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This is the 10th in a series of books of the teachings of Presidents of the Church. It is used for personal study and for Melchizedek Priesthood and Relief Society instruction.


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This is the 10th in a series of books of the teachings of Presidents of the Church. It is used for personal study and for Melchizedek Priesthood and Relief Society instruction.

30 review for Teachings of Presidents of the Church: George Albert Smith

  1. 4 out of 5

    VeNicia

    I am pleasantly surprised how much I love this man and this book. He truly is a generous, loving soul who had humankind at the forefront of his thoughts. His personal creed is inspiring, and his spontaneous and generous acts of kindness immediately upon seeing a need are truly indicative of what I see as true Christianity and a man of God.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Stockett

    My original plan was to read this along with the lessons in Elder's quorum. I went along doing that, reading a chapter every other week or so but then I was called into the primary. I decided to just finish it on my own. I really enjoyed it. It covered a wide range of topics and contained some good insights. I definitely would have enjoyed reading it along with the quorum (I like to think of the weeks that we cover the manual as the book club weeks.) but I enjoyed going through it on my own as we My original plan was to read this along with the lessons in Elder's quorum. I went along doing that, reading a chapter every other week or so but then I was called into the primary. I decided to just finish it on my own. I really enjoyed it. It covered a wide range of topics and contained some good insights. I definitely would have enjoyed reading it along with the quorum (I like to think of the weeks that we cover the manual as the book club weeks.) but I enjoyed going through it on my own as well. Here are a few of the insights that I pulled out: "I will be, when my life's labor is complete, the product of my thoughts." p. xiv "The Lord will take care of you in times of danger, if you will give him the opportunity." p. xviii "The best evidence of gratitude at this time, is to do all we can to bring happiness to this sad world, for we are all our Father's children, and we are all under the obligation of making this world a happier place for our having lived in it." p. xxxii "If the gospel of Jesus Christ does not make me a better man, then I have not developed as I should." p. 7 "He who says he loves God and does not love his brother is not truthful." p. 17 "Many of the benefits and blessings that have come to me have come through that man who gave his life for the gospel of Jesus Christ. There have been some who have belittled him, but I would like to say that those who have done so will be forgotten and their remains will go back to mother earth, if they have not already gone, and the odor of their infamy will never die, while the glory and honor and majesty and courage and fidelity manifested by the Prophet Joseph Smith will attach to his name forever." p. 34 "I want to tell you that you men who hold the Priesthood will never get into the Celestial Kingdom unless you honor your wives and your families and train them and give them the blessings that you want for yourselves." p. 52 "Today is the beginning of eternal happiness or eternal disappointment for you." p. 67 "Remember that it is the intelligence that you acquire that is eternal, the truth which you learn here and apply in your lives, the knowledge and experience you gain and profit by - these you will take with you when you go home." p. 72 "Our efforts to share the gospel are most effective if we love our brothers and sister and have the companionship of the Holy Ghost." p. 147 "I am persuaded that much of the sorrow and distress that is afflicting and will continue to afflict mankind is traceable to the fact that they have ignored his admonition to keep the Sabbath day holy." p. 170 "We are told that the glory of God is intelligence and we all admire intelligent men and women, therefore it should be our desire to lay the foundation for increased mental power and not do anything to weaken it. It is evident in the lives of some that they deprive themselves of the brain power they might enjoy, by the continued use of things our Heavenly Father has said are not good; they become less intelligent as a result, and fail to make the preparation for Eternal life that should be their ambition." p. 208 "If you have paid an honest tithing, I may say without hesitation the other nine-tenths has been a greater blessing to those who have paid than the one hundred percent has been to those who have not." p. 219 "The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a gospel of giving, not only of our substance but of ourselves." p. 221 "By forgiving others, we free ourselves from the burden of hatred and prepare ourselves for eternal life." p. 247 "War will not cease and the strife in this world will not end until the children of men repent of their sins and turn to God and serve him and keep his commandments." p. 255 "Let you light so shine that others seeing your good works will have a desire in their hearts to be like you." p. 263

  3. 4 out of 5

    Petrea

    I wanted to read the entire book in case some chapters would be missed, or I would miss church some weeks. He was the President of the Church when I was a child. I loved reading about this kind, gentle man, and also reading his teachings, especially about faith, prayer, kindness, and charity. The last chapter on living in perilous times is wonderful--especially coupled with some parts of the Book of Mormon. He was a General Authority during both World Wars and the depression--times that were pos I wanted to read the entire book in case some chapters would be missed, or I would miss church some weeks. He was the President of the Church when I was a child. I loved reading about this kind, gentle man, and also reading his teachings, especially about faith, prayer, kindness, and charity. The last chapter on living in perilous times is wonderful--especially coupled with some parts of the Book of Mormon. He was a General Authority during both World Wars and the depression--times that were possibly even worse than our times, and yet his voice was clear and steady about the importance of living keeping the commandments and creating peaceful homes, and especially about being examples for good--anchors in the communities, radiating sunlight and cheer wherever we go.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Lots of great lessons on faith, charity and forgiveness. He was a General Authority during both World Wars and the depression, a really tough time for our nation and yet his voice was clear and steady about the importance of living keeping the commandments and creating peaceful homes, and especially about being examples for good--anchors in the communities, radiating the light of Christ wherever we go.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie P (Because My Mother Read)

    I didn't feel like I knew much about George Albert Smith compared to other presidents of the church and so I liked being able to learn more about his life and his teachings. He was a really inspirational man. I didn't feel like I knew much about George Albert Smith compared to other presidents of the church and so I liked being able to learn more about his life and his teachings. He was a really inspirational man.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tyler

    This book is a compilation of gospel teachings and testimony by President George Albert Smith, the 8th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Each chapter is organized by topic. Some of the chapters that were most meaningful to me were his teachings about missionary work, kindness, service, forgiveness, the reality that God is our Father, we are his children, and he loves us and we should love all of our brothers and sisters throughout the world, on both sides of the veil. This book is a compilation of gospel teachings and testimony by President George Albert Smith, the 8th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Each chapter is organized by topic. Some of the chapters that were most meaningful to me were his teachings about missionary work, kindness, service, forgiveness, the reality that God is our Father, we are his children, and he loves us and we should love all of our brothers and sisters throughout the world, on both sides of the veil. Over and over again he testified of Heavenly Father's love for us and the purpose of the commandments being to bring happiness and peace. He also frequently bore testimony of the Savior and the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ through the prophet Joseph Smith. It was an edifying book. President Smith's example and teachings are excellent and true, and I know he was a prophet of God.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Layne

    Another great book in the series. On to the next one.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Harry Burnside

    Wonderful

  9. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Clark

    This man of God was the Prophet and President of the church around the time WWII was ending. He was a gentle soul, and I want to be kinder and better from what I read, which makes this a great book to me! This quote reminds us that we can't forget the best books of all, the scriptures: "What mattereth it, though we understand Homer and Shakespeare and Milton (and I might enumerate all the great writers of the world) if we have failed to read the scriptures we have missed the better part of this wo This man of God was the Prophet and President of the church around the time WWII was ending. He was a gentle soul, and I want to be kinder and better from what I read, which makes this a great book to me! This quote reminds us that we can't forget the best books of all, the scriptures: "What mattereth it, though we understand Homer and Shakespeare and Milton (and I might enumerate all the great writers of the world) if we have failed to read the scriptures we have missed the better part of this world’s literature. My brethren and sisters, all the truth that is … necessary for our salvation, is contained within... We may not possess a library of two or three thousand volumes, but we may possess at small cost a priceless library that has cost the best blood that has ever been in this world."

  10. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

    I did not know much about George Albert Smith before reading this book, but I now feel great respect and admiration for the man. He seems like he was a humble, some-what flawed, yet truly great individual. I am very glad to have learned more of his teachings. Something interesting I learned in the book is why the former latter-day prophets taught that we should have one-year's worth of food stored up. It dates back to Brigham Young's instructions to the saints to prepare for crop failure (at lea I did not know much about George Albert Smith before reading this book, but I now feel great respect and admiration for the man. He seems like he was a humble, some-what flawed, yet truly great individual. I am very glad to have learned more of his teachings. Something interesting I learned in the book is why the former latter-day prophets taught that we should have one-year's worth of food stored up. It dates back to Brigham Young's instructions to the saints to prepare for crop failure (at least, per George Albert Smith). Now, President Hinckley has slightly modified the "food storage" suggestion to three months' worth.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    I started this book a year ago. I was surprised at how little I knew about George Albert Smith and yet how much I love his teachings. I loved reading about his personal creed in the beginning of this book. As much as I loved reading about him and his life, I feel "jiped" that I hadn't read or heard about many of these stories before. I guess the reason being that I was not yet born while he was the prophet. Also, my grandparents and parents joined the "Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints I started this book a year ago. I was surprised at how little I knew about George Albert Smith and yet how much I love his teachings. I loved reading about his personal creed in the beginning of this book. As much as I loved reading about him and his life, I feel "jiped" that I hadn't read or heard about many of these stories before. I guess the reason being that I was not yet born while he was the prophet. Also, my grandparents and parents joined the "Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints" while David O. McKay was prophet. I love this book and it will be a permanent addition to my resource library.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    President Smith served from 1945-1951. In that span of time he gave many powerful discourses which as a church we studied and read during 2012. President Smith was a very kind man. He is known for his love and kindness to all, especially leaders and people of other faiths. In this compilation my favorite talks were "The Holy Priesthood--For the Blessing of God's Children," "The Immortality of the Soul," and "The Power of Kindness." I should also mention that my family has a special fondness for President Smith served from 1945-1951. In that span of time he gave many powerful discourses which as a church we studied and read during 2012. President Smith was a very kind man. He is known for his love and kindness to all, especially leaders and people of other faiths. In this compilation my favorite talks were "The Holy Priesthood--For the Blessing of God's Children," "The Immortality of the Soul," and "The Power of Kindness." I should also mention that my family has a special fondness for George Albert Smith because my dad looks just like him. Even Ryan will look at a picture of him and say, "Oh! It's Grandpa!"

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dad

    I read this book out of the sequence in which the books were used for instruction for the Priesthood and Relief Society because I was serving as a counselor in the Young Men's. (They have their own lessons.) I did not get to read it that year but set out to read it this year. Now, I have read all of the Teachings of the Presidents of the Church series.) George Albert Smith was someone who lived what he taught. He was loving, kind, and forgiving. There were many gems of wisdom given by him in thi I read this book out of the sequence in which the books were used for instruction for the Priesthood and Relief Society because I was serving as a counselor in the Young Men's. (They have their own lessons.) I did not get to read it that year but set out to read it this year. Now, I have read all of the Teachings of the Presidents of the Church series.) George Albert Smith was someone who lived what he taught. He was loving, kind, and forgiving. There were many gems of wisdom given by him in this book. I was glad to get to know about him.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Verona

    This book is in a series of the teaching of all the presidents of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These men are all prophets of God. I have learned so much from them to help me in my life. I appreciate these books and these great leaders. I met George Albert Smith when he visited North Carolina when I was a girl of 12. So his teachings have particular meaning for me.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I learned to love this Prophet of God. He was a loving and very friendly man throughout his life. He loved people and developed deep friendships with all he met. He shared the Book of Mormon at Christmas with his friends by sending it as a gift. I taught these lessons in Relief Society for the full year.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Keith

    Rather than spending a year reading it, I felt I got a lot more out of it by reading it more quickly. That helped me see similarities and themes better. It was heartening to get a better picture of his life.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jeffrey

    Once again the Presidents of the church books do not disappoint. I know that we should read them for meetings, but they are very well done. Great personal stories and President Smith did a great job of simplification of amazing gospel principles.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    I loved reading about this great prophet. I really, really liked him. His personality seemed a lot like President Hinckley's. This is my favorite book of the Teachings of the Presidents of the Church series, so far. I loved reading about this great prophet. I really, really liked him. His personality seemed a lot like President Hinckley's. This is my favorite book of the Teachings of the Presidents of the Church series, so far.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Vonnie

    This was a fantastic book for me. As a prophet before my time I enjoyed getting to know him through his example and words. Enjoyed reading a chapter a day, then attempting to be a better person each day. He left big footprints to follow.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    What a great example of an honest, kind, and charitable man. It was said of him, "His religion is not doctrine in cold storage." He truly lived the Gospel. If only I could be half the person he was, I should be so lucky.... What a great example of an honest, kind, and charitable man. It was said of him, "His religion is not doctrine in cold storage." He truly lived the Gospel. If only I could be half the person he was, I should be so lucky....

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brandon Baggett

    Another great selection of quotes and excerpts from George Albert Smith. He really has a lot to offer those who want to further their education in the Gospel. I always love the beginning of every chapter where it offers a short story from his life.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I love The Prophet George Albert Smith. I love his steadfastness and conviction and love in always doing our Fathers will and being on His side of the line. I love chapter 18 it is my Favorite and truly how we should look at all we do.

  23. 5 out of 5

    David

    Excellent compilation. Such an understated man whose unwavering commitment to living the gospel of Jesus Christ is an incredible example. Chapter 21's lesson on the Power of Kindness is exceptionally powerful. Excellent compilation. Such an understated man whose unwavering commitment to living the gospel of Jesus Christ is an incredible example. Chapter 21's lesson on the Power of Kindness is exceptionally powerful.

  24. 4 out of 5

    'becca

    Can't beat the words of prophets. Can't beat the words of prophets.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Brandi

    I did not know much about George Albert Smith before I read this book, and I was not disappointed. He was a kind and loving man, and I appreciated the opportunity to read his teachings in one book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    We have much to learn from this great man

  27. 5 out of 5

    Simon

    It is the manual for church, and that is enough said.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dixon

    Excellent Book about an excellent man practicing and espousing excellent principles.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Packer

    So many great lessons to learn about and how to apply in our lives.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Greg

    Allyson and I teach Nursery, so we read this together and really learned a lot about President Smith. I love that we get to read and learn about past Presidents in books produced by the church.

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