The Best Quotes From Every Modern Prophet

Four prophets.

The prophets generally speak on a very regular basis. Because of this, there are SO MANY times that they are quoted. Here, we have gathered a few of the most famous quotes from each prophet in one place.

Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith painting, prophet.

“Our Heavenly Father is more liberal in His views, and boundless in His mercies and blessings than we are ready to believe or receive.”

I had seen a vision: I knew it and I knew that God knew it, and I could not deny it.”

“If they will not accept our doctrine, then let them accept our hospitality.”

Brigham Young

Brigham Young, the second prophet

“If you have a bad thought about yourself, tell it to go to hell because that’s exactly where it came from.”

“Why should we worry about what others think of us—do we have more confidence in their opinions than our own?”

“A good man is a good man, whether in this church or out of it.”

Related Link: What if I Disagree with the Prophet? 

John Taylor

John Taylor

“Let us be pure, let us be virtuous, let us be honorable, let us maintain our integrity, let us do good to all men, and tell the truth always, and treat everybody right.”

“Shall we rally around the Constitution of the United States and protect it in its purity? Yes; we will save it when others forsake it.”

Wilford Woodruff

wilford woodruff mormon prophet

“These are grand principles, they are worth every sacrifice.”

“Trust in God. Do your duty. Remember your prayers. Get faith in the Lord, and take hold and build up Zion. All will be right.”

Lorenzo Snow

Black and White Photo of Lorenzo Snow

“Do not expect to become perfect at once. If you do, you will be disappointed. Be better today than you were yesterday, and better tomorrow than you are today.”

“As man now is, God once was; as God now is, man may be.”

Joseph F. Smith

Joseph F. Smith

“The try love of a mother comes nearer to being like the love of God than any other kind of love.”

“We are willing to receive all truth from whatever source t may come; for truth will stand, truth will endure.”

Heber J. Grant

Heber J. Grant

“What the world needs today more than anything else is an implicit faith in God, our Father, and in Jesus Christ, His Son, as the Redeemer of the world.”

“What I count as real prosperity… is the growth in a knowledge of God, and in a testimony, and in the power to live the gospel and to inspire our families to do the same. That is prosperity of the truest kind.”

“If we are striving, if we are working, if we are trying, to the best of our ability, to improve day by day, then we are in the line of our duty.”

George Albert Smith

George Albert Smith talks on the microphone

“Yet none use their words more recklessly than the strong, who have not been sobered by the rebuffs and uncertainties of life.”

“We must seek the loving-kindness of God in all the breadth and open-air of common life.”

“God is stronger than their strength, more loving than their uttermost love, and in so far as they have loved and sacrificed themselves for others, they have obtained the infallible proof, that God too lives and loves and gives Himself away.”

David O. McKay

David O and Emma Ray McKay

“Freedom of choice is more to be treasured than any possession earth can give.”

“Do your duty, that is best; leave unto the Lord the rest.”

“What you think about when you don’t have to think, shows what you really are.”

Joseph Fielding Smith

joseph fielding smith

“The theories of men changed from day to day. Much that is taught new will tomorrow be in discard, but the word of the Lord will endure forever.”

“The mere stuffing of the mind with knowledge of facts is not education. The mind must not only possess a knowledge of the truth, but the soul must revere it. Cherish it. Love it as a priceless gem.”

“There is no cure for the ills of the world except the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Harold B. Lee

harold b lee

“Life is fragile, handle with prayer.”

“You cannot lift another soul until you are standing on higher ground than he is.”

“The most important work that you and I will ever do will be within the walls of our own homes.”

Spencer W. Kimball

President Kimball speaking.

“Love people not things. Use things, not people.”

“Do it. Do it right. Do it right now.”

“My life is like my shoes, worn out by service.”

Ezra Taft Benson

Ezra Taft Benson

“The Lord works from the inside out.”

“When we put God first, all other things fall into their proper place or drop out of our lives.”

“Some of the greatest battles will be fought within the chambers of your own soul.”

Howard W. Hunter

Howard W. Hunter

“Try not to let what you don’t have blind you to that which you do have.”

“Our greatest concern should be for the success of others.”

“Whatever Jesus lays His hands upon, lives. If He lays His hands upon a marriage, it lives. If He is allowed to His hands on the family, it lives.”

Gordon B. Hinkley

Gordon B. Hinkley, the prophet

“If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.”

Forget yourself and go to work.”

“That which comes easily departs easily. That which comes of struggle remains.”

Thomas S. Monson

President Thomas S. Monson, 16th prophet

“May we ever choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong.”

“Unless we lose ourselves in the service of others, there is little purpose to our own lives.”

“Remember that when you help another up a mountain, you are a little closer to the top yourself.”

Related Link: A List of EVERYTHING Our Leaders Counseled Us to Do at General Conference (April 2020)

Russell M. Nelson, Current Prophet

President Russell M Nelson, current lds prophet

“Education is the difference between wishing you could help others and being able to help them.”

“Even if everyone is doing it, wrong is never right. Evil, error, and darkness will never be truth, even if popular.”

“The joy we feel has little to do with the circumstances of our lives and everything to do with the focus of our lives.”

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Zoë Holyoak is currently a BYU student, photographer, and writer. Her hobbies include long walks through the ice cream aisle at the grocery store and correcting bad grammar. She is also a proud member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served a mission for the Church in Portland, Oregon.