- Excerpts about the Doctrine and Covenants and Church history from addresses by President Gordon B. Hinckley.
As for the Doctrine and Covenants, I love it. It is the constitution of the Church. It is the revelations of the Almighty to His chosen servants. It is a book unique among all books. - From Church Educational System Conference, June 24, 1989.
Read the Doctrine and Covenants. Read some of the majestic passages found therein. You could not write them. Your education far exceeds that which the Prophet had. It was a very, very little schooling that he had, not of his own wisdom but as the Lord spoke to him words of revelation. - From Ricks College Regional Conference, Oct. 29, 1995.
People ask me what is my favorite scripture. I say I have a large number of favorite verses of scripture and this is one of them, the 50th Section of the Doctrine and Covenants: "That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day." (D&C 50:24.) - From Colorado Springs, Colo., Young Adult Morningside, April 14, 1996.
TEST OF OUR CONVICTIONS
The Doctrine and Covenants will do us no good unless we abide by the principles set forth therein. . . . The test of our convictions concerning this work lies in the manner of our living, my beloved brothers and sisters. - From Copenhagen, Denmark, member fireside, June 14, 1996.
The grand objective of this cause and the kingdom comes from an understanding of the remarkable revelations found in the Doctrine and Covenants.
How is the Church to be organized? It is there. What of life beyond the grave and the kingdoms of another world? It is all there. What of the wondrous blessings that may come to women in the Church? You will find it in Section 25. What about the elements of healthful living? Turn to Section 89. How shall the Church be financed? It is clearly set forth. This remarkable book is certainly one of the great evidences of the divinity of Joseph Smith's call as a prophet in this the dispensation of the Fulness of Times.
Now, as you present the Doctrine and Covenants to those you teach, I hope that you will not spend time in speculative discussion. The revelations are of relatively recent origin. They are not far removed from us in time. The circumstances of their reception are well known. The doctrines are plain and easily understood. Teach them as the word of the Lord revealed in this dispensation. And may you be blessed and inspired in your efforts. - From Church Educational System Conference, June 23, 1989.
ROOTS OF FAITH
Every member of the Church ought to have some understanding of, and familiarity with, the history of this tremendous movement. Without such understanding, it is difficult to sink the roots of faith deep enough that the tree will not topple when false winds of doctrine blow. No man can really appreciate Joseph Smith without reading his history. No one can really understand the tremendous heritage we have, which has been made possible by the sacrifices of the generations who have gone before. Without such understanding, it is not likely that there will be much of gratitude or appreciation. - From Church Educational System Conference, June 24, 1989.
BE TRUE TO INHERITANCE
Be true to the Church. The Church will bless your lives if you will be true to the Church. Be true to the inheritance which you have as sons and daughters of good parents, of men and women of faith. Be true to the great traditions, the great history of this Church. We are commemorating right now, through this year, the exodus of our people from Nauvoo, on the Mississippi. It is 150 years ago right now that they were moving across the state of Iowa, slogging through the mud, great long wagon trains, 800-900 wagons at a time, looking back at the beautiful city across the river which they were leaving. They died by the thousands on that perilous journey - 6,000 of them between Winter Quarters and the Salt Lake Valley. They lived for something, and you be true to that for which they lived, my dear young brethren and sisters. Be true. From Ft. Worth Texas Regional Conference, March 17, 1996.
Look at this Church. From its organization in 1830 it has gone steadily forward. It has never taken a backward step. Its history is heroic. The coming of our people to these valleys of the mountains, one of the great epics of America. They gave their lives for this cause because they loved it, because they knew of its truth. They were hard-working people. They tamed this desert. They made it blossom as the rose. That which you see in Salt Lake City is the result of the foundation which they laid. Grubbing sagebrush and laying out a community which has grown and become a great city. This isn't the work of charlatans. This isn't the work of idle dreamers. This isn't the work of people who didn't know what life is about. - From interview with Mike Wallace of CBS 60 Minutes, Dec. 18, 1995.
VALUED THEIR FAITH
What a miracle has come to pass! How richly blessed we are! How kind the Lord has been to us, my brethren and sisters. What a wonderful thing to have an inheritance of great history, and the heritage that comes from people who valued their faith more than they valued their lives. - From Grand Encampment Celebration, Council Bluffs, Iowa, July 13, 1996.
MUST NEVER FORGET
There have been many movements of epic proportions in the history of mankind that are worthy of remembrance and which we cannot afford to forget. But the migration to this valley before the coming of the railroad is of so vast a scope, involving so many people, and entailing so much of human suffering and sacrifice, that it must ever occupy a unique place in the annals of human history. It has all of the elements of a great epic - persecution, flight into the wilderness, hope, vision, sickness, the unrelenting cruelty of the elements, deaths numbering in the thousands and final triumph through unspeakable courage and labor. We must never forget those who have gone before. We must never take lightly the price they paid. We must never lose sight of the reason for which they did it all.
It is a story not only for members of the Church of which they were members; it is a story for all the world and for all generations. It is a story of faith in a cause which they considered greater than life itself. - From Days of '47 luncheon, Salt Lake City, July 24, 1995.