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…
1. Something to never forget
A good man, is a good man, whether in this church, or out of it.
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?
4. I need to work on this
Pray as though everything depended on the Lord and work as though everything depended on you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
9. Love this
True independence and freedom can only exist in doing what’s right.
10. Good advice
The best remedy for anger is delay.