Messages of inspiration from President Hinckley

Live all of the gospel

Our Father in Heaven does not expect us to be only one half Latter-day Saints. He does not expect us to just live part of the gospel. He expects us to live all of the gospel — give your hearts to His work and His cause and His kingdom. So, please, that is my great plea to you today — qualify yourselves to come to the temple. — From Aba, Nigeria, member meeting, Aug. 6, 2005

Love for the saints

God bless you my dearly beloved associates in this great work. How I love you. How my heart beats about you. May Heaven smile upon you. You dear, wonderful, faithful saints. You young people, may you grow up in the faith with a love for the Lord. May you older folks reflect upon the past with appreciation and thanksgiving and gratitude. — From St. George Utah West Stake Conference, Feb. 27, 2005

Promise of the Book of Mormon

There came into being through the Book of Mormon . . . another witness for the living Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible had stood alone for centuries. Now there was a second witness. This is the only book ever published, of which I know, that carries in it a promise that one who reads it prayerfully and asks concerning it will have revealed to him by the power of the Holy Ghost a knowledge that it is true. — From Apia, Samoa, member meeting, Sept. 3, 2005

Reach out to youth

We have never had a better generation of youth than we have in the Church today. I am satisfied of that. They are better schooled. They are better trained. They know the scriptures better. They are just wonderful young people, but unfortunately, too many are falling through the cracks. . . .

Reach down to this coming generation and love them and reach out to them and help them and give them encouragement. — From leadership training meeting, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Jan. 18, 2003

Stand as a witness

I think tonight of the great occasion when Paul describes his experience on the road to Damascus. He saw a light from heaven and heard a voice speaking unto him. And he fell to the ground and said, "Who art thou, Lord?"

And Jesus said, "Rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee . . . to make thee a minister and a witness. . . .

"To open their eyes and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God" (Acts 26:15-16, 18).

Now, I believe that same injunction (mandate) given by the Lord to Paul applies to each of us. "Rise," He says, "and stand upon (your) feet: for I have appeared unto thee . . . to make thee a minister and a witness."

Each of you has the responsibility of standing as a witness of the everlasting truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Your responsibility is to open the eyes of others and "to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God." — From Nairobi, Kenya, member meeting, Aug. 4, 2005

The blessings of the Atonement

His (Christ's) Atonement is the greatest event in human history. There is nothing to compare with it. It is the most fundamental part of our Father's plan for the happiness of His children. Without it mortal life would be a dead-end existence with neither hope nor future. The gift of our divine Redeemer brings an entirely new dimension to our lives. Because of our Savior's sacrifice, instead of dismal oblivion, death becomes only a passage to a more glorious realm. The resurrection becomes a reality for all. Eternal life becomes available to those who walk in obedience to His commandments. — From Australia Stake Conference Satellite Broadcast, Feb. 12, 2005

The power of the priesthood

The ancient priesthood has come again to the earth, brought back by those who held it when our Lord walked the earth, and it is available to men and boys of this generation, all who live worthy of it. This precious priesthood, bestowed upon Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery, brings incomparable heavenly blessings. Even boys who are ordained to the lesser priesthood are promised the ministering of angels. — From Australia Stake Conference Satellite Broadcast, Feb. 12, 2005

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