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20 of the Best Mic-Drop Quotes from Brigham Young

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Brigham Young, second president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was known by members as the “Lion of the Lord” for his bold personality and teachings. We’ve gathered 20 of the most powerful quotes from his discourses.

Brigham Young Quotes

“Our religion is nothing more nor less than the true order of heaven—the system of laws by which the gods and the angels are governed. Are they governed by law? Certainly. There is no being in all the eternities but what is governed by law. Who desires to have liberty and no law? They who are from beneath.”

Brigham Young Quotes

“If there is anything that is great and good and wise among men, it cometh from God. If there are men who possess great ability as statesmen, or as philosophers, or who possess remarkable scientific knowledge and skill, the credit thereof belongs to God, for he dispenses it to his children whether they believe in him or not, or whether they sin against him or not, it makes no difference, but all will have to account to him for the way and manner in whey they have used the talents committed unto them.”

Brigham Young Quotes

“When the Lord fights the battles of the Saints, he does it so effectually that nobody gets nervous but the enemy.”

Brigham Young Quotes

“Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and then speak evil of thy neighbor? No! No! Love the Lord thy God with all they heart, and speak that which is not true? No, oh no! Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and take that which is not thy own? No, no, no! Love the Lord they God with all thy heart, and seek after the riches of the world and forsake your religion? No! Love the Lord thy God with all they heart and this name in vain, curse and swear? No, never! If the love of God was really in the hearts of all who call themselves Latter-day Saints, there would be no more swearing, no more lying, no more deceiving, no more speaking evil of one another, no more running after the ungodly nor dealing with the enemies of Zion, mo more running after the gold mines; nothing would be sought after, only to build up the Kingdom of God.”

Brigham Young Quotes

“There is not an individual upon the earth but what has within himself the ability to save or to destroy himself; and such is the case with nations.”

Brigham Young Quotes

“Our doctrine is right—there is no deception in it. It requires no argument, for it is self-evident fact. Still, when we meddle with that which we know nothing about, we are apt to fall into error and differ; but we have so much which we do know, and think about and talk about, that we have no time to speculate about that which we do not know. We know that God lives.”

Brigham Young Quotes

“Hear it all ye Latter-day Saints! Will you spend the time of your probation for naught, and fool away your existence and being? You were organized, and brought into being, for the purpose of enduring forever, if you fulfill the measure of your creation, pursue the right path, observe the requirements of the celestial law, and obey the commandments of God.”

Brigham Young Quotes

“Never serve God because you are afraid of hell; but live your religion, because it is calculated to give you eternal life. It points to that existence that never ends, while the other course leads to destruction.”

Brigham Young Quotes

“The world is drunk, but not with wine or strong drink; and our country is the most drunken of all. They are deluding themselves; they are drunk with party fanaticism; they are high-minded, heady, and senseless, and are fast going to destruction. Thinking men, inquiring minds, ask whether it is really necessary for the Government of God to be on the earth at the present day; I answer, most assuredly; there never was a time when it was more needed than it is now. Why? Because men do not know how to govern themselves without it.”

Brigham Young Quotes

“Do you that it is the eleventh hour of the reign of Satan on the earth? Jesus is coming to reign, and all you who fear and tremble because of your enemies, cease to fear them, and learn to fear to offend God, fear to transgress his laws, fear to do any evil to your brother, or to any being upon the earth, and do not fear Satan and his power, nor those who have only power to slay the body, for God will preserve his people.”

Brigham Young Quotes

“There is no ordinance that God has delivered by his own voice, through his Son Jesus Christ, or by the mouths of any of his Prophets, Apostles or Evangelists, that is useless. Every ordinance, every commandment and requirement is necessary for the salvation of the human family.”

Brigham Young Quotes

“I have looked upon the community of Latter-day Saints in vision and beheld them organized as one great family of heaven, each person performing his several duties in his line of industry, working for the good of the whole more than for individual aggrandizement; and in this I have beheld the most beautiful order that the mind of man can contemplate, and the grandest results for the upbuilding of the Kingdom of God and the spread of righteousness upon the earth. Will this people ever come to this order of things?”

Brigham Young Quotes

“Walk up, O ye Latter-day Saints, and wake up! Come to the Lord, forsake your covetousness, your back-slidings, forsake the spirit of the world, and return to the Lord with full purpose of heart until you get the Spirit of Christ within you.”

Brigham Young Quotes

“I consider it a disgrace to the community, and in the eyes of the Lord, and of angels, and in the eyes of all the Prophets and Revelators that have ever lived upon the earth, when a community will descend to a low, degraded state of contention with each other.”

Brigham Young Quotes

“I say to Latter-day Saints, all we have to do is learn of God. Let the liars lie on, and let the swearers swear on, and they will go to perdition. All we have to do is go onward and upward, and keep the commandments of our Father and God, and we will confound our enemies.”

Brigham Young Quotes

“‘To mind your own business’ incorporates the whole duty of man.”

Brigham Young Quotes

“What do you supposed the fathers would say if they could speak from the dead? Would they not say, ‘We have lain here thousands of years, here in this prison house, waiting for this dispensation to come? Here we are, bound and fettered, in the association of those who are filthy?’ What would they whisper in our ears? Why, if they had the power the very thunders of heaven would be in our ears, if we could but realize the importance of the work we are engaged in. All the angels in heaven are looking at this little handful of people, and stimulating them to the salvation of the human family.”

Brigham Young Quotes

“No man can know himself unless he knows God, and he cannot know God unless he knows himself.”

Brigham Young Quotes

“To me it is the Kingdom of God or nothing upon the earth.”

Brigham Young Quotes

“Our religion has been a continual feast to me. With me it is Glory! Hallelujah! Praise God! instead of sorrow and grief. Give me the knowledge, power, and blessings that I have the capacity of receiving, and I do not care how the Devil originated, nor anything about him; I want the wisdom, knowledge, and power of God. Give me the religion that lifts me higher in the scale of intelligence—that gives me the power to endure—that when I attain the state of peace and rest prepared for the righteous, I may enjoy to all eternity the society of the sanctified.”

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Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.

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