“There is Nothing Which is Secret Save It Shall Be Revealed”

Bryan Richards

There are many indiscretions, small and large, which our friends, family, and ward members never know about. Unless we repent of these little secrets, they will become common knowledge in the Millenium, for there is no work of darkness save it shall be made manifest in the light. The implications of this doctrine are frightening, but other scriptures confirm the principle.

’And the rebellious shall be pierced with much sorrow; for their iniquities shall be spoken upon the housetops, and their secret acts shall be revealed.’ (DC 1:3)

’can ye imagine yourselves brought before the tribunal of God with your souls filled with guilt and remorse, having a remembrance of all your guilt, yea, a perfect remembrance of all your wickedness, yea, a remembrance that ye have set at defiance the commandments of God?’ (Alma 5:18)

Spencer W. Kimball

"My young folks, since the Lord said, ’Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect’ (Matthew 5:48), it would be well if all of us would take frequent inventory to see if hidden away under the rugs and in the corners of our lives there might be some vestige of hypocrisy and ugliness or error. Or could there be hidden under the blankets of personal excuse and rationalization some small eccentricities and dishonesties? Are there any cobwebs in ceilings and corners which we think will not be noticed? Are we trying to cover up the small pettinesses and the small gratifications we secretly allow ourselves-rationalizing the while that they are insignificant and inconsequential? Are there areas in our thoughts and actions and attitudes which we would like to hide from those we respect most? Are we certain that all of our innermost secrets are kept confidential? The Lord revealed in 1831, ’The rebellious shall be pierced with much sorrow; for their iniquities shall be spoken upon the housetops, and their secret acts shall be revealed.’ (D&C 1:3.)
“Would a frequent house cleaning be in order for all of us?” (BYU Speeches, February 25, 1964, p. 21)

Bishop Robert L. Simpson

“To him who says: ’I am lucky, I didn’t get caught,’ I say, how unfortunate; for his other foot is already in motion for the next treacherous step.” (Conference Report, Apr. 1969, p. 86)

Spencer W. Kimball

"If men’s secret acts shall be revealed it is likely that their secret thoughts will also be revealed, for the iniquities of the rebellious shall be spoken from the housetops.
"The one who harbors evil thoughts sometimes feels safe in the conviction that these thoughts are unknown to others and that they, like acts in the dark, are not discernible. The Revelator, John, seemed to clear this matter when he wrote:

And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. (Rev. 20:12.)

"And in the last days an angel will ’sound his trump, and reveal the secret acts of men, and the thoughts and intents of their hearts.’ (D&C 88:109.)
"Accordingly, men’s deeds and thoughts must be recorded in heaven, and recording angels will not fail to make complete recordings of our thoughts and actions. We pay our tithing and the bishop records it in his book and gives us a receipt. But even if the entry fails to get in the ward record, we shall have full credit for the tithes we paid. There will be no omissions in the heavenly records, and they will all be available at the day of judgment. President John Taylor emphasized this:

’Man sleeps the sleep of death, but the spirit lives where the record of his deeds is kept. Man sleeps for a time in the grave, and by and by he rises again from the dead and goes to judgment; and then the secret thoughts of all men are revealed before him with whom we have to do; we cannot hide them; it would be in vain then for a man to say, ‘I did not do so and so’; the command would be, unravel and read the record which he has made of himself and let it testify in relation to these things, and all could gaze upon it.’" (Miracle of Forgiveness, p. 108-9)