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Brigham Young, Served 1847–-1877
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“'Mormonism' has made me all I am; and the grace, the power, and the wisdom of God will make me all that I ever will be, either in time or in eternity.”
( Discourses of Brigham Young, sel. John A. Widtsoe [1941], 451.)

“We have a work to do just as important in its sphere as the Savior's work was in its sphere. Our fathers cannot be made perfect without us; we cannot be made perfect without them. They have done their work and now sleep. We are now called upon to do ours; which is to be the greatest work man ever performed on the earth.
( Discourses of Brigham Young, sel. John A. Widtsoe [1954], 406.)

“How shall we know that we obey [God]? There is but one method by which we can know it, and that is by the inspiration of the Spirit of the Lord witnessing unto our spirit that we are His, that we love Him, and that He loves us. It is by the spirit of revelation we know this.
( Discourses of Brigham Young, sel. John A. Widtsoe [1954], 224.)

“All I have to do is keep my spirit, feelings and conscience like a sheet of blank paper, and let the Spirit and power of God write upon it what He pleases. When He writes, I will read; but if I read before He writes, I am very likely to be wrong.
( Deseret News, Apr. 19, 1871, 125.)

“The principle of love within us is an attribute of the Deity, and it is placed within us to be dispensed independently according to our own will.
( Deseret News, Apr. 4, 1860, 34.)

“There are no two faces alike, no two persons tempered alike; we are tried with each other, and large drafts are made upon our patience, forbearance, charity, and good will, in short, upon all the higher and Godlike qualities of our nature.
( Deseret News, July 6, 1862, 9.)

“When I look upon the faces of intelligent beings I look upon the image of the God I serve. There are none but what have a certain portion of divinity within them; and though we are clothed with bodies which are in the image of our God, yet this mortality shrinks before that portion of divinity which we inherit from our Father.
( Discourses of Brigham Young, sel. John A. Widtsoe [1954], 168.)

“I honor and revere the name of Joseph Smith. I delight to hear it; I love it. I love his doctrine. I feel like shouting Hallelujah, all the time, when I think that I ever knew Joseph Smith, the Prophet whom the Lord raised up. I am bold to say that, Jesus Christ excepted, no better man ever lived or does live upon this earth. I am his witness.
( Discourses of Brigham Young, sel. John A. Widtsoe [1954], 458-459.)

“The difference between God and the Devil, is that God creates and organizes, while the whole study of the Devil is to destroy.
( Discourses of Brigham Young, sel. John A. Widtsoe [1954], 69.)

“I am more afraid that this people have so much confidence in their leaders that they will not inquire for themselves of God whether they are led by him. I am fearful they settle down in a state of blind self security. Let every man and woman know, by the whispering of the Spirit of God to themselves, whether their leaders are walking in the path the Lord dictates, or not.
( Discourses of Brigham Young, sel. John A. Widtsoe [1954], 135.)