Richard R. Lyman

Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (April 7, 1918 – November 12, 1943)

General Conference Addresses

  • April 1920 General Conference
    • Overcoming Weaknesses
      • “Therefore I say to you and to all the world, all a man needs to do is to live in accordance with the gospel teachings and he will know of the doctrine, whether it be of God or whether the man speaks of himself.”
      • “Let us struggle on together, remembering that we all have weaknesses; let us live on, struggle on, and hope on, that our shortcomings may be overcome; that we may be thoroughly worthy of the wonderful blessings promised to the faithful, that the purposes of our Father may be fulfilled and that they may be fulfilled swiftly.”
  • October 1919 General Conference
    • Accepting Truth
      • “This is one reason among many why I have great confidence in you, my own people. We believe in accepting truth, from whatever source it comes. If there is anything virtuous, honest, upright, holy, good, and true, we, in accordance with the fundamental principles of the gospel, seek after these things.”
  • June 1919 General Conference
  • October 1918 General Conference
    • Prayer, and the Importance of Children
      • “It was intimated yesterday by one speaker that perhaps all of us are not living in strict conformity with some of the teachings and practices of the Church. It was said, with regret, that some of the members of the Church may not bef prayerful. Perhaps some do not pray in secret, and there may be some who do not pray with their families. Why is it necessary that we should pray in secret and that frequently? Why is it necessary that we should pray with our families? Why is it necessary that we should come together so often to worship? The reason is because we are clothed upon with mortality. We all have tremendous imperfections. We all have shortcomings and weaknesses to overcome.”
      • “Until we are able to love perfectly in accordance with it, we have reason to meet, we have reason to pray, we have reason to worship, we have reason to partake of the sacrament. All these things we aim to do that we may finally be perfect, even as our Father in heaven is perfect.”
  • April 1918 General Conference
    • A Testimony
      • “Who am I? Why should I be here? My life, my work, my attention have been directed almost exclusively to educational work. I have not done service as a regular missionary. I do not stand before you, therefore, as a preacher, but merely as a “Mormon” boy and all I can do is say a few blunt words in defense of my religion and my people, as I have done during my college life and at other times when separated from you—my people.”
      • “Prayer, as I see it, is the strongest factor for good that can come into the life of a boy.”

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