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Messages of inspiration from President Hinckley

Obligation and opportunity

I have now dedicated many temples, scores and scores of them in many lands, and on every occasion I have reminded the people of the tremendous obligation and the marvelous opportunity afforded them to work in their own behalf and in behalf of those who have gone beyond. — From meeting, Salt Lake Parleys Stake Relief Society, March 20, 2002

Bless you

May the Lord reward you for all that you do in righteousness, for your prayers, for your willingness to walk in His paths, for your faithful payment of tithes and offerings, for your desire to go to His Holy House and to be His faithful sons and daughters. — From regional conference, Oahu, Hawaii, Jan. 22, 2000

Church expects something of people

This Church expects something of people. It has high standards. It has strong doctrine. It expects great service from people. They don't just idly go along. We expect them to do things. People respond to that. They welcome the opportunity to be of service and as they do so, they grow in their capacity, in their understanding, and in their qualifications to do things and do them well. — From interview, ORF—Austrian TV, Nov. 6, 2001

Divorce

I very much regret that divorce is so rampant in the land. I think it is indicative of the breaking up of the family. I think it is a very sorrowful thing to witness that we have so much divorce, which comes of a disrespect on the part of men and women and a lack of appreciation and an unwillingness to give and take a little here and there. If every man would make his prime concern the comfort and well-being of his wife, and every wife would make her chief concern the comfort and well-being of her husband, we would have very little divorce in the land. — From National Press Club, March 8, 2000

I see nothing but growth

(The Church) will go on growing across the world, there isn't any question in my mind concerning that. It meets the needs of people. It answers their questions. It satisfies their curiosity. It gives them a specific pattern to live for and work for. It is a great satisfying thing in the minds and lives of people. I see nothing but growth ahead. . . . I have no doubt. — From interview, KTRK-TV Houston, July 18, 2000

The miracle of leadership

No man could carry a day job and also preside over a congregation as a bishop if he had to do it all alone, but he has so many wonderful helpers who work with him. He serves for a period of years, then he is released and someone takes his place. There is a miracle in that. There is leadership. You develop leaders by giving them things to do. — From interview, Norte newspaper, April 27, 2002

Tithes

Our people need to pay their tithes and offerings. They need the blessings of the Lord. . . . How can He bless us when we are not obedient? We must be obedient. . . . You need the blessings of the Lord which come of the payment of your tithes and your offerings. That becomes a barometer of your faith, literally, a barometer of your faith. If you are not paying your tithes and offerings, I urge you . . . take the Lord at His word and live honestly with Him in the payment of your tithes and offerings. — From member meeting, Philadelphia, Pa., Oct. 25, 2002

Believe in prayer

Believe in the power of prayer. Believe in getting on your knees every morning and every night and talking with your Father in Heaven concerning the feelings of your hearts, and the desires of your minds in righteousness. . . . There is no power upon the earth like the power of prayer. — From regional conference, Oahu, Hawaii, Jan. 22, 2000

Spirit of God

The things of God are understood by the Spirit of God. That Spirit is real. To those who have experienced its workings, the knowledge so gained is as real as that received through the operation of the five senses. I testify of this. . . . I urge you to continue throughout your lives to cultivate a heart in tune with the Spirit. If you do so, your lives will be enriched. You will feel a kinship with God our Eternal Father. You will taste the sweetness of joy that can be had in no other way. — From satellite broadcast, CES Fireside, Sept. 9, 2001