The Journal of Discourses deservedly ranks as one of the standard works of the Church, and every rightminded Saint will certainly welcome with joy every number (issue) as it comes forth. — President George Q. Cannon, Journal of Discourses, Preface, Volume 8.
Why the Journal of Discourses?
It is impossible to give monetary value to the past volumes of this publication, ... Those who read the utterances of the servants of God, contained in this book, under the same influence by which the speakers were inspired, cannot fail to receive profit from the perusal. (President Joseph F. Smith, Preface, Volume 18.)
The Journal of Discourses deservedly ranks as one of the standard works of the Church, and every rightminded Saint will certainly welcome with joy every number (issue) as it comes forth. (President George Q. Cannon, Journal of Discourses, Preface, Volume 8.)
All of the prophets who have seen within the veil have known many things that were never preserved and passed on to their posterity and to the residue of men. Joseph Smith and the early brethren in this dispensation knew much that we do not know and will not know until we attain the same spiritual stature that was theirs. (Elder Bruce R. McConkie, The Mortal Messiah: From Bethlehem to Calvary, 1: 29.)
We take great pleasure in presenting to the Saints and the world ... the Journal of Discourses, which they will find contains rich treasures of information concerning the glorious principles of Eternal Life, as revealed through God's anointed servants in these last days. All who read the discourses contained in this Volume are earnestly recommended to adapt them to their lives by practice, and we can confidently assure them that, in doing so, they are laying up a store of knowledge that will save and exalt them in the Celestial kingdom. (Elder Albert Carrington, Journal of Discourses, Preface, Volume 15.)
Each successive Volume of these Discourses is a rich mine of wealth, containing gems of great value, and the diligent seeker will find ample reward for his labor. After the fathers and mothers of this generation have made them the study of their lives their children's children will find that they are still unexhausted, and rejoice that this Record has been handed down from their fathers to also aid them in following the way of life. (Elder Orson Pratt, Preface. Volume 3.)
As prophesied nearly 2000 years ago, our modern world is “ever learning” and yet “never able to come to a knowledge of the truth”. Yet many of us have a passionate desire to discover truth, the wisdom of the ages. Have the questions and seemingly insurmountable challenges perplexing “sophisticated” moderns repeatedly been answered by prophets, ancient and latter-day? We believe that revelation from God is the Rock upon which we must build. The problems our modern world faces are not new. Will we have the humility to turn to messengers of God for answers or will we persist in our contemporary wandering?