David McKay

1873 - 1970

A Quote by David Oman McKay on citizenship, god, obligation, possessions, and youth

Our most precious possession is the youth of the land, and to instruct them to walk uprightly and to become worthy citizens in the kingdom of God is our greatest obligation.

David McKay (1873 - 1970)

Source: Ensign, October 1972, p.31.

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A Quote by David Oman McKay on age, belief, brothers, chance, character, choice, christianity, community, conviction, courage, country, debt, destiny, education, equality, future, god, idealism, joy, kindness, leadership, life, loyalty, men, men and wome

The leadership demanded of youth today is not attained by chance nor fostered by indulgence. It demands careful preparation - a preparation that should be constantly impregnated, if you please, by the sweet spirit of four loyalties. Loyalty to self - by conserving physical strength and youthful vigor. Loyalty to parents - Our debt to our parents is unpayable except in one way- that is in emulating their ideals, thus bringing joy to them in their old age and satisfaction to those who have gone before in seeing that we keep ourselves clean and wholesome. Loyalty to country - A great writer has said that "The destiny of any nation at any given time depends upon the opinions of its young men under five and twenty." Loyalty to God and truth - Our belief in equality and brotherhood is a Christian heritage, and it fades out of the picture when Christian belief is forgotten. We have to educate the race to realize that no man is unwanted, that every soul is unique and has a life to live made up of momentous choices which will make or mar his own life and the life of the community and of the world. To cherish these loyalties, to make popular these ideals, the world needs men and women of unimpeachable character. The future is yours to make or to mar as you choose. Youth - conviction - courage - is a combination potentially capable of determining the kind of world we shall live in. Though not the wisest, youth is the best, the most radiant time of life. Young men and women, the future awaits you! It is yours!

David McKay (1873 - 1970)

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A Quote by David Oman McKay on body, miracles, and soul

To heal the soul is a greater miracle than to heal the body.

David McKay (1873 - 1970)

Source: Mark and Barbara Hall Collection.

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A Quote by David Oman McKay on fighting, life, privacy, and soul

The greatest battles of your life are fought within the private chambers of your own soul.

David McKay (1873 - 1970)

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A Quote by David Oman McKay on compliments, failure, love, obligation, trust, and world

To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved. Love is the sweetest thing in the world, but to be trusted throws upon him who receives that trust an obligation that he must not fail to discharge.

David McKay (1873 - 1970)

Source: Conference Report, October 1934, p. 91.

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A Quote by David Oman McKay on death, debt, and strength

For great and low there's but one test, 'Tis that each one shall do his best. Who works with all the strength he can Shall never die in debt to man.

David McKay (1873 - 1970)

Source: Story of Ah Ching from Pres. McKay's Book.

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A Quote by David Oman McKay on blessings, gifts, love, power, privilege, success, and work

Let us . . . realize that the privilege to work is a gift, that the power to work is a blessing, that love of work is success.

David McKay (1873 - 1970)

Source: True to the Faith, Llewelyn R. McKay, comp., Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1966, p. 287.

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A Quote by David Oman McKay

I will know what you are if you tell me what you think about when you don't have to think.

David McKay (1873 - 1970)

Source: True to the Faith, p. 270.

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A Quote by David Oman McKay on abuse, adultery, chance, character, choice, commitment, divinity, effort, evil, extremism, good, greed, heart, human rights, jesus, men, misery, murder, nobility, perfection, theft, thinking, thought, vices, and world

That from the heart come good thoughts and bad thoughts is the message of the Savior. By the right choice, and through application of thought, man ascends to divine perfection; by the abuse and wrong application of thought, he descends below the level of the beasts. Between these two extremes are all the grades of character and man in their maker and master. Jesus taught that from within the heart of man come evil thoughts, sexual vice, acts of theft, murder, adultery, greed. When men commit these crimes individually or collectively, they trespass upon human rights and, of course, bring misery into the world. A noble and godlike character is no thing of favor or chance, but is a natural result of continued effort and right thinking, the effect of long cherished associations with godlike thoughts.

David McKay (1873 - 1970)

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A Quote by David Oman McKay on action, desires, effort, idealism, mind, motives, nobility, purity, and words

The Savior's constant desire and effort were to implant in the mind right thoughts, pure motives, noble ideals, knowing full well that right words and actions would inevitably follow.

David McKay (1873 - 1970)

Source: Conference Report, April 1967.

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