John Longden

Assistant to the Quorum of Twelve Apostles (October 6, 1951 – August 30, 1969)

General Conference Addresses

  • April 1955 General Conference
    • Prayer Makes the Difference
      • “We must have the spirit of humility as we seek God through this channel of prayer to give thanks unto him for all the blessings which are ours, particularly we, as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, that we have membership in his great Church—not the church of man, but the Church of Jesus Christ, for it bears his name.”
      • “It is nothing to be ashamed of that you humble yourself before the Lord in prayer. It is not a sign of weakness. I testify to you that it is a sign of great strength, for the Lord will be your light and your salvation. He is ever ready to assist us to continue in the path of righteousness. He does not fail us.”
  • October 1954 General Conference
    • Jesus the Christ
      • “When I realize that the Prophet of God, who opened this glorious conference this morning, in his wisdom, humbly sought divine aid as he occupied this position, as the others have done who have succeeded him, I more than ever realize the need for that assistance, and I am brought to a consciousness that there is not anything that we do in this Church if we have desire to aid and assist, to benefit and bless people but what we should act under the inspiration of our heavenly Father.”
      • “I have heard so many people say, and you have had the same experience I am sure: “You seem so positive in your testimony or in your statement that God lives and that Jesus is the Christ.” I am positive in my testimony, but I want to assure you that it is not in the spirit of egotism or self-exaltation whatsoever—only in the spirit of humility.”
      • “Would you say that was a positive testimony that Peter had? He knew that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the living God. That came unto him by divine revelation It can come unto every individual who has a desire to serve God, to know his commandments and be submissive to his will and be obedient to the same. Anyone may possess a positive testimony.”
  • April 1954 General Conference
    • Spiritual Power as a Force
      • “Yet, not to throw a negative thought into this lovely meeting, I would remind you that Satan would destroy that which we have heard and felt this morning. That is the mission of Satan in the world—to destroy faith, to destroy a testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. How grateful I am that the gospel has been restored in its fullness—that we can enjoy the spirit, inspiration, and power of the Holy Ghost and of our Master today, as is true whenever there has been a generation of righteous people on the earth.”
  • October 1953 General Conference
    • Every Member a Missionary
      • “I thrill as I have the privilege of touring missions and visiting in the stakes and mingling with the stake missionary groups to catch the spirit of those who are specifically called to do missionary work.”
      • “It is our great responsibility, as has been outlined here, to be the humble servants in the hands of the Lord in carrying this glorious message to those individuals.”
  • April 1953 General Conference
    • The Same Today, Yesterday, and Forever
      • “Yes we have been made partakers of the glorious light of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We have had great manifestations of the inspiration of our Heavenly Father in these sessions of the conference. I have been reflecting as I have listened to the speakers that there has been no improvement in the Ten Commandments, and it is reported that they are some thirty-five hundred years old. There has been no greater wisdom given than that which was given by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in his great Sermon on the Mount, almost twenty centuries ago. And there has been no greater teaching than that which was given by the Prophet Joseph Smith when he was asked over a hundred years ago what were the tenets of our faith.”
      • “Obedience to the Ten Commandments, the Sermon on the Mount, and our own Articles of Faith revealed in this day will bring the glorious light of the gospel of Jesus Christ into our lives.”
  • October 1952 General Conference
    • Be Ye Therefore Obedient
      • “If we are to be obedient to the truths of the gospel, we must have a deep, abiding testimony and love of truth.”
      • “Yes, my brothers and sisters, we do not deal in half-truths. We deal in the whole truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. That only comes to the leadership of this Church because of believing in the divine principle of revelation and being obedient to that principle and teaching. Oh, I realize that we have discouragements. That is only human. They will come just as long as we live in the mortal flesh, because one of the tools of the adversary is to discourage and to give half-truths, and not sustain the full truth.”
  • April 1952 General Conference
    • Requisite for Peace
      • “These men, our leaders, have exemplified to me their love of God and their love for their fellow men, their neighbors, and I shall always be appreciative of the rich experience which was mine in having one assignment with Elder Joseph F. Merrill the first week following the last general conference, and partaking of his spirit. I could not help realizing that here was a man scholastically trained, educated in the sciences and in the engineering field, and yet, young people, he was not swerved from the path of truth and righteousness. He was not ashamed to bear witness that Jesus was the Christ and that the Prophet Joseph Smith was and is in very deed a prophet of God. You young people can take heed of this fine example from such noble leaders, as all these men are who are guiding and directing the work of the Church and kingdom here in the earth.”
      • “Yes, my brethren and sisters, if we truly exemplify this teaching of the Master to love our Heavenly Father sincerely and deeply, then we will love by natural consequence our neighbor. Thus many of the conditions in the world today which are contrary to the gospel of Jesus Christ will be overcome. There would not only be peace in the world, but also we would have peace in our hearts and in our souls.”
  • October 1951 General Conference
    • The Spirit Within
      • “I am grateful that I am in your district, brothers and sisters, and that I have had the privilege for about a year and a half of coming into some of the stakes and partaking of your spirit and fine hospitality and kindness. This gives me strength to face the task ahead.”

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