Messages of inspiration from President Hinckley


The Lord is guiding this Church, I give you my testimony of that. I know it. - From England London South missionary meeting, Aug. 26, 1995.


We need more faith. More faith in ourselves that we can do what's expected of us. We may feel terribly inadequate. When the Lord called Moses, Moses said, "Don't call me, I'm a man of slow speech, I can't do it, get someone else." And what did the Lord say? "Who hath made man's mouth? Now therefore go and do that which I have asked of thee." (See Ex. 4:10-12.) Who hath made man's mouth? Who called you anyway? The important thing, the wonderful thing that I see in this Church everywhere I go all over the world, is men and women who are very ordinary, really, by the standards of the world, who are doing marvelous and wonderful things as leaders in this Church. Not of their own strength and capacity, but because the Spirit of the Lord comes into their lives and the Holy Ghost teaches through them. And the Holy Ghost can teach us things that we cannot teach one another. Never forget that. - From priesthood leadership meeting, Tacoma Washington Regional Conference, Aug. 19, 1995.


This is the great day of prophecy fulfilled, my brethren and sisters. And what a marvelous and wonderful thing it is to be a part of it. My plea to you, my urgent plea to you, is to live the gospel. Stand as followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, who are trying to emulate in your lives the great teachings which He set forth when He walked the earth. None of us will fully reach a stage where we can walk as He walked in this life, but we can work at it. And the more we work at it, the more easily we shall take on the luster of His image in our own lives. Be faithful, be true. Stand by your testimonies. When all is said and done, the most precious thing you have is the gospel of Jesus Christ. - From fireside, Crawley, England, Aug. 26, 1995.


We want to be good neighbors, we want to be good friends. We feel we can differ theologically with people without being disagreeable in any sense. We hope they feel that same way toward us. We have many friends and many associations with people who are not of our faith, with whom we deal constantly and we have a wonderful relationship. It disturbs me when I hear of any antagonisms. . . . I don't think they are necessary. I hope that we can overcome them. - From interview with Phil Riesen, KUTV News, Salt Lake City, May 12, 1995.


Live the gospel. Carry on, carry on, keep the work growing and going . . . . For too many of our people, Church membership becomes a burden instead of a source of happiness . . . . Be happy as you serve. - From interview with Dell Van Orden, Church News, June 7, 1995.


You can trace it all [marriage problems] to selfishness, thinking of oneself instead of one's companion. I am satisfied that happiness in marriage is not so much a matter of romance as it is an anxious concern for the comfort and well-being of one's companion. Any man who will make his wife's comfort his first concern, will stay in love with her throughout their lives and through the eternity yet to come. - From general session, Anchorage Alaska Regional Conference, June 18, 1995.


The more we read of history, and particularly of sacred history, . . . the more we can establish a pattern by which to guide our own lives which will lead us into productive living. He has set the way, He has marked the way and marked the path and we will find that's where - that's the road to progress and whether it be in matters of theology or day-to-day living as part of the society in which we live, the principles which are set forth in the scriptures become principles which can make for happiness, understanding, lofty ideals by which to guide our lives and the faith by which to move through the problems which we will inevitably confront as we go forward with our lives. - From interview with Dell Van Orden, Church News, June 7, 1995.


I am grateful for the seminary system in the Church and for the institute program of the Church. I want to urge every high school student here to take advantage of the seminary program. Your lives will be blessed the greater if you do. Every college and university student should take advantage of the institute program. It is the best place in the world to find your eternal mate, and you will be grateful all your lives if you do. - From general session, Vacaville/Santa Rosa California Regional Conference, May 21, 1995.


Be friendly. Be understanding. Be tolerant. Be considerate. Be respectful of the opinions and feelings of other people. Recognize their virtues, don't look for their faults. Look for their strengths and their virtues and you will find strength and virtues which will be helpful in your own life. - From interview with Phil Riesen, KUTV News, Salt Lake City, May 12, 1995.


There is a universal appeal in the gospel of Jesus Christ. . . . We come from different parts of the world, we come out of a variety of cultures, but we are all sons and daughters of God, and when we listen, when we place ourselves in tune with His Holy Spirit there is a response within our hearts that is similar and we feel it; each of us has felt it in our lives. And regardless of our source or home, we all respond in the same way. - From Wandsworth England Stake Conference, Aug. 27, 1995.

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