J. Richard Clarke

Presidency of the Seventy (October 1, 1988 – August 15, 1993)
First Quorum of the Seventy (April 6, 1985 – October 4, 1997)
Second Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric (October 1, 1976 – April 6, 1985)

General Conference Addresses

  • April 1993 General Conference
    • The Lord of Life
      • “As the Spirit touched their hearts, the conversion miracle began. Their previous behavior became incompatible with gospel principles. A new set of priorities and values replaced worldly interests. Alcohol and tobacco habits became expendable, although with great effort. Modesty became the dress standard. Prayer, scripture study, Relief Society and priesthood service became the focus. They were baptized and received the Holy Ghost.”
      • “Spiritual conversion is preceded by an intense desire for change and an admission that we need divine help. Only those who humbly open their hearts have the courage to admit error and place their trust in the Lord for forgiveness and redemption.”
  • April 1991 General Conference
    • “To Honor the Priesthood”
      • “To have the priesthood conferred upon us does not automatically bless us with power any more than receiving a driver’s license makes us a responsible driver.”
      • “Those who rationalize acceptance of immoral material on grounds of maturity or sophistication are deceived.”
  • April 1989 General Conference
    • Our Kindred Family—Expression of Eternal Love
      • “Through family history we discover the most beautiful tree in the forest of creation—our family tree. Its numerous roots reach back through history, and its branches extend throughout eternity. Family history is the expansive expression of eternal love. It is born of selflessness. It provides opportunity to secure the family unit forever.”
      • “Nevertheless, the family is society’s strongest and most important institution. Where it has survived, it has done so as a matter of highest priority.”
      • “As we learn to be loving, caring families in mortality, our hearts will naturally turn to members of our kindred family in the spirit world. As they continue to live beyond the veil, they wait—they wait for us, their family, to share the blessings of the ordinances of the priesthood. They yearn to belong to the eternal family circle. They are anxious for us to make this possible. Are we not compelled to do so?”
      • “In the councils of heaven before the world began, we made a solemn agreement with the Lord to assist in bringing to pass the eternal life of man.”

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