"The greatest achievement mankind can make in this world is to familiarize themselves with divine truth, so thoroughly, so perfectly, that the example or conduct of no creature living in the world can ever turn them away from the knowledge that they have obtained... "From my boyhood I have desired to learn the principles of the gospel in such a way...that it would matter not to me who might fall from the truth,...my foundation would be...certain in the truths that I have learned."
President Joseph F. Smith (book: Gospel Doctrine)
"Like President Smith, you and I need that kind of secure anchor to keep our life centered in righteousness and to avoid being swept away by the ruthless waves of worldliness."
(Elder Richard G. Scott, "Acquiring Spiritual Knowledge", Gen. Conf., Oct. 1993)
"I am grateful, my brethren, for the testimony I have of the divine calling of the leadership of this church. Even though President Benson is seriously restricted in his capacities, I know that he was called of God to his high and sacred office. I sustain him and uphold him as prophet, seer, and revelator. My earnest desire is to serve him faithfully and well as his Counselor through service to the Church and its people.
"I have now served as a General Authority longer than any living man other than the President of the Church. I think I have worked in the administrative offices of the Church longer than anyone now living. I have seen and known for nearly sixty years in a personal way all who have served in the First Presidency, the Council of the Twelve, the First Council of the Seventy, and more recently those of the First and Second Quorums of the Seventy, as well as the Presiding Bishopric.
They have been and are mortal men, not entirely without human weaknesses. Two or three out of the very many during that long time have stumbled. But I believe that no better men are to be found in any cause anywhere on earth.
They have not taken this honor unto themselves, but they are 'called of God, as was Aaron.' They serve in a spirit of consecration and love. They are men of prayer and faith, men who hold the priesthood and in humility exercise divine authority. Their only objective is to build and enhance the kingdom."
President Gordon B. Hinckley, Oct. Conf., 1993 Testimony of Church Leaders
"When the Spirit is present, people are not offended when you share your feelings about the gospel."
M. Russell Ballard (November 1986 Ensign, page 33)
"A testimony is fragile. It is as hard to hold as a moonbeam. It is something you have to recapture every day of your life."
Harold B. Lee (Church News, July 15, 1972, page 4)