Charles W. Nibley

Second Counselor in the First Presidency (May 28, 1925 – December 11, 1931)
Presiding Bishop (December 4, 1907 – May 28, 1925)

General Conference Addresses

  • October 1916 General Conference
    • Prudence
      • “I give it to you as the best advice to myself and to you all; that there never was so good a time to get out of debt as right now.”
      • “Let me remind you also to pay your debts and obligations to the Lord. We owe him something and we don’t settle these obligations, many of us, quite as strictly as we should. I know we are a mighty good people, the best in the world, good bishops, good presidents, good, faithful workers, good sisters in the Relief Societies, and in the other organizations. No better class of men and women in all the world than they. None any purer or more virtuous, or more honorable, or more desirous of doing good, or more desirous, of helping their neighbors, of blessing and being blessed, than these same Latter-day Saints. Let us remember the Lord with our tithes and offerings and not be niggardly about it.”
  • April 1916 General Conference
    • Loyalty
      • “If I am loyal to the truth and to the right in all things; then I must be at all points acceptable to God.”
      • “I use that word “Mormon” as applied to a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, so that it may be more widely known, if possible, that this Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, makes for the best citizenship in all the world. The very teaching of my Church, my religion, the counsel of those who are over me, the revelations of Jesus Christ to me, impel me to the best citizenship, to be “loyal to the true and the right,” and that there shall be no hyphen connected with the “Mormonism” and citizenship of any one who is connected with it.”
  • October 1915 General Conference
    • Embracing All Good
      • “We ought not to be blamed or censured by our brethren of the outside because our system is better than theirs. Neither ought we to be praised particularly because it is so much better, but we should give praise to the Lord because it is so much more efficient, so much more helpful, so much more strong in doing things, in accomplishing results.”
      • “But when it comes to matters of religion, and organization of churches and so on, I repeat again they have the verv best that man could devise, but here is something better, and I have shown you a few of the things that the Lord has added, which they have not got. In addition we have the spirit of the thing, the life-giving power, the Holy Ghost, they have not that, that has not been given to them.”
  • April 1914 General Conference
    • Mormonism is not Easy
      • “The Gospel is something that partakes of the spirit of helpfulness, rendering assistance in some way or other, even though it be through sacrifice, to those whom we are associated with, and to those to whom we are sent; but we ought not to forget this further fact that this Gospel is an exacting religion. It demands of me and you that we shall prepare ourselves, and that we shall work out our salvation. In the scheme of things, it is not appointed in the principles of the Gospel that man can be saved except by his own exertion. The tendency today in the world is to make religion easy for everybody.”
      • “The Lord helps those, and only those, who help themselves. He can’t help a man who won’t help himself. A man who will not say, “Yes, I am willing to go down into the waters of baptism,” but refuses to go, the Lord can’t help that man any further on that principle. He must help himself.”
  • October 1913 General Conference
    • Sustain the Saints
      • “Let me add another word, also. The Lord is showering His blessings upon the Latter-day Saints in rich abundance. The earth is wonderfully productive this season, in all of our settlements, and all the products of the field, farm and range are bringing fairly good prices. In the midst of all these blessings none of us should forget the obligations that we are under to sustain the Church of God with the means, or part of it, that He puts into our possession.”
  • April 1911 General Conference
    • If Ever There Was a Time
      • “Man is a being who must believe. Belief, says a distinguished writer, is great and life giving. So long as he is sincere in his beliefs, and in his worship, such belief and worship will, to a very great extent, shape and control his life. But when he is trying to believe something which has grown to be unbelievable, his worship then becomes an insincerity and hollow mockery. So we see throughout the land that the churches, instead of being reasonably well filled, are practically empty. Men and women do not take interest in religious matters. They are lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God, and have a form of godliness which, in the main, is an insincerity and is attended to for form’s sake only.”
      • “When I heard some of these brethren of the apostles preaching, if ever there was a time, in the history of the world, when there was need for special witnesses for the Lord Jesus Christ that time is today. Never so much as today.”
      • “We believe in education; but some of us send our children away from home to be educated, and many of them come back seemingly determined to claim relationship with the apes rather than with the angels.”
  • October 1909 General Conference
    • Patriotism
      • “That being enacted into law and becoming the law of the country, then the liberty that all these people had been fighting for was granted to our country, and became an accomplished fact. Now, when that was accomplished, God Almighty, in His own way, sends forth what? A more perfect law of liberty and righteousness, more perfect than the Constitution of the country itself, in the bringing forth of His Church in these last days, in raising up the Prophet Joseph Smith as He did and instructing him how to prepare this wonderful organization, with the Priesthood of the Son of God as its governing power.”
      • “No man will be put to death by this Church because he does not believe its doctrines—even if it were possible under the law that they could be compelled in any way. You can’t maintain the rights and authority of the Priesthood in that way. You can believe what you please, of course, this liberty exists. Anyone can establish a Church. Doctor Eliot? Yes, just as much right, under the law, as any man—just exactly—and nobody will say him nay. He hasn’t any authority from God Almighty to bestow the Priesthood—that is a very different proposition; he does not claim it; neither do the other churches, except one, claim it. But Mormonism claims it; this church claims it.”
  • April 1909 General Conference
    • The Works of the Church
      • “The work is good; and if you can’t understand the doctrine, there is the work, and it speaks for itself.”
      • “I say that all these things, and many more that I have not time to mention—are good for there are many good works that could be mentioned. This is not theory, it is not doctrine alone, it is works, and they are grood and they should entitle us to something more than abuse.”
  • October 1906 General Conference
    • Peace in the Church
      • “There is a feeling of safety, of peace, in this community that I find nowhere else in the world. Not only do we who are Latter-day Saints find it so, but others who are not of us appreciate to some extent this feeling of security and safety.”

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