Messages of inspiration from President Hinckley

Be not afraid, only believe

Believe in God our Eternal Father, He who is greatest of all, who stands ever ready to help us and who has the power to do so. Believe in Jesus Christ, the Savior and the Redeemer of mankind, the worker of miracles, the greatest who ever walked the earth, the intercessor with our Father. Believe in the power of the Holy Ghost to lead, to inspire, to comfort, to protect. Believe in the Prophet Joseph, as an instrument in the hands of the Almighty in ushering in this the dispensation of the fulness of times.

Believe in the sacred word of God, the Holy Bible, with its treasury of inspiration and sacred truth; in the Book of Mormon as a testimony of the living Christ. Believe in the Church as the organization which the God of Heaven established for the blessing of His sons and daughters of all generations of time.

Believe in yourselves as sons and daughters of God, men and women with unlimited potential to do good in the world. Believe in personal virtue. There is no substitute for it anywhere under the heavens. Believe in your power to discipline yourselves against the evils which could destroy you. Believe in one another as the greatest generation ever yet to live upon the earth. — From satellite broadcast, CES Fireside, Sept. 9, 2001

Convert retention

We have such an obligation to those who are baptized into the Church. We cannot neglect them. We cannot leave them to stand alone. They need help as they become accustomed to the ways and culture of this Church. And it is our great blessing and opportunity to afford that help.... A warm smile, a friendly handshake, an encouraging word will do wonders. — From regional conference Ensign/Rose Park Utah, Feb. 28, 1999

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, March 8, 2000

Missionary work

You go out as an ambassador of the Lord Jesus Christ with full powers, plenary powers, if you will, to represent Him before the world and the fact is that on your narrow shoulders rests the name and the message and the reputation of this Church.... Be happy in this work.... Wear on your countenance the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The good news which He came into the world to communicate to the world. Be happy about it.... There is no greater message in all the world than this of which you bear testimony. — From 1999 New Mission Presidents Seminar, June 25, 1999


Keep yourselves clean from the dark and disappointing evil of sexual transgression. Walk in the sunlight of that peace which comes from virtue.

Please know that there are thousands, even millions of youth, who refrain from these kinds of dangerous, deceptive, addictive activities. Many come from homes where religion is practiced and a code of ethics and morality is observed. Many youth have never had a drink or experimented with drugs or participated in premarital sexual activities.

I congratulate those of you who fall into this category for maintaining your self-control and regarding yourself with enough respect to not follow the crowd. I congratulate you on your strength and on standing by your convictions. You are not alone. You are simply being wise and doing what is right and smart and clean. — From New Year's Eve Fireside for Youth, Dec. 31, 2006

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