Messages of inspiration from President Hinckley


Did you ever think of yourself as peculiar? Well, you are. You are peculiar. You look peculiar. You are all cleaned up. You are all dressed up. You look wonderful. You don't smoke. You don't drink. You don't pander in pornography. You don't get involved in immorality. You don't cheat your neighbors. You don't cheat your families. You are sons and daughters of God with a royal birthright. You are a peculiar people, that you might show the praises of Him who hath led you out of darkness into His marvellous light. — From Atlanta, Ga., regional conference, first general session, May 17, 1998


Brethren, let us, each of us, watch ourselves. Whenever we have within us a little temper, go outside, breathe some fresh air, and come in with a smile and throw your arms around your wife and tell her you love her. Look to your children and let them know that you love them. Live with them kindly and graciously, as Latter-day Saints should do. — From Salt Lake Holladay regional conference, priesthood leadership meeting, Feb. 7, 1998


We get on our knees and we ask the Lord to help us live in obedience to His commandments. We get on our feet and resolve to be better people than we were when we knelt down. Our beliefs will govern our actions. God help us to be those who are not faithless, but believing! — From Burlington, Vt., member meeting, Oct. 14, 1998


The great overriding, transcendent principle on which this gospel stands is a knowledge of God, the Eternal Father, and His risen Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, who said "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." (John 17:3.) — From Baltimore, Md., member meeting, Nov. 15, 1998


Get all the education you can. Education unlocks the door of opportunity for you and helps you to achieve in life something good and wonderful and worthwhile. Don't destroy your chances. Don't destroy your opportunities. Watch the little decisions in life that make the tremendous difference. — From Schenectady, N.Y., member meeting, Oct. 17, 1998


The family is a creation of God. It is the basic unit of society. All else depends on it. If the family falls apart, the nation falls apart. There isn't the slightest question in my mind concerning that. The Church holds great expectations concerning you in your family relationships. — From Columbus, Ohio, member meeting, April 25, 1998


Let us nurture our children concerning Him whom we call the Lord Jesus Christ. Let us teach our children the grand saving principles of the gospel. Let us teach them to prepare themselves to go on missions, the young men particularly. Let us teach our children to observe the Word of Wisdom. Read to your children from the scriptures. They will not understand all that you read, but they will have a feeling in their hearts of something good and true and precious. — From Pago Pago, American Samoa, member meeting, Oct. 13, 1997


This world which gropes for the light of faith in the darkness of doubt needs the testimony of the Prophet Joseph. For us, who share that testimony, there can never be any doubt concerning the place of our Redeemer in the great and majestic plan which God our Eternal Father has for His sons and daughters of all generations. — From First Presidency's Christmas devotional, Dec. 6, 1998


We are a respected people, and if we live the gospel, if we keep the commandments, if we do what we ought to do as Latter-day Saints, we will be increasingly respected by those of the world who see the world going in another direction. And somehow, we'll find the pure in heart and go on and grow and strengthen until this cause fills the earth. . . . This work is true, and it appeals to people who have in their hearts a love for truth. They recognize it when they hear it, they accept it, and it changes their lives, if we give them the right kind of encouragement to change their lives. — From Salt Lake Holladay regional conference, priesthood leadership meeting, Feb. 7, 1998


May I remind you never to set aside the Church in your quest for success and wealth. Serve faithfully and well. Whether in the temporal sphere or the spiritual, the cause will be strengthened by what you do. And in that very process will come to you growth, faith, satisfaction, and an enlarged opportunity for prosperity. — From BYU Marriott School of Management International Executive of the Year dinner, Nov. 6, 1998


I want to encourage you my dear, young friends, to be faithful and be true, to hold to the iron rod, to learn to say no to those who would entice you to do the wrong thing, to stay away from pornography. It will destroy you if you indulge in it. Stay away from drugs. They will destroy you if you indulge in them. Walk uprightly. Go to seminary to learn of all the good things of the gospel. The gospel is the way to peace and happiness for the sons and daughters of God. Our Father wants us to be happy. He doesn't want us to be miserable. He wants us to be happy and we are happy when we follow the commandments. — From Schenectady, N.Y., member meeting, Oct. 17, 1998