Sermons reflected fervent testimony

As an apostle, President Howard W. Hunter focused his talks on the Savior, the gospel and the scriptures. His sermons reflected keen analysis coupled with a fervent testimony. Here are some excerpts from his addresses as a member of the Council of the Twelve:

  • AGENCY

There has never been a time when man has been forced to do good or forced to obey the commandments of God. He has always been given his free choice – his free moral agency. If one looks back through the events of history, there come into view the results of the greatness of men who kept the commandments of the Lord and made the choice on His side. One also sees strewn along the wayside the ruins that stand as silent reminders of those who chose otherwise. Both had their free moral agency. – General Conference, April 1966

  • CHRIST

As one called and ordained to bear witness of the name of Jesus Christ to all the world, I testify . . . that He lives. He has a glorified, immortal body of flesh and bones. He is the Only Begotten Son of the Father in the flesh. He is the Savior, the Light and Life of the world. Following His crucifixion and death, He appeared as a resurrected being to Mary, to Peter, to Paul, and to many others. He showed Himself to the Nephites. He has shown Himself to Joseph Smith, the boy prophet, and to many others in our dispensation. – General Conference, April 1988

  • FAITHFULNESS

Whatever the past may have been in our individual lives, it is gone. The future lies ahead, and we must face it with resolution. There is always a point from which we can begin. Even though we may have been faithful in the past, if we turn away, that faithfulness will profit us nothing. – General Conference, April 1961

  • FASTING

To discipline ourselves through fasting brings us in tune with God, and fast day provides an occasion to set aside the temporal so that we might enjoy the higher qualities of the spiritual.- General Conference, October 1985

  • GUIDANCE

God knows and loves us all. We are, every one of us, His daughters and His sons, and whatever life's lessons may have brought us, the promise is still true: "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." (James 1:5.) – General Conference, October 1988

  • GREATNESS

If you endure to the end, and if you are valiant in the testimony of Jesus, you will achieve true greatness and will live in the presence of our Father in Heaven. – General Conference, April 1982

  • MEMBERSHIP

This is the church of Jesus Christ, not the church of marrieds or singles or any other group or individual. The gospel we preach is the gospel of Jesus Christ, which encompasses all the saving ordinances and covenants necessary to save and exalt every individual who is willing to accept and keep the commandments that He and our Father in Heaven have given. – Single Adults fireside satellite broadcast, Feb. 26, 1989

  • PARENTHOOD

A successful parent is one who has loved, one who has sacrificed, and one who has cared for, taught, and ministered to the needs of a child. If you have done all of these and your child is still wayward or troublesome or worldly, it could well be that you are, nevertheless, a successful parent. – General Conference, October 1983

  • PEACE

Today, as in eras gone by, those who are the innocent victims of oppressors hopefully look for peace. This cannot come by riots or placards or even the cessation of hostilities. It can come only in the way the Lord gave His peace to the Twelve, "not as the world giveth." – General Conference, October 1966

  • PRAYER

If prayer is only a spasmodic cry at the time of crisis, then it is utterly selfish, and we come to think of God as a repairman or a service agency to help us only in our emergencies. We should remember the Most High day and night – always – not only at times when all other assistance has failed and we desperately need help. – General Conference, October 1977

  • SCRIPTURE STUDY

It is certain that one who studies the scriptures every day accomplishes far more than one who devotes considerable time one day and then lets days go by before continuing. – General Conference, October 1979

  • TITHING

It may be that we make a gift and also pay an obligation with our tithes. The payment of the obligation is to the Lord. The gift is to our fellow men for the upbuilding of God's kingdom. If one thoughtfully observes the proselyting done by the missionaries, the teaching program of the Church, the great educational system, and the building program to erect houses of worship, there will come a realization that it is not a burden to pay tithing, but a great privilege. – General Conference, April 1964

  • TRUTH

The knowledge explosion of which the world is so proud is not of man's creation. It is his discovery of portions of the unlimited knowledge and information which is part of God's knowledge. How we use it is determined by whether we are of the eternal kingdom of God or a part of the temporary understanding of the world. – General Conference, October 1973