Quotes

“Neither fear of consequence or any kind of coercion should ever be used to secure uniformity of thought in the church. People should express their problems and opinions and be unafraid to think without fear of ill consequences.”


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“The longer I live, the more I read, the more patiently I think and the more anxiously I inquire, the less I seem to know … do justly. Love mercy. Walk humbly. This is enough.”

—John Adams (as quoted in John Adams, by David McCullough)

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“For the simplicity that lies this side of complexity, I would not give a fig, but for the simplicity that lies on the other side of complexity, I would give my life.”


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“[T]he world is not to be narrowed till it will go into the understanding … but the understanding to be expanded and opened till it can take in the image of the world as it is in fact.”


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“We Mormons have been blessed with much knowledge by revelation from God which, in some part, the world lacks. But there is an incomprehensibly greater part of truth yet to be discovered. Revealed insights should leave us stricken with the knowledge of how little we really know. It should never lead to an emotional arrogance based upon a false assumption that we somehow have all the answers — that we in fact have a corner on truth. For we do not.”


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“I believe that our theological articulations are always works in progress. … [A] healthy theology is one that shows a willingness— even an expectation— to revisit ways of thinking and changing them when need be.”


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“I believe [Mormonism’s] … crying need is for … thoughtful disciples who will not be content with merely repeating some of its truths, but will develop its truths; and enlarge it by that development. … The disciples of ‘Mormonism,’ growing discontented with the necessarily primitive methods which have hitherto prevailed in sustaining the doctrine, will yet take profounder and broader views of the great doctrines committed to the Church; and, departing from mere repetition, will cast them in new formulas; co-operating in the works of the Spirit, until they help to give to the truths received a more forceful expression, and carry it beyond the earlier and cruder stages of its development.”

—B.H. Roberts, “The Book of Mormon Translated,” The Improvement Era No. 9 (1905-06): 712–13

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“We should be in the forefront of learning in all fields, for revelation does not come only through the prophet of God nor only directly from heaven in visions or dreams. Revelation may come in the laboratory, out of the test tube, out of the thinking mind and the inquiring soul, out of search and research and prayer and inspiration.”


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“[A]n understanding of the church and its leaders as human and mortal has kept me from holding out unrealistic expectations for their performance. This has left me free to offer them my own support, loyalty, respect, and appreciation as fellow laborers in the vineyard, but not as contingent on an inerrant execution of their duties. … I have always tried to look on the church and its leaders with faith, hope, and charity, even while keeping my expectations modest. I suspect they might say the same about me.”


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“Brothers and sisters, as good as our previous experience may be, if we stop asking questions, stop thinking, stop pondering, we can thwart the revelations of the Spirit. Remember, it was the questions young Joseph asked that opened the door for the restoration of all things. We can block the growth and knowledge our Heavenly Father intends for us. How often has the Holy Spirit tried to tell us something we needed to know but couldn’t get past the massive iron gate of what we thought we already knew?”

—President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, 2012 Worldwide Leadership Training

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“[W]hile all members should respect, support, and heed the teachings of the authorities of the church, no one should accept a statement and base his or her testimony upon it, no matter who makes it, until he or she has, under mature examination, found it to be true and worthwhile; then one’s logical deductions may be confirmed by the spirit of revelation to his or her spirit, because real conversion must come from within.”


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“Mormonism is truth. … The first and fundamental principle of our holy religion is, that we believe that we have a right to embrace all, and every item of truth, without limitation or without being circumscribed or prohibited by the creeds or superstitious notions of men, or by the dominations of one another, when that truth is clearly demonstrated to our minds, and we have the highest degree of evidence of the same.”

—Joseph Smith, letter to Isaac Galland, 1839, as quoted in “‘The Grand Fundamental Principles of Mormonism’: Joseph Smith's Unfinished Reformation,” published in Sunstone, April 2006

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