Quotes on Reverence

“Reverence is profound respect mingled with love.”  (David O. McKay, Conference Report, April 1967, p. 86) . . . .

When we step into the chapel, we must! – each of us must – watch ourselves lest we be guilty of intruding when someone is struggling to feel delicate spiritual communications. — Elder Boyd K. Packer, “Reverence Invites Revelation,” Ensign, November 1991

The core words most often found in scriptures associated with reverence are respect, love, and honor.  Using these standards, we can see that reverence reflects activity of the heart, not just inactivity of the mouth.

Reverence is an integral part of worship.  Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles has instructed:

“Worship often includes actions, but true worship always involves a particular attitude of mind.

“The attitude of worship evokes the deepest feelings of allegiance, adoration, and awe. Worship combines love and reverence in a state of devotion that draws our spirits closer to God.”  (Dallin H. Oaks, Pure in Heart (1988), 125) — Elder Robert C. Oaks, “Worship through Reverence,” Ensign, December 2009, p. 21

Often we equate the reverence of a congregation with the behavior of the children present.  True, young children can provide a special challenge to reverence.  But the first rule with respect to children is to bring them!  They can be taught, they can be taken out, and they can be brought back into the meeting.  And in the teaching it is better to minimize the number of training tools that are brought to church, such as toys and food.  Latter-day Saint congregations are generally blessed with large numbers of children and youth, and we should be thankful for this.  They are the future of the Church. — Elder Robert C. Oaks, “Worship through Reverence,” Ensign, December 2009, p. 23

Inseparable from the acceptance of the existence of God is an attitude of reverence, to which I wish now to call attention most earnestly to the entire Church.  The greatest manifestation of spirituality is reverence; indeed, reverence is spirituality.  Reverence is profound respect mingled with love. It is “a complex emotion made up of mingled feelings of the soul.”  [One writer] says it is “the highest of human feelings.”  I have said elsewhere that if reverence is the highest, then irreverence is the lowest state in which a man can live in the world. Teachings Of Presidents Of The Church: David O. McKay, p. 29

We must remember that reverence is not a somber, temporary behavior that we adopt on Sunday.  True reverence involves happiness, as well as love, respect, gratitude, and godly fear.  It is a virtue that should be part of our way of life.  In fact, Latter-day Saints should be the most reverent people in all the earth. Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball, p. 156