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"Profound Respect Mingled with Love and Awe"

"Reverence Invites Revelation."

Boyd K. Packer - October 1991 General Conference - "Reverence Invites Revelation"


Socializing is an important aspect of our program as a Church. We encourage the cultivation of friends with happy conversations among our people. However, these should take place in the foyer, and when we enter the chapel we should understand that we are in sacred precincts. All of us are familiar with the account in Exodus of the Lord's appearance to Moses at the burning bush. When the Lord called, Moses answered, "Here am I" (Exodus 3:4).

And the Lord said, "Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground" (v. 5). We do not ask our people to remove their shoes when they come into the chapel. But all who come into the Lord's house should have a feeling that they are walking and standing on holy ground and that it becomes them to deport themselves accordingly.

President Gordon B. Hinckley, "Reverence and Morality" (CR Apr 1987)


"In the process of moral decline, reverence is one of the first virtues to disappear, and there should be serious concern about that loss in our times."

Howard W. Hunter - October 1977 General Conference - "Hallowed Be Thy Name"


"Unfortunately we sometimes find this lack of reverence even within the Church. Occasionally we visit too loudly, enter and leave meetings too disrespectfully in what should be an hour of prayer and purifying worship. Reverence is the atmosphere of heaven."

Howard W. Hunter - October 1977 General Conference - "Hallowed Be Thy Name"


"There was quiet meditation, the silence broken only by the voice of a tiny babe whose mother quickly held him close. Anything that breaks the silence during this sacred ordinance seems out of
place; but surely the sound of a little one would not displease the Lord. He, too, had been cradled by a loving mother at the beginning of a mortal life that commenced in Bethlehem and ended on the cross of Calvary."

Howard W. Hunter, Gen. Conf., April 1977 - "Thoughts on the Sacrament"


"Reverence may be defined as a profound respect mingled with love and awe."

M. Russell Ballard , "God's Love For His Children" (Ensign, May 1988, page 57)


"Although reverence is an inner-motivated attitude of mind and spirit, it may well be cultivated by controlling one's environment."

Marvel S. Crookston, "Teaching Parents about Reverence," Ensign, May 1973, 35


"No one of us can survive in the world of today, much less in what it soon will become, without personal inspiration. The spirit of reverence can and should be evident in every organization in the Church and in the lives of every member.

"Parents, stake presidencies, bishoprics, auxiliary leaders, teachers: maintain a spirit of reverence in meetings, encourage participation in congregational singing and the use of reverential terms in prayers.

"While we may not see an immediate, miraculous transformation, as surely as the Lord lives, a quiet one will take place. The spiritual power in the lives of each member and in the Church will increase. The Lord will pour out his Spirit upon us more abundantly. We will be less troubled, less confused. We will find revealed answers to personal and family problems without all the counseling which we seem now to need."

Boyd K. Packer - October 1991 General Conference - "Reverence Invites Revelation"


"One who has profound reverence for the Lord loves him, trusts in him, prays to him, relies upon him, and is inspired by him."

Marion G. Romney (Ensign, September 1982, page 3)