Richard L. Evans

Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (October 8, 1953 – November 1, 1971)

First Council of the Seventy (October 7, 1938 – October 8, 1953)

General Conference Addresses

  • October 1939 General Conference
    • Faith a Sure Foundation for Knowledge
      • “It has been one of my obligations to conduct the tourist service in this auditorium, following the nation-wide broadcast of the Tabernacle Choir each Sunday morning, and also the Sunday afternoon Tabernacle services on numerous occasions, and as the faces of the thousands of searching men and women have passed before us here I have been led to have a deep sympathy for those men who by reason of their profession or the expediency of making a livelihood, must stand before their fellow men to preach, teach, persuade, or convince in any field of learning or any department of life except they know within their souls that that which they speak is the truth. Except they have that connection they are blind leaders of the blind, and the blind don’t lead the blind very well.”
      • “The things we do by faith gloriously transcend those things we do by mere knowledge. Moving mountains is a trivial thing to those who have it. By faith and its attendant works the world was created, and worlds may yet be created.”
      • “I have learned to know that all men of academic training are not alike, and I have learned to know that there are many men possessed of great funds of factual knowledge who lack wisdom.”
      • “I have learned to know that when you find a man of learning who has faith, you may travel with him into new worlds of thought, and beyond horizons as yet not traversed by humankind, with joy and with safety. But when you find a man of learning without faith, you may not travel with him in safety to any destination.”
      • “I am aware that under the sea, in the air, and on the land, man is master—master of almost everything but himself.”
  • April 1939 General Conference
    • Raising a Young Family
      • “I find myself at times, because of this condition and because of the realization of it, with a certain envy in my heart for my grandparents—envy because of the moral and spiritual environment in which they were permitted to rear their children. They could go to sleep at night, in this community and in most of those communities from which we have gathered here, in the days of our more or less isolated condition, aware of the fact that the family home and fireside were the principal formative elements in the lives of their children ; and if, perchance, their little brood was out at some place of entertainment, they could be assured that these places were being run by men whom they had put in office, or in whom they had confidence, and that they were as the extended influence of the home, and were protected from moral tarnish or physical harm. And if, perchance, there were a wolf at the door, at least it was the wolf of honest hunger, and not a wolf of warped thinking or subtle influence.”
      • “I realize that the catalogue of the material advantages that we enjoy, that our grandparents did not enjoy, would number tens of thousands of items and services, and a listing of them would make a very thick publication, indeed ; but I realize, also that we have paid a price for each of them.”
      • “When I speak of envying my grandparents I realize that I would not go back to their day if I could, and that I could not if I would. They solved the problems of their day, and we must solve the problems of ours.”
      • “It is possible, perchance, that we, or a part of us, could again find a place of isolation that would sustain and prosper an independent and an industrious people, but by doing so we would not be solving our problems. We would only be postponing them, because the world is very small in this day, and civilization moves in very quickly.”
      • “I know that my family and I will be better off to be found among the faithful of this people, than in any other condition in which we might find ourselves.”
  • October 1938 General Conference
    • I’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go
      • “It is a conclusive thing for a man to stand convicted by his own words.”
      • “Since that time it has been my privilege to become acquainted with all of the General Authorities of the Church, and their lives have been a testimony to me, because I know that they would not be doing the things they are doing, and would not have left the things they have left, to do the things they are now doing, except that they know of a surety that this is the work of the Lord, and must go forward.”
      • “A truth does not need to be shouted to be appreciated—a truth quietly spoken has much greater effect than an untruth shouted from the housetops.”
      • “I spent a good part of the day yesterday trying to find sympathy from some of these my brethren, the General Authorities, who are sitting around me here. I found none, so I decided to like what has befallen me. President Clark told me yesterday morning that they had all been through it, and I might just as well cheer up.”
      • “It was only necessary for me to think quietly for a few moments to see that there is no turning back for a Latter-day Saint, and he who thinks there is, finds himself not turning back but turning away.”

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