Hugh B. Brown

First Counselor in the First Presidency (October 4, 1963 – January 18, 1970)

Second Counselor in the First Presidency (October 12, 1961 – October 4, 1963)

Third Counselor in the First Presidency (June 22, 1961 – October 12, 1961)

Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (April 10, 1958 – December 2, 1975)

Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (October 4, 1953 – April 10, 1958)

General Conference Addresses

  • October 1954 General Conference
    • “To Your Tents, O Israel!”
      • “Throughout the world today there is confusion, apprehension, danger. In our own land we are spending billions to fortify and defend our country and protect our homes. Not only are we stockpiling armaments and atom bombs and other instruments of war, but we are also building a radar system, sky high and continent wide, extending across Canada and up into the Arctic Circle, all with the idea, basically, of defending our homes.”
      • “Sometimes we, as individuals, feel weak and helpless in the face of all this and wonder what we might do to help. May I call your attention to the fact that right in the inner citadel of our defensive system, the home, which is the very bulwark of our strength and solidarity, right there the enemy is making inroads which truly are frightening. In what I have to say on this subject, I hope no one will feel that I am chastising or blaming or condemning. I think I realize, because of recent experiences, that there are many innocent victims of desertion and betrayal. My heart goes out to many lovely women who are left to raise their children alone, and certainly to them we say a word of encouragement, and we pray God’s blessings upon them that they may be given strength to carry this added burden. And yet we must say some things about this evil—its source and possible conquest.”
      • “Fathers should teach their boys that there is no freedom except through obedience to law. Children should be reared in disciplined homes where rules are obeyed and the rights of others are respected. Parents should “reprove betimes with sharpness” and then show an increase of love. The child that is pampered in the home will expect to be pampered after marriage. Among the seeds of divorce one of the most prolific is overindulgence. It grows into extreme selfishness.”
      • “But let us think of some positive aspects of this subject. I should like for the next minute to talk to the young people who may be listening in: to tell them that though this enemy is extant, and though they must meet situations where they must face and overcome difficulties, they can train and prepare themselves for this glorious experience with the same promise of success as awaits the well-trained and disciplined person in any field of activity. Marriage is life at work.”
      • “I remind you that the Master who loved most of all, endured the most and proved his love by his endurance.”
      • “The husband, who will kneel every day in the home and thank God for his wife and list her virtues in his supplication to be entered on the credit side of the family ledger will overlook or be unmindful of her little weaknesses—he will never seek the divorce courts. The woman who kneels with her children in the home and humbly thanks God for a kind, loving, and wonderful father and husband, even though at times that prayer may be only a wish, it still will impress upon the souls of the children an image and hold before them an ideal which they will try to realize in themselves.”
  • April 1954 General Conference
    • Our Debt to the Past
      • “If for a moment we become personal, it is not because our experiences and heritage are unique—they are but typical of the lives of Latter-day Saints—but we are thinking now of a father, willing all his life to lay everything upon the altar, sending boys on missions, building up new areas, struggling against the elements. We are thinking of a pioneer mother, a woman who somehow had the genius to inspire in the hearts of each of her seven sons and seven daughters a sense of their individual worth and who predicted for them blessings in the future predicated upon observance of law.”
      • “We are thinking too of our companions, and I am sure all of you brethren who are assembled and who are listening will join in a tribute to those who know us best, in our weaknesses, and still somehow contrive to bring out of us something of our potential worth; who pray and love us into being our better selves.”

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