Messages of inspiration from President Hinckley

A life of virtue

How beautiful. How absolutely beautiful is a young man, a young woman, who lives a life of virtue and righteousness before the Lord. God bless you, my dear young friends. May He have reason to smile upon you with favor and love and approval.— From member meeting, Jamaica, May 15, 2002

Believe in Jesus Christ

Believe in Jesus Christ. . . . He is the Son of God who came to earth, who left the royal courts on high, and came and dwelt among men, and gave His life for each of us, for you and for me. It is through Him that we approach the Father. Be not faithless, but believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior and the Redeemer of the world. — From member meeting, Moscow, Russia, Sept. 10, 2002

Couple missionaries

We now have altogether some 5,300 retired men and women serving in a meaningful missionary capacity for this Church throughout the world. The number is growing. They go where they are called. They serve where they are needed. Friendships are established; skills are shared; opportunities are opened for those who will never forget the men and women who have come among them in a spirit of entire unselfishness to teach and do good. They receive no money. They go at their own expense. The measure of their devotion is unlimited. The fruits of their efforts are beyond calculation. — From meeting, Los Angeles World Affairs Council, June 12, 2002

For time and all eternity

When Jesus was on the earth, He laid His hands upon His apostles and He said: "I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven" (Doctrine and Covenants 128:10).

That same authority has been restored by those who received it anciently: Peter, James and John. When a young couple kneels at the altar in the temple, that same authority is exercised in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the authority of the priesthood. Those who are so married are married for time and all eternity. That is the wonder of this Church. — From member meeting, Reykjavik Iceland, Sept. 11, 2002

Great humanitarian effort

The Church carries on a great humanitarian effort. We have extended aid to people of many nations who are not of our faith when trouble and distress, when floods and hurricanes, and things of that kind have hit them. That is part of the gospel of Jesus Christ to help those who are in distress and need. — From member meeting, Trinidad, May 20, 2002

Houses of the Lord

(The temples) are not built as architectural masterpieces to be admired. They are built as houses of the Lord to be used in accomplishing His work. And I make you a promise that every time you go to the temple, you will come out of that sacred structure a better man or woman than you were when you went there. — From regional conference, Salt Lake City, May 5, 2002

Power and capacity in this Church

I love the Latter-day Saints. I love those who walk in faith, who live the gospel and seek to do the will of the Lord. We can do anything. We have the power and the capacity in this Church to accomplish anything to which we set our hearts and minds. . . .

There is no other organization in the world of men (and women) of such strength and power. — From member meeting, Philadelphia Pa., Oct. 25, 2002

Relief Society

There is no greater organization for women on earth than the Relief Society. . . . You sisters belong to the greatest women's organization in the world. . . . Go forward as women, daughters of God, walking in faith, dispensing charity, doing good as a part of the great Relief Society organization of the Church. — From member meeting, Philadelphia, Pa., Oct. 25, 2002

The goodness of your lives

Thank you for all the good that you do, for the goodness of your lives, for your love for the Lord, for the service which you give, for the responsibilities which you carry. . . .

I promise you that it will not be a sacrifice. It is never a sacrifice when you get back more than you give. It becomes an investment and that is what is happening as you serve. You grow in capacity and strength. You become a better man or a better woman. You become a better neighbor. You become a better friend. You become a better citizen of the nation in which you live. — From member meeting, Kiev, Ukraine, Sept. 9, 2002

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