Memorable sermons from LDS leaders in fewer than 10 words

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“Never suppress a generous thought."

Sister Julie B. Beck, then the Relief Society general president, shared this quote during the October 2009 general conference. She attributed it to Sister Camilla Kimball, wife of President Spencer W. Kimball.

Sister Bonnie D. Parkin, also a former Relief Society general president, shared the quote at a 2007 BYU Devotional.
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Ephrata, WA

I'm distressed at seeing & hearing conference addresses reduced to memes. Seems to be a race to pick out the buzz words and get them posted before the address is even over.

The other side of this, is the conference speakers working to get Memorable Memes worked into their talks. I think it started with Sister Ann Monson Dibb a few years ago, "I know it. I live it. I love it." By the end of that weekend's conference there were dozens of pull quotes and memes. I guess, if it makes the talk memorable, fine; but aren't we really just passing on the slogans and losing the message of the message?

Canandaigua, NY

I would love to copy these to give to my Primary class when they apply to a lesson. Is there some way you could present them, so they could be copied without getting all the other stuff on the page?

Missouri Coug
Greenwood, MO

Jesus Christ described the purpose of our lives in TWO words: "Know Thyself". I think He meant we must learn all we can about who we are, and what our purpose and potential can be.

Arlington, VA

These are wonderful! I will definitely use and share these.
Thanks so much.

Warwick, RI

How about "Doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith" and "Become the rock the river can't move" :-)

San Diego, CA

And President McKay's comment from the late 50's: Failure to prepare is preparation for failure. I can't remember exactly when or where, but I have it written in the front of one of my organ books.

Glendale, AZ

These are so great. Masters of words, masters of listening to inspiration. Great idea for an article, thanks.

Wheaton, IL

It is remarkable the profound content that can be contained in a few words. LDS leaders are thinking carefully about these ideas and formulating concise messages to allow others to grab hold of the ideas.

Wheaton, IL

You forgot: No other success can compensate for failure in the home.

West Jordan, UT

There are so many more. How about Pres. Kimball's "Do It!" and Pres. Uchtdorf's "Doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith"?

Everett, 00

I know some of these are longer than 10 words,
But this guy is my all-time FAVORITE General Authority.

"Don't judge me because I sin differently from you."

"The what informs, but the why transforms."

"By becoming the answer to someone's prayer, we often find the answer to our own."

"In the end, the number of prayers we say may contribute to our happiness, but the number of prayers WE answer may be of even greater importance."

"What we love determines what we seek, what we seek determines what we think and do, what we think and do determines what we become."

"YOU are my hands." Apr 2010
"Lift Where you Stand." Oct 2008
"Forget Me Not" Oct. 2011
"Your Happpily Ever After" Apr 2010

The voice of God has a beautiful baratone German accent.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

Whether for better or for worse, there's no escaping sound bytes anymore.

Salt Lake City, UT

If we follow this track, we could condense each conference session to 10 minutes max.

And a new market for LDS bumper stickers will emerge.

In a world of ever increasing sound bytes, catch phrases, and short attention spans, is religion moving toward politics?

Food for thought.

Globe, AZ

For those who think it takes away from the rest of conference;

What is really great about these quotes is, a parent can make or purchase posters to hang on the walls of our childrens rooms to give them daily reminders of encouragement to make righteous choices in their lives. I love them !

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

"Pay tithing before paying bills & buying food"
That's the only one that matters.

Texas Anne
Copperas Cove, TX

To those who think this is a bad idea - there is a one-sentence synopsis of each conference talk, and they also synopsize articles within the church magazines. There are also chapter headings to synopsize every chapter of every book in the scriptures. This is no different. It's called summarizing, and it's not a bad thing.

We are all at different points on our path of spiritual progression. We all learn in different ways. If this quotes/memes help people (youth AND adults) keep positive, inspirational thoughts in their mind; if they help others not of our faith to find common ground with us; if they inspire people to read the rest of the conference talk that goes with the quote; or if they move people to be better - then these are great! I'm thinking of printing a few off and pinning them to my wall at work.

layton, UT

Jesus)…born of Mary at Jerusalem...( Alma 7:10).

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

It’s the message that’s important. How we communicate an idea can vary from one person to another but the goal is to be understood.

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

I think it's the next generation, similar to our favorite scriptures. On more than one occasion I have revisited a conference talk because of a "pull quote" like these. When I see a catchy inspirational phrase linked with artwork that complements the thought, for a little bit at least, I am reminded to be a little bit better.

And when it becomes a video like the one referenced in the story, it can become a profound lesson that changes lives forever.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Why is it OK to quote snippets from Jesus,
and not OK to use snippets from Conference Talks?

Ever heard:
Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to cast a stone.
Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his soul?

D&C 1:38
..whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same.


Dear kathybeebee,

Might I add another perspective? I understand where you are coming from. There are many bloggers/sellers waiting 2 monetize on the latest "buzz words" from conf talks. There are just as many giving it out 4 free! I have been jotting down "buzz words" into notebooks since I can remember-memorable quotes, whether from church or other good literature. I love words that motivate & inspire me! Conference talks from God's chosen Apostles are my favorite place of all to find those gems!

I think it might feel watered down because of the accessibility to technology we now enjoy. But think of the thousands of nonmembers on Pinterest & elsewhere who are reading the words of our prophets, sometimes w/o even knowing it, & being inspired by them as well! Social media is an amazing tool that's been given to us to further the work when used properly. I would like to celebrate the fact that we have these means & "memes" to spread the Gospel & do missionary work right from our own computers. The message is not lost on those who want & NEED to hear it. I read them daily as instant reminders of what I'm trying to focus on in my life. What a blessing! Shine on! ;)

Nana Sid
West Jordan, UT

Charity never faileth.

Miss Piggie
Phoenix, AZ

@Nana Sid: "Charity never faileth."

Chastity never faileth.

Hal Pierce
Norman, OK

One of my favorites will always be Spencer W. Kimball's "Do It"

David Lloyd-Jones
Toronto, 00

An anonymous "Missouri Coug" writes:

"Jesus Christ described the purpose of our lives in TWO words: "Know Thyself". "

Missouri may feel comforted by this, but sadly it's not true.


Excelsior, MN

Deseret News for May 15, 1857, had a one line space filler at the bottom of page 45. It read: "Mormonism--Short sermons and short prayers". I have also seen that used several times in sermons and editorials during the 19th century Deseret News, one of them relating it to Joseph Smith himself. Ted

Salt Lake City, UT

There are many more, but these are great reminders. I really love the memes. They make wonderful concise reminders to live by, and are fun to post around the house for the children to memorize. Like the scriptures say "out of small and simple things, great things come to pass". Hooray for "small and simple memes"! :)

Seagull Suz
Sandy, UT

....I agree with many comments that these short catchy phrases are wonderful reminders of prophetic life lessons. Thanks to readers who have added others to the list. I expect to see more creative poster designs on Pinterest based on this list of 30. I love that we have 'free' access to such wholesome mind benders!...keep the good works/words flowing!...

Sandy, UT

I look on these as modern day Proverbs (a short pithy saying in general use, stating a general truth or piece of advice).

I hear or think of the phrase/meme/saying/proverb and it brings to mind the story or sermon associated with it.

I have annotated my May/Nov Ensigns for years, specifically pulling out the catch phrases, proverbs, memes that are meaningful to me. This has become one of my favorite personal traditions and parts of General Conference.

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