George Albert Smith
"Let Us Oft Speak Kind Words"
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In a 2009 BYU devotional, President Thomas S. Monson shared that President George Albert Smith’s favorite song was “Let Us Oft Speak Kind Words.” The author of this hymn, Joseph L. Townsend, wrote it while serving in the superintendency of a large Sunday School. He often heard many fault-finding remarks among the attendees, and penned this hymn with the hope that it would encourage kind words spoken more often.
“Let Us Oft Speak Kind Words” was a song that President Smith personified, as President Monson explains, "A trait of President Smith’s which he would no doubt encourage us to incorporate in our lives would be compassion. This great leader had a compassionate heart."
Learn more in President Monson's address, Principles from Prophets.