George Q. Cannon warns against putting faith on Church leaders as they are not perfect; instead, we must "lean on God" as "He will never fail us."

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George Q. Cannon

George Q. Cannon, "Need for Personal Revelation," February 15, 1891, in Collected Discourses, ed. Brian Stuy, 5 vols. (Sandy: B. H. S. Publishing, 1988), 2:178

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Still there are and have been times when men, and women too, have felt downcast, and have wondered if God had forgotten them; but I say to all such, Fear not, the clouds will pass away, the light will shine, and your joy and courage will return. If you preserve your integrity and wait for the salvation of your God, it will surely come and seek you out. He always has delivered and comforted His people, and he will not forsake us now; His arm is not shortened, He is not asleep nor gone on a journey. He will succor us in the deepest distress, and deliver us in the direst extremities, if we will live so that we may have the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, which is the minister of God, and whose presence is the presence of God.

Without that blessed communion, we are blind and helpless; and if we do not live so as to enjoy it, we fail to rise to our privileges as Saints.

It is indeed our right and privilege to have the companionship of the Holy Spirit of the Lord, and we need it.

Even children may have it if they will, and need not be left to walk alone on earth. Every woman should win and keep it for herself, and never try to walk by another's light. If she puts her whole trust in another, even if he be her husband and a good man, he will surely some time fail her. Let her learn to stand alone so far as human aid is concerned, depending only on God and the Holy Ghost.

Do not, brethren, put your trust in man though he be a bishop; an apostle, or a president; if you do, they will fail you at some time or place, they will do wrong or seem to, and your support be gone; but if we lean on God, He never will fail us. When men and women depend on God alone, and trust in Him alone, their faith will not be shaken if the highest in the Church should step aside. They could still see that He is just and true, that truth is lovely in His sight, and the pure in heart are dear to Him.

Perhaps it is His own design that faults and weaknesses should appear in high places in order that His Saints may learn to trust in Him and not in any man or men.

Therefore, my brethren and sisters, seek after the Holy Spirit and His unfailing testimony of God and His work upon the earth. Rest not until you know for yourselves that God has set His hand to redeem Israel, and prepare a people for His coming.

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