John R. Winder

First Counselor in the First Presidency (October 17, 1901 – March 27, 1910)
Second Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric (April 8, 1887 – October 17, 1901)

General Conference Addresses

  • October 1904 General Conference
    • Missionary and Temple Work
      • “We rejoice that the work of the Lord is growing and increasing, and we testify that its mission will be prospered in the earth. This is the work of the Lord. He is at the helm, and He will certainly take care of it. It is our duty, of course, to do the very best we can, and as the President has said, we should so order our lives as to be above reproach. We should not only preach the Gospel by precept, but we should do so by our acts. Seeing that we are devoting our lives to this cause, let our lives be such that all men who come in contact with us may see our good works.”
  • April 1904 General Conference
    • Missionary Work
      • “While we claim the right to serve the Lord with full purpose of heart, in our own way, we have no wish to deprive others from doing the same. We hope and expect to always have the privilege of serving the Lord as we feel is best, and while we value this privilege ourselves, we extend the same right to everybody on the face of the earth.”
  • October 1903 General Conference
    • Debt
      • “It seems to me that it would be far more judicious for a man to take up 40 acres that he could pay for than to take up 160 acres that he could not pay for. Let him cultivate the smaller piece carefully, and probably he would find it sufficient. At all events, he would be secure against obligations.”
      • “A person who has $100 a month salary is on the safe side if he lives on $90 a month; but if he spends $110 or $120, he is going down hill all the time.”
    • Gathering and Tithing
      • “I remember distinctly that when I first heard the Gospel there was little said about the gathering; but, it was very remarkable that every person who received the Gospel began to prepare to gather with the Saints. When they received the Gospel they received the spirit of gathering with it.”
      • “It has been said that things are taught in the temples which cannot be spoken of outside. I want to tell you—and you who have been there know what I say is the truth—that every principle taught there is of a holy and sacred character.”
  • April 1903 General Conference
    • Temples and Marriage
      • “Every ordinance performed there makes better fathers, better mothers, better children, better husbands and wives, better citizens of the state, and better citizens of the United States. Nothing occurs in that house that we need be ashamed of; but everything that takes place there is for the betterment of all who attend. I presume that there are thousands now listening to my voice who could testify to the truth of that which I speak.”
      • “We want to urge upon the presidents of stakes, Bishops, and officers everywhere, to use your influence with our young people in regard to this matter, to the end that they may so order their lives as to be prepared to come to the house of the Lord when they desire to enter the sacred and holy state of wedlock, and be worthy of a recommendation from their Bishop, signed by the president of the stake.”
  • October 1902 General Conference
    • Temple Work and the Sacrament
      • “It is an individual work. It is the duty of all who have relatives and friends on the other side of the veil to see that this work is done for them. These temples have been erected at great expense; millions of dollars have been expended on them; they are kept open at a heavy expense; and we ought to avail ourselves of the opportunity to obtain blessings in them. There is room in them for all who desire to perform ordinance work. I hope, therefore, you will take this into consideration, and remember the word of the Prophet Joseph, that it is the duty of every person who has received ordinances for themselves to seek after their dead relatives.”
  • April 1902 General Conference
    • Temple Work
      • “Since the dedication of this temple there have been 685,966 ordinances performed in it; and in all the temples there have been 2,409,128 ordinances performed. When I reflect on this, my brethren and sisters, I am inclined to think that there is a large congregation on the other side. Many of our Prophets and Apostles have gone there, and I have read to you that there is an organization there, so that as soon as the ordinances are performed here the parties are informed of it. I believe it, brethren and sisters, and that there is a host there.”

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