Charles H. Hart

First Council of the Seventy (April 9, 1906 – September 29, 1934)

General Conference Addresses

  • October 1913 General Conference
    • The Great Church
      • “This condition could not have been brought about if our mothers had thought more of aping the fashions imported from decadent France than they thought of home-building and of child-bearing.”
      • “Men may expect, when they set their faces like flint against the evils of the world, to have some criticism directed towards them.”
      • “We are seeking to develop men and women who will be an honor, not only to the Church, but to the nation; strong men and women, strong in their integrity, strong in their love of truth and of righteousness and of virtue.”
  • April 1913 General Conference
    • Teach the Gospel to Your Children
      • “Like others of the speakers, I am not afraid that the third, the fourth and subsequent generations in the Church will forsake the gospel, if they are only properly indoctrinated in the principles of the Church. The danger is when they do not know the truth.”
      • “If those beneath the same roof may not understand one another aright, is it to be expected that those living remote from us should not have a misconception of our ideals and doctrines?”
  • October 1912 General Conference
    • The Worth of Souls
      • “We learn in modern revelation of the dignity of the human soul, of its immortality; also that intelligence, an attribute of spirit, “was not created, neither indeed can be,” to use the language as recorded in the ninety-third section of the Doctrine and Covenants. We learn that we are the spiritual children of God the Eternal Father.”
      • “There was no lack of appreciation in the value of human life or in the value of a human soul in that the Savior was permitted, as a part of the divine program, to lay down His life for the redemption of mankind.”
      • “May the Lord bless us, my brethren and sisters, and enable use to be zealous in this work of saving souls; may we realize the truth of the revelation to the Prophet that souls are of great worth in the sight of God. and that the thing which will be of most worth unto us will be to declare repentence unto this generation that we may bring souls unto Christ that we may have rest with them in the kingdom of our Father.”
  • October 1911 General Conference
    • The Attributes of God Unknowable Without Revelation
      • “And yet, notwithstanding all the evidences that we have of the existence of Deity—and the strong and legitimate argument that we have from design to designer, yet that is not of itself sufficient to reveal unto us all the attributes of God.”
      • “The responsibility rests upon the jury of the world who have access to the truth, to place a proper estimate upon the sincere testimony of the three witnesses, and of the eight witnesses, and the testimony of Joseph, and the testimony of the complete and perfect organization of the Church, and of the wonderful history of “Mormonism,” and of all of its beautiful and divine doctrines.”
  • October 1910 General Conference
    • The Impregnable Gospel
      • “The gospel is impregnable against scrutiny from a psychological standpoint, as well as from any other standpoint that we may view it from. I think there was a purpose in having those various senses appealed to, just as I think there was a purpose in the manifestation of our Lord and Savior to His disciples, after His resurrection. You will remember that He was not content to give them a mere view, a mere vision of His person, but that they might be assured, and that the children of men to the latest generations might be assured that it was no delusion of the sense of sight, that those disciples witnessed in the appearance of the Savior to them. He said. “Handle me, and see.” They were asked to thrust their hands in His side, and feel the prints of the nails in His hands and in His feet, to know that it was a bodily presence, and not a mere apparition, or a mere vision, as the atheist has tried to claim, and, perhaps, would have successfully maintained with a good many persons, had it not been for the additional evidence that was presented by the sense of touch.”
  • April 1910 General Conference
    • Refuting False Theories of the Origin of the Church
      • “Mormonism has been investigated, not only by those who are its friends and adherents, but also by those who have sought to find some satisfactory explanation of its origin other than the true one that it is of divine founding.”
      • “A chance acquaintance of mine, in Idaho, had a theory with reference to our missionary system, and why thousands of our young men, at the call of the Church, would go upon missions. He thought they had been hypnotized. I soon convinced him of his error. You may examine so-called Mormonism in the light of mesmerism, hypnotism, or any other form of psychological phenomena, and still you will find no satisfactory explanation of Mormonism except that given by the Prophet Joseph Smith. In recent times Mormonism is being investigated from the point of view of the psychologist. We welcome such study as we have welcomed every other attempt to scrutinize and investigate to the fullest the claims of Mormonism.”
  • October 1909 General Conference
    • Raising a Voice of Warning
      • “So that here is a duty, not only to warn those who are in sin, but also to warn the righteous who may wander into sin, for we know full well that though a man today may be justified through the grace of Jesus Christ, his salvation is not sure, and he may fall from grace. Although he may be classified as a righteous man, still he may fall. And there may be a responsibility upon someone within warning distance of him for not warning him of some false step that he has taken, some by and forbidden path that he has entered upon.”
    • The Constitution
      • “It is pleasing, and I think, indeed, fitting that this house of worship should be decorated with the Stars and Stripes, the colors and emblem of our country; for I know of no religion, except ours, that has as one of its religious beliefs or doctrines, the fact that the Constitution of the United States was divinely inspired.”
  • April 1909 General Conference
    • The Work of the Church
      • “In the work that these elders are performing, they labor not alone for the welfare of the people, but their services are high forces and works for the good of the whole human race.”
    • Reports of the Church
      • “He concludes his words by saying that if the reader is unable to determine what to make of Joseph Smith, that he is unable to assist him, that he himself stands helpless before the puzzle or the phenomenon. But, give him credit for being the Prophet of God, which he was, and there is no phenomenon to explain. The whole question is clear and apparent at once, if you give him credit for being what hundreds of thousands of Latter-day Saints today testify that he was—a prophet of the living God.”
      • “I believe, with Elder McKay, that it is those who speak evil against us who either do not understand us, or have some sinister reason for the slanders they express regarding us; and I believe that the former class very greatly preponderates.”
  • October 1907 General Conference
    • The Quality of the Saints
      • “The historian, Bancroft, in referring to the “Mormons,” says that the missionary adventurers of no sect are more devoted, more selfsacrificing, or more successful than were the missionary efforts of the “Mormon” people. He further says that “the Catholic friars, in their new world excursions, were not more indifferent to life, health, wealth, or comfort, not more indifferent to sarcasm and to slander, had no more high courage or lofty enthusiasm, than had the ‘Mormon’ Elders in their Old World enterprises.” That is the tribute an impartial historian gives, after the examination of hundreds of original sources of information, manuscripts, magazines, papers and books bearing upon that subject.”
      • “What a joyous thing it is to father and mother when they realize that their children have been properly trained, that they are virtuous, that they have been able to sufficiently educate them, and have started them out in life right.”
      • “The divine injunction is given to man to esteem his brother as himself, and practice virtue and holiness before the Lord ; man is not to speak evil of his neighbor, nor do him any harm; he is to visit the poor and the needy, and administer to their relief. A general compliance with these divine injunctions, for the betterment of mankind, would establish bonds of brotherhood and fraternity so strong that contention and strife would be done away with. If those simple requirements were practiced universally by the children of men, what a transformation it would make in the condition of the world!”
  • April 1907 General Conference
    • The State of the Church
      • “How strange, after a man had been given such a glorious visitation and testimony as this, that he should afterwards grow lukewarm in his adherence to the principles of the Gospel. But at the same time these witnesses never faltered in their adherence to the first testimony that they gave. There may have been a design in this circumstance of their departing from the faith, all three of these great witnesses, in order to strengthen the testimonies that they gave; for do not their testimonies stand stronger and more convincing today, from the fact that they parted from the faith but never departed one iota from the testimony that they gave as to the divine restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in this dispensation?”
  • October 1906 General Conference
    • The Church Produces Good People
      • “How many young professional brethren are there who feel that their labors are such during the week that when the Sabbath day comes they want to rest? They reason that, being engaged in intellectual pursuits during the week, they need rest on the Sabbath day. I labored myself under a similar delusion for several years; but I discovered afterwards that a person can truly rest upon the Sabbath day and still participate in religious work; that it is a change and actual rest to be engaged in the service of our Master upon the Sabbath day.”
      • “The supreme test of any religion, or of any religious system, is its ability to produce good men and good women, and a wise and beneficent social order. Tersely expressed by our Savior, “By their fruits ye shall know them.” This is the test by which we as Latter-day Saints will be judged. This is the test by which we are willing to be judged.”

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