Robert L. Simpson

First Quorum of the Seventy (October 1, 1976 – September 30, 1989)
Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (April 6, 1972 – October 1, 1976)
First Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric (September 30, 1961 – April 6, 1972)

General Conference Addresses

  • October 1962 General Conference
    • He Knocks—We Open the Door
      • “Sometimes we avoid dedicating ourselves to the direction that common reason tells us to be right until a circumstance forces the issue.”
      • “The gospel, as set down by the Savior of the world, was never intended to be the least bit confusing, for he is the author of truth and light. Our Heavenly Father has but one desire and that is to have as many of his children as possible, regain his presence.”
      • “We ofttimes lose sight of basic goals as we struggle against the adversary in this mortal realm of existence. Nothing would please him more than to have us distracted in our attempts to regain the presence of our Heavenly Father, and such was the plight of my friend.”
      • “Now, as the Lord draws close to us in fulfillment of his promise, his advice and counsel will be direct and clear and undeviating from that original theme which has been the very core of his message from the beginning of time. He will tell us that our overcoming can best be accomplished in terms of others; for example, the priesthood has been restored in our day. Thousands of priesthood holders are here this morning.”
      • “Selfishness and ingratitude are tools of destruction. The civilized world rocks and reels today because of selfish attitudes.”
  • April 1962 General Conference
    • Following Proven Paths
      • “Brethren, have you ever heard the beautiful song, “No Man Is an Island”? Seclusion is incompatible with the spirit of the priesthood, and when you really analyze it, what can a man do for himself with the priesthood? You young men administer the Sacrament for others. You usher and do things around the chapel for the convenience and comfort of others. The priests administer the Sacrament that others might partake.”
      • “To willfully hide ourselves and live as hermits would be to allow our priesthood to wither and die. The Savior showed us the way; he set the pattern. His was a life of thinking and doing for others. This was the sum and substance of his entire existence in mortality.”
      • “Is there a priesthood holder within range of my voice that does not have as the foremost desire of his heart the great possibility of one day regaining the presence of his Heavenly Father? This is the sum and substance of it all. To aspire to this great blessing supersedes all else in the mind and heart of the priesthood holder.”
      • “All of us need help in this important process of overcoming. The man doesn’t live that is capable of doing it on his own. “No man is an island”; no being can stand alone.”
      • “It would be foolish for us to waste time in remaking all of the mistakes of our predecessors. In the first place, we would not live long enough to make all the mistakes, so we must do the wise thing. We must take advantage of mistakes that have already been made.”
      • “Certainly that man is intelligent who would take advantage of a path that has already been clearly marked.”
      • “Young men of the priesthood, tomorrow’s challenge is great. Why don’t you exert the effort to do some running in the sand? Do a little plugging uphill, and work when it is not always convenient, when it might be a little stormy out; and I want to tell you young men, you will be headed in the direction of a champion in the priesthood of your Heavenly Father.”

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