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Messages of inspiration from President Hinckley

An holy nation

Each of us is now part of a great family of 11 million strong reaching across the world with one Lord, one faith, one baptism. An holy nation standing before the Lord, seeking to walk in obedience to His commandments.

— From member meeting, Maracaibo, Venezuela, Aug. 3, 1999

Be men and women of goodwill

I hope we can be increasingly recognized as men and women of goodwill who want to make of the world a better place for their presence. We need to work harder at this matter of a good relationship with all around us, regardless of their religious affiliation. Here we are surrounded by good people, whom we ought to respect and honor and love. We would hope that they might respect and honor and love us, as we reach out to them.

— From Deseret News interview, Feb. 25, 2000

Faith of the people

My greatest joy comes [from seeing] the faith of the people across the world. To see them, to feel of their hearts, to see that they are trying to do the right thing, trying to rear their children in righteousness, trying to walk in faith. When all is said and done, that is the greatest thing that this Church can accomplish and the source of greatest happiness.

— From Church News interview, Nov. 2, 1999

Greatest generation in Church
Greatest generation in the Church: "I have tremendous confidence in the (young) people of this Church. I love you. I believe in you. I have every confidence that you are going to do the right thing."
Greatest generation in the Church: "I have tremendous confidence in the (young) people of this Church. I love you. I believe in you. I have every confidence that you are going to do the right thing." Photo: Photo by Fran Van Bruggen

I have tremendous confidence in the [young] people of this Church. I love you. I believe in you. I have every confidence that you are going to do the right thing; that you are going to make a go of life; that you are going to make a contribution to society; that you are going to live the kind of lives that are productive and produce wonderful results. I have every reason to regard you as the greatest generation that we've ever had in this Church, notwithstanding all of the temptations which you face. I believe that you are the greatest generation we have ever had in this Church.

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

Prepare for the temple

My brothers and sisters, you who have not been to the house of God, I plead with you this morning with all the power that I have to begin today to repent of the past, to get your lives in order so that you may go there and bind to you those whom you love most and who are most dear to you. . . . Trust in the Lord and as His servant I feel to promise you that He will bless you. There will be opened to you the doors of the temple of the Lord, that you may go there and enjoy these rich and marvelous blessings, and that you will be bound together as a family of husband and wife, of parents and children, living together in love and respect one for another.

— From regional conference, Santiago, Chile, April 26, 1999

Remember the individual

We must look after the individual. Christ always spoke of individuals. He healed the sick, individually. He spoke in His parables of individuals. This Church is concerned with individuals, notwithstanding our numbers. Whether they be 6, or 10, or 12, or 50 million, we must never lose sight of the fact that the individual is the important thing.

— From Deseret News interview, Feb. 25, 2000

Serve with joy and gladness

Be faithful. Be true. Be loyal to the great cause of which you are a part. Do whatever you are asked to do, and do it with a glad heart. Do not worry about office or position in the Church. Simply do whatever your calling requires, and do it with joy and gladness.

— From BYU devotional, Nov. 30, 1999

What will Church do for men?

What will this Church do for a man? Every worthy man may hold the priesthood of God and speak in the name of God, even the Savior of the world. What a precious and marvelous and wonderful boon that is, my brethren, to be able so to do.

It offers the blessing of governance in the Church, the power and the authority and the gift to lead out in the affairs of the Church, and in so doing to develop leadership and strength of personality and rise above the ordinary things of life and walk as a Son of God in the authority of His divine priesthood. That is what this Church will do for men. It will give them opportunity to serve, to teach, to grow in many ways, to read the precious things the Lord has revealed and make them a part of His store of knowledge.

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

What will Church do for women?

What will this Church do for a woman? It will add dignity to her life. It will add purpose to her life. It will add an outlook to her life that will not come in any other way. She will become a member of the great Relief Society organization, an organization of women four million strong, with their own presidency, their own board, their courses of study, their great humanitarian work.

All of these things which become so important and beautiful and wonderful, and will add development to her life and give her a new outlook and a new purpose.

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