Sterling W. Sill

First Quorum of the Seventy (October 1, 1976 – December 31, 1978)
Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (April 6, 1954 – October 1, 1976)

General Conference Addresses

  • October 1969 General Conference
    • The Sabbath a Cure
      • “If we were looking for some program to cure all of the problems that presently beset our world, we might well find it by properly observing the Sabbath day.”
      • “This is the day when we put on our best clothes and think our best thoughts and read our best books. This is the day when we associate with the people that we like the most. This is the day for which we usually reserve the best meal of the week. This is the day when we lay aside the cares that usually concern us during the other six days and go to the house of prayer and let our minds reach upward and try to understand the real purpose for which this day was set apart.”
      • “And we bring all sorts of serious problems upon ourselves when we use this day for pleasure, worldliness, and evil. We sometimes make the Sabbath our least important day by putting on our most unsightly clothes and doing our most ordinary jobs. As a consequence of what we do, many of our churches remain empty and the holy scriptures remain on the shelf unopened. When we lose the Sabbath day spirit, we are likely to build bars in our homes instead of altars. And sometimes we can get more interested in horse races and baseball games than in the celestial kingdom.”
      • “Next to God, the most inspiring creation in the universe is a great human being formed in God’s image.”
      • “If we could have visited with Abraham as he herded his sheep on the deserts of Palestine, we may not have been greatly impressed. But if we could have been at his side as he stood among the noble and great in the antemortal councils of God, or if we could be with him now as he serves in God’s heavenly kingdom, the experience would likely be a much more memorable one. And what wonderful people we might discover each Sabbath day if we could see our brothers and sisters in the light of their real identity as children of God.”
  • April 1955 General Conference
    • We Believe in God
      • “When we say “We believe in God,” we mean much more than merely that God exists. We mean that we understand something about the kind of being he is, that he is literally the Father of our spirits, and, according to the great law of the universe, the offspring may sometime become like the parent.”
      • “But the most thrilling and motivating part of this idea is what the words themselves indicate, that “We believe in God.” We trust him. We believe that he knows his business, that regardless of chance or the errors of men, his purposes will prevail.”
      • “A discouraged person is always a weak person.”
      • “You can’t merely snap your fingers and get great faith in God, any more than you can snap your fingers and get great musical ability. Faith takes hold of us only when we take hold of it.”
      • “The great truths of life become known only to those who are prepared to accept them. So I would like to present for your consideration the thrilling temptations of the gospel, the temptations to live worthily of the celestial kingdom, to attain a celestial body, a celestial mind, a celestial personality, to live with a celestial family and celestial friends on a celestial earth.”
  • October 1954 General Conference
    • Our Greatest Responsibility
      • “Following this suggestion has been a wonderful experience to me, and presently I am rereading one of my ten authors. This particular author has written five books. One of them is entitled the Old Testament. Another is the New Testament. One is the Book of Mormon. One is the Doctrine and Covenants and one is the Pearl of Great Price. Each time we read a book with a new purpose it becomes a new book. This is not because the words in the book have changed, but because we bring to it a new outlook; for example, one might read the Bible to get from it its literature, or its history, or its philosophy, or its psychology, or its theology, but I am not re-reading the standard works of the Church primarily for any of these reasons. Rather, I am trying to get better acquainted with the author.”
      • “To discover God is the greatest discovery that anyone ever makes in his lifetime, and in trying to understand the great responsibility that goes with such a discovery, I got down on my knees and asked God to help me bear an acceptable witness of him to all of those with whom I should come in contact.”
  • April 1954 General Conference
    • In the Service of Our Father
      • “I here have been a number of circumstances that have combined themselves together this morning to produce in my heart great humility, accompanied by a feeling of inadequacy to discharge properly the responsibilities of this appointment. I pray that I might receive the necessary strength to fulfil those obligations. I am grateful for the confidence of the brethren who are responsible for this appointment. I also appreciate very much your sustaining vote. I promise the General Authorities of the Church, as well as the general Church membership, and Him whose name the Church bears, that I will do the very best I can.”
      • “The real worth of a man is not in himself alone, but in what he stands for.”
      • “It is more important to build a great character than to build a great skyscraper. We know that the worth of souls is great, but mostly we are not great for what we are, we are great or what we may become, and it is my hope and prayer in my own behalf that I may develop those qualities that will enable me to accomplish the duties of this assignment as is expected of me by my Father in heaven and those who preside over me in the Church.”

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