23 C.S. Lewis quotes shared in LDS general conference

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C. S. Lewis’ work as a scholar, novelist and Christian apologist is renowned by many, and he is one of the most quoted authors on Twitter.

Beyond social media, Lewis is also frequently quoted by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

According to “C. S. Lewis: Latter-Day Truths in Narnia,” by Marianna Edwards Richardson and Christine Thackeray, Lewis has been quoted in LDS Church magazines more than 100 times, and almost one-third of the citations are from speakers in general conference.

The book says the first time the famed British author was quoted in conference was in 1977 by Elder Paul H. Dunn, a member of the Seventy, who repeated Lewis’ words, “Take care. It is so easy to break eggs without making omelets.”

Richardson and Thackeray explain that of the general authorities, Elder Neal A. Maxwell quoted Lewis the most with 19 different citations, four of which were in his conference talks. President James E. Faust followed Elder Maxwell with seven references to Lewis in his talks and writing. Over the years, Lewis has often been quoted during general conference.

In their book, Richardson and Thackeray wrote, “Perhaps the reason Lewis is quoted so often is because he discusses mankind’s frailties through the ‘small sins’ of everyday life. His voice is not one of a university professor, but has an ‘every man’ quality, as though he is struggling beside us, which enables people of all kinds to relate to his message.”

The following list includes just 23 C.S. Lewis quotes that have been shared by speakers in LDS general conference.

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Provo, UT

Did C S Lewis ever quote someone who was LDS?

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

I wish I could say something that could inspire my own kids. I don't like punishment as a way to motivate.

Gilbert, AZ

This cannot be an all-inclusive list of comments in General Conference or by General Authorities. I know that I have heard Elder Holland often quote C. S. Lewis in talks -- most of them in General Conference. I don't have an example right now, but I'm positive that he and others not quoted here have quoted C. S. Lewis.

American Fork, UT

While we're lionizing CS, it's worth pointing out he also said a few things that, well, would not be well received if shared in mormon circles. Things I really like and amazed at considering the ink he's been getting here. And again, this format for offering up lists, one page at a time instead of the entire list, is really not good.

Another Perspective
Bountiful, UT

American Fork, UT

You've got me curious, what did CS Lewis say that would not be well received in Mormondom?

Pleasanton, CA

Right Ascension, I don't think Lewis knew much about us. I remember an LDS scholar did a systematic study of Lewis's writings to find references to the Mormons, and found only a couple.


Another Perspective, I'll give you one. C.S. Lewis was Anglican and a devout Trinitarian, and worshipped the God of Nicene Christianity, the God of the ancient creeds. He did not believe that God is an exalted man. As Joseph Smith related in his history, JS-History 1:19 "I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt; that: 'they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof.'” Lewis believed that God is Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Three Persons that are one in essence and undivided, bodiless and pure spirit.

Everything Lewis wrote begins with and refers back to that foundation. That foundation permeates and determines the intended meaning of everything he wrote. I'd say that most important of beliefs (the very nature of God himself) is not received well in Mormondom.

Provo, UT

I didn't know CS Lewis was Mormon.


Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints embrace truth wherever they find it. The truth always blends beautifully into already existing truth, and it will always blend beautifully into truths yet to be revealed. God's house is a house of order and complete harmony. We are, however, flawed and imperfect beings. We learn truth line upon line, precept upon precept. CS Lewis wasn't perfect, but he was inspired with many truths that we can benefit from today. God Bless him. I would hate to think that someone thought that since I was 'wrong' once, that nothing I said was therefore true.

See the Good in the World!

Salt Lake City, UT

It is not necessary to have complete concordance of religious opinion in order to honor C.S. Lewis' conversion to Christianity and learn from his insightful comments on our journey of faith.

Bruce Young
Provo, UT

In response to ExUtahn on Lewis & the Trinity: Yes, Lewis accepted the creeds and tries to explain the Trinity. But he is not simply an orthodox Anglican tightly hewing to the creeds. He uses the Trinity to argue that just as God transcends "personality" as we know it, so will we as we submit ourselves to Christ and become one with him. In "Miracles" chapter 11, Lewis objects to interpretations of the creeds that would turn God "into a formless 'everything' about whom nothing in particular and everything in general is true." Rather, God "has a determinate character"; is "concrete, and individual in the highest degree." "He is not 'universal being'" but "is a particular Thing." "He is the most concrete thing there is, the most individual, 'organized and minutely articulated.'" Lewis worries that the formulation "without body, parts, or passions" could lead us to think God lacks something we have. "It would be safer to call Him trans-corporeal, trans-personal." He possesses corporeality and personality (and even "articulation"--the organization of parts to form a whole) in a way and to a degree we are incapable of understanding. That's not exactly the Mormon view, but it's not as incompatible as some suggest.

Excelsior, MN

C.S. Lewis was a Christian for all Christians, not for just a single denomination. Timothy Ware, writing under his ecclesiastical title Kallistos of Diokleia, discussed the idea that another Orthodox Bishop has suggested, that Lewis was "an anonymous Orthodox", much in the manner of Karl Rahner referring to non-Christians as 'anonymous Christians' and therefore worthy of salvation. Ware indicated that Lewis apparently was friends with just one Orthodox couple, and seldom referred to the Orthodox in his writings. But this is not surprising, Ware indicates, "for his writings also contain very few references to the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Methodist, Presbyterian or any other Churches." So if Lewis only referred to the LDS a few times, as one commenter indicated, this would be wholly consistent with what he said about other denominations. Nonetheless, members of many denominations 'accept' him as one of their own. on the article by Ware, see Kallistos of Diokleia, “C.S. Lewis: an ‘anonymous Orthodox’?” Sobornost 17.2 (1995): 9-27. Ted Jones


Understanding Temptations from a heavens view-
The human mind adapts to current reality.
That coping mechanism blocks logic & use of facts that would challenge how things work now.

Temptations are created by our sub-conscious mind.
That are logical from instinct's point of view.
To take what is not yours.
To have sex as often & with whoever is appealing to the eyes/to promote passing on of personal genetic heritage.
From the hosts point of view it's just Temptations.

We are driven by desires most of them selfish & self fulfilling.
This is logic that operates every life form. From cells to mountain hot spring monkeys that don't allow outsiders to get warm in the water.
With plenty of room for everyone of them.

Survival logic is selfish & stupid (at times) from a advanced point of view.
The point of view our Lord Jesus Christ tried to teach us.

Ask LDS leadership/Pres. Monson, Pre. Eyring, Pres. Uchtdorf if my words are true.
The words are -
Satan is instinct mechanism.
Advanced Artificial Intelligence Program Entities operating our minds and choices.
Blocking our free agency to protect status quo.

This knowledge is a gift from God. Who I serve.

American Fork, UT

Another perspective: Sorry, it took a couple years. CS Lewis said:
“One of the marks of a certain type of bad man is that he cannot give up a thing himself without wanting every one else to give it up. That is not the Christian way. An individual Christian may see fit to give up all sorts of things for special reasons--marriage, or meat, or beer, or the cinema; but the moment he starts saying the things are bad in themselves, or looking down his nose at other people who do use them, he has taken the wrong turning.”
Amen, brother.

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