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Messages of inspiration from President Hinckley

Excerpts from addresses given by President Gordon B. Hinckley.

Believe in God

Believe in God, the Eternal Father, the Ruler, the Governor of the Universe. He who is the greatest of all, the author of the Great Plan of Happiness which He designed for His children. Believe in God and worship Him in spirit and in truth.

— From regional conference, Oahu, Hawaii, Jan. 22, 2000.

Children

[The Church] will cast parents in a new light, a new perspective. There will grow in their hearts a respect and love for their parents. Where the gospel reigns in the home, there is peace, there is love, there is harmony, there is growth, there is development. This Church will impel children in the direction of education.

— From member meeting, Cairns, Australia, Jan. 26, 2000.

Church family

You and I are all part of a great family, more than 10 million strong now scattered over the earth, every one of us an individual, but all of us as a family who love the Lord and seek to do His will. God bless you to be faithful every day of your lives.

— From member meeting, Jerusalem Center, Israel, March 21, 1999.

Convert retention

We have such an obligation to those who are baptized into the Church. We cannot neglect them. We cannot leave them to stand alone. They need help as they become accustomed to the ways and culture of this Church. And it is our great blessing and opportunity to afford that help. . . . A warm smile, a friendly handshake, an encouraging word will do wonders.

— From Ensign/Rose Park regional conference Ensign/Rose Park Utah, Feb. 28, 1999.

Facing the 21st century

If [members of the Church] will live the gospel, nearly everything else will take care of itself. I think our people must develop greater love and tolerance and respect for those of other churches. Our people are very good people. Everywhere across the world. I have seen them everywhere the Church is organized and they are just wonderful, they are faithful and devoted and make every effort to move this work forward and as they do so they add strength to the cause and a new dimension to their own lives which is tremendously beneficial and heartening.

— From interview, Church News, Nov. 2, 1999.

Importance of temples

Every temple that this Church has built has in effect stood as a monument to our belief in the immortality of the human soul, that this phase of mortal life through which we pass is part of a continuous upward climb, so to speak. And that as certain as there is life here, there will be life there. That is our firm belief. It comes about through the Atonement of the Savior and the temple becomes, as I have indicated, the bridge from this life to the next. The temple is concerned with things of immortality. We wouldn't have to build a temple for marriages if we didn't believe in the eternity of the family. We build it so that family may be eternal. All of the ordinances which take place in the House of the Lord become expressions of our belief in that fundamental and basic doctrine. The temple, therefore, becomes the ultimate in our system of worship. And, therefore, is of great and significant importance to us.

— From interview, Associated Press, April 20, 1999.

Marry within the Church

We ought to marry within the Church. Our lives will be richer and happier if we marry within the Church. . . . We will believe in the same things, we won't quarrel over doctrine, or anything of that kind.

— From member meeting, Jakarta, Indonesia, Jan. 28, 2000.

Peace, friendship, respect

I don't like bigotry. I don't like hate. They are so incompatible with the spirit of the gospel and the teachings of the Lord. I like peace. I like friendship. I like mutual respect. As we have these things, I don't think that is going to slow down the growth of the Church — it may enhance it. I believe that we can do much, and I think we are doing much. I think we are making very substantial headway.

— From interview, Deseret News , Feb. 25, 2000.

Righteous examples to the world

I cannot urge strongly enough, my brothers and sisters, that we as Latter-day Saints, as people who have been called out of the world and blessed with the light and knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ, work a little harder, stand a little taller, be a little better as representatives of this Church.

We don't need to be self-righteous. We don't need to be arrogant. We don't need to be pushy. We don't need to be any of those things. We just need to be exemplary in our lives. If we would live as we ought to live, the world would come to seek us out, seeing the virtue of that which we have.

— From Ensign/Rose Park Utah regional conference, Feb. 28, 1999.

Tithing

The payment of an honest tithing is a sacred thing, a divine thing, a part of the plan of the Almighty to test His children as to their worthiness to receive His blessings.

— From member meeting, Guayaquil, Ecuador, July 31, 1999.

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