As president of the Church, Spencer W. Kimball once extended an assignment to two members of the Twelve. His counselor, N. Eldon Tanner, said, “I can’t think of two finer men for this job.”
One of them modestly replied, “Surely you can do better than us?”
President Kimball countered, “Would you mind going ahead while we are looking for two better men?” (Best=Loved Humor of the LDS People, p. 32).
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A colonel on the governor’s staff died suddenly, leaving many applicants clamoring for the position. Before the funeral one of the most insistent managed to buttonhole the governor. “Don’t you think I should take the colonel’s place?” he asked.
“By all means,” said the governor. “Speak to the undertaker.” (Best-Loves Stories of the LDS People, p.30)
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Some Saints in St. George reported the they were insulted by the “rather live in Hell” comment. President Grant said, “You’ve got to go back down and apologize to those people for what you’ve said.”
He did as he was told. Kind of.
In a packed meeting of Dixie Saints eager to hear his apology, Golden said, “President Grant said I’ve got to apologize to you because I said if I had a home in St. George and one in Hell, I’d sell the one in St. George and go to Hell.”
“I’m apologizing, but it’s still the truth.” (J. Golden Kimball Stories, p. 95)