LDS Quotes

Russel M. Nelson

“My dear brothers and sisters, I promise that as you prayerfully study the Book of Mormon every day, you will make better decisions—every day I promise that as you ponder what you study, the windows of heaven will open, and you will receive answers to your own questions and directions for your own life” 

–Russell M. Nelson, “The Book of Mormon: What Would Your Life Be Like without It?” Ensign, November 2017 (Conference Edition), 62-63.

Thus, the name of the Church is not negotiable. When the Savior clearly states what the name of His Church should be and even precedes His declaration with, “Thus shall my church be called,” He is serious. And if we allow nicknames to be used or adopt or even sponsor those nicknames ourselves, He is offended.

What’s in a name or, in this case, a nickname? When it comes to nicknames of the Church, such as the “LDS Church,” the “Mormon Church,” or the “Church of the Latter-day Saints,” the most important thing in those names is the absence of the Savior’s name. To remove the Lord’s name from the Lord’s Church is a major victory for Satan. When we discard the Savior’s name, we are subtly disregarding all that Jesus Christ did for us—even His Atonement.

“Please avoid using the abbreviation ‘LDS’ or the nickname ‘Mormon’ as substitutes for the name of teh Church, as in ‘Mormon Church,’ LDS Church,’ or ‘Church of the Latter-day Saints.”–New style guide.

“The Savior invites all to follow Him into the waters of baptism and, in time, to make additional covenants with God in the temple and receive and be faithful to those further essential ordinances. All these are required if we want to be exalted with our families and with God forever” –President Russell M. Nelson, “Come, Follow Me,” Ensign (Conference edition), May 2019, pp. 89-90.

“We preach tithing to the poor people of the world because the poor people of the world have had cycles of poverty, generation after generation. That same poverty continues from one generation to another, until people pay their tithing” (Russell M. Nelson, “’Dowry is not the Lord’s way’: In Kenya, LDS President Nelson says tithing breaks poverty cycle,” Deseret News, 4/16/2018).

As Latter-day Saints, we refer to His mission as the Atonement of Jesus Christ, which made resurrection a reality for all and made eternal life possible for those who repent of their sins and receive and keep essential ordinances and covenants” –Russell M. Nelson, “Drawing the Power of Jesus Christ into Our Lives,” Ensign (Conference Edition), May 2017 p. 40.

“Then one night last May, I was awakened by those two little girls from the other side of the veil. Though I did not see or hear them with my physical senses, I felt their presence. Spiritually, I heard their pleadings. Their message was brief and clear: ‘Brother Nelson, we are not sealed to anyone! Can you help us?’ Soon thereafter, I learned that their mother had passed away, but their father and younger brother were still alive” –Russell M. Nelson, “The Price of Priesthood Power,” Ensign, May 2016, p. 66.

“Eternal life is to gain exaltation in the highest heaven and live in the family unit.” –Apostle Russell M. Nelson, “Prepare for the Blessings of the Temple,” Ensign Special Issue Temples, October 2010, p. 49.

Brigham Young

“So it is with regard to the inhabitants of the sun. Do you think it is inhabited? Do you think there is any life there? No question of it; it was not made in vain.” – Brigham Young, Discourse 31

 

“Until the last ones of the residue of Adam’s children are brought up to that favorable position, the children of Cain cannot receive the first ordinances of the Priesthood. They were the first that were cursed, and they will be the last from whom the curse will be removed.” – Brigham Young, Discourse 45 

“Suppose you found your brother in bed with your wife, and put a javelin through both of them, you would be justified, and they would atone for their sins, and be received into the kingdom of God. I would at once do so in such a case; and under such circumstances, 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. But you who trifle with your covenants, be careful lest in judging you will be judged.” – Brigham Young, Discourse 35

“Now if any of you will deny the plurality of wives, and continue to do so, I promise that you will be damned.” – Brigham Young, Discourse 39

“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, Discourse 25

“No man or woman in this dispensation will ever enter into the celestial kingdom of God without the consent of Joseph Smith.” – Brigham Young, Discourse 45

Mormon 7-9
Moroni has, to finish his father’s record, since Mormon has died. Moroni teaches that God is unchangeable and is the same yesterday, today, and forever – but Joseph Smith strongly disagrees. Who will judge us at the last day? Will it be a hierarchy of judges, or only Jesus Christ? What happens to those who criticize the Book of Mormon?
Mormon 1-6
What are the striking similarities in the lives of Mormon and Joseph Smith, Jr.? Is it reasonable that the Nephites would choose an inexperienced 16 year-old to lead their entire army? Could the Book of Mormon be considered racist Scripture?
3 Nephi 27 – 4 Nephi
What does it mean to be “twinkled?” If, the Three Nephite Disciples were left on earth to bring many souls to Jesus, how can the LDS Church claim there was a complete apostasy? Why did Jesus make such a big deal about the name of His church? Why does Jesus prefer fair and delightsome people over those of a darker skin color?
3 Nephi 20-26
How is the coming forth of the Book of Mormon a major sign that the gathering of Israel in the last days is about to begin? Will the New Jerusalem be built in Independence Missouri? Who currently owns the lot upon which the Mormon temple in Missouri will be built? Is baptism necessary for salvation? Why does the Book of Mormon quoting Malachi have the same italicized words from the King James Bible?
3 Nephi 17-19
What is the significance in Jesus and His Twelve Disciples turning whiter than white? Jesus allowed the people of Nephi to both worship and pray to Him. Are Latter-day Saints encouraged to do that today? Why is Jesus healing those with leprosy an anachronism? What does it mean to take the sacrament unworthily?
3 Nephi 12-16
How are the Sermon at the Temple similar and different from the Sermon on the Mount? Were the Twelve Disciples also Apostles? What did Jesus mean, when He commanded the people of Nephi to be perfect? How can we tell the difference between a false prophet and a true prophet?
3 Nephi 8-11
Jesus took credit for destroying at least 16 cities and their inhabitants. Why do we not read about that level of destruction in Judea? Why would Jesus use Greek letters or words like “Alpha and Omega” when speaking to a Hebrew Nephite-Lamanite audience? How was it that the Lamanites were baptized with fire and the Holy Ghost, and did not realize it? Is it appropriate to worship Jesus Christ? How many hours would it take for 2,500 people to individually touch and examine the Savior’s wounds?
3 Nephi 1-7
What does Jesus mean when He calls Himself both the Father and the Son? Did the Book of Mormon have one calendar system or three calendar systems? Is it realistic that dark skinned Lamanites turned white almost immediately? Why does the Book of Mormon use anachronistic terms like “horses” and “chariots?”
Helaman 13-16
How are slippery treasures in the Book of Mormon related to slippery treasures of Joseph Smith’s day? How were the signs of Jesus’ birth and death that Samuel prophesied, different from the New Testament accounts? How was it that the Nephites could not kill Samuel with their arrows as he stood upon the city wall?