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Harold B. Lee: Embracing Faith in Learning

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Notable Quotes

The measure of your true conversion is whether or not you see the power of God resting on the leaders of this hurch and that testimony goes down into your heart like fire.

Learning by faith is no task for a lazy man. Someone has said in effect that such a process requires the bending of the whole soul — the calling up from the depths of the human mind and linking them with God.

Love yourself as you love your neighbor. May we pray, ‘O God, help me to hold a high opinion of myself.’

The most important of the Lord’s work you will ever do will be within the walls of your own homes

Be loyal to the royal within you.

Christ is there and he’s closer to this Church than you could believe that he is.

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The following is an article from The Daily Universe about Harold B. Lee’s visit to BYU


Let Testimony Sink Deep, President Lee Exhorts

By David Clemens (Universe News Editor)

“The measure of your true conversion is whether or not you see the power of God resting on the leaders of this Church and that testimony goes down into your heart like fire.” Thus President Harold B. Lee exhorted some 23,203 BYU students in the Marriott Center at Tuesday’s Devotional.

Pres. Lee’s visit was only his second to BYU in ten years and his first since the inauguration of BYU President Dallin H. Oaks two years ago. ASBYU President Mark Reynolds presented Pres. Lee the Exemplary Manhood Award of the Associated Men Students of BYU “For his brilliant and dynamic leadership” and his qualities as a man.

Pres. Lee counseled the congregation to “keep your eye on those who preside over the Church today and look to them.” Jesus Christ stands at the head of the Church today and thus current revelation “is the strength of this Church,” he said.

The prophet and president of the LDS Church also had specific advice for students. “Learning by faith is no task for a lazy man. Someone has said in effect that such a process requires the bending of the whole soul — the calling up from the depths of the human mind and linking them with God. “It makes those who follow this course great in the sight of the Lord,” he said.

Reinforces Oak’s Point

Pres. Lee reinforced the point Pres. Oaks had made in his President’s Address Sept. 6, as the prophet noted the main reason for the establishment of BYU was for students to perfect their education. But he noted the need to develop the whole person, not just the intellect, while at college.

He gave the example of the son of a former member of the First Presidency who fell away from the church because he neglected to care for his spiritual life while at college and concentrated exclusively on schoolwork. Students must budget their time between church service, family and an “adequate but not excessive social life,” Pres. Lee said.

“The most important of the Lord’s work you will ever do will be within the walls of your own homes,” Pres. Lee declared. Men should not neglect their wives and make them feel like “hired women” in the home, Pres. Lee warned. He also warned, reading from a letter from the mother of a family, that men should not resent the “intrusion” of children into the family, as though their presence took away some of the wife’s affection.

Education for Women

Women should be educated, he said, so they can remain on an intellectual par with their husbands and share interests. Women should also be educated as “insurance against the inevitable tragedy of life,” he said.

Turning again to the men, he admonished that X-rated movies, magazines and humor would destroy them. “Love yourself as you love your neighbor,” said Pres. Lee. “May we pray, ‘O God, help me to hold a high opinion of myself.’”

Pres. Lee endorsed the BYU Code of Honor and dress standards. He urged students not to become “persons who adopt the visual symbols of those who oppose our ideals.” He warned against underestimating the power of a good appearance.

Pres. Lee closed his remarks with the admonition to “be loyal to the royal within you.” Speaking of chastity, he told the women they should be like flowers blooming in high places, protected by perpendicular cliffs, not like the blossoms by the side of the road, picking up the dust of every traveler.

Christ is There

Christ is there and he’s closer to this Church than you could believe that he is,” he testified, saying that those who knew Christ lived were saved and that those who did not should turn every effort to gain that knowledge.

Earlier, in accepting the Exemplary Manhood Award, Pres. Lee said simply, “My heart is full.” “1 ask only to go where the Lord would want me to go” Pres. Lee said, as he seeks to rise to his responsibility.

Viewing the proceedings were President and Mrs. Harold Glen Clark of the Provo Temple; Arthur Haycock, secretary to Pres. Lee; Arch Madsen, president of Bonneville International Corp.; J. Willard Marriott, Washington businessman for whom the Marriott Center is named; Robert O’Brien, senior editor of Readers’ Digest magazine and Pres. Oaks, as well as other University officials.

The congregation rose to sing “We Thank Thee, O God for a Prophet” as Pres. Lee entered the auditorium.


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