Matthew Cowley

Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (October 11, 1945 – December 13, 1953)

General Conference Addresses

  • October 1946 General Conference
    • Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God
      • “The perverted use of man’s free agency, arising as it does from a false sense of values, has brought down upon all earthly kingdoms, with crushing impact, the fears and frustrations which now beset them. The God of the universe, who “ordereth all things well,” did not design, neither did he desire, that the destiny of man should be so fearful and awesome.”
      • “The evils that men do are of their own making.”
      • “The kingdoms of this earth are not, in and of themselves, righteous kingdoms. Within them, however, there are many righteous souls who have found, by earnest seeking, the kingdom of God in the midst of evil.”
      • “Conversion must needs come from within. And by conversion the kingdom of God within man impels him to reach out for the guidance and tuition of the organized kingdom of God with which he will seek affiliation.”
      • “Peace cannot come in our time; nor in any time, if as the foundation thereof the kingdom of God is ignored.”
  • October 1945 General Conference
    • Living Worthily—the Duty of Latter-day Saints
      • “I thank God, my brothers and sisters and friends, that I was reared in a good home. I thank God that in that home I was taught that it was more important to be moral than to be careful, that I was taught from the days of my youth to honor the priesthood of Almighty God. I was frequently told, as were the rest of the members of my father’s family, by our father, that if there ever came a time or an occasion to choose between loyalty to him and loyalty to the priesthood of God, always choose loyalty to the priesthood of God. I thank God that such an occasion never arose.”
      • “The only aspiration I have had in life has been to be a good and honorable member of the Church, and now in having been called to this position, I promise you that I will not lose sight of that other aspiration. The greatest call in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is to be a worthy member. Every worthy member of this Church is a potential savior upon Mount Zion of the souls of men.”

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