"In our world, there have risen brilliant stars in drama, music, literature, sculpture, painting, science, and all the graces. For long years I have had a vision of members of the Church greatly increasing their already strong positions of excellence till the eyes of all the world will be upon us.
President John Taylor so prophesied, as he emphasized his words with this directive:
You mark my words, and write them down and see if they do not come to pass. You will see the day that Zion will be far ahead of the outside world in everything pertaining to learning of every kind as we are today in regard to religious matters. God expects Zion to become the praise and glory of the whole earth, so that kings hearing of her fame will come and gaze upon her glory... (Sermon, September 20, 1857; see The Messenger, July 1953).
...Our day, our time, our people, our generation should produce such as we catch the total vision of our potential, dream dreams, and see visions of the future."
BYU Speeches of the Year, Sept. 1967, p. 12-13, “Education for Eternity”