Among the Mormons, perhaps the most well-known of all his sayings was his motto, "Every member a missionary." Another lifelong motto came from an inscription he found over the doorway of an unfinished home when he was a missionary in Scotland: "What-e'er Thou Art, Act Well Thy Part." His sermons and writings also depicted many other deeply held values, including education: "True education seeks . . . to make men and women not only good mathematicians, proficient linguists, profound scientists, or brilliant literary lights, but also . . . men and women who prize truth, justice, wisdom, benevolence, and self-control as the choicest acquisitions of a successful life." "Good reading," he once observed, "is to the intellect what good food is to the body."
The numerous awards and honors received by President McKay illustrated the esteem in which he was held in Utah and elsewhere. They included several honorary doctorates, the highest awards given by the Boy Scouts of America, and the Distinguished American Award from the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame.
See: James B. Allen, "David O. McKay," in Leonard J. Arrington, ed., The Presidents of the Church (1986); Francis M. Gibbons, David O. McKay: Apostle to the World, Prophet of God (1986); Jeanette McKay Morrell, Highlights in the Life of President David O. McKay (1967).
James B. Allen