Remember when P. Diddy quoted Elder L. Tom Perry on Twitter?
One of the greatest weaknesses in most of us is our lack of faith in ourselves. – L. Tom Perry— Sean Diddy Combs (@iamdiddy) December 22, 2011
The tweet went viral among Latter-day Saints, evoking responses from Sistas in Zion, LDS rapper James the Mormon, and so many others:
Just a few years later, a few other musicians decided to quote latter-day apostles on Twitter, both of them in the same month of the same year:
Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds.Gordon B. Hinckley— LLCOOLJ. (@llcoolj) August 6, 2013
Sometimes we become so focused on the finish line, that we fail to find joy in the journey. – Dieter F. Uchtdorf — Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) August 14, 2013
Pharrell's tweet even got a follow-up with a subtle invite to talk with the missionaries.
But it seems musicians aren't the only ones quoting prophets and apostles.
Just last fall, viewers on ESPN's "Pardon the Interruption" were graced with some wise counsel from the prophet Joseph Smith.
Steve Young, an NFL Hall-of-Famer and Latter-day Saint, was asked to give his insight into why the Detroit Lions needed an independent locker room. He then provided a "famous quote," one given by Joseph Smith when he was asked by a member of the legislature how he governed so many people with such order: "I teach them correct principles, and they govern themselves."
It's wise counsel and something that applies to both saints and sports, apparently, as Young says, "The greatest locker rooms in football, the ones that go to championships, live [by this] famous quote."
Quotes from prophets on popular television didn't stop there. Earlier this year CBS's Criminal Minds, a TV drama fraught with graphic violence that delves into the twisted psyches of criminals, unexpectedly quoted James E. Faust.
The quote appears near the end of the episode, around 39 minutes in: "The influence of a mother in the lives of her children is beyond calculation."
There you have it, five powerful quotes from five powerful servants of God that have crossed cultural boundaries. It just goes to show how the wisdom from living prophets here on this earth is influencing people from around the world, even if they might not realize it.
Have you noticed quotes from prophets and apostles in unexpected places? Please share in the comments!