Messages of inspiration from Pres. Hinckley


To every man and woman, to every boy and girl, prepare now to go to the House of the Lord. Let a resolution come into your heart that you will put your life in order and bring about such reformation as may be needed to qualify yourself to go to that beautiful House. — From Worcester, Mass., member meeting, Oct. 16, 1998


You and I are children of God, His creation, His sons and daughters, sent to earth as a part of a great plan which He has outlined for our eternal salvation. What a marvelous and wonderful thing it is to know that though He is the greatest of all, we can approach Him in prayer, and He will listen and hear and respond. — From Baltimore, Md., member meeting, Nov. 15, 1998


Let us stand tall, my brothers and sisters, as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Let us live exemplary lives. Let others see in us the kind of virtue that they would like to have come into their own life. If we so live, God will bless us. We shall walk under His divine guidance in those paths which lead to immortality and eternal life. — From Burlington, Vt., member meeting, Oct. 14, 1998


Faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ — I hope there is no one here today who isn't constantly cultivating that faith through reading the scriptures — the New Testament, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants — and building the faith which he or she carries in his heart, or her heart, concerning the Son of God, our Redeemer and our Lord. — From Columbus, Ohio, member meeting, April 25, 1998


It is the individual with whom we work and must deal and we must never lose sight of the fact that the Church is made up of individuals, people. The Savior always dealt with individuals. He spoke to the multitude on the mount. He fed the multitude loaves and fishes. But you read His parables. He was always concerned with the individual. — From Houston, Texas, regional conference, Sept. 19, 1998


Have you ever looked at a great farm gate that opens and closes? If you look at the hinge, it moves ever so little, just a little movement of that hinge creates tremendous consequences out into the perimeter. That is the way it is with our lives. It is the little decisions that make the great differences in our lives. — From Schenectady, N.Y., member meeting, Oct. 17, 1998


I wish to mention . . . the tremendous heroism of the women who came here, settled here, lived here, and became the mothers and grandmothers and great-grandmothers of future generations. They were absolutely heroic. They were majestic. They were wonderful. They lived through all of the problems of heat and drought, of storm and flood, of flies and mosquitoes, and it was they who in large measure fostered education and culture here in this isolated part of the world. Peace be to their memory. — From Encampment Mall Monument Dedication, Dixie College, St. George, Utah, Oct. 9, 1998


It is expected that every man and woman in this Church will have in his or her heart the great and solid and firm testimony of the living reality of God, our Eternal Father. . . . That is primary for each of us today, that we cultivate in our hearts a knowledge of God, our Eternal Father and live it and share it and build the faith of others. — Columbus, Ohio, member meeting, April 25, 1998


Believe in virtue. Believe in cleanliness of thought, mind, word and deed. Stay away from the great and terrible flood of pornography that is sweeping across the earth and makes a few men rich, while it destroys many others who become enslaved to it. Stay away from it. — From Baltimore, Md., member meeting, Nov. 15, 1998


God bless you, my dear friends and associates and brothers and sisters, in this great work. It is true! It is the work of the Lord. He stands at the head. It is the culmination of His work through all the generations of time. This great age becomes the culmination of the establishment of the work from when the Savior was upon the earth, and of the time of the Apostles, and of the rocky years that followed, the centuries that followed through the Dark Ages, and the work of the reformers in trying to bring some light to the Reformation and understanding to the Christian world down to this, the dispensation of the fulness of times, when there has been restored in one everything of all past dispensations. This is the glory time of the work of the Lord, and you and I are fortunate enough to be a part of it. May we perform our part well and serve Him in truth and righteousness, and faithfully, so that when it is all over He can say, "Well done, good and faithful servant; . . . enter thou into the joy of thy Lord." (Matt. 25:23.) — From seminar for directors of temporal affairs, Salt Lake City, April 10, 1998

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