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Messages of inspiration from President Hinckley

Excerpts from addresses given by President Gordon B. Hinckley.

Acknowledge the Lord

It is so very important that you do not let praise and adulation go to your head. Adulation is poison. You better never lose sight of the fact that the Lord put you where you are according to His design, which you don't understand. Acknowledge the Lord for whatever good you can accomplish and give Him the credit and the glory and [do] not worry about that coming to yourself. If you can do that, you'll get along all right and will go forward with a love for the people and a great respect for them and try to accomplish what your office demands of you.

— From Deseret News/Church News interview, Feb. 25, 2000

America

Do not lose faith in America. . . . I dare to say that this nation is the greatest stabilizing force in the world. It leads in military power. It leads in economic growth. It is not a perfect nation, but it is a great nation.

— From Weber State University commencement address, May 6, 1999

Be a good citizen wherever you live

Everywhere our people are they ought to be good citizens. That is one of our cardinal doctrines — good citizenship in the land in which we live. We ought to be contributors to the society of which we are a part.

— From Church News interview, Nov. 2, 1999

Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ

Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of the world. He who left His Father's throne on high and condescended to come to earth to be born in a manger among a hated people in a vassal state; and who became the Savior and Redeemer of the world, the great Healer, the great Teacher, the King and Leader; He who had been under His Father's direction, the Creator of the earth.

Believe in Him. Worship Him. Hold His name sacred. Never profane His holy name. You boys and girls who are here, everyone of you, do not profane the name of Deity, neither the Father nor the Son. Never let Their names cross your lips in profanity. Stay above that and look to Them in love and respect and great kindness.

— From Oahu, Hawaii, regional conference, Jan. 22, 2000

Bringing understanding to others

I think the great story of this Church ought to be a thing of interest to all the people of . . . this world. We have some very bold declarations to make, and they are meaningful. I think that people everywhere ought to have the opportunity of deciding within themselves whether what we say is true or false. It has to be one or the other — there is no gray area in between. That, to me, represents a challenge to do everything we can to bring some understanding to people wherever we can.

— From Deseret News/Church News interview, Feb. 25, 2000

Catastrophes across the world

I don't know the reason for many of the catastrophes [across the world] but I do know this, that the God of Heaven has imposed upon us as Christians the responsibility to look after those who become the victims of these terrible disasters . . . If we are followers of the Christ, we will follow Him in doing what He would have us do as His followers in our daily living.

— From East Mill Creek 12th Ward sacrament meeting, Dec. 26, 1999

Founding fathers

For as long as [the Founding Fathers of this nation] lived and led, they acknowledged the hand of the Almighty in the affairs of this republic. Our coinage and our currency carry the national motto. It simply says, "In God We Trust." I believe this is the foundation upon which this nation was established, an unequivocal trust in the power of the Almighty to guide and defend us.

— From Weber State University commencement address, May 6, 1999

Humility

Be humble. There is no place for arrogance in our lives. There is no place for conceit in our lives. There is no place for egotism in our lives. We have work to do. We have things to accomplish. . . . "Be thou humble and the Lord thy God shall lead thee by the hand, and give thee answer to thy prayers." (Doctrine and Covenants 112:10.) People ask me what is my favorite scripture, and I say I have many of them. But, that is one of them. "Be thou humble; and the Lord thy God shall lead thee by the hand, and give thee answer to thy prayers."

— From Spokane, Washington, youth and young single adults meeting, Aug. 22, 1999

Move forward

You are on the fast track of a great Church that's moving forward, and you've got to keep up with it. You've got to live up to it, to its teachings, and help it move forward. Your obligation in terms of your responsibility in this Church is as great as is my obligation in terms of my responsibility in moving this work forward.

— From Ensign/Rose Park, Utah, regional conference, Feb. 28, 1999

Teach your children to keep the faith

What a beautiful and magnificent thing it is to see humble and sweet and good people who keep the faith through thick and thin, through adversity and prosperity. . . . Teach your children the ways of the Lord and lead them that they may keep the faith. Isaiah said, "And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children. (Isaiah 54:13.) Have you ever seen children without peace, children addicted to drugs, children addicted to crime? There is no peace in their lives. There is only misery, and trouble, and failure, dismay, and death. The way of peace is the way of the Lord. "And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children." Bring up your children in the ways of truth and righteousness."

— From Oahu, Hawaii, regional conference, Jan. 23, 2000

Temple work

I plead with you, as one who loves you, to prepare yourselves to come to the House of the Lord. It is His house, but He will be most pleased if we will use it for the purposes for which it has been built.

— From Guayaquil, Ecuador, member meeting, July 31, 1999