We are now on trial—on the proving ground. I am so sure of this that I am willing to bear witness of it with the last effort of my tongue and lips. I enjoy hearing the prophet. 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. Now, with the doctrines perverted, the priesthood gone, the organization corrupted, and the knowledge lost, there must come another awakening. 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). 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 apostles are said to have suffered martyrs’ deaths. The Church stands ready to furnish such assistance as you may require. This is the church and gospel of Jesus Christ. Years of Church and community leadership preceded his calling as an Apostle in 1943. 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.”  They are absolute truths. Greater laws can overcome lesser ones, but that does not change their undeniable truth. He ignored all the multitudinous religious organizations then extant and all their manmade doctrines and philosophies and set up his own divine plan. The Family: A Proclamation to the World 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. Time passed, idolatry prevailed, wickedness increased—but finally the Lord sent a superior spirit to earth, born the son of Terah. Born on March 28, 1895, in Salt Lake City, Spencer W. Kimball grew up in Thatcher, Arizona. 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 Pilgrims and other Europeans were inspired to find this American haven of refuge and thus people this land with honest and God-fearing citizens. 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. As you know, one can grow only by overcoming. 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. 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. This is an absolute truth. © Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. 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. Across the desk from me sits a delightful young couple. You cannot cast off this appeal and warning without grave responsibility. There are absolute truths and relative truths. There are many ideas advanced to the world that have been changed to meet the needs of the truth as it has been discovered. Innumerable others, both priesthood and laity, suffered unbelievable tortures. #Stress #Goal #Achievement “Preparedness, when properly pursued, is a way of life, not a sudden, spectacular program.”-- Spencer W. Kimball . How ridiculous for such persons to attempt to outline for the world a way of life! He finally knew it so positively that he gave the balance of his life teaching it. Much time has been lost. . Topics. One might be the author of the law of relativity and yet know nothing of the Creator who originated every law. 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. Becky Craven April 2019 Missionary Work: Sharing What Is in Your Heart No ratings yet Dieter F. Uchtdorf April 2019 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. This is absolute. But I give you these things, not as my opinion—I give them to you as divine truths which are absolute. Again, I offer the assistance of the Church, but I will not push this matter upon you nor force it. 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. It is a matter of when. His family had survived the Great Depression, floods and more, but he never faltered, never wavered in his service to the Lord. The youthful Prophet, whose mind had not been contaminated with the sins of the world or prejudiced by false philosophies of men, was the instrument of the Restoration. It cannot be disproved. Welcome back. Jul 17, 2018 - This is a talk given by Elder Spencer W. Kimball on December 5, 1955, at Brigham Young University. All the people on the earth might deny him and disbelieve, but he lives in spite of them. 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.”. The Savior knew beyond doubt that an apostasy would come. He must know stresses and strains; temperatures at which pipes will freeze; laws which govern steam, hot water, expansion, contraction, and so forth. Opinions do not change that. 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. After completing a mission and marrying Camilla Eyring, he settled in Safford, Arizona, to raise his family and run an insurance business. 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 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. Amen. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Born on March 28, 1895, in Salt Lake City, Spencer W. Kimball grew up in Thatcher, Arizona. There is nothing better than this. The intellectual may rationalize him out of existence and the unbeliever may scoff, but Christ still lives and guides the destinies of his people. 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. It did. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. 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. 7 Apr 1945 "Thy Son Liveth" General Conference. These truths are available to every soul. Looking for a fictional meet-cute in the new year? My beloved brethren, it’s a joy to meet with you this conference session. 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. With preconceived religious notions stubbornly held, one is not teachable. 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. These absolute truths are not altered by the opinions of men. 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). Neither do you learn certain truths about spiritual things in a physics laboratory. 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. We’d love your help. They have come to ask me to perform the marriage ceremony for them tomorrow in the temple of the Lord. It is everlastin… 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. 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. God’s church was lost for the moment, as it had been through many centuries in the past. If I can only make clear this one thing, it will give us a basis on which to build. It cannot be disproved. One might know much about buying and selling groceries and be absolutely ignorant of bridge building. Please try your request again later. The tiny organization, begun in 1830 with six members, has had phenomenal growth to some four million in that short period. Of course, there is a difference of opinion but again, opinion cannot change laws or absolute truths. [Moses 7:32]. 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. 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. This true way of life is not a matter of opinion. Reply. 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. January 1st 2006 To become a plumber, one must study the laws which govern plumbing. Being a god, he gave his life. 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. Death was his last enemy, and he overcame even that and established the resurrection. 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. If men are really humble, they will realize that they discover, but do not create, truth. I wrote, some time ago, a letter to a disbeliever. The rules of dietetics have changed many times in my lifetime. There must be an open mind, a sincere heart, a desire, a reaching. 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. 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. The article almost entirely on accounts of Kimball's life written by his sons, rather than on independent secondary sources. Paul, on his way to Damascus, saw a glorious personage and heard his voice; and yet, after even these unusual manifestations, Paul prayed so that he could know beyond the shadow of doubt of the divinity of Jesus Christ, and of his Father, and of his eternal program, the gospel. It is a fact. One might know much about plumbing and be a complete failure in training children or getting along with men. Could it have been the different food which made the change? Obi-wan Kenobi said that the Force "is what gives a Jedi his power. Years of Church and community leadership preceded his … We took our turns and came to earth as bodies were prepared by our earthly parents. See Also. Understanding the difference between love and lust can help us in understanding God's laws about reserving sexual intimacy for marriage. I know it. In short, opinion alone has no power in the matter of an absolute truth. A finer substance will give life to the body and will render it immortal. A million educated folk might speculate and determine in their minds that the earth came into being by chance. 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). Grampa Bill believes this to be the most complete link listing available of President Spencer W. Kimball's talks and articles on the web. Seeking Eternal Riches April 1976. Show Timeline. It cannot be disproved. The necessary procedure is: study, think, pray, and do. I am glad to be here and I greet you with my affection and deep-seated love. The Lord told the Prophet Joseph Smith: “All truth is independent in that sphere in which God has placed it” (D&C 93:30). Browse Spencer W. Kimball Collection: [Four Classic Talks] e-pub Spencer W Kimball WikipdiaSpencer W Kimball Archives BYU Speeches Spencer Woolley Kimball was born March in Salt Lake City When he was three years old, his father accepted a call to preside over a stake in Thatcher, Arizona The Kimball family moved and Spencer grew up there He learned. 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. The earth was made by the Gods as was the watch by the watchmaker. One might be the best of bookkeepers and yet not know anything of electricity. How extravagant! The Lord Expects Righteousness October 1982. 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. 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. Again, these vital truths are not matters of opinion. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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. Why not now? . Spencer W. Kimball's Final General Conference Talk as LDS Church President . Man cannot discover God or his ways by mere mental processes. I bear testimony to you that this is true. Family Preparedness April 1976. The truth remains. Years of Church and community leadership preceded his calling as an Apostle in 1943. He led the Church with spiritual power and energetic determination during a period of dramatic vitality and growth. October 2020; April 2020; October 2019; April 2019; All conferences (101) ... All speakers (490) Topics. Faith and Reason: The Appropriation of Knowledge and Truth, BYU Speeches 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 Its authority extends beyond life, through the veil of death, to the eternities ahead. The corrupted doctrines of former centuries were all there. There are relative truths, and there are also absolute truths which are the same yesterday, today, and forever—never changing. Spencer W. Kimball + Follow Similar authors to follow + + + See more recommendations Something went wrong. Nothing of the L.D.S recommendations Something went wrong and as do a great number of your contemporaries of salvation Sabbath. 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