Hearing this tragic (but of course, not so tragic to him since he gets to be reunited with his Jeanene…) news really stopped me in my tracks.
This is the 3rd Apostle in a span of 4 months that has passed away.
To skip down to his wonderful quotes, click here.
They have been, and will always be, strong pillars of faith and old friends who comforted me throughout my early life.
I mourn a bit more for Elder Scott because I had the pleasure of personally learning from him and meeting him face to face.
I will always remember that day in the mission field when he came to visit the Oakland California mission and taught us about the savior and our roles as missionaries. Even more so, I will always remember his testimony that silenced every noise and breath in the room, including my own.
Though, the exact phrasing of the words has been lost to me, I can vividly recall, and more importantly, feel, the testimony of that wonderful Apostle when he uttered the words “I know that Jesus Christ lives.”
This was the greatest testimony of the Savior that I have ever witnessed first hand. The way he said it, finger pointing and bobbing up and down; the look on his face, with those eyes that bore into my very soul; and the strength and conviction that was present in his voice; all of those things lead me to testify that that man saw and communed with the Savior of the world. I have no doubt that he met the Savior face to face.
As adults, we are counseled to stop borrowing from the testimonies of our parents or those that brought us the Gospel, but I cannot help but borrow from Elder Scott’s. Because he knew the Savior, I was able to build a greater testimony that He lives.
In tribute to that wonderful man, I would like to share some special quotes that I think have been the most inspirational and wise from Elder Richard G. Scott’s final 10 General Conference Addresses (please take note that due to health reasons Elder Scott did not speak in the April 2015 General Conference).
A Tribute to Elder Richard G. Scott—41 Amazing Quotes from his last 10 General Conference Talks
April 2010: He Lives! All Glory to His Name!
Jesus Christ lives. He is our Savior, our Redeemer…He has the capacity to communicate love that is so powerful, so overwhelming as to surpass the capacity of the human tongue to express adequately.
He fulfills all of His promises.
Your understanding of the Atonement and the insight it provides for your life will greatly enhance your productive use of all of the knowledge, experience, and skills you acquire in mortal life.
Our understanding of and faith in the Atonement of Jesus Christ will provide strength and capacity needed for a successful life.
It is truly said that the most important callings in time and eternity are those of father and mother. In time we will be released from all other assignments we receive but not from that of father and mother.
The best way to make a permanent change for good is to make Jesus Christ your model and His teachings your guide for life.
October 2010: The Transforming Power of Faith and Character
When faith is properly understood and used, it has dramatically far-reaching effects. Such faith can transform an individual’s life from maudlin, common everyday activities to a symphony of joy and happiness.
Your exercise of faith in true principles builds character; fortified character expands your capacity to exercise more faith. As a result, your capacity and confidence to conquer the trials of life is enhanced. The more your character is fortified, the more enabled you are to benefit from exercising the power of faith.
We become what we want to be by consistently being what we want to become each day.
The bedrock of character is integrity.
It is nobility of character, that fabric of inner strength and conviction woven from countless righteous decisions, that gives life its direction. A consistent, righteous life produces an inner power and strength that can be permanently resistant to the eroding influence of sin and transgression.
Your character is a measure of what you are becoming.
You cannot be passive in life, or in time the natural man will undermine your efforts to live worthily.
This mortal life is a proving ground. How well you meet its challenges determines how strong your character will be. Your faith in Jesus Christ and His teachings fortifies your character.
He cannot take away any blessing that has been earned. He cannot alter character that has been woven from righteous decisions. He has no power to destroy the eternal bonds forged in a holy temple between a husband, wife, and children. He cannot quench true faith. He cannot take away your testimony. Yes, these things can be lost by succumbing to his temptations. But he has no power in and of himself to destroy them.
April 2011: The Eternal Blessings of Marriage
If you are a young man of appropriate age and are not married, don’t waste time in idle pursuits. Get on with life and focus on getting married. Don’t just coast through this period of life. Young men, serve a worthy mission. Then make your highest priority finding a worthy, eternal companion. When you find you are developing an interest in a young woman, show her that you are an exceptional person that she would find interesting to know better. Take her to places that are worthwhile. Show some ingenuity. If you want to have a wonderful wife, you need to have her see you as a wonderful man and prospective husband.
Pure love is an incomparable, potent power for good. Righteous love is the foundation of a successful marriage.
Who can justly measure the righteous influence of a mother’s love? What enduring fruits result from the seeds of truth that a mother carefully plants and lovingly cultivates in the fertile soil of a child’s trusting mind and heart?
October 2011: The Power of Scripture
Scriptures are like packets of light that illuminate our minds and give place to guidance and inspiration from on high.
The scriptures provide the strength of authority to our declarations when they are cited correctly. They can become stalwart friends that are not limited by geography or calendar. They are always available when needed. Their use provides a foundation of truth that can be awakened by the Holy Ghost. Learning, pondering, searching, and memorizing scriptures is like filling a filing cabinet with friends, values, and truths that can be called upon anytime, anywhere in the world.
To memorize a scripture is to forge a new friendship.
A memorized scripture becomes an enduring friend that is not weakened with the passage of time.
Scriptures can calm an agitated soul, giving peace, hope, and a restoration of confidence in one’s ability to overcome the challenges of life. They have potent power to heal emotional challenges when there is faith in the Savior. They can accelerate physical healing.
April 2012: How to Obtain Revelation and Inspiration for Your Personal Life
The Holy Ghost communicates important information that we need to guide us in our mortal journey. When it is crisp and clear and essential, it warrants the title of revelation. When it is a series of promptings we often have to guide us step by step to a worthy objective, for the purpose of this message, it is inspiration.
October 2012: The Joy of Redeeming the Dead
Any work you do in the temple is time well spent, but receiving ordinances vicariously for one of your own ancestors will make the time in the temple more sacred, and even greater blessings will be received.
Do [you] want a sure way to eliminate the influence of the adversary in your life? Immerse yourself in searching for your ancestors, prepare their names for the sacred vicarious ordinances available in the temple, and then go to the temple to stand as proxy for them to receive the ordinances of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost…I can think of no greater protection from the influence of the adversary in your life.
April 2013: For Peace at Home
When He is the center of your home, there is peace and serenity.
Don’t rationalize away future happiness by taking shortcuts instead of applying sound gospel principles. Remember: little things lead to big things. Seemingly insignificant indiscretions or neglect can lead to big problems. More importantly, simple, consistent, good habits lead to a life full of bountiful blessings.
Selfishness is the root of great evil.
One of the greatest blessings we can offer to the world is the power of a Christ-centered home where the gospel is taught, covenants are kept, and love abounds.
Recognize the good in others, not their stains. At times a stain needs appropriate attention to be cleansed, but always build on his or her virtues.
October 2013: Personal Strength through the Atonement of Jesus Christ
Satan will try to use our memory of any previous guilt to lure us back into his influence. We must be ever vigilant to avoid his enticements.
Their humble, lifelong commitment to forsaking their sins did more to protect their families than anything they could have done on the battlefield. Their submission did not deprive them of blessings. It strengthened them and blessed them and blessed future generations.
fill your life with service to others. As you lose your life in the service of Father in Heaven’s children, Satan’s temptations lose power in your life.
April 2014: “I Have Given You an Example”
The children of Father in Heaven can do amazing things when they feel trusted. Every child of God in mortality chose the Savior’s plan. Trust that given the opportunity, they will do so again.
The greatest example who ever walked the earth is our Savior, Jesus Christ. His mortal ministry was filled with teaching, serving, and loving others. He sat down with individuals who were judged to be unworthy of His companionship. He loved each of them. He discerned their needs and taught them His gospel. He invites us to follow His perfect example.
October 2014: Make the Exercise of Faith Your First Priority
Our Father in Heaven has given us tools to help us come unto Christ and exercise faith in His Atonement. When these tools become fundamental habits, they provide the easiest way to find peace in the challenges of mortality.
as you dedicate time every day, personally and with your family, to the study of God’s word, peace will prevail in your life. That peace won’t come from the outside world. It will come from within your home, from within your family, from within your own heart. It will be a gift of the Spirit. It will radiate out from you to influence others in the world around you. You will be doing something very significant to add to the cumulative peace in the world.
The structure of your evening is not as important as the time invested.
[Prayer, scripture study, Family Home Evening, Temple Attendance]
The more we develop these habits, the more anxious is Satan to harm us but the less is his ability to do so.
Challenges help us become more like our Father in Heaven, and the Atonement of Jesus Christ makes it possible to endure those challenges.
Thank you for joining me again for another tribute post to another one of our Savior’s trusted servants. I know I learned a lot through studying Elder Scott’s words again and I hope that you did as well.
Even though I’m supposed to be working on the Latter-day Morning Book *cough *cough, I really felt inspired to research and write this post. And I have no regrets—Elder Richard G. Scott was one of my favorites.
Thanks again for reading.
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