Selected Teachings on
Friendship

Joseph Smith (President)

Friendship is one of the grand fundamental principles of "Mormonism." (History of The Church, 5:517)


How good and glorious it has seemed unto me, to find pure and holy friends, who are faithful, just, and true, and whose hearts fail not; and whose knees are confirmed and do not falter, while they wait upon the Lord, in administering to my necessities, in the day when the wrath of mine enemies was poured out upon me. (History of The Church, 5:107)

Gordon B. Hinckley (President)

Choose your friends carefully. It is they who will lead you in one direction or the other. Everybody wants friends. Everybody needs friends. No one wishes to be without them. But never lose sight of the fact that it is your friends who will lead you along the paths that you will follow.

While you should be friendly with all people, select with great care those whom you wish to have close to you. They will be your safeguards in situations where you may vacillate between choices, and you in turn may save them. ("A Prophet's Counsel and Prayer for Youth," Ensign, January 2001, p.2)

Robert D. Hales (Quorum of the Twelve)

A true friend makes it easier for us to live the gospel. (Ensign, May 1990, 39)

Neal A. Maxwell (Quorum of the Twelve)

[F]riends who would hold us back spiritually are not true friends at all. (Ensign, Nov. 1992)

Marvin J. Ashton (Quorum of the Twelve)

A friend is a person who is willing to take me the way I am but who is willing and able to leave me better than he found me. (Ensign, Jan. 1973, p.41, 43 )