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Brigham Young, Served 1847–-1877


“I can bear testimony that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true; and the word of the Lord, whether written or spoken, is true.”
“Permit me to ask a question. Who are the individuals upon the face of the earth that can make this statement in truth? Who are the individuals that can say that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true, and that He lives? Can the Christian world? They cannot. They may say that they believe, and have all confidence that Jesus lives; they may have all confidence in declaring that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true; they may firmly declare that the Bible (referring particularly to the New Testament) is true; that therein contained is the plan of salvation, and is true. This they may declare in all good conscience, and with all soberness. But let me ask, where are the individuals that can say that they know that Jesus lives? And who are the individuals that can say that His gospel is true, and is the plan of salvation to man? I will let Christendom answer this question for themselves, but to me it is certain, that no man lives on the face of the earth-no woman lives that can say this, except those to whom Christ has revealed himself.”
“Though others may say in all good conscience they believe He lives—who knows the doctrine of the Lord Jesus Christ to be true? —There is one class of people, and one only that lives upon the face of the earth who do know it; and that class of men and women are those that keep His commandments, and do His will; none others can say it. None others can declare with boldness and emphatically, that Jesus lives, and that His Gospel is true.”
( Deseret News Weekly, Sep. 4, 1852, 88. )

“I testify that Jesus is the Christ, the Saviour and Redeemer of the world; I have obeyed His sayings, and realized His promise, and the knowledge I have of Him, the wisdom of this world cannot give, neither can it take away.”
( Deseret News Weekly, Oct. 11, 1876, 582. )

“I testify that there is a God and that Jesus Christ lives, and that He is the Saviour of the world. Have you been to heaven and learned to the contrary? I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and that he had many revelations. Who can disprove this testimony? Any one may dispute it, but there is no one in the world who can disprove it. I have had many revelations; I have seen and heard for myself, and know these things are true, and nobody on earth can disprove them. The eye, the ear, the hand, all the senses may be deceived, but the Spirit of God cannot be deceived; and when inspired with that Spirit the whole man is filled with knowledge, he can see with a spiritual eye and he knows (that which is) beyond the power of man to controvert. What I know concerning God, concerning the earth, concerning government, I have received from the heavens not alone through my natural ability, and I give God the glory and the praise.”
( Deseret News Weekly, June, 11 1873, 292. )

“The gospel of Jesus Christ is the opening avenue-the open gate in the road or way from earth to heaven, through which direct revelation comes to the children of men in their various capacities, according to their callings and standing in the society in which they live. The gospel of salvation is a portion of the law that pertains to the kingdom where God resides.”
( Deseret News Weekly, Sep. 19, 1860, 226. )

“It is written that the greatest gift God can bestow upon man is the gift of eternal life. The greatest attainment that we can reach is to preserve our identity to an eternal duration in the midst of the heavenly hosts. We have the words of eternal life given to us through the gospel, which, if we obey, will secure unto us that precious gift.”
( Deseret News Weekly, Mar. 14, 1860, 9. )

“Those who are faithful will continue to increase, and this is the great blessing the Lord has given to, or placed within the reach of the children of man, even to be capable of receiving eternal lives.”
“To have such a promise so sealed upon our heads, which no power on earth, in heaven, or beneath the earth can take it from us, to be sealed up to the day of redemption and have the promise of eternal lives, is the greatest gift of all.”
( Deseret News Weekly, June 20, 1855, 116. )