S. Dilworth Young

First Quorum of the Seventy (October 1, 1976 – September 30, 1978)
First Council of the Seventy (April 6, 1945 – October 1, 1976)

General Conference Addresses

  • October 1956 General Conference
    • Teach By Example
      • “It is the burden of the Church, if any such thing can be a burden, to testify of things “seen and heard.” How are we to teach children? They do not know all that an adult should know, but they should have no doubt as to where adults stand.”
      • “Children are not well taught by just being told.”
      • “Children are not horses, or even like horses, and we cannot teach them by fear because that has a bad effect upon them, but teach them we can and teach them we must.”
      • “One does not learn by the words spoken, but rather by the attitude and spirit in what they are spoken. One does not always learn by action, but by the happiness with which the action is performed.”
      • “The point is, by the time the child is twenty, he should be so companionable with his father that he can talk to him about anything he wants to. The way to do it is to be companionable at every age of his life, from the beginning. That is why it is important to learn how to handle a baby, fathers, and do all the things that a baby requires.”
      • “No parent in this Church is doing his duty unless he makes the Sabbath what it should be. It should be a happy day together, with the whole family participating.”
  • April 1956 General Conference
    • The First Vision
      • “You see, it could not very well be that the Father and the Son could come and reveal themselves to a boy and have the world believe that boy unless the third member of the Grand Presidency of Heaven also played his part and bore witness to our souls with such sureness we could not fail to accept the fact that what he said was true. It was the still, small voice, not loud, not contentious. We just knew.”
  • October 1955 General Conference
    • A Testimony for the Children
      • “The power to bear testimony, the ability and the feeling of being able to say that one knows that Jesus is the Christ and that the restoration of the gospel has come through the hands of Joseph Smith, comes entirely by the power of the Holy Ghost. That power does not come through any education or through any special preparation on the part of the recipient in earthly things, but rather it whispers into the heart of the one who wants to know, and once whispered and once understood, that person may stand and say as surely as I or anyone else may stand and say it, that he knows that Jesus is the Christ. For the Spirit bears the witness, and it comes to everyone that in truth desires it.”
      • “One of the most noble witnesses and one of the most assuring and convincing witnesses is the lives of your own parents. Watch them live, watch how the gospel touches their hearts and makes them gentle and kind. That is the surest evidence that it is a power beyond any earthly conception—its effect upon the lives of your own folk and those you see around you who are trying to work righteousness.”
      • “One more thing—you will have evidence of the whispering of the Spirit. You will hear testimony borne by others that there sits on this stand one who is not only the President of the Church but who is the Prophet of the Living God. That evidence can be borne into your hearts no matter how young you are, that the Lord has seen to it that his power has been carried forward from the days of Joseph Smith.”
  • April 1955 General Conference
    • Joys of Childhood
      • “Exposing children, small children particularly, to the constant barrage of situations which can affect their outlook on the matters on which they must make decisions is a subtle way to bring them into evil later. I suspect, it is no different with large children. Nowadays the home is one place where the child meets this test.”
      • “Do not allow your children to have in their hands things which will keep them from learning the art of reading, and which in addition will also give them evil from pictures which you have not censored yourselves.”
  • October 1954 General Conference
    • Responsibilities of Teachers
      • “I should like to call to your attention the fact that the best teaching is subtle.”
      • “Do you scoutmasters realize that every time you pass a grove of trees in your hiking programs and in your camping out, that it is possible for your boys to duplicate in a measure the experience of the Prophet Joseph? What a lovely thing it would be if a scoutmaster could subtly teach a boy that whenever he came into a grove or passed a grove, if he cared to go in there and kneel down and offer a prayer to his Father, perhaps the Father would hear the prayer. He might not show Himself to him, but he would reveal Himself to him by a method which we have been told is sure, by the Holy Ghost.”
  • April 1954 General Conference
    • Be Engaged in a Good Cause
      • “We have been a long time learning how to use presiding authority. Officers have been appointed by the hundreds and have not known what to do with their appointments. I believe there is, and has been going on for some time, a new awakening in the hearts of the men who handle the great organization of the priesthood. They are learning how to preside and to conduct their affairs so that the body of the priesthood is beginning to take its place.”
      • “In this Church, men have been taught to wait until they are appointed to do something; men normally do not volunteer to hold office or perform service. That is a traditional method. So if you want these men to work, brethren, you must go after them, you must meet them, you must visit them, and you must make them feel necessary and wanted. Then watch them respond.”
  • October 1953 General Conference
    • Fulfill Your Responsibilities
      • “Now, brethren, statistically you have about fifty men in your quorums available for assignment. You young elders’ presidencies, you young men who have enthusiasm but not yet much practice in the business of doing Church work, if you are to lead fifty men and can lead them into righteousness, if you do it successfully, the Lord will enlarge you and will bring upon you greater leadership, until finally you will find place among those to whom he referred when he spoke to Abraham as being among those who would become his leaders.”
      • “Let us not, therefore, brethren, fall down in that responsibility. Let us not worry, brethren of the quorums about the men whom the bishops call. Those men are taken care of, they have something to do. But let us not rest until the men who do not have exact responsibility are given such responsibility through quorum activity. Then we shall grow and then we shall flourish upon the mountain. Great will be our joy, for we shall sing praises and hosannas to the most high God, as we see his great work coming to fruition.”
  • April 1953 General Conference
    • Building up the Missions
      • “The actual builders of the characters of your children are not the organizations, but you parents: you can build into your children whatever you want to. Do you want your children to become missionary-minded? Do you want them to believe they ought to be missionaries when they grow up? Then have them do things now which will bring to their minds the work of our missionary system.”
  • October 1952 General Conference
    • A Testimony
      • “I am a member of the Church. I have been all my life. I accept its teachings. I am convinced in my own soul that I am a child of our Father in heaven, and that the Lord Jesus Christ is the author of my salvation, and that he lives.”
  • April 1952 General Conference
    • To Obey Is Better than Sacrifice
      • “I recognize the fact that this Church is a Church of revealed principle. From the Lord come the revelations which establish the principles. I should like to bear my witness that there must be an interpreter for the Church of those principles. If we had no revelator to do it for us, each man and each woman would interpret, explain, and take into his own life only that portion of each principle which he would wish for himself, and this people would be disunited and divergent in its views. I do thank my Lord that there sits on this stand a Prophet of the Lord, who, with his Counselors and the Twelve, are empowered to tell us how as a united body we are to explain and entertain the principles.”
      • “The matter of having a principle explained is one thing, teaching its application is another thing, but getting obedience to it is a third thing.”
      • “I have observed that never do the prophetic leaders tell the people what they must do but rather advise them what it is wise and expedient to do.”
      • “As we come to crisis after crisis, as the events of the world make changes necessary in policy, the leaders will speak, and those who are wise will give unquestioning obedience. I did not say unintelligent obedience. I said unquestioning obedience.”
  • October 1951 General Conference
    • Mission to the Indians
      • “When the Prophet read the revelation, I do not know what was stirred up in his mind, but I know what he did. He read that the gospel had to be taken to the remnants of the House of Israel in this land. One of the first acts that he performed was to begin this work. He sent Oliver Cowdery, Parley P. Pratt, Ziba Peterson, and Peter Whitmer, Jr., on a mission to the Indian people.”
      • “It was a tough, long haul they had in winter, on foot, through the wilderness from where they were at that time to the borders of Missouri, but the hazards of the journey did not stop them. What did they accomplish? Perhaps not much. They were able to talk to an Indian chief; they made the tribe quite excited; and then the Indian agent and the ministers of the surrounding territory descended upon them and drove them out. But one thing they did do from which we can take a lesson. They tried to fulfil a prophecy. It becomes our duty now to continue and try again to fulfill that prophecy; a prophecy that the gospel would go in the last days to these people until the time that they would take their proper place in the establishment of the Center Place and of Zion itself.
  • April 1950 General Conference
    • Supporting Missionaries
      • “I have learned from experience that I might speak to you of myself, but I cannot instruct or edify you or myself without the Spirit of the Lord.”
      • “Not only must I love and enjoy the country in which I labor, but I must also learn to love and enjoy the people. I cannot have one feeling of ill-will toward any man in the New England Mission if I am to be a missionary in that mission.”
      • “”The Spirit whispers peace.” That boy has found the key to work in this Church. If he can keep it all of his life, he will be a power for good wherever he goes.”
      • “When you have a problem facing you, and you can pray to the Lord God about it, and the comforting influence of the Holy Spirit comes to you, and the Spirit whispers peace, then you know that you are on the right track. May all missionaries find quickly that Spirit that whispers peace.”
  • April 1949 General Conference
    • Report from New England
      • “The business of getting a testimony is a growth which must be taken step by step, and it comes rapidly or slowly according to how the person who takes those steps, moves.”
  • April 1948 General Conference
    • Without Purse or Scrip
      • “Any boy who goes into the mission field with an idea that he is going to get personal development out of it will fail. If he goes into the mission field forgetting himself, with only the idea that he is going to do something for the people of the world, that his message is the most sacred trust that he can possibly have, he cannot fail.”
  • April 1947 General Conference
    • Being Called to the Work
      • “The other day in the Tooele Stake a sister came to me and said that a certain member of the stake wanted to go on a mission but that the family concerned was sitting back waiting for the inspiration of the Lord to tell the bishop of this particular person’s desire. Well, I think the Lord will eventually inspire the bishop to feel that way about it, but it would be a lot easier if the person concerned would go to the bishop and express his desires, thereby putting himself in line with what these brethren did over a hundred years ago.”
      • “What does the Lord want in our behalf? He wants us to serve him and do all things which his servants, the leaders of the Church, ask.”
  • October 1946 General Conference
    • The Life of a Mission President
      • “Anyone who thinks that a mission is a vacation at the expense of the Church for three years would certainly have his eyes opened if he followed the president around for two or three weeks. You mission presidents have my profound admiration.”
  • April 1946 General Conference
    • Going on a Mission
      • “I like that, and I say to you young men you can have the same experience if you want it. All you have to do is to want it badly enough because you can’t “see-saw” around with it; either it is so or it is not so. If you make up your minds it is so and ask the Lord to give you a testimony, if you ask in sincerity and truth, you will receive that testimony. Those men obeyed the prophet of God. You may obey the present-day prophet of God, and you may get the same thrill and happiness out of doing it. He needs courage to go on, the same as you do, and the men who have been sustained by this conference as prophets, seers, and revelators—sixteen in number—need it also. They have their discouraging moments, but the thing that gives them courage to go on is your faithfulness.”
      • “Have you ever heard of Zera Pulsipher? Many of you have not; some of you may have. As I read in the History of the Church, I learn about many of the great ones who have risen and whose biographies have been written, but if one reads in the books carefully, he will see that a large proportion first heard the gospel through Zera Pulsipher, and, as likely as not, he was the one who baptized them. His name is mentioned repeatedly in the histories as a man who was out preaching the gospel. Do you know anything about him? Nobody does. It was not his job to become the president of the Church; it was not his prerogative to preside over any of the great councils of the Church, but as a young man, about twenty-two years of age, hearing the Prophet’s voice, he obeyed and went out spreading the glad tidings to the children of men. Because he believed it, because he was sincere in it, the Lord blessed him, and he was the instrument by which many great ones came into the Church.”
      • “I have talked to any number of young men lately who want to accept the call. Wilford Woodruff wanted to accept. He wanted to join Zion’s Camp; he was warned that he might die, that he would probably lose his life. He said: “I don’t care. I want to go anyhow.” Lorenzo Snow wanted to go on a mission. The moment he was baptized and confirmed and had the Aaronic Priesthood conferred upon him, he packed his grip and went on foot to the missionaries, you’ve got to want to go.”
      • “In the name of the Living God I’ll take his word and with his power on my shoulders I’ll go to the whole earth, wherever I am sent, and bear witness to the world that the gospel has been restored and that Joseph Smith was a prophet, and that President George Albert Smith is a prophet, and that this Church is the true kingdom of God.”
  • October 1945 General Conference
    • Who Will Preach It?
      • “You will soon be faced with a decision— a most important one, I can assure you, for the gospel of the kingdom must be preached in all the world. And who will preach it? You, my brethren of the returning hosts, you will preach it.”
      • “Can you believe that the God who sustained you as you came into the battle, can supply you with your needs if you go about his business? Do you think that you will lose time, or college, or money, or business, if you place yourselves in his service for a year or two or three?”
      • “I think I know the timbre and the temper of the youth of Zion, and when the question is asked: “Will you go forth now to build up Zion?” the affirmative roar of assent will be so great that the earth will tremble at its power and beauty. And in power you will teach salvation to the world—and in giving your lives to this service you will cleanse the world from its bath of blood and justify the sacrifice to liberty of your fallen comrades.”
  • April 1945 General Conference
    • A New Call
      • “Perhaps I shouldn’t say this, but when I reached home last night, I received a call from a very close friend who said, “Well, that’s fine for you, but what will the poor Boy Scouts do?” I can assure you that there are dozens of professional men in scouting who are Latter-day Saints, humble, honest, upright men who could step into the position I hold and do a much better job than I am doing or have done, so you need not fear, my friends of the Ogden area. When the time comes for me to step down from that position and take another, there will rise up, at the hands of those who elect him, one who will do a better job than I, and one with whom you will be satisfied, I am sure.”

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