Messages of inspiration from President Hinckley

Be good neighbors

I hope you are good neighbors. I hope you are tolerant and kind and decent people, not self-righteous, not arrogant, but out-reaching to help others and to help those in distress, particularly.

— From member meeting, Philadelphia, Pa., Oct. 25, 2002

Do the best you can

The women of this Church carry a tremendous responsibility. . . . I know sometimes you feel that you are just overloaded with responsibilities, that it is more than you can carry. Do the best that you can. That's all we ask of you. Do the best that you can. The Lord doesn't expect you to do more than that. Just do the very best you can. . . . Live worthy of your great and sacred calling[s]. . . . Be good mothers, be good wives, be gracious and kind, be good neighbors, be helpful to those in distress, as becomes the daughters of God who belong to this Church of His.

— From conference, American Fork Region, Aug. 25, 2002

Magnify your callings

This great organization was put together by the Lord for a purpose, to bless our lives and to help us. . . . Rejoice in your opportunity to serve. Think of what that service does for you. . . . Believe in the capacity which the God of heaven has given you to do great and good and worthwhile things. . . . Somehow the Lord makes it possible for His simple, ordinary children to do and accomplish miraculous and wonderful things.

— From conference, American Fork Region, Aug. 25, 2002

How precious is this priesthood

How precious is this priesthood. How we ought to nurture it. How we ought to cultivate it. How we ought to live up to it as sons of God upon whom He has bestowed this precious and wonderful and marvelous priesthood. . . .

We are sons of God upon whom He has placed a great and wonderful and marvelous power and authority. What a joy it is to go across the world and see good men everywhere whose lives have been touched with the bestowal of the holy priesthood; men who honor their calling as husbands; men who honor their calling as fathers; men who have the capacity and the authority and the opportunity to bless their wives, to bless their sons, to bless their daughters, to stand at the head of their households as men of righteousness, walking in faith before the Lord. What a marvelous and wonderful thing.

— From member meeting, Philadelphia Pa., Oct. 25, 2002

Pioneer sacrifice

I [have] thought much of the cost of that which we have today. That cost cannot be reckoned in dollars, but it is spelled out in terrible sacrifice, in hunger and cold, in sweat and tears, in desperation and quiet death.

— From Pioneer Days Commemoration Fireside, July 21, 2002

Reach out to those not of our faith

There is nothing I could wish for more . . . than that this Church might reach out to those who are not of this faith with the desire to invite them to come and participate and partake with us of the wonderful blessings of the gospel.

— From member meeting, Jamaica, May 15, 2002

Speak in the name of the Lord BR>

Your responsibility [as missionaries] is to speak in the name of the Lord. . . . You are His representatives. The mantle of His power rests upon you. . . . You carry something that is almost beyond you and yet it isn't beyond you because that power and authority has been bestowed upon you.

 Vivian Ziegner and Alena Konietz of the Dortmund Germany Stake.
Vivian Ziegner and Alena Konietz of the Dortmund Germany Stake.

Don't you ever forget. And in your missionary service you are going forth in the name of the Lord "lifting up your voices as with the sound of a trump, declaring my word like unto angels of God" (Doctrine and Covenants 42:6).

—From missionary meeting, Philadelphia, Pa., Oct. 25, 2002

Young Women organization

You young women who are here, you belong to the Young Women organization of this Church. Thousands upon tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of you young women who turn their backs on the world, as it were, who walk in faith, who know the decent and right thing to do, who know how to dress, who know how to act, who know how to stand up, who know how to study the things of the Lord. . . .

If there is any girl here who is slipping in the other direction, I want you to get on your knees and talk with the Lord about it. Turn your life around and get where you ought to be, doing what you ought to do.

— From conference, Park City Utah Stake, Oct. 27, 2002