William Grant Bangerter

Presidency of the Seventy (September 30, 1978 – April 5, 1980; February 17, 1985 – September 30, 1989)
First Quorum of the Seventy (October 1, 1976 – September 30, 1989)
Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (April 4, 1975 – October 1, 1976)

General Conference Addresses

  • October 1988 General Conference
    • The Quality of Eternal Life
      • “The great preoccupation of humanity is with dying. The general tendency, of course, is to try to avoid it. From time immemorial, the dream has been to extend life indefinitely. There have been potions and elixirs which would supposedly protect a person from death. Legends of the fountain of youth have led men to the ends of the earth.”
      • “Even those who don’t think they will live again or who don’t want to live again will nevertheless arise from the grave and live again. There is nothing they can do to stop it, since life is eternal.”
      • “Now, in view of the almost universal concern over the quality of mortal life, and since some people seem to be happier than others, we might ask the question about eternal life: “How can I be sure to have a happy experience there?” And remember, eternity is a long, long time.”
      • “The doctrine of salvation teaches us that we do not step into the vestibule of the gospel merely by confessing Christ or by being baptized. If we take it seriously, we will reach for all the blessings.”
  • April 1987 General Conference
    • What It Means to Be a Saint
      • “Many members of the Church become upset when those terms are used by name-callers. Calling people names to ridicule them or to offend them is an old, childish practice.”
      • “It isn’t very important what impolite people call this Church and its people. Name-calling has been an age-old pastime among people who profess to be religious. The words heretic, blasphemer, bigot, Jew, hypocrite, and heathen have all had their day.”
      • “If, then, we understand that we are born again, having taken upon us the name of Christ, the big question is: Do we act like it?”
      • “A saint is one who follows Christ in holiness and devotion. This is the commitment of a Latter-day Saint.”
      • “The many imperfections which trouble our daily lives require us to be a repenting as well as a repentant people.”
      • “Now, of course the ordinances alone do not make us saints. Our actions do that, but even saints have not the power to return to God’s presence without Christ’s infinite atonement. That is why we enter into the covenants.”
      • “The earth is the Lord’s. We are only stewards.”
      • “Some who have made the covenant do not take it seriously. Having received baptism as a form and not as a covenant, they scarcely advance to the sacrament table. Saints will take it seriously. The ordinances of the priesthood and the covenants entered into in the temple direct us toward the consecrated life God expects of those who have taken the name of Jesus Christ.”

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