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Messages of inspiration from President Hinckley

Accept my testimony

I know that Joseph Smith was truly a prophet of God, that the Book of Mormon is true, that the priesthood is upon the earth, and this is the work of God. Please accept my testimony, which I add to your testimonies . . . If you will walk in faith, God will bless you that there will be food upon your tables, and clothing on your backs, and a shelter over your head, and you shall know peace, and your children shall know peace. I do not know of a greater blessing than this.

From member meeting, Kiev, Ukraine, Sept. 9, 2002

Be loyal to your country

Be loyal to your country. Build it up. Strengthen it. Be good citizens. Be honest and upright and forward-looking people, and pray for the nation of which you are a part, and [for] its leaders that they may lead the people of the nation in righteousness.

From member meeting, Jamaica, May 15, 2002

Criticism

Criticism, fault-finding, evil speaking — these are of the spirit of the day. . . .

Turn from the negativism that so permeates our modern society and look for the remarkable good among those with whom you associate, that we speak of one another's virtues more than we speak of one another's faults, that optimism replace pessimism, that our faith exceed our fears. When I was a young man and was prone to speak critically my wise father would say: "Cynics do not contribute, skeptics do not create, doubters do not achieve."

From satellite broadcast, CES Fireside, Sept. 9, 2001

Go forward in faith

Let us go forward in faith with a smile on our faces and a song in our hearts and seek to do the will of the Lord and build the kingdom. . . .

When you get as old as I am, if you make it, you will look back and say, "I did my part. I did my part willingly with love in my heart for the Lord and His work. I have been a part in building the Church and kingdom of God."

If you do that, if you can do that, you can lie down when it is all over and trust that God will reach out and say, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant . . . enter thou into the joy of thy Lord" (Matthew 25:21).

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

Holy temples

We believe that the gospel of Jesus Christ is not complete without what occurs in the temples. Everything that will occur in the temple is concerned with the things of eternity. These are houses in which ordinances are performed that reach beyond the veil of death. . . . We believe that the family is an eternal unit, father, mother, children; and that same relationship which exists here will exist in the life beyond. That is the basic purpose of these sacred temples for ordinances which are eternal and everlasting in behalf of those who accept them.

From interview, Campinas, Brazil, May 16, 2002

Tolerance

We are all sons and daughters of God. We state in our Articles of Faith that "We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may" (Articles of Faith 1:11). . . .

We must not be clannish. We must never adopt a holier-than-thou attitude. We must not be self-righteous. We must be magnanimous, and open, and friendly. We can keep our faith. We can practice our religion. We can cherish our method of worship without being offensive to others. I take this occasion to plead for a spirit of tolerance and neighborliness, of friendship and love toward those of other faiths.

From Pioneer Day Commemoration Concert, July 22, 2001

We are all sons and daughters of God

I hope that we will be supportive and helpful to our neighbors whatever their religious background might be. Whether it be Muslim, whether it be Buddhist, whether it be Christian, whatever.

We are all sons and daughters of God. We've got to learn to live together in this world and respect and honor and help one another.

From Interview, NHK-TV, Japan, Oct. 30, 2001

What do we do for women?

People ask me what we do for women in this Church, as if to say that they are held in some kind of inferior position. I tell them of the Relief Society, which is found wherever the Church is organized. . . . Wherever we go, we see strong and able women leaders. They are women of capacity and they are women of tremendous faith.

From meeting, Salt Lake Parleys Stake Relief Society, March 20, 2002

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