From the Life of President John Taylor


Solving Problems

Ensign, March 1987, 38–39

When he was President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, many people brought their problems to President John Taylor. He listened to the Holy Ghost and used his talents to help them. Once, two faithful brethren called on him. The two men were angry with each other.

Brother 1: President Taylor, we have had an argument and would like for you to hear our case.

Brother 2: Whatever you decide we will follow.

President Taylor: Brethren, before I hear your case, I would like to sing one of the songs of Zion.

The men agreed. President Taylor was a very talented singer. After singing the first hymn, President Taylor asked permission to sing another.

President Taylor: Brethren, I have never heard just one of the hymns of Zion without wanting to hear another.

Brother 1: All right, President Taylor.

After the second song, President Taylor wanted to sing a third hymn.

President Taylor: I heard there was luck in odd numbers.

Brothers 1 and 2: Yes, President, we’d like to hear another.

President Taylor: Now, brethren, I do not want to wear you out, but if you will forgive me and listen to one more hymn, I promise to stop singing and will hear your case.

After the fourth and final hymn, the two brethren were in tears.

President Taylor: Now, brothers, what is troubling you?

Brother 2: President, please excuse us. We are sorry to have taken your time.

President Taylor’s singing had helped them to reconcile their feelings. He later served as President of the Church from 1880 to 1887. His leadership and his ability to listen to the Holy Ghost and do as he was directed helped the Church progress.