General Authority and Leaders

Proclamations, Statements, and Talks




Updated: 26 Mar, 2020

the First Presidency

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


    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

Topical Categories

    Nourishing and Maintaining Spirituality

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    Temple Worship

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    Marriage, Role of Man and Woman, & Parenting 

    Prayer and Revelation

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    Law of the Sabbath Worship and Sabbath Day Worship

Presidents of the Church

  Joseph Smith (1805-44) President

  Brigham Young (1801-77) President

  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

  Joseph F. Smith

  Heber J. Grant

  George Albert Smith

  David O. McKay

   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.]

   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
       "And the Lord Called His People Zion," Ensign, Aug. 1984, 2-6

    Marriage and Family
       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
      "Kings and Priests: A Tale of Three Contemporaries" also BYU Speeches

Fortify Your Homes Against Evil  Ensign, May 1979, 4-7

       Our Great Potential
       The Example of Abraham
       Tragedy or Destiny
       The False Gods We Worship
      When the World Will Be Converted
           YouTube  "Go Ye Into All The World"
       Let Us Mover Forward and Upward

   Ezra Taft Benson (1899-1994) President

    The Power of the Word, (Ensign, May 1986, 79-82)
    The Book of Mormon--Keystone of Our Religion (Ensign, Nov. 1986, 4-7)
    The Book of Mormon is the Word of God (Ensign, Jan 1988, 3-5)
   The Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants (Ensign, May 1987, 83-85).
    Flooding the Earth with the Book of Mormon, (Ensign, Nov. 1988, 4-6.)

Come Unto Christ
    Come Unto Christ (Ensign, Nov. 1987, 83-85)
    The Great Commandment--Love the Lord  (Ensign, May 1988, 4-6)
    Born of God  (Ensign, Nov. 1985, 5-7)

Temple , Marriage, and Family
    What I Hope You Will Teach Your Children About the Temple (Ensign, Aug. 1985, 6-10)
    To the Mothers in Zion (Address deliverd at Fireside for Parents, 22 Feb. 1987; prduced as a pamphlet by the Church)
    The Honored Place of Woman (Ensign, Nov. 1981, 14-107)
    To the Fathers in Israel (Ensign, Nov. 1987, 48-51)
    Salvation--A Family Affair (Ensign, Jul 1992, 2-5)

A Voice of Warning
I Testify

Civic Standards for the Faithful Saints  (Ensign, July 1972, 59-61)  General Conference, April 1972  Pres. Benson reminds us that "The Lord is using more than one people for the accomplishment of His great and marvelous work. The Latter-day Saints cannot do it all." This is a remarkable address giving wonderful counsel in dealing with those not of our faith.

   Howard W. Hunter (1907-95) President of the Church
  • "Christ Our Passover,"

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

  Thomas S. Monson

  Russel M. Nelson

     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.


Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

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

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


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

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

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


The Nature and Ministry of God the Father
Our Relationship With the Lord 
Come, Know the Lord Jesus

The Seven Christs

Great Plan of the Eternal God
Christ and the Creation
"The Three Gardens of God," (Ensign, Mar 2016)
The Purifying Power of Gethsemane

Personal Righteousness
"How to Worship,"  (Conference Report, Oct. 1971, 166-163; Ensign, Dec. 1971)
"Be Valiant in the Fight of Faith," (Ensign, Nov. 1974, 33-35)
Salvation Gained by Degrees, from Doctrines of the Retoration: Sermons and Writings of Bruce R. McConkie (1998), 51-54
"The Dead Who Die in the Lord," (Ensign, Nov. 1976, 105-106)

Prayer and Revelation
"Patterns of Prayer"  (Ensign, May 1984, 32-34)
"Agency or Inspiration?" (New Era, Jan. 1975, 38-43)
"The Lord's People Receive Revelation" (Ensign, June  1971, 77-78)
How to Get Personal Revelation

Priesthood, Keys, Ordinances
This Glorious Gospel Dispensation
The Keys of the Kingdom (Ensign, May 1983, 21-23)
The Doctrine of the Priesthood (Ensign, May 1982, 32-34)
"The Ten Blessings of the Priesthood," (Ensign, Nov. 1977, 33-35)

"Obedience, Consecration, and Sacrifice" (Ensign, May 1975, 50-52)

"Promises Made to the Fathers" (in Studies in Scripture Vol 3: Genesis to 2 Samuel, ed. Kent P. Jackson and Robert L. Millet [Salt Lake City, UT: Randall Book Co., 1985], pp. 47-62)
"Celestial Marriage" (New Era, June 1978, pp. 12-17)

The Church, Kingdom, Zion, the Last Gospel Dispensation
"This Final Glorious Gospel Dispensation,"  (Ensign, Apr. 1980, 21-25)
"Once or Twice in a Thousand Years,"  (Ensign, Nov 1975, Conference Report, Oct. 1975, 20-25)
Come: Let Israel Build Zion (Ensign, May 1977, 115-118)
"The Lord's American Zion"  (in A New Witness for the Articles of Faith [1985], 593-605)
"The Building Up of Zion," (in
A New Witness for the Articles of Faith [1985], 576-585)
"Stand Independent Above All Other Creatures," (Ensign, May, 1979, 92-94)
"Coming Tests, and Trials, and Glories," (Ensign, May 1980, 71-73)
"He Cometh to Adam-ondi-Ahman," in The Millennial Messiah (1982), 578-588

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.

Dallin H. Oaks 

    Great Plan of the Eternal God

        The Great Plan of Happiness

          The Godhead and the Plan of Salvation (Ensign, May 2017, 100-103)


         Truth and the Plan

          "Trust in the Lord," Ensign, Nov. 2019, 26-29 (Excellent talk about the Post Mortal Spirit World)


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 (Ensign, May 1985. 80-83)

          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
"Two Great Commandments," Ensign, Nov. 2019, 73-76

      Additional Doctrinal Teachings
Our Strengths Can Become Our Downfall  Ensign, Oct. 1994, 11-19.
Preparation for the Second Coming, Ensign, May 2004, 7-10.
Gospel TeachingEnsign, Nov. 1999,
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
Free Forever, to Acyt for Themselves  (Ensign, Nov. 2014, 16-19)
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 Quorum of 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