Clifford E. Young

Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (April 6, 1941 – August 21, 1958)

General Conference Addresses

  • April 1945 General Conference
    • War and Righteousness
      • “If we can bring again righteousness into the hearts of the people, we will be able to outlaw war, and the terribleness and the tragedy of it will be no more, but we can not do it until we put into practical application some of the teachings we have heard here today.”
  • October 1944 General Conference
    • Teachings of Jesus
      • “I would like to say just a word or two regarding those who preside over these missions. I never realized before what a tremendous responsibility it is. The men who are called to preside in these missions must take the young boys and girls who come to them and help them make their adjustments. They are called from all over the Church, they are not trained in the same homes, nor by the same home standards; they are not alike in their education, nor in their gospel training. Their temperaments and dispositions are different, and yet these mission presidents, with their wives who stand by their sides, take these young girls and boys and help them to adjust; and the marvel, my brethren, is that they do adjust, and very quickly do they get the spirit of their mission, and do a marvelous work. This is not a trite expression. It is a reality.”
      • “Here is the Church in action, away out in these little outlying places. One of the brethren in his prayer the other day, thanked the Lord that we were here in the tops of the mountains. We are grateful for that, but this Church is no longer a Church of the tops of the mountains. It is a Church of the plains, it is a Church of the islands of the sea, it is a Church for the world, and everywhere we go where the message of Jesus has been taught, we see the reflection of these truths, and men and women are living them, and are reflecting them in their lives, and that is What we found in the mission field.”
  • April 1944 General Conference
    • Missionary Reports
      • “As we listened to these reports, I thought of the great contribution the missionary system has made to the Church. The leaders of the Church—you—we, all of us largely received our schooling through the opportunities afforded in laboring in the mission field. We may not have converted very many people, but we did convert ourselves, and thus the mission field became a school, from which has come the leaders of the Church. It was not only a mission field, but an institution, the results of which we see in evidence today.”
      • “War in and of itself is not a constructive force; it is not an agency that produces righteousness.”
  • October 1943 General Conference
    • Many Evidences
      • “We sometimes measure our blessings by a temporal standard. We frequently hear it said that we are blessed in these days more greatly than ever before, measuring our blessings by the temporal things that we have—wages are up, crops are bringing high prices, and there is plenty of money, seemingly, everywhere—but I am not sure that those are the blessings we want to emphasize. I am not sure but what in these blessings there may be great danger. If we, however, can preserve the spirit of sacrifice and the spirit of devotion that have characterized our people, then we need have no fear, because those are the attributes that endure.”
  • April 1943 General Conference
    • Standards for the Priesthood
      • “It seems to me the Lord has here set forth the standards by which we should operate in this great Priesthood work, and thinking of the fields as referred to in the revelation and trying to apply them to our own everyday work, I have thought that they might be classified in five divisions.”
      • “It is not a good policy and never has been to say unkind things about other faiths; we are not concerned about that. We are concerned about the faith of our own Church; we are concerned about the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, with all of its virtues, with all of its strength, and in going forth in kindliness, and in charity, and with faith, we may preach the gospel in that spirit.”
  • October 1942 General Conference
    • The Power in this Work
      • “It was this, my brethren, it was this attribute that was manifest in Carthage Jail that Stephen A. Douglas never felt. He saw only, but he did not feel. That is one reason why today it is recognized by people around us that there is a bigness in the coming together, as we do here on these occasions of the general conference, but those who do not know as we know do not sense the bigness of this thing. They do not know what it is that impels men to come hundreds of miles in answer to a call such as this. They do not know what it is that impels men in our outlying stakes to give their all, almost, for the benefit of their brethren, to help build up their social life, their physical life, and, above all, their spiritual life. These are the things that men do not realize when they come in our midst. These are the things that men did not realize when they came to Nauvoo, in the days of the Prophet Joseph. They saw merely the external, not the internal; but there is a power here that you and I feel, and we are grateful to God tonight for it, for the testimony that God has given us of the divinity of this work, and I rejoice with you in it with all my heart, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.”
  • April 1942 General Conference
    • Helping the Seventies
      • “We have faith in you. We believe in you. We know that many of you, if not most of you, have passed through our organization, and we hope that you will be able to retain an interest in the seventies, that you will help them, and in doing that help us.”
  • October 1941 General Conference
    • Following Good Advice
      • “The epistle is an interesting one and all of it is worth our reading, but the point I wish to emphasize is the point that President Young made with Samuel Brannan, that the Saints must be consistent, must be loyal to their trust, but must stand independently and aloof except for the help that they themselves might contribute to a common cause.”
      • “So my brethren and sisters—my time is limited—if I may just say this: if we will DO, we will know of the doctrines. If we will contribute of our energies, and our efforts, we can accomplish much.”

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