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Messages of inspiration from President Hinckley

Excerpts from recent addresses by President Gordon B. Hinckley.

BAPTISM FOR THE DEAD

When Jesus talked with Nicodemus, He said a man must be born of the water and of the Spirit, or he cannot come into the kingdom of God. (See John 3:5.) That applies to everyone who ever walked upon the earth. All people come under that commandment, and insofar as I know, we are the only people on the face of the earth who build Houses of the Lord to which we may go and be baptized as vicarious agents for those who have passed beyond the veil of death. Because except they be born of water and of the Spirit, they cannot enter into the kingdom of God. And so that is one of the things which we carry forward. - From Monterrey, Mexico, member meeting, March 12, 1998

COUNSEL TO YOUTH

Now, don't you ever do anything, you boys and girls, don't you ever do anything which would take from you the opportunity of going to the House of the Lord, there at some time to be joined in marriage to a worthy companion. That is a most precious thing that cannot be had by any other people, except they repent and be baptized and become members of this Church. God bless you to grow in faith and to avoid the filthy, terrible, sleaze that is all around you, to turn away from it and live above it. To stay away from beer and anything of that kind which is made so tempting for you. You are a generation of sons and daughters of God. Never forget it. Never forget it, my dear young friends. Never forget it. - From Salt Lake Holladay Regional Conference, Feb. 8, 1998

ESSENCE OF MISSIONARY SERVICE

Let me say that we appreciate the truth in all churches and the good which they do. We say to the people, in effect, you bring with you all the good that you have, and then let us see if we can add to it. That is the spirit of this work. That is the essence of our missionary service. - From Nairobi, Kenya, member meeting, Feb. 17, 1998

FAMILY HOME EVENING

Hold your family home evenings. Family home evening was begun by a prophet of the Lord, President Joseph F. Smith, way back in 1915. I can remember when it was begun. I was a little boy 5 years old and my father said, "President Smith has asked us to hold family home evenings." And we did it. It was not easy to do at first. We were more prone to laugh and giggle than we were to be well-behaved. But we did it. I see the fruits of it in my own family and in the families of my grandchildren and in the families of my great-grandchildren. The principle of family solidarity carries with it a conviction of its truth. - From regional conference, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, March 15, 1998

KNOWLEDGE OF GOD

The Savior said, "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou has sent." (John 17:3.) There is no greater blessing in all the world than a knowledge of the Fatherhood of God and of the living reality of the Savior of mankind. God is a personality. He is an individual being of flesh and bones. Jesus is a resurrected being of flesh and bones. The Holy Ghost is a personage of Spirit, but an individual. They are not three in one, but three individuals of one purpose. That knowledge has come to us through the restoration of the gospel. - From regional conference, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, March 15, 1998

NATURE OF THE GODHEAD

The world wrestles with the question of who God is, and in what form He is found. Some say that the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost are one. I wonder how they ever arrive at that. How could Jesus have prayed to Himself when he uttered the Lord's prayer? How could He have met with Himself when He was on the Mount of Transfiguration? No. He is a separate being. God, our Father, is one. Jesus Christ is two. The Holy Ghost is three. And these three are united in purpose and in working together to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man. - From Leon, Mexico, member meeting, March 11, 1998

NURTURE NEW CONVERTS

I want to plead with you, every one of you, that you look after those who are baptized. The missionaries will teach the gospel, but it is your opportunity and your responsibility to put your arms around them and be a friend to them and answer their questions and help them with their problems. It isn't easy to join this Church. A convert has to leave old friends and old associations and clean up his life and become a member of the Church. He needs help. He needs friends. He needs something to do, and it is your opportunity, whether you are old men or young men, whether you are older women or young women, whether you are boys and girls, to see that every one who is baptized into this Church grows in faith in this Church. And I believe that God will hold us responsible if we fail to do this. - From Leon, Mexico, member meeting, March 11, 1998

POWER OF THE PRIESTHOOD

You men who hold the priesthood of God, live up to that priesthood. You have something more precious than anything else on earth. It is the power, it is the opportunity, it is the authority to speak in the name of God the Lord, even the Savior of the world, to hold office in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to administer to the sick, to lay your hands upon the heads of others and call down the blessings of heaven. You will not go to any school to learn how to do this, but you will be trained in the Church, and if you are faithful and true, God will bless you. He will magnify you. He will increase your powers. Live worthy of this great gift, my brethren. Be men of whom the Lord may be proud. - From Torreon, Mexico, member meeting, March 11, 1998

SACRAMENT MEETING

Sacrament meeting. Partaking of the sacrament each week. What a glorious blessing that is. What a wonderful privilege to go to sacrament meeting and partake of the sacrament, the emblems of the sacrifice of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and of the great Atonement which was wrought by Him, which makes possible our moving beyond the grave into a glorious future. I hope that all of us attend our sacrament meetings. I hope we recognize it as an opportunity and as a wonderful blessing. - From regional conference, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, March 15, 1998

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