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Messages of inspiration from President Hinckley

BOOK OF MORMON

Think of [this] tremendous book of 522 pages, which is being read across the world. More than three million copies distributed last year alone of this marvelous record. No one, I am satisfied, can prayerfully read the Book of Mormon without coming to a knowledge that it is what it purports to be, and that is another witness of the Lord Jesus Christ speaking out of the dust to those of this generation concerning the Redeemer of the world. - From Ricks College Regional Conference, Rexburg, Idaho, Oct. 29, 1995.

What a wonderful thing it is to become acquainted with the word of God, to study, to read the Bible, and this associated volume, this added witness of the divinity of the Lord which bears the title, Book of Mormon. Just as the Bible is the testament of the old world, the Book of Mormon is the testament of the new world. It is another witness, a second voice saying God our Eternal Father lives and Jesus is the Christ, the living Son of the Living God. - Utah Salt Lake City Missionary Meeting, Dec. 18, 1995.

CHILDREN

I hope you keep nurturing and loving your children, leading them in light and truth. They are the most precious things you have in all the world. Among all the assets you possess nothing is so precious as your children. You will grow old, even as I have grown old, and when you look around you will see the greatest thing to have is the love, confidence, and respect of your children. Said the Lord to Isaiah, "All thy children [shall be] taught of the Lord," and then He made the promise "and great [shall be] the peace of thy children." (Isa. 54:13). - Magna Utah South Stake Conference, Oct. 22, 1995.

CHURCH CALLINGS

Whether it be teaching a class, whether it be serving as a home teacher, whether it be serving as a Church officer, whether it be working as a missionary, serving in the temple or any such thing, it deserves our best effort. There is nothing unimportant about any call in this Church. Every call is important. When we all do our duty working together, the whole Church moves forward in an orderly and wonderful fashion. - Church News interview with Mike Cannon, in Dublin, Ireland, Sept. 1, 1995.

DEATH

What a wonderful thing is death, really, when all is said and done. It is the great reliever. It is a majestic, quiet passing on from this life to another life, a better life, I'm satisfied of that. We go to a place where we will not suffer as we have suffered here, but where we will continue to grow, accumulating knowledge and developing and being useful under the plan of the Almighty made possible through the atonement of the Son of God. - Funeral for Robert G. Wade, Jan. 3, 1996.

FAITHFULNESS

Do we have frailties? Yes, of course we do. Do we have members of the Church who are not what they ought to be? Of course we do. Some of them may be your neighbors. You might have one for a roommate. Do not condemn the Church for that. Rather, you say to yourself, "My membership in this Church is worth more than all of the evil that people can do to me," if that is what it takes. You be faithful, be true. - Ricks College Regional Conference, Oct. 29, 1995.

HAPPINESS

It is very important to be happy in this work. We have a lot of gloomy people in the Church because they do not understand, I guess, that this is the gospel of happiness. It is something to be happy about, to get excited about. - Temple Recorders Seminar, Oct. 23, 1995.

HONESTY

Simple honesty is so remarkable a quality. It is of the very essence of integrity. It demands that we be straightforward, unequivocal, in walking the straight and narrow line of what is right and true. It is so easy to cheat. At times it is so enticing to do so. Better a poor grade than a dishonest act. - BYU Devotional, Oct. 17, 1995.

HUMOR

We need to have a little humor in our lives. We better take seriously that which should be taken seriously, but at the same time we can bring in a touch of humor now and again. If the time ever comes when we can't smile at ourselves, it will be a sad time. - Church News interview with Mike Cannon, in Dublin, Ireland, Sept. 1, 1995.

MISSIONARY SERVICE

I hope every young man has in his heart the desire to go and teach the gospel to the people of the world wherever he may be called to go; that he will be making preparation for that time now, saving money, and learning the principles of the gospel that he will need to know before he can communicate them to others. If anyone has any doubt concerning the divinity of this work, he need only look at the miracle of what is happening. - Promontory Branch, Tremonton Utah South Stake, sacrament meeting, Oct. 15, 1995.

PORNOGRAPHY

Recognize pornography for what it is - a vicious brew of slime and sleaze, the partaking of which only leads to misery, degradation and regret. The Church expects you who have taken upon yourselves the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to walk in the sunlight of virtue and enjoy the strength, the freedom, the lift that comes from so doing. - BYU Devotional, Oct. l7, 1995.

SACRAMENT

As we partake of the sacrament we all stand on a level plain before the Lord. Each is accountable for what he does as he renews his covenants with the Lord in that magnificent and beautiful and simple ordinance of the gospel which carries with it such tremendous meaning. I am grateful for this opportunity. - Eagle Gate 7th Ward, Salt Lake Eagle Gate Stake, sacrament meeting, Sept. 17, 1995.

YOUNG WOMEN

I want to say to young women here today, do not ever have any inferiority complex about your place in this world in which you live. You are a daughter of God, and I am satisfied that our Father in Heaven loves His daughters as much as He loves His sons. You hold up your heads and stand tall and walk in righteousness and faith and virtue and truth and do not let anybody put you down or sell you short. You are daughters of God. Live worthy of your divine inheritance, my beloved young women. You are not inferior in any sense. Under the gospel plan you are daughters of God. Each of us has our place in the great divine plan and we ought to magnify the calling and the field and the assignment and the qualities of good which we have within us. - Ricks College Regional Conference, Oct. 29, 1995.

YOUNG MEN

You young men who hold the priesthood, "be not faithless, but believing" in the tremendous thing that you have. This is no small or unimportant thing. This is not a gift that can simply be received and then put on a shelf. It is something to be lived for, to be nurtured, to be taken care of, to be expanded for good in its influence and power. You cannot do a mean or demeaning thing without discounting the strength and value and power of that priesthood. Keep yourselves, both young men and young women, on the highest plane of morality. You will be grateful if you do. - Ricks College Regional Conference, Oct. 29, 1995.