J. Ballard Washburn

Second Quorum of the Seventy (March 31, 1990 – September 30, 1995)

General Conference Addresses

  • April 1995 General Conference
    • The Temple Is a Family Affair
      • “Our efforts as parents, wards, and stakes should be to help our youth live worthily to go to the temple now. The goal is the same for young women as for young men—be temple worthy now. When the bishop interviews the youth each year, it will include a worthiness interview.”
      • “Two important things are necessary to have the Holy Ghost: First, we must live worthy of it, and second, we must ask for it.”
      • “When couples who have not fully repented of past sins go to the temple to be married, they are starting their marriages on very shaky ground. I believe this is one of the main causes of divorce in temple marriages. If a man who is dishonest in his personal life, as it pertains to his wife and children or his business dealings, goes to the temple, he is heaping damnation upon his own soul and is in great need of repentance.”
      • “We go to the temple to make covenants, but we go home to keep the covenants that we have made. The home is the testing ground. The home is the place where we learn to be more Christlike. The home is the place where we learn to overcome selfishness and give ourselves in service to others.”
  • October 1990 General Conference
    • Follow the Prophet
      • “Now, each of you young men can know that the Lord is with you and that he loves each one of you. You can follow this great prophet and serve a mission and be married in the temple. You can live a life of service as he has and be a disciple of Jesus.”

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