David O. McKay
Gospel Art Picture Kit
President of the Church, 1951–1970
“Every member a missionary,” taught President McKay (in Conference Report, Apr. 1959, 121–22). The Church accelerated its missionary work under his direction.
He championed the family and the home, reminding us that “no other success can compensate for failure in the home” (quoted from J. E. McCulloch, Home: The Savior of Civilization , 42; in Conference Report, Apr. 1935, 116).
He often quoted, “To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved” (Gospel Ideals , 187).
“Next to the bestowal of life itself, the right to direct that life is God’s greatest gift to man” (Gospel Ideals, 299).
Although he valued education highly, he said, “Character is higher than intellect” (Gospel Ideals, 443).
President McKay explained the importance of good works: “Spirituality is best manifested in doing, not in dreaming. Rapturous day dreams, flights of heavenly fancy, longings to see the invisible, are not so impressive as the plain doing of duty” (True to the Faith, comp. Llewelyn R. McKay , 244–45).
David O. McKay, ninth President of the Church, encouraged missionary work when he said, “Every member a missionary.” He also taught the importance of home and family by saying that having a righteous family is the best success we can have in this life.
Artist, Alvin Gittins
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