Rulon S. Wells

First Council of the Seventy (April 5, 1893 – May 7, 1941)

General Conference Addresses

  • April 1907 General Conference
    • Repentance
      • “The one great reason why the world does not accept the message which is borne by the missionaries of this Church is because they are not willing to practice the principle of repentance. There seems to be a deep-seated feeling among people—I mean the higher class of people—that they have no need of repentance. And sometimes many of the Latter-day Saints appear to think similarly. The truth is, we all need repentance, day by day, in the common, ordinary walks of life. Repentance is a saving principle, and we will be saved through yielding obedience to that law. We are inspired to it through the faith we have in God our Eternal Father. Without repentance we cannot grow spiritually, we cannot advance.”
      • “Some people have an idea that if we become so religious that we must take the Lord into consideration in everything we do we will become so holy and so good that nobody can speak to us. People say, “Oh, he is altogether too good,” and he is referred to as “goody-goody”—as if it were possible for men to be too good.”
      • “A man cannot be too good. Can a man be too honest? No. Can a woman be too virtuous? No. Neither can anyone be too good. The trouble is, none of us are good enough.”
      • “We all have weaknesses, and we may confess them freely; it is good to do so. But we must not glory in our weaknesses.”
  • October 1906 General Conference
    • Labor for Zion
      • “It matters not what you may be called to do, whether it be to preach this Gospel to the nations of the earth or to labor at home, God will reward you for your labor.”
      • “My brethren and sisters, let us labor for Zion; for you cannot do anything in the kingdom of God, magnifying your calling, enjoying the Spirit which issues forth from His divine presence, without having your sins remitted. And what a blessing that is!”
  • April 1906 General Conference
    • Choosing Good or Evil
      • “We can choose the good and reject the evil, or we can choose the evil and reject the good. But to every one of us will come the momentous question, which shall we choose?”
    • Seek Ye First
      • “It seems to me that the work we have to perform is worthy of our best efforts and utmost energies, and when we engage in it we ought to labor with all our might. Unfortunately, we find some who go at this work in a half-hearted way, who treat it slightingly, and do not cheerfully give their best energies and efforts, who are dilatory and neglectful of the labor that has been assigned to him or her. That kind of labor is not satisfactory to the Lord, and will not be rewarded by Him.”
  • October 1905 General Conference
    • A Peculiar People
      • “I do wish to convey the idea that there has been an effect wrought upon this community as a direct result of our religion. It has opened the eyes of our understanding. It has caused us to look at life from an entirely diff-erent aspect. We have been enlightened by the power of the Holy Ghost that was conferred upon us when we entered into covenant with the Lord. The peculiarity that is more prominent with us than all others is the spirit of love. The spirit of the Gospel is the spirit of love, and there have been exhibitions of that love in the whole career of the Latter-day Saints.”
      • “Let us, my brethren and sisters, continue to be a peculiar people. Let our influence be felt wherever we go. Let it be said of us that we are indeed a peculiar people, in this, that the love of God abounds in our hearts, and that we seek to build one another up, not to tear down. When we come in contact with the world let them feel that we have no spirit of hatred toward them, no spirit to tear them down, but that in the depths of our hearts we desire to save their souls and to do them good.”
  • April 1905 General Conference
    • Hated of the World
      • “It may not be very pleasant for us to contemplate the fact that the world do not like us. I regret that that is the condition. I do not, however, regret that I am identified with this people, nor have I any regrets for the Latter-day Saints themselves. No; it is the heritage of the saints to be hated of the world.”
      • “Let us not be discouraged or concerned about the ultimate triumph of this work; for God is at the helm, and He will lead us triumphantly into His rest. We have no cause to fear. Let them oppose this work as they will, they will utterly fail in every attempt.”
  • October 1904 General Conference
    • Influences in the World
      • “Every man and woman must recognize the fact that we are surrounded by influences that are abroad in the world. There is one power and influence that is endeavoring to elevate and exalt mankind; it is the Spirit of God that issues forth from His presence, and is bestowed upon all those who diligently seek Him. If we lend a willing ear to the whisperings of the still small voice it will lead us to works of righteousness.”
      • “The way to obtain that knowledge, then, is to get the Spirit of God, because no man knoweth the things of God but by the Spirit of God that is in him.”
  • April 1904 General Conference
    • Knowing the Truth
      • “I do not think it possible for us to pay too much attention to the importance of having an individual testimony of the Gospel. Every Latter-day Saint has the utmost need to know for himself that this is the work of the Lord, and to know that God has spoken again in this day and conferred upon men His divine authority.”
      • “We have just been told that no father or mother can reveal to their children the truthfulness of the Gospel. That is true; but there is a Father, whom we all adore, that can and will reveal it to us, if we will seek after it and do what is necessary to obtain it.”
      • “If we come to the knowledge of the truth it must be through the principle of revelation. We must know that God will listen to our prayers; and then when we have trials we can approach Him and ask of Him wisdom, with the full assurance that He will not upbraid or censure us, but will hearken to our prayers and answer them upon our heads.”
      • “When He requires us to love Him with all our hearts it means simply this: that we should love Him with all our life.”
      • “It seems to me, my brethren and sisters, that if we would keep that great commandment and love the Lord with all our hearts, then would our feet be planted in the paths of safety and then, let come what may, we are founded upon the rock and we will be able to stand.”
  • October 1903 General Conference
    • Honesty
      • “With the honest man it is different; there is something in his character that manifests itself. Honesty oozes out of his very being. You can see in every act of his life that he is honest and upright. He does not do anything in a stealthy manner; it is not born in him, and It does not manifest itself in his daily life.”
      • “We learn to overcome our selfishness and greed for gain, inasmuch as we live according to the laws of the Gospel. That is what the Gospel will do for us. By observing those principles which our Father has revealed to us we are enabled to show the positive features of honesty, and not the negative features of dishonesty. We live above the law when we manifest honesty, integrity and virtue; these attributes are characteristics of Latter-day Saints. That is the effect the Gospel is having upon all those who are striving to live up to its divine teachings.”
  • April 1903 General Conference
    • The Word of the Lord
      • “There are a great many different editions of the holy scriptures; which of these Bibles do you believe in? because in many particulars the translations are at variance, and do not always agree. There was inspiration in the putting in of that condition. We believe the Bible to be the word of God, as far as it is translated correctly; and when It has not been translated correctly, we do not believe in that.”
      • “In other words, we believe in learning the will of God through the proper channels, and then to do it. That is our creed, our faith.”
      • “How willing we ought to be, and how careful to overcome the difficulties that stand between us and the performance of our duty.”
  • April 1902 General Conference
    • Magnifying your Calling
      • “When a man is ordained to the Priesthood, it matters not to what office, with that ordination comes a responsibility; and it were better for him that he never had received that ordination, unless he magnifies the calling whereunto he has been called.”
      • “Every man who has been endowed with a gift, whether it be the gift of intelligence, the gift of oratory, the gift of song, or any other gift, with that endowment comes responsibility, and he will be held accountable for every gift and talent that has been placed within his reach. And to whom much is given, from him much will be required.”
      • “We ought not to be glad to get out of the opportunity of going into the world to proclaim the Gospel message unto those who know not God.”
      • “When men give their hearts to gold, and worship mammon rather than God, then it is that it becomes the root of all evil, and leads men and women away from the paths of truth and righteousness into the paths of evil.”
    • Profanity
      • “If this work will accomplish the purification of the Latter-day Saints and cause them to be better men and women and cause them to advance and grow in the knowledge of the things of God, what a great and marvelous work it is in very deed.”
      • “We ought to cultivate reverence among us, and whenever the name of the Lord is taken upon our lips it should be done in reverence and respect.”
      • “We, as a people, have entered into covenants with the Lord, have exercised faith in Him, have repented of our sins and have gone down into the waters of baptism, and for what purpose? That we might obtain a remission of sins, that we might be forgiven for all things that we may have done that was displeasing in the sight of God, that when we are summoned before the Great Judge of all we might stand faultless before Him. I want to bear testimony here today that it does not matter how many times we may have repented and been baptized, or whether we have been baptized at all, for when the time shall come, and we are brought up before the judgment bar of God, if we have indulged  in the habit of profaning His holy name—I want to bear testimony that we will not be found guiltless when we stand before the judgment seat.”
      • “If we want to stand spotless before the throne of God, we must eradicate this evil from our midst and exercise all our power and influence to do so, that it may no longer be said, as some declare, that the Latter-day Saints are not reverential in using the names of Deity.”
  • October 1901 General Conference
    • Foundation of Christ
      • “From this we learn concerning the solid foundation of the Church of Christ, of which we are members. It has been built upon the broad principle of revelation, by which we can know that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living. God. I rejoice to know that there is a means of coming to a knowledge of God.”
      • “The impress of divinity is upon the work of Christ. He was the greatest Prophet that ever trod the earth.”
      • “When the Lord raised up the Prophet Joseph, he ushered in this great gathering dispensation. It was not an idle purpose; it was not merely for the amusement of mankind; but there was something grand to be accomplished Tiamely, the gathering of the house of Israel from all the nations of the earth, in fulfilment of those wonderful predictions uttered by many prophets who lived hundreds and even thousands of years ago.”
  • April 1899 General Conference
    • Listening to the Prophets
      • “What does preaching amount to if it is not put into practice by the Latter-day Saints; if we do not profit by the instructions which we receive? Every one who has heard the voices of the prophets of God, the holy apostles, and the instructions they have given during this conference, and has not determined within himself to benefit by them, will receive no good from them.”
      • “We should learn to profit by these principes that have been revealed to us, for they are the power of God unto salvation. If we simply accept them with our minds, but do not practice them in our lives, they will not save us.”

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