Messages of inspiration from President Hinckley

Believe in Joseph's mission

Believe in the divine mission of the Prophet Joseph Smith. I have not the slightest doubt that when Joseph Smith went into the woods of his father's farm and prayed (vocally) for the first time in his life, that God, the Father, and the risen Lord appeared before him and spoke to him and counseled him and outlined before him the great destiny of this marvelous work. We sing, "We thank thee, O God, for a prophet to guide us in these latter days" (Hymn No. 19). I don't think of myself when we sing that song. I think of the Prophet Joseph Smith, the great Prophet of this dispensation, the instrument in the hands of the Almighty, in bringing to pass this marvelous work which is spreading across the earth." — From member meeting, Baltimore, Md., Nov. 15, 1998

Convert retention

I plead with you . . . that you will put your arms around those who come into the Church and be friends to them and make them feel welcome and comfort them and we will see wonderful results. The Lord will bless you to aid in this great process of retention of converts. . . . Will you please accept that challenge to warm up and be friendly to every man, woman, and child who is baptized into the Church. It all depends on you. — From member meeting Maracaibo, Venezuela, Aug. 3, 1999

Gain an education

You are moving into the most competitive world this world has ever seen. All around you is competition. You need all the education you can get. The world will in large measure pay you what it thinks you are worth, and your worth will increase as you gain education and proficiency in your chosen field. . . . The Lord wants you to educate your mind and your heart. Your parents want you to educate your mind and your heart. Become a workman, I don't care about the field you choose, but become a workman of integrity in the world that lies ahead of you. — From meeting, Spokane, Wash., youth and young single adults, Aug. 22, 1999

Grateful 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, Utah, regional conference, May 21, 2000

Great season of the Church

We speak of this great age in which we live, in this the dispensation of the fullness of times when we have available to us all of the blessings of all previous dispensations when the God of heaven has spoken and His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. When the curtains have been parted on a new and most glorious time in the history of the world. How blessed we are. How fortunate we are. How wonderful to be living at this great season in history. — From Woods Cross, Utah, regional conference, Jan. 11, 1998

Let us be Latter-day Saints

Let us live the gospel, my brothers and sisters. Let us as husbands treat our wives with respect and honor and dignity. Let us as wives treat our husbands with love and concern and helpfulness. Let us as parents, as fathers and mothers, treat our children who are sons and daughters of God with respect and love and helpfulness. And let us as children be obedient to our parents, following their counsel and seeking to walk after the ways which they point out to us.

Let us be faithful in the payment of our tithes and offerings. The Lord has promised that those who pay their tithes shall not be burned. . . .

Let us be more neighborly. Let us be kind. Let us be gracious to those in our midst who are not of our faith. Let us be helpful and generous and good. Let us be Latter-day Saints in the full and complete meaning of that word. — From Payson Utah Regional Conference, Sept. 16, 2001

You can be a missionary

Every one of you can be a missionary. Every one of you can befriend somebody, lead him to the Church, stay with him, help him, be a friend to him, as he grows in faith and faithfulness as a member of this Church. . . . There is nothing that will bring you greater satisfaction. — From conference, Washington Utah Buena Vista Stake, Jan. 20, 2002

Pioneer sacrifices

There is no story of greater sacrifice in the history of this nation than the overall story of the handcart pioneers. I think none of us can really imagine for a moment that which they endured. . . . There is no tale more gripping, with heroism and faith and forward-looking and confidence, than the story of these pioneers who from 1856 to 1860, some 3,000 of them, made their way to this valley, — From dedication, "Journey's End" monument, July 24, 1999


There are so very many people who no longer pray. . . . You pray night, and you pray morning. You pray about your lives. You pray about your families. You pray about your hopes and your dreams. You remember the poor and the sick and the needy. And you try to help those who are in distress. Thank you for your prayers. — From member meeting, Philadelphia Pa., Oct. 25, 2002

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, March 8, 2000

Youth as a beacon on a hill

You are as a beacon on a hill — young people of rectitude and virtue and decency and goodness. Remain that way. Do not destroy your affections. Do not become involved in any kind of behavior which would destroy you, injure you, hurt you, debilitate you in any way whatever. You don't have to do those things. You can stand above them. You must stand above them! The world will look to you as the years pass, of that I have no doubt whatever. For, if it continues to go in the direction in which it is going, the disparity between the world and this Church will grow and lengthen and we will become more and more of a peculiar people. — From dedication, Gordon B. Hinckley Building, BYU—Idaho, Oct. 22, 2002

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