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Messages of inspiration from President Hinckley

Excerpts from recent addresses by President Gordon B. Hinckley.

BAND TOGETHER AS YOUTH

Thank you for your strength. Thank you for your goodness. Thank you for your courage. Thank you for your efforts in hanging together, as it were, of going to institute, going to seminary, partaking of the blessings that are to be had there, not only in the teaching of the gospel but in the society in which you can mingle. I want to say to you, look for your friends among members of the Church, band together and strengthen one another. And when the time of temptation comes you will have someone to lean on to bless you and give you strength when you need it. That is what this Church is for so that we can help one another in our times of weakness to stand on our feet tall and straight and true and good. - From general session, Eugene Oregon Regional Conference, Sept. 15, 1996

BISHOPS

Everyone has a bishop. I tell you it is a marvelous system and I cannot say enough in tribute to the great bishops of this Church who serve without any compensation except the compensation that comes of the love of the people and the good commendation of the Lord whom they serve. Thank you ever so much, and may you be blessed with inspiration and faith and health and strength and vitality and energy and wisdom beyond your own to do that which the Lord would have you do. - From priesthood leadership meeting, second session, Eugene Oregon Regional Conference, Sept. 14, 1996

BRIGHAM YOUNG

Brigham Young was a tremendous leader. There is no question about it. He had been through the fires of adversity, and when he came West he came as the leader of a great people. He had a tremendous vision. He not only looked to the establishment of this community of Salt Lake City, but reached north and south and east and west to establish some three or four or five hundred other communities. He was an empire builder with a tremendous vision. He was, to say the least, a great leader whose figure will loom ever larger on the landscape of American history. - From interview with Lee Groberg, Nov. 4, 1996

JOSEPH SMITH'S FAITH

Joseph went in (to the Grove) as a boy. I have wondered at times why the Lord would have him go in as a 14-year-old boy. Why didn't he wait until he was 20 or 30 or 40, when he would have had the weight of authority that comes with age? He went in, the Lord permitted it, responded to his inquiry, because he came in with perfect trust as a boy. There was no doubt in his mind. He said that if anyone needed wisdom, he needed wisdom, and he asked for it, with full confidence that something would happen as a result of his prayer. We do not have anything of Joseph's prayer. But we know that he made inquiry and that a conversation took place. And Joseph Smith learned in those few minutes, however long or brief, more about the nature of God than all of the learned divines of all time had ever learned. - From missionary meeting, Rochester, N.Y., July 12, 1996

LIVE PRINCIPLES OF GOSPEL

The Proclamation on the Family is a wonderful statement, but I want to say this: It will mean absolutely nothing unless we bring its principles into our own lives. The Bible will do us no good unless we live its precepts. The Book of Mormon will do us no good unless we live its doctrine. The Doctrine and Covenants will do us no good unless we abide by the principles set forth therein. Likewise, the Pearl of Great Price, including the Articles of Faith contained therein, and likewise, with this proclamation. The test of our convictions concerning this work lies in the manner of our living, my beloved brothers and sisters. - From member fireside, first session, Copenhagen, Denmark, June 14, 1996

MISSION SERVICE

I hope that every young man has a mission on his list of goals. I hope that you will not let anything get in the way of that. The Lord needs you. He needs your help. He needs your strength. He needs your voice. We are all the Lord has to do His work and we must work at it and work together to accomplish His divine purposes. - From youth meeting, Kansas City, Mo., July 14, 1996

PARENTAL DUTIES

Never forget that these little ones are the sons and daughters of God and that yours is a custodial relationship to them, that He was a parent before you were parents and that He has not relinquished His parental rights or interest in these His little ones. Now, love them, take care of them. Fathers, control your tempers, now and in all the years to come. Mothers, control your voices, keep them down. Rear your children in love, in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Take care of your little ones, welcome them into your homes and nurture and love them with all of your hearts. They may do, in the years that come, some things you would not want them to do, but be patient, be patient. You have not failed as long as you have tried. Never forget that. - From Salt Lake University 3rd Stake conference, Nov. 3, 1996

RETURNED MISSIONARIES

I want to challenge you to keep the faith. Don't say, `That chapter in my life is behind me.' Stay on a mission for the rest of your days. Have the spirit with you for the rest of your days. Continue to study, to read the scriptures. Continue to work, to serve the Lord. Continue to keep the commandments and live as you ought to live. Be good fathers, good mothers, good husbands, good wives, good people in the community. Get all the education you can get and do it with study and faith. Hold true to the Iron Rod throughout your days. Nearly every returned missionary does but, unfortunately, there's one here and another there who drifts away. I want to give you the challenge to be faithful to this cause and kingdom of God our Eternal Father and the risen Lord Jesus Christ as long as you live, and fill every responsibility that you are asked to fill. I don't hesitate to promise you in the name of the Lord that if you do so your lives will be fruitful and happy, and the Lord will open the windows of heaven and pour down blessings upon you. - From missionary meeting, Eugene, Ore., Sept. 14, 1996

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