Favorable Publicity

George A. Smith, First Counselor in the First Presidency, 20 Nov. 1870: The Lord says, ‘Woe unto you when all men speak well of you.’ Sometimes I have known the papers say this and that good thing about the ‘Mormons,’ and I have said, ‘What’s up? Are we getting wicked, that the world loves us?’  (In Journal of Discourses, vol. 13 [Liverpool: Published by Horace S. Eldredge, 1871], p. 297.)

Heber J. Grant, President of the Church, 3 Oct. 1930: The great change that has come about since the days of my boyhood in the general attitude toward this people is almost beyond contemplation or expectation. I can remember when I was the junior member of the Council of the Twelve, forty-eight years ago this month, that during my first trips away from home, almost invariably, wherever I went I found opposition. I found ill-will toward the Latter-day Saints. . . . Today, wherever I go I find the opposite feeling; I find good-will; I find kindness; I find readiness and willingness on the part of newspapers to give us favorable public notices. Anything we wish to say they are willing to print. . . . Today, we are getting very favorable publicity. . . . To have over three thousand newspapers; to have the Associated Press; to have the Hearst papers, and to have western papers—especially in Utah and in Idaho—the newspapers generally, give us such extended and favorable articles as this immense volume contains, is a cause of deep gratitude on my part and that of my associates of the General Authorities of the Church.(In One-hundred and First Semi-annual Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints [Conference Report, October 1930] [Salt Lake City, Utah: Published by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints], pp. 3–4; paragraphing omitted.)


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