10 Short but Sweet Quotes From the Oft-Criticized Brigham Young

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Painted portrait of Brigham Young

The second prophet and president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Brigham Young, is often criticized by both members and nonmembers for some of the more controversial things he said and did. Personally, I think some of those criticisms are totally fair, but sometimes we focus so much on his flaws that we forget some of the incredible things he said and taught. Here are just 10 of them…

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1. Something to never forget

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

—Brigham Young

2. A worthwhile duty

What is the duty of a Latter-day Saint? To do all the good he can upon the earth.

—Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses

3. Fair point

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

—Brigham Young

4. I need to work on this

Pray as though everything depended on the Lord and work as though everything depended on you.

—Brigham Young

5. A recipe for good parenting

If you are ever called upon to chasten a person, never chasten beyond the balm you have within you to bind up.

Brigham Young

6. Words to live by

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

—Brigham Young

7. A prophet and apparently a poet, too

Nature is the glass reflecting God, as by the sea reflected is the sun, too glorious to be gazed on in his sphere.

—Brigham Young

8. The best way to do missionary work

Don’t try to tear down other people’s religion about their ears, Build up your own perfect structure of truth, and invite your listeners to enter in and enjoy its glories.

—Brigham Young

9. Love this

True independence and freedom can only exist in doing what’s right.

—Brigham Young

10. Good advice

The best remedy for anger is delay.

—Brigham Young

Which one of these quotes resonated with you the most? Let us know in the comments.

David Snell is a proud member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He's the Founder of The Sunday Pews, and has experience writing for Mormon Newsroom Pacific, KBYU11, Classical 89 Radio, FamilyShare.com and plenty more. He tries not to take himself too seriously and just wants to brighten your day a bit.