The Prophets Speak: Brigham Young on Missionary Work

    “The Prophets Speak: Brigham Young on Missionary Work,” Tambuli, June 1986, inside front cover

    The Prophets Speak:

    Brigham Young on Missionary Work

    From Discourses of Brigham Young, compiled by John A. Widtsoe, (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 3rd edition, 1941).

    Our Father in Heaven, Jesus, our Elder Brother and the Savior of the world, and the whole heavens, are calling upon this people to prepare to save the nations of the earth, also the millions who have slept without the Gospel.

    He who goes forth in the name of the Lord, trusting in him with all his heart, will never want for wisdom to answer any question that is asked of him, or to give any counsel that may be required to lead the people in the way of life and salvation, and he will never be confounded. … Go in the name of the Lord, trust in the name of the Lord, lean upon the Lord, and call upon the Lord fervently and without ceasing, and pay no attention to the world. You will see plenty of the world—it will be before you all the time—but if you live so as to possess the Holy Ghost … you will at once see the difference between the wisdom of men and the wisdom of God.

    No man ever preached a Gospel sermon, except by the gift and power of the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven. Without this power, there is no light in the preaching.

    The spirit of truth will do more to bring persons to light and knowledge than flowery words.

    The servants of God have truth, and nothing but the truth, to present to the world, that the world may be sanctified by the truth.

    If to all eternity you could praise God, through being the means of saving one soul, … how great would be your joy in the heavens! Then let us save many, and our joy will be great in proportion to the number of souls we save.