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Messages of inspiration from President Hinckley

Be true

To you young women who will marry and become mothers, and pass on the qualities of your generations; to you young men who will become fathers and pass on the lineage which is your greatest possession, I say, be true. Be true to the faith. Be true to the faith that your parents have cherished. Be true to the faith for which martyrs have perished. Be loyal to your great inheritance. Pass on in an unblemished fashion to those who come after you the great virtues of those who have preceded you. All of your heritage of body and mind have come from your forebears. Pass to those who will follow an unblemished inheritance and thus continue bright and strong the links of your generations. — From Ricks College devotional, Sept. 7, 1999

Convert retention

I think the Lord would be very pleased if we would get on our knees, each of us, and pray to Him and ask Him to help us bring someone into this Church. And then when that occurs, you stay so very close to that individual until he or she becomes well grounded in the faith, so that there will be no falling away after they've come into the Church — From regional conference, Oahu, Hawaii, Jan. 22, 2000

Fathers and mothers

Fathers and mothers, be good to one another; be kind to one another; be respectful of one another; and be kind towards your children. You don't have to beat them. You don't have to be mean and cross with them. Just love them and be patient and kindly, and they will grow up with love in their hearts for their dear father and mother. — From member meeting, Guayaquil, Ecuador, July 31, 1999

Growth of the Church

From the very beginning, this Church has had a vision and an objective of growth. Every year it has grown stronger, even in the days of the migration to the West. While the pioneers were coming West, missionaries were going from this valley to the East and into Europe. That has gone on ever since. We think this gospel offers a great contribution to all who will accept it, that it will improve their lives and give them peace of mind and hope and faith to move forward. We offer it to the world and many accept it. — From Deseret News interview, Feb. 25, 2000

Live the life of a Latter-day Saint

As surely as you know the gospel is true, as certainly as you include God in your daily prayers, it is your responsibility and obligation to stand on your feet and live the life of a Latter-day Saint. That is not an easy thing to do. It is very difficult and demanding, but it will bring to you magnificent and wonderful blessings. — From member meeting, Singapore, Jan. 30, 2000

Missionary work

Put a smile on your face and a song in your heart and go forward to declare the living Christ and the truths which have come to earth through the restoration of His gospel and God will bless you and the homes from which you come will be blessed and the whole Church will be blessed. — From missionary meeting, Santiago, Chile, April 26, 1999

Pray for one another

We ought to pray for one another. We ought to lift and help one another, to remember one another when we petition the Lord. Those who are sick among us need our faith and prayers. — From member meeting, Jakarta, Indonesia, Jan. 28, 2000

Revelation is a process

The things of God are understood by the Spirit of God. That is the premise on which you start. You don't get revelation when you are denying the power of God. The Lord said, 'If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or [whether] I speak of myself' (John 7:17). Those are His words. Revelation is a process that comes. . . in various forms and in various ways. I can say without any hesitation, not the slightest, that I know within my heart that the Lord has made known His will in many things. . . . In all of the tremendous numbers of things with which we constantly deal, hundreds of them, thousands of them really, across the Church, we pray about them. We ponder them. We consult with one another. We reach a decision. We act. There isn't any doubt in my mind that that decision is inspired. That is revelation in one of its forms. — From Deseret News interview, Feb. 25, 2000

Temple work

The vicarious service to the dead is the most unselfish service of any that I know of in this life, where no one comes with any expectation of thanks for the work which he or she does. Every time you come to the temple, you will be a better man or woman when you leave than you were when you came. I believe that with all my heart. Redouble your efforts and your faithfulness in going to the temple. . . and the Lord will bless you, and you will be happier. — From regional conference, Oahu, Hawaii, Jan. 23, 2000

We believe in education

We believe in education. The Lord has laid a mandate upon His people that they become acquainted with the things of the earth, as well as the things of the Spirit. He has laid an obligation upon us to get all the schooling that we have. Education becomes the key of opportunity for everyone in this life. It may involve sacrifice, it may involve unusual effort, but with the help of heaven, it can be had. — From member meeting, Cairns, Australia, Jan. 26, 2000

Youth — be strong and faithful

To you young men and women, the Lord expects you to make something of your lives. Stay away from drugs. They'll absolutely destroy you. Stay away from filthy language. Do not profane the name of Deity. Your friends at school may profane that name, but don't you ever do it. Walk above it and be strong and faithful and true. You'll grow up before the Lord with an ambition and a desire in your hearts to do the right thing. — From member meeting, Cairns, Australia, Jan. 26, 2000

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