General Authority and Leaders

Proclamations, Statements, and Talks




Updated: 20 Sep 2019

the First Presidency

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See also, G.A. Teachings Concerning the Plan of Salvation

General Authority Proclamation, Statements,and Talks/Articles

    First Presidency Statements and Proclamations

The Family: A Proclamation to the World
Feb 11, 1999 Letter from First Presidency     PDF Version of the Original
The Origin of Man
October 1942 First Presidency Statement concerning Parenthood
"God's Love for all Mankind"  First Presidency Statement, February 15, 1978 (Spencer W. Kimball, N. Eldon Tanner, Marion G. Romney)

    Five Major Documents Members Ought to Be Familiar With

Bruce R. McConkie's Statement on these Documents
The Wentworth Letter
The Lectures on Faith (This is found in book form)
The Father and the Son: A Doctrinal Exposition by the First Presidency 
The King Follett Discourse
Sermon in the Grove
The Origin of Man

    Talks Concerning Nourishing and Maintaining Spirituality

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    Talks Concerning Temple

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    Talks Concerning Marriage, Role of Man and Woman, and Parenting 

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The Doctrine of Marriage and Family

    Prayer and Revelation

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    Law of the Sabbath Worship and Sabbath Day Worship

Sermons and Writings of Latter-day Prophets and Apostles

Arranged Chronologically According to their Calling as a Prophet, Seer and Revelator.  The calling following there name is the calling held at death and not necessirly the calling they held when the sermon was given.

Joseph Smith (1805-44) President

Brigham Young (1801-77) President

Heber C. Kimball (1801-68) First Presidency

Orson Hyde (1805-78) Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Parley P. Pratt (1807-57) Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Orson Pratt

John Taylor (1808-87)

Wilford Woodruff

The Law of Adoption

Lorenzo Snow (1814-1901)  President

Blessings of the Gospel Only Obtained by Compliance to the Law

Erastus Snow
(1818-88) Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

George Q. Cannon (1827-1901) First Presidency

The Law of Adoption

Orson F. Whitney (1855-1931)
  • Orson F. Whitney of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, "A Chosen People," from Gospel Themes: A Treatise on Salient Features of Mormonism (1914), pp. 141-148


Joseph Fielding Smith (1876-1972) President

Eternal Keys and the Right to Preside (General Priesthood Session, April 1972 General Conference)
The Fullness of the Priesthood   (General Priesthood Session, April 1970 General Conference)
Blessings of the Priesthood (General Priesthood Sesseion, Oct 1971 General Conference)
Adam's Role in Bringing Us Mortality
Ensign, Jan. 2006, 52-54.
"The First Government: A Divine Theocracy," Chapter Five in The Progress of Man [1964], pp. 61-72.  [Excellent discusion of the government set up by the Lord through Adam.]

James E. Talmage (1862-1933)

Melvin J. Ballard (1873-1939) Quorum of the Twelve Apostles


John A. Widstoe (1872-1952) Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

  • Temple Worship (From Best Loved Talks of the LDS People [Ed. Jay A. Parry, Jack M Lyon, and Linda Ririe Gundry Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book, 2002], pp. 468-486.
J. Reuben Clark, Jr. (1871-1961) First Presidency

Harold B. Lee (1899-1973) President

Strengthen the Stakes of Zion
Understanding Who You Are Brings Self-Respect  
Youth of the Noble Birthright, from Decisions for Successful Living (1973), 161-169.

Spencer W. Kimball (1895-1985) President

Becoming the Pure in Heart
Our Great Potential
The Example of Abraham
The Lord's Plan for Men and Women
Oneness in Marriage
The Importance of Celesial Marriage
The Marriage Decision
John and Mary Beginning Life Together
Tragedy or Destiny
The False Gods We Worship
When the World Will Be Converted
      YouTube  "Go Ye Into All The World"
"Kings and Priests: A Tale of Three Contemporaries" also BYU Speeches
Fortify Your Homes Against Evil
Let Us Mover Forward and Upward

Ezra Taft Benson (1899-1994) President

To the Mothers in Zion
The Honored Place of Woman
To the Fathers in Israel
Salvation--A Family Affair
The Book of Mormon--Keystone of Our Religion
The Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants
Flooding the Earth with the Book of Mormon
A Voice of Warning
What I Hope You Will Teach Your Children About the Temple
The Power of the Word  

The Great Commandment--Love the Lord

I Testify
Civic Standards for the Faithful Saints
Come Unto Christ

Marion G. Romney (1897-1988) First Presidency

The Light of Christ
The Celestial Nature of Self-Reliance
Make Your Calling and Election Sure
Spiritual Communication
Temples - Gates to Heaven
"Except a Man Be Born Again"
The Perfect Law of Liberty

Delbert L. Stapley (1896-1978) Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
The Strait and Narrow Path
Salt of the Earth
Joint-Heirship With Christ

Howard W. Hunter
  • "Christ Our Passover,"

Gordon B. Hinckley (1910-2008) President
Stand Strong Against the Wiles of the World
Walking in the Light of the Lord 

Bruce R. McConkie (1915-85) Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Obedience, Consecration, and Sacrifice
Promises Made to the Fathers
This Glorious Gospel Dispensation
The Keys of the Kingdom
The Doctrine of the Priesthood
Christ and the Creation
Patterns of Prayer
The Nature and Ministry of God the Father

Our Relationship With the Lord 
Come, Know the Lord Jesus

Agency or Inspiration?
"Celestial Marriage"
Come: Let Israel Build Zion
How to Worship
The Lord's People Receive Revelation
How to Get Personal Revelation
The Seven Christs
Stand Independent Above All Other Creatures
Once or Twice in a Thousand Years
The Purifying Power of Gethsemane
"Coming Tests, and Trials, and Glories,"

Boyd K. Packer (1924-2015) Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

David B. Haight
  (Quorum of the Twelve Apostles)

        "The Sacrament--and the Sacrifice"


James E. Faust ( First Presidency)

The Power of Self Mastery  

Key to the Knowledge of God
Priesthood Blessings


Neal A. Maxwell  (Quorum of the Twelve Apostles)

A More Determined Discipleship
Premortality, A Glorious Reality
"Organized Before the World Was"
"Unto the Rising Generation"  Ensign, Apr 1985, 8-11
"The Christ-Centered Life," Ensign, Aug. 1981, 13-17.

Russel M. Nelson (President)

    God, the Father, the Son, the Holy Ghost

   Plan of Happiness--Various aspects

  • "Choices," Ensign, Nov. 1990, 73-75. (Includes discussion Heavenly Father's plan by focusing on three questions, Who am I?  Why am I here? Where am I going?)
  • "Creation," Ensign, May 2000, 84-86.  (Inludes components of the plan, phases of creation, creation by divine design, purpose and destiny of the earth)  
  • "Salvation and Exaltation," Ensign, May 2008, 7-10.
  • "The Atonement," Ensign, Nov. 1996, 33-36.
  • "Drawing the Power of Jesus Christ into Our Lives, "Ensign, May 2017, 39-42.
  • "Doors of Death,"  Ensign, May 1992, 72-74. (Includes what is death, appropriate mourning, eternal perspective,     physical and spiritual death, coping with trials,  postmoral life,  resurrection, judgment, eternal life)
  • "Life After Life," Ensign, May 1987, 8-10.
  • "Perfection Pending," Ensign, Nov. 1995, 86-88. (Includes mortal, eternal perfection, Greek word translated         "perfect," temple ordinances, Savior's example.)
    Marriage and Family
    Women, Motherhood

    Priesthood (Authority, Keys, and Ordinances)

   The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

   Promises Made to the Fathers

  • "Becoming True Millennials,"

      "Teach us Tolerance and Love," Ensign, May 1994, 69-71.

      "Revelation for the Church, Revelation for Our Lives,"  Ensign, May 2018, 93-96.


Dallin H. Oaks 


Priesthood Authority in the Family and the Church. Ensign, Nov. 2005, 24-27
The Keys and Authority of the Priesthood, Ensign, May 2014, 49-52.
The Powers of the Priesthood, Ensign, May 2018, 65-68

The Aaronic Priesthood and the Sacrament  Ensign, Nov. 1998, 37-40


Sins and Mistakes
Sin and Suffering
Sins, Crimes, and Atonement

      Sabbath and Sacrament

          Taking Upon Us the Name of Christ

          Always Have His Spirit

          Spiritual Gifts

          Sacrament Meeting and the Sacrament


Reason and Revelation

Scripture Reading and Revelation

Two Lines of Communication. Ensign, Nov. 2010, 83-86.

"In His Own Time, In His Own Way," Ensign, Aug. 2013,  22-27.

"Eight Ways God Can Speak To You," New Era, Sep. 2004, 4-8.

       Scripture and Scritpure Study

Another Testament of Christ

Scripture Reading and Revelation

       Judging, Judgement, Day of Judgment

"Judge Not" and Judging

The Challenge to Become

Good, Better, Best

      Marriage and Family
The Great Plan of Happiness
The Plan and the Proclamation, Ensign, Nov. 2017

Our Strengths Can Become Our Downfall
Gospel Teaching
His Holy Name
All Men Everywhere

Joseph B. Wirthlin

          Shall He Find Faith on the Earth?
          Improving Our Prayers
          Lessons Learned in the Journey of Life
          Come What May, and Love It
          Earthly Debts, Heavenly Debts
          The Straight and Narrow Way
          Press On
          Spiritual Bonfires of Testimony


Robert D. Hales

M. Russell Ballard

The Effects of Television
Preparing for the Future
"Men and Women and Priesthood Power," Ensign, Sep 2014, 28-33

Richard G. Scott

To Learn and to Teach More Effectively

Jeffrey R. Holland

Dieter F. Uchtdorf

The Influence of Righteous Women
You Matter to Him
A Matter of a Few Degrees
Pride and the Priesthood

David A. Bednar

Lehi's Dream: Holding Fast to the Rod
Quick to Observe
Receive the Holy Ghost
Pray Always
Ask in Faith
Ye Must Be Born Again
Seek Learning by Faith
Clean Hands and a Pure Heart
Honorably Hold a Name and Standing
Things as They Really Are
Marriage is Essential to the Plan
And Nothing Shall Offend Them
The Tender Mercies of the Lord
That We May Always Have His Spirit to Be with Us
A Resevior of Living Water
The Spirit and Purposes of Gathering
The Atonement and the Journey of Mortality

D. Todd Christofferson

That They May Be One in Us
A Sense of the Sacred
Justification and Sanctification
Moral Agency
Moral Discipline
That They May Be One in Us
Come to Zion
"As Many as I Love, I Rebuke and Chasten"
Born Again
When Thou Art Converted
To Always Remember Him
 How To Study the Book of Mormon
The Divine Gift of Repentance
"As Many as I Love, I Rebuke and Chasten"
The Power of Covenants
The Divine Gift of Repentance
Why Marriage, Why Family

    Neil L. Andersen


    Dale G. Renlund
    Ulisses Soares

Assistant's to the Twelve and the Seventy

    Theodore M. Burton
The Meaning of Repentance
Let Mercy Temper Justice
The Need for Total Commitment
A Disease Called Pride
To Forgive is Divine
WIth Whom Will We Share Exaltation?
Light and Truth
Neither Cryptic Nor Hidden
Salvation and Exaltation
To Be Born Again

    Dean L. Larsen

Self-Accountability and Human Progress

    Derek  A. Curhbert

  The Futility of Fear


    Carlos E. Asay

      The Temple Garment

Bruce c. Hafen 

       "The Temple and the Natural Order of Marriage,"  EnsignSep 2015, 40-45.

Brad Foster


    J. Golden Kimball

      The Gift of Prophecy

Auxiliary Leaders

Julie Beck