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42 Songs Prophets Have Quoted in Conference (from Broadway to Country Music)


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"When Summer Is Gone" by Franklyn Baur

Quoted By: Gordon B. Hinckley, "The Marriage That Endures," April 1974

"When I was much younger and less brittle, we danced to a song whose words went something like this:

Is love like a rose
That blossoms and grows,
Then withers and goes
When summer is gone?"


"When the Lights Go on Again" by Vera Lynn

Quoted By: Quentin L. Cook, "Let There Be Light!" October 2010

One song, titled “When the Lights Go on Again (All over the World),” deeply touched me.

"Whene'er You Make a Promise" by Unknown

Quoted By: Linda K. Burton, "The Power, Joy, and Love of Covenant Keeping," October 2013

"My cute grandpa taught us the importance of keeping promises through a simple song. It went something like this: 'Before you make a promise, consider well its importance. Then when made, engrave it upon your heart. Engrave it upon your heart.'”

"Where Is My Wandering Boy Tonight?" by Robert Lowry

Quoted By: N. Eldon Tanner, "Why Is My Boy Wandering Tonight?" October 1974

"I well remember, and some of you may also remember, singing the song 'Where Is My Wandering Boy Tonight?' Our beloved president and prophet, Spencer W. Kimball, used to sing this song with such great feeling that many were moved to tears. Let me read the words:

Where is my wandering boy tonight, the boy of my tend’rest care:
The boy that was once my joy and light, the child of my love and prayer?

Once he was pure as morning dew, as he knelt at his mother’s knee;
No face was so bright, no heart more true, and none was so sweet as he.

Oh, where is my boy tonight? where is my boy tonight?
My heart o’erflows, for I love him, he knows,
Oh, where is my boy tonight?"

"Wishing (Will Make It So)" by Glenn Miller

Quoted By: Thomas S. Monson, "To the Rescue," April 2001

"There is an old song of my vintage. It’s entitled “Wishing Will Make It So.” It’s not true. Wishing will not make it so. The Lord expects our thinking. He expects our action. He expects our labors. He expects our testimonies. He expects our devotion."

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