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Messages of inspiration from President Hinckley

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America

I love America for its great constitutional strength, for the dedication of its people to the peace and the prosperity of the entire earth. I love America for the tremendous genius of its scientists, its laboratories, its universities, . . . its researchers, and the tens of thousands of facilities devoted to the improvement of human health and comfort, to the extension of life, to better communication and transportation. Its great throbbing and thriving industries have blessed the entire world. The standard of living of its people has been the envy of the entire earth. Its farmlands have yielded an abundance undreamed of by most people of the earth. The entrepreneurial environment in which has grown its industry has been the envy of and model for many other nations.

I love America for its great spiritual strength. It is a land of churches and synagogues, of pulpits and altars, of temples and tabernacles.

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

Believe in yourselves

Believe in yourselves. Believe in your capacity to do great and good and worthwhile things. Believe in the nature within you, the divine nature, that you are in very deed a son or daughter of the Living God. There is something of divinity within you, something that stands high and tall and noble. Get above the dirt and the filth of the earth and walk on a higher plane with your heads up, believing in yourselves and in your capacity to act for good in the world and make a difference.

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

Expectations of Latter-day Saints

We expect our people to live to a very high and sacred standard and when you expect people to do things, they do them. . . . They do what is expected of them in a remarkable and wonderful way. Some fall by the wayside, that is true. But the great majority go on and build their faith and do what is expected of them as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. . . .

We expect them to live clean, moral lives. . . .

This Church expects that we will be faithful and true and obedient and do what is required of us. And if we do so, the Lord will bless us.

— From member meeting, Jerusalem Center, March 21, 1999

Live and love the gospel

Let us live the gospel. Let it shine in our lives. Let it shine on our faces. Let it come through our actions. Let us rear our children with a love for the Lord.

You, fathers and mothers, make sure that [your children] grow up as Latter-day Saints, with a love for the Church and a love for the gospel, and with faith in the Lord. I hope every man and woman, every boy and girl, who is here today will go home with a resolution to be a better Latter-day Saint; to carry a love for the Lord in their hearts and share it at every opportunity that they have.

— From member meeting, Jakarta, Indonesia, Jan. 28, 2000

Missionary work

Let there develop in every stake of the Church an awareness of the opportunity to find those who will listen to the gospel message. In this process we need not be offensive. We need not be arrogant. The most effective tract we will carry will be the goodness of our own lives. And as we engage in this service, our lives will improve for we shall be alert to see that we do not do or say anything which might impede the progress of those we are trying to lead toward the truth.

— From missionary satellite broadcast, "Find the Lambs, Feed the Sheep," Feb. 21, 1999

Priesthood of God

In this Church every worthy man may hold the priesthood of God. Every worthy man may speak in the name of God, the Lord, even the Savior of the world. Every man may serve in the governance of the Church. Every man may place his hands upon the heads of his wife and children and bless them. What a marvelous thing it is. What a great thing we have to offer the world.

— From member meeting, Singapore, Jan. 30, 2000

The Lord's law of finance

The law of tithing is the Lord's law of finance. It is tithing that keeps this Church moving, and that represents the faith of the people, their willingness, their desire to consecrate of their means to build this kingdom in the earth. They were faithful in the past, and they are faithful today, and I have every confidence that they will be faithful in the future. If we hold to that revealed principle of the law of tithing, with its associated law of the fast offering, we'll be all right, and we'll be able to take care of our needs.

— From Deseret News interview, Feb. 25, 2000

Tolerance and peace

We are taught as members of this Church to be tolerant, to bring about good results, not to give in on our doctrine, not to give in on our standards, but to be tolerant in a way that will move forward the cause of peace and righteousness and goodness in the earth. May the Lord bless us so to do and may each of us have happiness in our hearts, and that peace which we can have even in the midst of conflict which comes of a testimony and witness of the truth of this work.

— From member meeting, BYU Jerusalem Center, March 21, 1999