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 during a 2007 Brigham Young University devotional.
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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.

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.

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"?

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.

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.

Hal Pierce
Norman, OK

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

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"! :)

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.


Pres. Harold B. Lee, "People are usually down on what they ain't up on."

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