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75 years ago

Spiritual strength from reading the scriptures is as important as physical strength from eating good food, President Rudger Clawson, president of the Quorum of the Twelve, said in an article in the Sept. 15, 1934, Church News.

He stated: "I have often been led to say that a man that is spiritually strong and physically weak is a weak man. A man that is physically strong and spiritually weak is a weak man. But a man that is strong spiritually and strong physically, why he is a strong man, has real strength. Now how important that is."

He continued: "It is important, quite as important, to study the scriptures, and we have that opportunity in our homes. We have the standard Church works — the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price. These are the standard works of the Church, and by studying these works we get spiritual food. It helps to keep our spirits alive."

To have eternal life, it is necessary to know God, President Clawson said.

"And how may we become acquainted with Him? I can tell you one way, and that is to study the scriptures," he stated. "How very precious the Bible is, and these other fine works in the Church. Some people appear to believe that Latter-day Saints don't believe in the Bible. Yes, we believe in it. It is right here on the pulpit."

In conclusion, he spoke about the growth of the Church — between 600,000 and 700,000 members at the time, and of the valiant work of the nearly 2,000 missionaries who were spreading the gospel around the world.

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