President Hugh B. Brown’s Most Famous Statement

One of the best-known, most famous of General Authority statements is Hugh B. Brown’s admonition to BYU students during a May 13, 1969, campus-wide Devotional that “We are not so much concerned with whether your thoughts are orthodox or heterodox as we are that you shall have thoughts.” Brown, at the time, was First Counselor to Church President David O. McKay. Few other “official” statements articulate so succinctly the Church’s commitment to freedom of the mind.

Does it, should it, matter that President Brown never actually spoke those words?

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