Lynn A. Mickelsen

First Quorum of the Seventy (April 3, 1993 – October 3, 2009)

Second Quorum of the Seventy (March 31, 1990 – April 3, 1993)

General Conference Addresses

  • October 2003 General Conference
    • The Atonement, Repentance, and Dirty Linen
      • “Reputations built on rumor, reality, or established by nickname can be virtually impossible to overcome. The adage “Do not wash your dirty linen in public” is wise counsel. It is not necessary, appropriate, nor healthy to expose our private or family mistakes and sins for public scrutiny. The more widely a sin is known, the more difficult the repentance or change.”
      • “How often do we forget who has the right to judge? Forgiveness of sin depends on Him, not on us. So the next time we are tempted to hang dirty linen in public, let us remember: First, go to the Lord. Second, go to the one we have offended. Third, if necessary, go to our judge in Israel. And fourth, then put it away.”
  • October 1995 General Conference
    • Eternal Laws of Happiness
      • “How important it is to know the purpose of our existence. Man is that he might have joy, and that joy will come to us as we keep God’s commandments!”
      • “Their goal of becoming an eternal family will surely be reached under the guidance of this faithful father.”
      • “We also must teach these commandments to our children. Our happiness in this life and joy in the future as eternal families depend on how well we live them.”
      • “With a positive understanding of the commandments, our children will have a greater desire to follow them and a better comprehension of the power of the Atonement for forgiveness when they make mistakes. As they understand His sacrifice for us, they will repent and go forward with a perfect brightness of hope, knowing that Christ will pay for their sins if they follow Him.”
  • October 1990 General Conference
    • What Is Truth?
      • “A few months ago, a friend came to our home under the pretext that he had some questions about the Church he needed help in answering. He said he had discovered the Book of Mormon was not the word of God and that Joseph Smith was not a prophet of God. He then proceeded to quote articles and books which were written by enemies of the Church. As he listed his sources, I replied that I also had read them and others, and they had only served to confirm my faith in the Book of Mormon and the Prophet Joseph Smith. He was surprised that I could have read the same things he had read and not believe as he believed. I suggested that he devote at least equal time to the right side of the issue, but he had come with a decision, not a question. His mind was made up. He did not want to know. His heart was closed.”
      • “We must ask the right questions; we must seek in the right places and knock on the right doors. That sometimes is very difficult to do.”
      • “Yes, for me it is as clear as the night from the day. Their witness of the Savior is true. I have heard His voice as I have read His word in the sacred writings of the prophets of the Book of Mormon and rejoiced with the further light and knowledge granted to our latter-day prophets. I add my witness to theirs: He lives; I know He lives. This is His church.”

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