Messages of inspiration from President Hinckley

Be good parents

[The Lord] expects us to be good parents, fathers and mothers, husbands and wives. He expects husbands to treat their wives with deference and respect. He expects wives to treat their husbands with kindness and helpfulness. He expects us to be good parents to our children.

 "No one could have asked for greater unity than we have today in the Church among the General Authorities."
“No one could have asked for greater unity than we have today in the Church among the General Authorities.”

We have the great concept that everyone of us is a child of God. We sing about it. We teach it. We believe it, but sometimes we don't act as if we did. . . . Let us look to our children with love. They are our Father's children and ours is a custodial relationship to them for their lives.

— From member meeting, Guam, Jan. 31, 2000


Every new convert needs three things:

One. A friend in the Church to whom he can constantly turn, who will walk beside him, who will answer his questions, who will understand his problems.

Two. An assignment. Activity is the genius of this Church. It is the process by which we grow.

Thirdly, every convert must be "nourished by the good word of God" (Moroni 6:4). It is imperative that he or she become affiliated with a priesthood quorum, or the Relief Society, the Young Women, the Young Men, the Sunday School, or the Primary. He or she must be encouraged to come to sacrament meeting to partake of the sacrament, to renew the covenants made at the time of baptism.

— From missionary satellite broadcast, "Find the Lambs, Feed the Sheep," Feb. 21, 1999

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

Stand a little taller

Stand a little taller and work a little harder and value a little greater the marvelous blessing which you have as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That membership will bring with it a strong and moving testimony of the divinity of the Son of God, the Savior of the world, the Lord Jesus Christ.

You and I are sons and daughters of God, with something of divinity within us. Let us stand tall, my brothers and sisters. Let us live the gospel. Let us be busy in the Church. Let us learn of its doctrine. Let us feed upon its teachings. Let us grow in faith and faithfulness before the world.

— From member meeting, Cairns, Australia, Jan. 26, 2000

Temple worthiness

Get a temple recommend and never, never as long as you live think anything, say anything, do anything which would make you ineligible for that temple recommend. And if you will live up to all the requirements of a temple recommend, you may be sure that you are living the gospel and doing what the Lord expects of you.

— From member meeting, BYU Jerusalem Center, March 21, 1999

Unity among the Brethren

I want to sing a song of praise concerning my counselors, the Quorum of the Twelve, and the other General Authorities. We are all united, and we all work with the same purpose. We work together, we communicate together, talk together, pray together, and I think that shows in some of the things that are being accomplished.

— From Deseret News interview, Feb. 25, 2000

What does the Lord expect?

What does the Lord expect of us as Latter-day Saints? I think He expects us to be Latter-day Saints in the truest meaning of that word. He expects us to take upon us His holy name and to act in His cause and to live as He would have His sons and daughters live.

He expects that we will be good people, clean and decent, and rise above the sins of the world, and stand tall and strong, and live the gospel in its fulness. He expects us to conduct ourselves in such a way as to bring honor and respect to this His great cause and kingdom. He expects us to live the gospel as those who have taken upon themselves a great and solemn and wonderful covenant. That's what He expects of us.

— From member meeting, Guam, Jan. 31, 2000