You Latter-day Saints, the youth of the noble birthideal, if you have the right to say, as Martha said, “Yea, Lord, I think that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which need to come into the world”—if you can say that and recognize that he is in his heaven, and also you believe that via all your heart, you will not be trapped in the pitdrops of life.

You are watching: Be loyal to the royal within you

My beloved brothers and also sisters, I am overwhelmed at this magnificent audience of over 23,000, according to President Oaks’s estimate. The background screen has been raised so that those sitting behind the display screen can have a place in sight of all of us. Thank you, you wonderful brothers and sisters—my friends, in the same sense that the Master called his disciples friends; not servants, however friends.

I am delighted to be via you. While my schedule does not permit me to have this wonderful endure exceptionally regularly, I said to the brethren, “I think it has actually been so lengthy since I was below last that you probably have actually reextended from my last visit.” I would certainly choose you to know, yet, that my thoughts have often been via you, when I have not been on the campus. You have actually never been missing from my mind, as one of the biggest student bodies of the people, and also, I think, with no exemption.

I am even more grateful than I have words to express for this award that I have got. No one that seeks to serve our exemplary Master, as I desire to perform, can take lightly the honor that you have actually accorded me, for I realize that He alone is the perfect version. The Master shelp, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). Some people scoff at that, saying, “How deserve to we be made perfect, also as He is perfect?” But the Prophet-Leader of this Church declared “that it is like a ladder in this Church: you climb action by step, until you arrive at the height. But it will be a long while after we go through the veil until we have reached the fullness of the glories of the Celestial Kingdom.”

In a revelation, the Lord has asserted that those who live the legislations of the celestial kingdom here, as soon as they pass with the veil and also are resurrected, will certainly be quickened by a part of celestial glory and also then will certainly proceed onward till they get the perfectness (D&C 88:28–29). Only then deserve to I be satisfied that I might be the model, when I shall have arrived on that area wright here the Lord wants us all to arrive. However, I desire to expush appreciation to those who have actually made this presentation to me and for this opportunity to stop to so many type of of you in this unique setting—so many kind of of you that I am overwhelmed, that I confess that I am exceptionally nervous as I stand prior to you, wondering if I have actually enough of what it takes to resolve such an audience.


When I was a stake president, I dubbed to serve as the junior member of the high council a guy who had at one time remained in the stake presidency. I asked him if he had actually any type of diffidence in accepting this junior position, and also he replied, “The just honor tbelow is in any kind of place in this church is the honor that we, ourselves, carry to it. It doesn’t make any type of difference wright here I serve, or once.”

I echo that same sentiment below now. The just honor tright here is in any type of place, in that one feeling, indicates that no matter where we are or what we may be dubbed, it is the honor that we, ourselves, bring to it that provides all the difference in the people.

Some that have had an illustrious heritage seem at times to be boastful. Someone has said, “Humility is a rare virtue. When most people come to be humble, they shortly end up being proud they are humble.” I remained in the New England also Mission when there were some high-called missionaries tright here. They had the names of Grant, and Madsen, and Kimround, and Smith, and so on; and some of them had only names choose Lee and Jones. And those with high-sounding names, so the mission president sassist, felt themselves extremely exceptional. I shall never forgain once our good frifinish, President S. Dilworth Young, stood prior to a team of those that were shrinking earlier, thinking that they were not so famous, and also said, “Let me tell you folks something. You might not have illustrious ancestors, however each of you can become a great ancestor.” And it is that which I say to you folks right here now.

Blessings Contingent upon Obedience

I heard President Howard Bennion, who was a scribe for his father, a patriarch, tell about listening to many kind of of the blessings of his father. He noticed in these patriarchal blessings that they were contingent upon “if you carry out this,” or “if you execute that.” He shelp, “I started to speak to them ‘iffy blessings.’” He said, “As I watched and had actually in mind those guys to whom those ‘iffy’ blessings had actually been offered, . . . I noticed that those who did not heed the warnings dropped by the wayside.”

As you recognize, that began me to reasoning. I looked ago through the revelations in the early climb of this church, and I uncovered that the Lord had offered ‘iffy’ revelations to many kind of of the early leaders. If you want an interesting exercise, read what the Lord shelp about William E. McLellin, or what he said and also what he warned about Thomas B. Marsh; and because they did not heed that warning, as others did, they failed. They shed their testimony and also fell by the wayside.

I repeat to you below this morning something President Grant when shelp that rather startled me. He shelp he had heard of guys that asserted that they had had an individual visitation from the Lord. And then President Grant added, “Some of those who had that endure lost their testimonies. It seemed that they came to be puffed up in the pride of their hearts, maybe thinking that they were more one-of-a-kind to the Lord than others that had actually not received the same suffer.” And I say when one receives that kind of a visitation, it need to be that he has actually had actually a vision; for, as Moses said, one couldn’t stand in the presence of the Lord except he had actually been quickened by the Spirit of the Lord (Moses 1:13–15). As the Lord sassist in a revelation to the Prophet:

For no guy has seen God at any kind of time in the flesh except quickened by the Spirit of God.

Neither have the right to any type of herbal guy abide the existence of God, neither after the carnal mind.

Ye are not able to abide the visibility of God now, neither the ministering of angels; wherefore, continue in patience till ye are perfected. 

As I have actually assumed of that, I am sobered by it. As I pray for the guidance of the Spirit, and seek to increase to the duty which has been provided me, I don’t ask for any kind of special endowment. I ask just to go wright here the Lord would have me go, and only to obtain what the Lord would certainly have actually me receive, discovering that even more necessary than sight is the witness that one might have actually by the witness of the Divine Ghold to his heart that things are so and also that Jesus is the Christ, a living personage. It is that which guides me with many type of of the experiences of life.

A Balanced Education

Due to the fact that I cannot involved this campus very often, tright here are a number of points I wish to say that may be preliminary, in a feeling, to my standard remarks to you; tbelow are many kind of things I would certainly like to say that I might not have actually the moment to say.

The men and also woguys that are admitted to Brigham Young College are urged to go after an education and learning that is involved via the spiritual, the intellectual, the social, and the physical elements of their nature. The Board of Trustees expects our students to be diligent in utilizing the sources of this great college in getting this sort of education. One of the the majority of crucial abilities that you deserve to learn at this university is the ability to budacquire your time carefully. You need to absolutely carry out adequate time for Church service, time for attention to your family members duties, and time for adequate but not excessive social task. All these points are necessary, however you need to devote a lot of of your time to the acquiring of an education. This is the main objective of your university years, and also in many type of instances your parents’ sacrifices make it feasible for you to come right here. Education is likewise the significant factor for the Church’s huge commitment, financially speaking, to this and its various other organizations of greater education and learning.

“Why has actually the Church been involved over the years around the preserving of colleges for learning in secular subjects?” we are regularly asked. And our answer is, “To develop the totality perchild and not just the intellectual—that we want those who graduate from this university to be not just intellectually yet spiritually, and culturally, and physically occurred.” I am reminded of the story told of the boy who went to college and acquired a part-time job chopping lumber, to work his way through school. Others, seeing his proficiency in chopping timber, asked for his services, and he accepted. He shortly had actually so many type of of these provides that he started to ignore his research studies and also ended up being a woodchopper and also never completed his education. Now I have actually no quarrel via being a woodchopper, yet that wasn’t the objective of his going to that college. You have the right to obtain that kind of an education and learning in other places. So, save in mind that the prime objective of coming here is to gain the sort of basic education that balances and also prepares you for the fight of life.

I listened some years earlier to a startling confession of a man that stood in a high area. I shall sheight carefulIy of this, lest you try to determine him. He shelp he had gone to a midwest university, where he obtained his Ph.D. in education. His father, that remained in the Presidency of the Church, checked out his graduation exercises and also, after the exercises were over, took him to lunch and also sassist to him, “My boy, for eight years now you have done very little bit in the Church. You have gone through your college years, and currently you have gone with your Ph.D. years, and also you haven’t been incredibly active in the Church. I want you to promise me that when you acquire back residence you will gain energetic in the Church.”

But the boy said, “When I changed residence, to my shocking surpincrease, the boys through whom I had actually graduated from high school had grvery own spiritually till they were Ph.D.’s in religion, yet I was still in the high institution age. I had laid aside my faith for eight years.”

As I listened to that quite sad confession, and also being very closely linked with that man, I watched him go through the remainder of his life. He never did have his spiroutine self capture up through that intellectual side. The result was that he fairesulted in take the counsel of his father. He went with life making decisions by his very own meacertain of what was appropriate and wrong, and also finally he lost his location in the Church and also was excommunicated because of his conduct. I say, as you think of that, it must be a warning to every one of us that we have to store our spiroutine selves as alive and growing as our intellectual selves.

I listened to an excerpt of a testimony of a man who was a member of the Twelve and of whom President Grant had shelp that he never kbrand-new a man that had a better gift of prophecy than did this man. There was put in my hands a quotation from a sermon that he had actually yielded some fifty years before, which verified to be the last sermon he had ever before ceded as a member of the Twelve. Before one more conference, he was dropped from the Council of the Twelve and also consequently left the Church. This is what he sassist, in that last sermon: “That perchild is not truly converted unless he sees the power of God resting upon the leaders of this Church and also it goes down into his heart like fire.” And I repeat that to you right here today. The measure of your true conversion and whether or not you organize quick to those ideals is whether or not you are so living that you view the power of God resting upon the leaders of this Church and that testimony goes down right into your heart favor fire.

With these illustrations, perhaps I deserve to impress upon you aacquire what I have shelp to you prior to, particularly some things that I said at the inauguration of President Dallin Oaks in 1971. The First Presidency had actually previously claimed that bereason of its distinct combicountry of revealed and secular discovering, Brigham Young College is destined to end up being a leader among the excellent universities of the civilization. If that lofty goal is to be obtained, it need to be based upon the extraplain initiatives of the students of Brigham Young College, and also the dedicated and also skillful instruction and also study of faculty and also staff of the university. And I included at that inaugural exercise, “The getting of expertise by confidence is no straightforward road to learning. It will demand also strenuous effort and regular striving by confidence. In short, finding out by belief is no task for a lazy guy.” Someone has actually shelp, in impact, that, “such a process needs the bfinishing of the totality spirit, the calling up from the depths of the human mind and linking the perchild through God. The appropriate connection need to be formed; then only comes expertise by faith, a kind of knowledge that goes beyond secular learning, that reaches right into the realms of the unrecognized and renders those who follow that course great in the sight of the Lord” (President Brigham H. Roberts).

In seeking this balance in between points academic and spiritual, we, of course, hope that you will conduct your stays in a method that will reflect crmodify upon you, upon your parents, upon the Church, and upon this university. Now, one word of caution about overstressing your religious avenues to the disregard of your college studies or your household duties.

We have actually had actually shocking examples of Church leaders in some stakes and also wards that have actually seemingly provided their business and also Church assignments as excuses for neglecting their family members. In one case I heard a wife say, “Since he was so much amethod in his service and his Church duties, I was simply bit even more than a hired womale in his residence.” I have frequently counseled, and I repeat it to you aget, to all of you here: “The most vital of the Lord’s work-related you will certainly ever before carry out will certainly be within the wall surfaces of your very own homes.” We must never before forget that.

Standards of Conduct and also Appearance

Your code of honor, which has actually been spoken of, consists of essential principles of conduct that the First Presidency and also the Board of Trustees expect all students and also employees of this university to keep. I was substantially pleased through the resolve of President Oaks on this subject at your opening assembly, as reported in the push. Now, I only had a brief report, and I’m anxious to obtain a copy of the complete text. May I just say, however, that I heartily endorse all that I did read, and bereason of my confidence in President Oaks, I endorse all that he said that I didn’t read.

Without belaboring this topic, may I just say: do not underestimate the important symbolic and actual result of appearance. Persons who are well groomed and modestly dressed invite the companionship of the Spirit of our Father in heaven and also are able to exercise a wholesome influence upon those roughly them. Persons who are unkempt and caremuch less about their appearance, or take on the visual icons of those that frequently oppose our ideals, disclose themselves and persons approximately them to impacts that are degrading and also dissonant.

The Home

Outward appearance is often a reflection of inward tendencies. Someone has shelp that a shoddy housekeeper is more regularly than not the proof of an unsuccessful manager of her family members. And may I include, so often is it the reflection of the sort of treatment she gets from her husband. An writer once sassist, “The a lot of crucial point a father deserve to carry out for his children is to love their mother.” And I would include to that, “A woguy happy via her husband also is much better for her youngsters than a hundred books on son welfare.”

It was Samuel Smiles, a philosopher, who as soon as said, “It is a prevalent saying that manners make the male. There is an additional saying that mind renders the male. But truer than either, the third, the residence makes the guy, for the home training consists of not only manners and also mind but character too. It is largely in the house that the heart is touched, habits are developed, the intellect is awakened, and character is molded.”

Recently in among our wards a young girl in her late teenagers said in her talk somepoint that was exceptionally systematic. She was out via her father in the nation where they lived, helping him with the chores. They made their living milking cows. At four o’clock in the morning, as they began their occupational, the father shelp to her, “My girl, you are the product of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and also you are also the product of a Latter-day Saint home. If you fail, your church and also your house have failed additionally.” And then this girl included, “That was impressed upon my mind, that I had a responsibility to the church to which I belonged and the house from which I had actually come.”

President Oaks and I were talking at our last board meeting, and also I commented upon the high criteria of conduct as I had actually observed it then and had actually learned of them from others. He remarked that many importantly the reason for that kind of conduct was that many of the students have actually come from true Latter-day Saint homes. That, you students need to realize, is the basic basis of what we are trying to impush here, ideal conduct.

We had a visit right here from Mr. Eugene R. Black, former president of the World Bank. I became connected through him as soon as I was a fellow director of the Equitable Life Assurance Society. He had actually come here to take part in a businessmen’s seminar at the Y. After he went back to New York, and at our next board meeting, I was anxious to obtain his appraisal of what he had actually checked out and also heard here. His comment wregarding this effect: “John W. Gardner must check out this as a model for college campoffers, bereason of its superb high standards. I have actually never seen the equal almost everywhere in all the people.” Now below is a male of civilization learning and world suffer.

The Role of the Wife

Now, simply a word to womales students, in now, once so a lot is being said around the prime duty of the womale. We say the prime role in life for a woguy is to come to be a wife and also a mommy. It is wise for young womales likewise to get a appropriate education. You could think of your education as an insurance against the uncertainties of life. As Mark Twain said of his daughter, Susan, who died when she was twenty-5 years of age—he was on a lecture tour in Europe and also couldn’t be residence, but when he created about her he sassist, “Susie died at the best time of life. She had actually lived her golden years, for after this, tright here come the risks and also the responsibilities and also the unpreventable tragedies of life.” No one knows what those unavoidable tragedies might be. And it is well that we educate our woguys as well as our brethren as an insurance against the inescapable tragedies that come—disabled husbands, widows. I would certainly caution, yet, that a husband also, as soon as his wife functions, not after that expect perpetual care and also aid from his wife, however quite he must assume his own duties in his family members. I think caremuch less husbands might often suppose more than a wife have to be meant to give.

One of our daughters graduated from this school. She obtained a minor in childhood education and learning, and also after that she, via the wife of among the students dvery own at Stanford, in order to help their husbands, obtained a license to conduct a little nursery. They were acquiring alengthy extremely well, until both of them started to prepare for brand-new motherhood. So the public nursery had actually to give method to their own private nurseries. Our various other daughter didn’t fairly graduate from the College of Utah—she’s here on the stand—because she uncovered a greater education and learning for herself. She has been simply as successful as a mommy because she never shed her desire for education past the college education and learning. Educational methods for discovering shouldn’t finish with marriage; a mommy have to store herself conscious of what is going on in the civilization so that she deserve to save pace with the finding out of her growing-up family. If her husband has been a college student, the more she deserve to make herself involved understand also the problems in his life, and he in her life, the even more likelihood there is that tright here will certainly be a effective marriage connection.

The Husband’s Responsibility

Now I’d favor to say a word to the men and also their duties to women. I had actually a very revealing letter from a cultured, college-trained wife and mommy of 4 kids, from up close to Ogden. She was composing in answer to the question why so many type of women are leaving their house and family members obligations. I intend reasoning of the so-dubbed women’s liberation, she wrote, “It might not be her fault, nor her husband’s alone, if there be a fault-finder for each instance in our stays, yet I feel strongly that the religionists these days have to take partial crmodify for the loss of a woman from her home, bereason in the system of secular teaching, the marital relationship is just till fatality execute them part. Well, in this advanced culture,” she said, “via a husband also engaged furiously in building his career without the require of his wife’s educational assist or confidence—and highway deaths arising at a quickly alarming rate during the last twenty years—if she doesn’t ‘fit’ into one’s civilization, she can say, ‘Why wait for death? Why not leave now? Why not, while I still have actually youth and also brains and have the right to discover companionship on my very own level?’” Then she added, “When religious beliefs teaches just a momentary binding, why adright here to such a counterfeit binding? Especially wright here the husband takes his wife for granted.” And then continuing her comments:

“And don’t be startled, you husbands, as soon as I say many type of, many kind of men, I’m afraid, execute just that. Men are sadly neglected in today’s people in not being taught high appreciation for their wives, throughout life. Tbelow is constantly the courting-flavor of appreciation from the males till the marriage-bed has been completed, and also, till the first boy appears on the scene. How many kind of guys are literally all set for the development of a child or daughter in the residence immediately? Some guys actually seem to resent the ‘intrusion’ of their own children right into the civilization, bereason these seemingly take the affections of their wives amethod from them. In watch of this mindset on the part of the males in marital relationship, where has actually the educational aspect of marital relationship gone astray for males in this last generation? If the religious human being teaches that marriage is only till fatality execute them component, that kind of temporary binding is not the sort that endures.” But I say to you today, give thanks to heaven that in this church, by the power of the priesthood, marriperiods are perdeveloped not only for time however for all eternity.

On These Three Things . . .

And then this cultured mommy went on to give some “old-fashioned words that have actually meaning for successful living: There are a couple of words that have real definition, so let’s try a couple of of them. How around honesty? How about charity? How about belief, principles, character, intelligence? You might say we recognize that everyone has intelligence, especially if he’s been to a university and also been educated, but I beg to differ. Being given an education and learning does not mean that a man is educated, any type of even more than having expertise renders a man have knowledge. Intelligence is using expertise through wisdom. How many of our actions in the human being call for wisdom, real wisdom, that which is valuable for various other men, and also not to build self, other than in a worthwhile way? For that is the place of each of these old-fashioned qualities. Yes, to build various other men and woguys and youngsters, to teach them to climb up and sing in their glory at being alive, and to have the ability to assist various other guys and womales and also children uncover the joy in this life.” And then she concluded her letter through something fairly significant: “I married my husband for better or worse. My marital relationship might not be perfect, but I will occupational as tough as I have the right to to make it much better. I love America. I love my husband also. I love my kids. I love my God. And why is this possible? Because I truly love myself likewise.”

These are certainly some sobering thoughts for you men: I agree with the wife who shelp, “You men should put ‘for adults only’ movies out of your life. You males need to put ‘adults only’ magazines out of your life. You should put ‘adult humor only’ out of your life. These 3 things alone will ruin you.” Remember what the Lord said, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and also via all thy stamina, and through all thy mind; and also thy neighbor as thyself” (Luke 10:27). Brethren, if you truly think what the Master shelp, to love your neighbor as yourself, then revolve it around and acquire the inference of the Master’s better injunction, to love yourself as well as to love your neighbor, as this wife has shelp.

On these three things hang all the burden of the legislation and the gospel: the love of God, the love of neighbor, and also the love of yourself. In this day as soon as so many kind of seem to have actually shed the desire for decency, the desire for perfection, may we teach them to pray, as did the old English weaver, “O God, help me to host a high opinion of myself.”

Follow Those Who Preside

Now, you have given me a a lot of prized award of exemplary manhood. By this token, you apparently have welcomed me as someone that has all that exemplary manhood have to have actually. I shall attempt to be worthy of the honor that you have actually conferred.

Now might I make an individual reference, which I’ll try to treat in such a means as to preserve the confidentiality. It associated a beautiful, young wife and also mother from a significant family members. She had gone away from her house and was currently in the East. She had actually gone out right into an area wbelow she and also her husband also had taken up via those in the ghetto, and she wrote me a fairly amazing letter, and also I quote only a paragraph: “Tomorrow my husband also will shave off his long, full beard. Because of the research of the stake president and your direction in the Priesthood Bulletin, he should not have the appearance of evil or rebellion if he is to acquire a recommfinish to go to the temple. I have wept anguished tears; the deals with of Moses and Jacob were bearded, and to me the wisdom and also spirituality of the old prophets reflected from the challenge of my very own spiritual husband. It was choose cutting out for me a symbol of the excellent points my generation has actually learned.” Then the letter concluded through a difficulty to me: “We are all set for clear, particular, hard-line direction as youth. Wishy-washy ramifications are not heard incredibly well right here. We look to you to tell it straight.”

I don’t know whether she kbrand-new simply what she was asking for once she asked me to tell it right, however these are some points I wrote to her: “In your letter you deal with me as ‘Dear President Lee,’ and in your first sentence you refer to me as the Lord’s prophet. Now, in your letter you tell me that you are saddened because with the shaving off of the beard and the cutting of the hair, which, to you, made your husband also show up as the prophets Moses and also Jacob, he would no longer bear that resemblance. I wonder if you can not be wiser to think of complying with the appearance of the prophets of today. President David O. McKay had actually no beard or long hair; neither did President Joseph Fielding Smith; and also neither does your humble servant whom you have actually acknowledged as the Lord’s prophet.

“The inconsistency in your letter has actually made me reflect upon an experience that I had in the mission field once, in firm through some missionaries and the mission president, we were at Carthage Jail, wbelow the martyrdom of the Prophet Joseph and his brvarious other, Hyrum, took place. In that meeting tbelow were recounted the occasions that led up to their martyrdom. Then the mission president made some significant comments. He sassist, ‘When the Prophet Joseph Smith died tbelow were many kind of that passed away spiritually through Joseph.’ Likewise tbelow were many that passed away spiritually through Brigham Young, and also so through others of the poccupants of the Church, bereason they decided to follow the guy who had passed on, quite than giving allegiance to his follower upon whom the mantle of leadership had been given by the Lord’s appointment.” And then I asked her, “Are you complying with, in looks, prophets who lived numerous years ago? Are you really true to your belief as a member of the Church in failing to look to those that preside in the Church today? Why is it that you want your husband also to look choose Moses and Jacob, fairly than to look favor the modern prophets to whom you are expressing allegiance? If you will offer this sober thought, your tears will dry, and also you’ll start to have actually some brand-new thoughts.”

My last advice to you lovely girls who are existing, perhaps likewise struggling for answers to hard questions: Accept this word of counsel and apply it to yourselves, you girls, and you young males. Keep your eye upon those that preside in the Church today, or tomorrow, and pattern your life after them quite than to dwell upon exactly how primitive prophets may have actually looked or thought or spoken, bereason if you really think what you say, you will honor the one who pstays now as a prophet, seer, and revelator. For the Lord gives to his leaders in their own dispensation and also their own time the things that he would certainly have actually offered to his church for the guidance of his people in this present day. This is the point that provides this church solid. God isn’t an absentee father. Jesus is the head of this church. This church is founded upon apostles and prophets, but Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, is the chief cornerstone. He reveals his mind and will by the power of the Divine Ghost to those that preside, as each President of the Church can testify. Today we view the evidence of His direction as we are seeing His work-related going forward day by day in our time. Well, that letter seemed to bear fruit, bereason I had actually one more letter from this sweet sister. She sassist something that pleased me: “I respeak to the trials of last week basically being an obstacle to my sense of individuality. I have actually a finer expertise of others now. I additionally watch that, choose the Council of the Twelve, we might have individual ideologies, but each is necessary in the consideration. Yet by our decision through the mediating and also truthful power of the Divine Ghost, we will certainly become of one mind without pressure. Aacquire I feel refreburned in the blessings which always follow difficulties. I’ve pondered on these experiences and also wonder why I felt pressed to share them only with you. I trust you will certainly understand. We all lengthy to counsel through a wise male and also take comfort in the Lord. Perhaps I composed my prayer.”

And then she shelp something that thrilled me, “God bmuch less you, President Lee, that your voice might be heard over the chaos of these days.” That is my plea to you this particular day. With chaos in the human being, unless the voice of those that preside this particular day have the right to be heard above the voices of chaos in these days, wright here are you going to look? Wbelow are you going to go?

Remember Your Heritage

Now, a last injunction to womanhood. I think President McKay has actually left us via one of the a lot of beautiful messages to allude out exactly how handy you are to a young guy if you save yourself a sweet, pure girl. And I wish that everyone of you might remember this and also perhaps gain a copy of it, to compose it somewright here wbelow you could check out it eincredibly day of your life. And this is what he said:

But tbelow is a beauty eexceptionally girl has actually, a gift from God as pure as sunlight and sacred as life. It is a beauty that all guys love, a virtue that wins all men’s souls. That beauty is chastity. Chastity without skin beauty might enkindle the soul. Skin beauty without chastity might enkindle only the eyes. Chastity enshrined in the mold of true womanhood will certainly host true love eternally.

Now note this, as he closed his statement:

The freduced by the roadside that catches the dust of eextremely traveler is not the one to be admired and seldom is ever plucked. But the one blooming way up on the hillside, protected by the perpendicular cliff, is the freduced with the virgin perfume, the one that the boy will certainly almost risk his life to possess.

Do you girls get the meaning of that last statement? Don’t be a flower by the roadside that catches the dust by becoming a plaything for a young male that doesn’t appreciate your womanhood. But be favor a flower blooming up on the hillside, safeguarded by a high cliff, via your virgin perfume, so that you will be the one whom a fine handsome young man will nearly hazard his life to possess.

I say to you girls—and you males, I hope you listen to this—beware of the guy who involves you professing that he loves you and then seeks to ruin and rob you of the most priceless point you have actually in life. No man loves the girl that he wants to harm, and also don’t you forobtain it.

May I just offer one or 2 even more thoughts. One of our Latter-day Saint guys during World War II was over in England also. He had gone to an officer’s club wright here they were holding a riotous type of celebration. He noticed off to the side a young British officer who didn’t seem to be enjoying himself at all. So he walked over to him and also said, “You don’t seem to be enjoying this type of a party.” And this young British officer straightened himself a couple of inches taller than he was prior to and also responded, “No, sir, I can’t communicate in this type of a party, because, you watch, I belong to the royal household of England.”

As our Latter-day Saint boy walked away he shelp to himself, “Neither can I, bereason I belengthy to the royal family members of the kingdom of God.” Do you realize that, you young people? There are things that you cannot and must not do if you remember your heritage.

I am reminded of the old court jester who was supposed to entertain his king with interesting stories and also antics. He looked at the king who was lolling on his throne, a drunken, filthy rascal, doffed his cap and bells, and shelp through a mock gesture of obeisance, “O king, be loyal to the royal within you.” And so I say to you young world this particular day, remember your heritage, and also be loyal to that imperial lineage that you have as members of the church and kingdom of God on the earth.

The Lord’s in His Heaven

A young missionary spoke to me in the temple yesterday, after we had had an hour or so of questions, and said, “I recurrent these missionaries in telling you we have respect for you, however will you tell us somepoint that will certainly strengthen our testimonies and make us much better prepared to go out as missionaries?”

I responded by saying, “Well, let me share with you an experience I had actually through one of our organization executives. His wife and also children are members, but he is not. His twin sons are attending Brigham Young College, and among them is planning to be married in the holy place next year. But he said to me, ‘I can’t sign up with the Church till I get a testimony.’ I said to him, ‘The next time you are in Salt Lake, come in and also visit with me.’ As we talked complying with our service meeting a few weeks later on I shelp to him, ‘I don’t know if you realize whether you have a testimony or not; or if you recognize what a testimony is.’ And so he wanted to understand what a testimony is. I answered him by saying, ‘When the moment comes that your heart tells you things your mind doesn’t understand, that is the Spirit of the Lord dictating to you.’ And then I said, ‘As I’ve come to know you, there are points that you recognize in your heart are true. No angel is going to tap you on the shoulder and tell you this is true.’” The Spirit of the Lord is as the Master said:

The wind bloweth wright here it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, yet canst not tell wtherefore it cometh, and also whither it goeth; so is everyone that is born of the Spirit. 

So I said to my frifinish, the service executive: “Now, remember that your testimony won’t come in a dramatic method, but once it comes, the tears of gladness will water your pillow by night. You’ll understand, my beloved frifinish, when that testimony comes.”

This morning my lovely Joan handed me something that provided me strength—bereason I knew throughout the night she was troubled and also worrying around me, I expect more than I was worrying around myself in preparation for this morning. She handed me something that had actually been composed by one of our good teachers, the late Elder Adam S. Bennion. It was this: “Whenever before we live to the ideal that is in us, we live approximately the ideals He provided us.” Did you obtain that? “When we live to the best that is in us, we live up to the ideals that the Master provided us. To follow Him brings peace to the heart.” Then he had a quote from a writer who shelp somepoint significant:

It isn’t the wreaths in the home windows, It isn’t the shining tree,Or the children, rapt and waiting, Brings Christmregarding you and me.

It’s the marvelous self-foracquiring, It’s the thoughts we are sfinishing far, It’s our hearts aglow, uplifted,It’s a wonderful guiding star.

Yes, you young people, He is tbelow. The Lord is in his heaven, and also all is ideal via your human being if you save his commandments. He spoke to the weeping Martha, that was mourning the fatality of her brother Lazarus. He looked at her as she wept, kneeling tright here at his feet, and also claimed, “I am the resurrection, and also the life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever before liveth and believeth in me shall never before die.” Then he asked the question, “Believest thou this?” Tears currently were gone, and she responded, “Yea, Lord: I think that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world” (John 11:25–27).

You Latter-day Saints, the youth of the noble birthideal, if you have the right to say, as Martha said, “Yea, Lord, I think that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which need to come into the world”—if you deserve to say that and also know that he is in his heaven, and also you think that with all your spirit, you will not be trapped in the pitdrops of life. I deserve to say to you young human being that I know—as did Martha in that flash of testimony—I recognize that he is up tbelow. He is there, and also he is closer to this church than you have actually any type of idea that he is. He is the resurrection and the life. And though you were dead, yet shall you live. As he lives, you shall live. If you think in him, you shall live in everlasting life, as one that has actually won the fight and has actually kinship to him who offered his life that guys could be.

With all the conviction of my soul, I leave my blessing through you wonderful human being. I am thrilled with the heart that you bring below to such a huge audience. I desire you to recognize that in my heart I have actually a love, a distinct love, for folks choose you.

We witnessed somepoint wonderful in the great Munich conference wbelow we had those from at least eight various nations, consisting of France, Holland, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, and Austria, as well as those of us from America. Here they were members from countries whose political differences had actually brought about battle and bloodshed. And yet we lugged them all together right into one congregation with a serene, sweet spirit!

I was relocated to repeat what the apostle Paul said to the Galatians: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither, bond nor free, tbelow is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus… and also heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 3:28–29). And then I paraphrased to them, “You are neither German nor Austrian, nor French nor Italian, nor Dutch, nor Spanish, nor English, but you and I are all one in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and also in the hearts of every one of us below tbelow have to be no war.” And so when we think, and also recognize that the Savior loves us all, regardmuch less of nationality or shade or creed, then we have actually acquired somepoint that the world does not know.

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I bear you that sacred testimony, that I understand through a witness that is even more effective than sight. Sometime, if the soul prompts me, I might feel totally free to tell you even more, however may I say to you that I understand as though I had seen, that He stays, that He is actual, that God the Father and also his Son are living realities, personalities via bodies, parts, and passions—glorified beings. If you think that, then you are safe. If you don’t think it, then battle for that witness, and all will be well via you. And so I bless you, and also commend you, and thank you again for the honor that you have conferred upon me this day. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Aguys.