“Here is a man who was born [and raised] in an obscure village….He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never owned a home….[or] went to college. He never traveled [more than] two hundred miles from the place [of his birth]….He had no credentials but himself….While still a young man, the tide of popular opinion turned against him. His friends ran away….He was turned over to his enemies….He was nailed upon a cross between two thieves….When he was dead he was taken down and laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.

“[Nearly twenty] wide centuries have come and gone [and] today He is the centerpiece of the human race and the Leader of the column of progress. I am far within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, and all the navies that ever were built, and all the [governments] that ever sat, and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as has [this] one solitary life.” —James A. Francis

“The babe of Bethlehem became the Nazarene, the Man of Galilee, the Life and Light of the world, the Savior and Redeemer of mankind, the miracle of all time. More books have been written about Him, more buildings have been erected to His honor, more men have died with His name on their lips than any other person who ever lived.” —Ezra Taft Benson