John H. Vandenberg

First Quorum of the Seventy (October 1, 1976 – September 30, 1978)
Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (April 6, 1972 – October 1, 1976)
Presiding Bishop (September 30, 1961 – April 6, 1972)

General Conference Addresses

  • April 1978 General Conference
  • April 1976 General Conference
  • October 1975 General Conference
  • October 1974 General Conference
  • April 1974 General Conference
  • April 1973 General Conference
    • The Agency of Man
      • “These persuasions of the heart are related to two opposing forces constantly at work within every human being. They are the forces of good and evil, which the Master referred to as God and mammon. Coupled with these forces is the individual’s power to reason, which only man, of all God’s creations, possesses. This enables him to make choices. It is man’s control valve of what he wants to be. The forces governed by his own reasoning determine the nature and quality of the choice made. Thus, that which we call character is formed. We refer to this privilege of choice as the agency of man.”
      • “Since the authorship of the agency of man is God’s, should we not look to him for the best media to help us to control our choices? The media he has given to us are the words spoken by his prophets, as are recorded in the scriptures. Jesus confirms this in responding to the recreant Jews of his time, who accused him of breaking the Sabbath by healing a man on that day.”
      • “As fellow workers for the cause of building the kingdom of God, they are our source of faith, commitment, determination, and leadership; doctrine for the foundation of our decisions.”
      • “He wants us to become acquainted with his gospel, to test it, to prove it, to participate in it, and to use it as a base on which to make our decisions. This is that men might base their choices on truth. When reason is joined with truth, there is convincing logic that sets up the path in our hearts that leads upward and onward to a nobler life.”
  • October 1972 General Conference
  • April 1972 General Conference
  • October 1971 General Conference
  • April 1971 General Conference
  • October 1970 General Conference
    • Lost and Found 
      • “From the teachings of the Savior we know that he was greatly concerned with those who were lost.”
      • “It is our responsibility to light the way for others.”
      • “No obstacle can keep a faithful servant from his blessing as he brings light into the life of his brother or sister.”
  • April 1970 General Conference
    • In Search of Truth 
      • “Changes will come through discovery and research of temporal things, but let us not confuse such temporal changes with the consistency of eternal truth.”
      • “This is the truth that you should seek after—to know God and his plan of eternal life.”
      • “Remember—people cannot change truth, but truth can change people.”
      • “Prepare yourselves to declare the gospel to the nations of the earth. You will witness the change that takes place in the lives of those who listen to your testimonies. Missionaries live with these experiences and love them. Many young people, and particularly those who bear the priesthood, are missionaries at home, among their associates, mainly by the way they live.”
  • April 1969 General Conference
    • Our Path in Today’s World 
      • “The idea that a person would have to try each of these paths before he could judge whether it be wrong is a cunning plan laid by the adversary to entrap the souls of men. A continual exposure to evil ways develops a lowered resistance to them, a higher degree of tolerance for sin, which eventually leads to the embracing of the evil practices. Do not forget that the very ability which man has to learn from the experiences of others sets him above the animal world.”
      • “You will achieve ultimate success if you will align yourself to the discipline required by the narrow way which leads to eternal life.”
  • October 1968 General Conference
    • What Will the Harvest Be? 
      • “When we plant seeds of righteousness and daily rid our lives of weeds, we reap a harvest of satisfaction, happiness, and even eternal joy. But when, because of neglect, we allow weeds to grow and canker our lives, we can reap less abundantly and perhaps even harvest sorrow and discontent.”
      • “No factor in life is more vital to living than the realization that you and I are, in the final analysis, our own creators.”
      • “This is a law that affects each of our lives. If we plant seeds of righteousness and cultivate them properly, we reap peace, joy, and exaltation; but conversely, if we plant seeds of avarice, hate, and lust, we reap the whirlwind of sorrow and anguish.”
  • April 1968 General Conference
    • If the Lord Be God, Follow Him 
      • “For those who are not aware of this divine purpose, life may seem to be a mysterious journey with few landmarks and with no real objectives. They may seek only that which their eyes can see. Their only objective may be material wealth and the embracing of worldly pleasures. Moral standards may be applied only when it is convenient. In a sense, they worship and make gods of the physical, whatever it may be.”
      • “Following him is a day-by-day process. It must be the conscious objective of every hour. Even today those who will serve the Master and follow the directions of his Prophet can taste the joy of service.”
  • October 1962 General Conference
    • The Greatest Weight
      • “This simple action of the faith of a youth unfolded great truths to young Joseph. It was a reality that Satan stood by as a power of darkness and tried to overpower and destroy Joseph Smith, and he might have succeeded had it not been that God heard Joseph’s supplication and appeared in the power of his light to dispel the evil.”
      • “The ability to receive the blessings of repentance lies within our individual power. It is a never-ending endeavor. There is no restriction to those who may achieve: All may partake of this gift from God.”
      • “The avenue of repentance is a thoroughfare which all may tread. It is the path to peace.”
  • April 1962 General Conference
    • Aaronic Priesthood Responsibility
      • “While my counselors were talking about the more than 100,000 young men under twenty-one bearing the Aaronic Priesthood, my thoughts turned to the more than 100,000 over twenty-one who may be working to qualify themselves to receive the blessings of the Melchizedek Priesthood.”
      • “I have been thinking of their wives, their sons, their daughters, and their future. We realize that some of these mature brethren who bear the Aaronic Priesthood have again become active, faithful, and devoted members of the Church in order to achieve their goal. We also realize that many are recent converts to the Church who are working toward their ordination to the Melchizedek Priesthood. These brethren are anxiously waiting for the day when they may enter a temple of the Lord to receive their endowments and sealings through the Holy Melchizedek Priesthood. We pray that all of these may continue to enjoy the warmth of fellowship in the priesthood without any interruption.”
      • “You are the trumpeters to the youth who are listening for certain sounds—positive, unwavering teachings, examples—a steady beam to guide them in preparation for a useful life of service in the dignity of the priesthood. If we, the trumpeters, do not guard our actions, our language—do not set worthy examples—how then can we expect our young men to prepare themselves “to the battle,” battle against wrongdoing—the battle they fight every day of their lives?”
      • “One cannot give unless there is someone to receive.”

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