Messages of inspiration from President Hinckley

An absolute miracle

I have seen what I regard as a miracle as I have seen this great work move forward. . . . You may think it a very commonplace thing. I regard it as an absolute miracle, my brothers and sisters, this little stone which was cut out of the mountain without hands and which is destined to roll forth and fill the whole earth. We have only seen the beginning. . . . I am satisfied that this work will go on and touch the lives of millions upon millions of people across the world. And the God of Heaven, whose Church this is, will open the way to make all of that possible if you, and I, and the members of this Church wherever they may be, will do our part in assisting with that process. — From Salt Lake regional conference, May 5, 2002

Believe in the priesthood

Believe in the priesthood of God which has come again to the earth under the hands of those who held it anciently. The keys of that priesthood, when exercised in the temple of God, bind together a family, not only for this life, but for all eternity. — From member meeting, Moscow, Russia, Sept. 10, 2002

Great strength of the Church

What is the great strength of (this) Church? . . . It is the emphasis which we place on families. We live in a world where the family is falling apart. We put great emphasis on the family. Keep your families close together and love and honor your children. Raise them in truth and faith to love the Lord. — From member meeting, Reykjavik, Iceland, Sept. 11, 2002

I love humanity

I love my friends in this Church. I think I can say that I love humanity. I have been around the world time and again. I have been in nation after nation on every continent. It has been a long time that I have served. . . . I do not consider myself superior to anyone. I think I have a unique calling, but in furthering that calling, I hope I do not appear to be standoffish, above everybody else, or any thing of the kind. . . . I hope that I can consider my people as my friends, my brothers and my sisters, my equals before the Lord in carrying forth His program. — From meeting, Los Angeles World Affairs Council, June 12, 2002

Reach out to help others

Believe in your capacity to reach out to help others, to be a good neighbor, to be a good friend, to be a good companion, to be a good citizen of the nation, and live a life that contributes to the blessing and good of all mankind. — From member meeting, Moscow, Russia, Sept. 10, 2002

The blessing of tithing

I see what we are doing across the world with the construction of these temples these meetinghouses, and other facilities, because of the faith of our people. The great blessing we have in paying tithes — what a privilege it is. It is not a burden to pay tithing. The Lord has made a promise to you, a promise different from all other promises. He has promised through the prophet Malachi that He would open the windows of heaven and pour down upon you blessings that you would not have room enough to receive them.

I did not make that promise. The God of Heaven made that promise. He has the capacity to fulfill that promise. I can testify personally that He does fulfill that promise, that He keeps His word, that He will do what He says He will do. — From Park City Utah Stake conference, Oct. 27, 2002

The Restoration

The Father and the Son appeared to the boy Joseph and spoke with him. The curtains were parted after centuries of darkness to open a new dispensation, the dispensation of the fulness of times when all the previous dispensations should be gathered together in one. Then the coming of Moroni and the trip by the boy to (the Hill Cumorah) four years in a row, to test him, to impress upon him the great importance of that which was to come forth. The set of plates, engravings on sheets of gold which should bring to the world another witness of the divinity and the reality and the mission of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Joseph Smith learned more concerning the nature of God in the initial visit in the grove than all the learned divines arguing through all of the centuries. — From dedication, Hill Cumorah Visitors Center, July 1, 2002

Walk in the ways of the Lord

May faith grow in your hearts. May your love of the Lord strengthen. May your loyalty to the Church ever be strong and true, good and wonderful. May you walk in the ways of the Lord always. — From Provo Utah Edgemont North Stake conference, Sept. 22, 2002