Anthony W. Ivins

First Counselor in th First Presidency (May 25, 1925 – September 23, 1934)

Second Counselor in the First Presidency (March 10, 1921 – May 25, 1925)

Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (October 6, 1907 – September 23, 1934)

General Conference Addresses

  • April 1909 General Conference
    • Review of an Anti-Mormon Book
      • “When I read it, I thought—how dangerous are lying lips, and what trouble, what misunderstanding may come to individuals or people through a lying pen.”
      • “There is a world of corroborative evidence of the divine authenticity of this Book of Mormon—read it; study it; be governed by the doctrines that are taught in it. Have faith in it; believe in the promises that are contained in it, and you will find inspiration and hope, faith and charity, and everything that is good in human life. It stands for that which is good, for that which is true, for that which is just, for that which is merciful, for that which uplifts, and places before us higher ideals to which we constantly aspire. May we always appreciate the word of truth.”
      • “The Church of Christ is established upon the principles of truth and righteousness, and therefore truth and righteousness should be constantly cultivated and encouraged in the Church and out of it. We need to be taught the principle of truth, because we are not always, perhaps, truthful. A man may be untruthful in other things than what he says; he may be untruthful in what he does; he may be untruthful in the impressions which, he seeks to make. Every misrepresentation of a fact is an untruth.”
  • October 1908 General Conference
    • Gathering of Zion
      • “We have gathered up here to Zion that we might better learn our duties, that we might better learn the will of the Lord, that we may be better able to serve Him and to keep His commandments, in order that His spirit may continue with us, and that we may be instructed, that we may review ourselves, that we may also review the condition of the Church, and thus be able to reach proper conclusions as to its development, to be better able to judge ourselves, that our faith in the Lord may be increased, that our determination to do His will may be greater. That we may have greater power over the weakness of the flesh, we meet together from Sabbath to Sabbath, and twice during the year the whole Church comes together, that we may be taught, that, in fulfillment of the words of the Prophet, we who have gathered up here to the Mountain of the House of the Lord may learn His ways and be able to walk in His path.”
    • Walk in the Way of Righteousness
      • “If we walked in His paths, we wouldn’t need courts, very badly, to keep us in the line of duty; it would not be necessary for us to exercise the privileges and prerogatives which the civil law gives us, in order that men might live righteous lives, but righteousness would be written in our hearts, because of the love of it. We would be righteous because we desired righteousness, because we knew that it was the way of the Lord, the narrow path which He had marked out. For that reason, we would be moral men and women, we would be truthful men and women; we would be virtuous men and women; we would be temperate men and women; we would not be drunkards; we would not be blasphemers, because that is not the way of the Lord; that is not the way He taught us, and that is not the example He set for us to follow.”
      • “This, He told us, is charity—not that we give liberally to the poor, not that we administer to the wants of those we know are in need,—but that the love of God actually enters into our hearts, that we sympathize with those who are in distress, that we find joy in administering to their wants, that we love each other and show that love by rendering help where help is needed, that we love righteousness and seek, with all our might, to establish it in the earth.”
      • “I am not a strong believer in the ultimate ends that can possibly be accomplished by coercive means. It is all right to apply the law; it is necessary: we could not very well do without it, but far better and above the civil law is faith and the voluntary love that we have, by which we do good and observe the law without compulsion, but because we love it.”
  • April 1908 General Conference
    • Undoubting Faith
      • “I love the Gospel of Christ, because it taught me that birth was not the beginning of my existence, nor death the end of my life.”
      • “If there is a member of the Church of Christ today who is not a temperate man or woman, if it is necessary to preach temperance, to preach prohibition to the Latter-day Saints, it is because they have been negligent, they have not listened to the word of the Lord, and not because the Gospel does not have in it that which will eliminate this evil.”
      • “We say in the Church, you shall not steal, and if you steal, and repent not, you are unworthy of fellowship, and we cast you out; but with that, our prerogative ceases. The civil law says, you shall not steal—if you do steal, it lays hands upon you; it restrains you of your liberty; it places you in bonds, and casts you into prison. The law of God says, you shall not shed the blood of man, and he who sheddeth the blood of man hath not Eternal Life abiding in him, and with this we cease. The civil law says, he who killeth shall answer with his life. Hands are laid upon him, and the law is executed.”
      • “I heard a man say, the other day, that his politics had nothing to do with his religion. I can think of no obligation resting upon me which is more sacred or nearer a religious duty, than that I see to it, so far as my influence, so far as my voice and my vote may go, that this civil government which we love, which we maintain, be administered by righteous men. To that extent it is my religion, and I don’t want to be muzzled in saying so.”
      • “The past can benefit only as we learn by it; we cannot change it.”

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