of the Church, nor the First Presidency, nor the united voice of the First Presidency and the Twelve will ever condone the use of ReddiWhip on pie.
    -- Joseph Fielding Smith

    #Thanksgiving #Should Have #Voice

  • I think if all men knew and understood who they are, and were aware of the divine source from whence they came, they would have feelings of kindness and kinship for each other that would change their whole way of living and bring peace on earth.
    -- Joseph Fielding Smith

    #Kindness #Men #Thinking

  • There is a reason why one man is born black and with other disadvantages, while another is born white with great advantages. The reason is that we once had an estate before we came here, and were obedient; more or less, to the laws that were given us there. Those who were faithful in all things there received greater blessings here, and those who were not faithful received less
    -- Joseph Fielding Smith

    #Blessing #Men #Law

  • NO NEUTRALS IN HEAVEN. There were no neutrals in the war in heaven. All took sides either with Christ or with Satan. Every man had his agency there, and men receive rewards here based upon their actions there, just as they will receive rewards hereafter for deeds done in the body. The Negro, evidently, is receiving the reward he merits
    -- Joseph Fielding Smith

    #War #Men #Agency

  • Not only was Cain called upon to suffer, but because of his wickedness, he became the father of an inferior race. A curse was placed upon him and that curse has been continued through his lineage and must do so while time endures...
    -- Joseph Fielding Smith

    #Father #Blessing #Race

  • The Sabbath day has become a day of pleasure, a day of boisterous conduct, a day in which the worship of God has departed, and the worship of pleasure has taken its place. I am sorry to say that many of the Latter-day Saints are guilty of this. We should repent.
    -- Joseph Fielding Smith

    #Sorry #Taken #Departed

  • We must endure to the end; . . . We must so live as to acquire the attributes of godliness and become the kind of people who can enjoy the glory and wonders of the celestial kingdom.
    -- Joseph Fielding Smith

    #People #Kingdoms #Kind

  • The theories of men changed from day to day. Much that is taught new will tomorrow be in the discard, but the word of the Lord will endure forever.
    -- Joseph Fielding Smith

    #Bible #Christian #Men

  • My soul is always lifted up, and my spirit cheered and comforted, when I hear good music. I rejoice in it very much indeed.
    -- Joseph Fielding Smith

    #Music #Soul #Spirit

  • We have heard that we are all missionaries. Every member ... is or ought to be a missionary; ... as members of the Church, having pledged ourselves to the advancement of the gospel of Jesus Christ we become missionaries. That is part of the responsibility of every member of the Church
    -- Joseph Fielding Smith

    #Jesus #Responsibility #Church

  • Profanity is filthiness. A person is known as much by his language as he is by the company he keeps...Filthiness in any form is degrading and soul-destroying and should be avoided.
    -- Joseph Fielding Smith

    #Soul #Language #Form

  • My wives will be mine in eternity.
    -- Joseph Fielding Smith

    #Wife #Eternity #Polygamy

  • We must believe in Christ and pattern our lives after him. We must be baptized as he was baptized. We must worship the Father as he did. We must do the will of the Father as he did. We must seek to do good and work righteousness as he did. He is our Exemplar, the great Prototype of salvation. . . . we must so live as to acquire the attributes of godliness and become the kind of people who can enjoy the glory and wonders of the celestial kingdom.
    -- Joseph Fielding Smith

    #Father #Believe #People

  • We accept without reservation the scriptural teachings that Christ is the Son of God and that he came into the world to ransom men from the spiritual and temporal death brought into the world by the fall of Adam. No one can state too plainly or emphasize too strongly this eternal truth that salvation is in Christ and that it comes because of his atoning sacrifice. Nor can we set forth too clearly the gospel truth that we also must do certain things to be saved.
    -- Joseph Fielding Smith

    #Spiritual #Fall #Teaching

  • Procrastination, as it may be applied to Gospel principles, is the thief of eternal life - which is life in the presence of the Father and the Son. There are many among us, even members of the Church, who feel that there is no need for haste in the observance of Gospel principles and the keeping of the commandments.
    -- Joseph Fielding Smith

    #Father #Procrastination #Son

  • Christ Not Begotten of Holy Ghost... Christ was begotten of God. He was not born without the aid of Man, and that Man was God!
    -- Joseph Fielding Smith

    #Jesus #Men #Ghost

  • Let it be uppermost in your minds, now and at all times, that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God who came into the world to lay down his life that we might live. That is the truth, and is fundamental. Upon that our faith is built.
    -- Joseph Fielding Smith

    #Jesus #Son #Mind