Messages of inspiration from President Hinckley

An endless treasure

How marvelous a thing is a book. . . . Books represent the accumulated workings of the human mind, the endless treasure of man's thoughts as he has contemplated himself and the phenomena with which he is surrounded. How grateful I am for books and for those who have tenderly watched over and guarded them through the centuries.

— From rededication of BYU Harold B. Lee Library, Nov. 15, 2000

Gratitude for faithful saints

I love the Latter-day Saints. There isn't a day that passes that I don't thank the Lord for the faithful saints of this Church across the entire world, who make this work move and grow and strengthen, wherever it is established.

— From Ogden Riverdale Regional Conference, May 21, 2000

Influence of a generation

I am amazed at the quality of leaders who are being developed. These are men and women of strength and capacity. They are quick learners. They are devoted and faithful. They have become better husbands and fathers and wives and mothers under the family-strengthening programs of the Church. They are an asset to the society of which they are a part, as will be the generations who come after them. That is the beauty of this work. When you touch the life of a man of this generation that influence is felt through generations yet to come.

— From National Press Club address, March 8, 2000

Missionary work

What a wonderful program to take a young man at the most impressionable time of his life and, at a time when he is most prone to think of himself, send him out in the world to lose himself in the service of others. That's a tremendous thing in its own right, this great [missionary] program.

— From interview, Boston Globe, Aug. 14, 2000

Moments of introspection

All of us ought to pause once in a while and just stop and think. . . .We are prone to talk too much and do too little. I think it is a wonderful thing to just indulge once in a while in moments of introspection and see what we are doing with our lives and what contribution we are making and where we could do a little better than we are now doing. I feel we would all benefit from that.

— From National Press Club address, March 8, 2000

Persecution — a thing of the past

We have been persecuted a great deal during our history, terribly so. We have endured every kind of insult and difficulty. Fortunately, that has largely disappeared. . . . We will stand as we have stood through all of these years and move forward with a smile on our faces and a greeting in our hearts for anyone who speaks against us or for us.

— From National Press Club address, March 8, 2000

Prepare for a mission

You young men . . . look forward to the day when you will go on a mission for this Church. It will not be easy; it will be difficult. It will take money. It will take some measure of courage, but the Lord will bless you and bring something into your life that will be tremendous and wonderful. . . .

You will be a better husband; you will be a better father; you will be a better neighbor; you will be a better man in the community, if you will serve the Lord as a missionary. You will be less selfish. You will be more prone to be of service to others, and God will bless you and implant in your heart a testimony strong and true and certain of the validity and truthfulness of this work. . . . Prepare for a mission.

— From member meeting, Pago Pago, American Samoa, June 17, 2000

Sunshine of good will

We are living in a new day when the sunshine of goodwill pours in upon the Church and assists us in the spread of our work across the world. . . . We just go on with our work, talking positively, teaching positively, working affirmatively, to make of the world a better place in which to live.

— From National Press Club address, March 8, 2000


I know that [Joseph Smith] was a prophet of God, that he spoke by the power of inspiration, that the Holy Ghost rested upon him and gave voice to that concerning which he had seen. He spoke with the Father and the Son as one man speaks with another. He looked upon Them and saw that They were beings in reality and personality, individuals who could speak and converse, and when he came out of that grove he came with a knowledge concerning Deity that had long since been lost. His was a knowledge that came from pure, untarnished revelation of God the Eternal Father.

— From rededication, Salt Lake Tenth Ward Building, Jan. 2, 2000

The Lord expects much

The Lord expects so very much of you members [of the Church]. He expects that you will live the gospel, that you will keep the commandments, that you will be men and women of honesty and integrity and faith, that you will live the Word of Wisdom. . . . The time to begin living the gospel is now. . . . Be Latter-day Saints. Bring honor to this Church. Show that you love it by following its teachings, and God will bless you.

— From member meeting, Bangkok, Thailand, June 13, 2000

True gospel of Jesus Christ

The true gospel of Jesus Christ never led to bigotry. It never led to self-righteousness. It never led to arrogance. The true gospel of Jesus Christ leads to brotherhood, to friendship, to appreciation of others, to respect and kindness and love.

— From devotional address, BYU Alumni, Sept. 12, 2000

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