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Gordon Bitner Hinckley (June 23, 1910 – January 27, 2008) was an American religious leader and author who served as the 15th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from March 1995 until his death in January 2008 at age 97. Considered a prophet, seer, and revelator by church members, Hinckley was the oldest person to preside over the church in its history.

Hinckley's presidency was noted for the building of temples, with more than half of existing temples being built under his leadership. He also oversaw the reconstruction of the Nauvoo Illinois Temple and the building of the 21,000 seat Conference Center. During his tenure, "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" was issued and the Perpetual Education Fund was established. At the time of his death, approximately one-third of the church's membership had joined the church under Hinckley's leadership.

Hinckley was awarded ten honorary doctorate degrees, and in 2004 the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George W. Bush. He also received the Boy Scouts of America's highest award, the Silver Buffalo, and served as chairman of the Church Boards of Trustees/Education. Hinckley died of natural causes on January 27, 2008. His wife, Marjorie Pay, died in 2004. He was succeeded as church president by Thomas S. Monson, who had served as his first counselor in the First Presidency, and, more importantly, was the President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles; according to LDS doctrine and practice, Monson was Hinckley's anticipated successor.


Let us never forget to pray. God lives. He is near. He is real. He is not only aware of us but cares for us. He is our father. He is accessible to all who will seek Him.



The truest mark of your success in life will be the quality of your marriage.



You can be smart and happy or stupid and miserable... it's your choice.



Listen to the whisperings of the Spirit, the gift of revelation to which you are entitled.



It is difficult to press forward if we do not know how to obey.



Being humble means recognizing that we are not on earth to see how important we can become, but to see how much difference we can make in the lives of others.



Each of us is a pioneer and many of us pioneer daily in trying to establish a gospel foothold in distant parts of the world.



It is difficult for me to understand the tragic accounts of troubled marriages that come to me.



I have two sons. Good sons. They're both businessmen.



Oh, I don't think religion has failed. It's man who has failed. Christ hasn't failed. The Gospel hasn't failed. The teachings of God have not failed.



The Savior of all mankind left the ninety and nine to find the one lost. That one who was lost need not have become lost.



Fear comes not from God but from the evil one.



We all exercise agency in the choices we make.



Beer and other forms of alcohol will do you no good. Their use will be expensive, will dull your conscience, and could lead to the disease called alcoholism, which is humiliating, dangerous, and even deadly.



Let our voices be heard. I hope they will not be shrill voices, but, I hope we shall speak with such conviction that those to whom we speak shall know of the strength of our feeling and the sincerity of our efforts.



We pray that as you walk the paths of life you will walk in ways that are straight with the strength to conform even though those paths be narrow.



It is not enough just to be good. We must be good for something. We must contribute good to the world. The world must be a better place for our presence. And the good that is in us must be spread to others. This is the measure of our civility.



You are good. But it is not enough just to be good. You must be good for something.

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You are good. But it is not enough just to be good. You must be good for something. You must contribute good to the world. The world must be a better place for your presence. And the good that is in you must be spread to others… In this world so filled with problems, so constantly threatened by dark and evil challenges, you can and must rise above mediocrity, above indifference. You can become involved and speak with a strong voice for that which is right.





At this time of Christmas, this season when gifts are given, let us not forget that God gave His Son, and His Son gave His life, that each of us might have the gift of eternal life.



Books represent the accumulated workings of the human mind, the endless treasures of man's thoughts.





Through all of living have much joy and laughter, life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.



For me, the reading of the scriptures is not the pursuit of scholarship. Rather, it is a love affair with the word of the Lord and that of His prophets.



We are here to assist our Father in His work and His glory, 'to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man' (Moses 1:39). Your obligation is as serious in your sphere of responsibility as is my obligation in my sphere.



I hope that you mothers will realize that when all is said and done, you have no more compelling responsibility, nor any laden with greater rewards, than the nurture you give your children in an environment of security, peace, companionship, love, and motivation to grow and do well.



I believe that it should be the blessing of every child to be born into a home where that child is welcomed, nurtured, loved, and blessed with parents, a father and a mother, who live with loyalty to one another and to their children.



We are all prone to be a little selfish, a little lazy.



Pray in faith.



Get on your knees and pray, then get on your feet and work.



Gratitude is a sign of maturity...Where there is appreciation: there is also courtesy and concern for the rights and property of others.



Enjoy music. Not the kind that rocks and rolls, but the music of the masters, the music that has lived through the centuries, the music that has lifted people. If you do not have a taste for it, listen to it thoughtfully. If you do not like it the first time, listen to it again and keep listening.



It is selfishness which is the cause of most of our misery.

Longer Version:

It is selfishness which is the cause of most of our misery. It is as a cankering disease.



Work is the miracle by which talent is brought to the surface and dreams become reality.



There is too much of criticism and faultfinding with anger and raised voices.



Marriage should not be viewed as a therapeutic step to solve problems such as homosexual inclinations or practices.



You can determine the kind of life you will have in your 30s and 40s by what you do in your teens.



Everything that occurs in the temple is uplifting and ennobling. It speaks of life here and life beyond the grave. It speaks of the importance of the individual as a child of God. It speaks of the importance of the family and the eternity of the marriage relationship.



I know of no better answer to the foul practices that confront our young people than the teachings of a mother, given in love with an unmistakable warning.





God has not given us the spirit of fear. That comes from the adversary.





There is no strength that is greater than the strength of virtue. There is no other nobility equal to the nobility of virtue. There is no quality so becoming, no attire so attractive.





The Church expects that each of us carry a share of the burden of leadership. There is no paid clergy. The work is done because of a love of the cause. And as people serve, they grow in capacity. The time and effort is not a sacrifice because there is returned more than is given.



Choose a companion of your own faith. You are much more likely to be happy. Choose a companion you can always honor, you can always respect, one who will complement you in your own life, one to whom you can give your entire heart, your entire love, your entire allegiance, your entire loyalty.



Let there be cultivated an awareness in every member's heart of his own potential for bringing others to a knowledge of the truth. Let him work at it. Let him pray with great earnestness about it.



Without preservation and cultivation of the spiritual, your material success will be as ashes in your mouths.



The most important step you have made or will make in your life is marriage. Its consequences are many, so important and so everlasting.. No other decision will have such tremendous consequences for the future.



We wear on our faces the results of what we believe and how we behave, and such behavior is most evident in the eyes and on the faces of those who have lived many years.



Teach children tolerance. No one need surrender his or her own beliefs while extending tolerance to those with other beliefs.





We are creatures of our thinking. We can talk ourselves into defeat, or we can talk ourselves into victory.





Let thy spirit move upon him to bring to pass those measures which will lift the burdens of government from the backs of the people and keep this nation, under God, a citadel of freedom standing as an example to all the world.



The singing of hymns and the rendition of selections from the great sacred oratorios by ward choirs all enhance the spirit of worship.



Women who make a house a home make a far greater contribution to society than those who command large armies or stand at the head of impressive corporations.



All of us have to deal with death at one time or another, but to have in one's heart a solid conviction concerning the reality of eternal life is to bring a sense of peace in an hour of tragedy that can come from no other source under the heavens.



A truly educated man never ceases to learn.



Strength to do battle begins with enlisting the strength of God.



Marriage in its truest sense, is a partnership of equals, with neither exercising dominion over the other, but, rather, with each encouraging and assisting the other in whatever responsibilities and aspirations he or she might have.



Let us all try to stand a little taller, rise a little higher, be a little better. Make the extra effort. You will be happier.





Be true to who you are and the family name you bare.





He who lives only unto himself withers and dies, while he who forgets himself in the service of others grows and blossoms.



There would be no Christmas if there had not been Easter. The babe Jesus of Bethlehem would be but another baby without the redeeming Christ of Gethsemane and Calvary, and the triumphant fact of the Resurrection.



Nobody is lost until somebody has given up.



God bless you, my beloved sisters, who stand as the queens in your home, that you may be happy with that happiness which comes of the knowledge that you are loved and honored and treasured.





I hope we will never again see such a depression. But I am troubled by the huge consumer installment debt which hangs over the people of the nation, including our own people.





Give expression to the noble desires that lie in your heart.



You have the potential to become anything to which you set your mind. You have a mind and a body and a spirit. With these three working together, you can walk the high road that leads to achievement and happiness. But this will require effort and sacrifice and faith.





It is imperative that good people, men and women of principle, be involved in the political process; otherwise we abdicate power to those whose designs are almost entirely selfish.





The Lord would want you to be successful. He would. You are His sons and His daughters. He has the same kind of love and ambition for you that your earthly parents have. They want you to do well and you can do it.



If you do not choose the kingdom of God, it does not matter what you choose instead.





It should be recognized that this Church is not a social club. This is the kingdom of God on the earth. It is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Its purpose is to bring salvation and exaltation to both the living and the dead.



Quiet talk is the language of love. It is the language of peace. It is the language of God.



There are few things more pathetic than those who have lost their curiosity and sense of adventure, and who no longer care to learn.



God has saved you to make your appearance in the last days.



People who carry in their hearts a strong conviction concerning the living reality of the Almighty and their accountability to Him for what they do with their lives are far less likely to become enmeshed in problems that inevitably weaken society.





The happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others.





Love for the Lord, love for His servants the missionaries. Missionary work is a work of love and trust, and it has to be done on that basis.



Gambling undermines the moral fiber of society.



There is rampant among us a spirit of criticism. Men and women who carry heavy responsibility do not need criticism, they need encouragement.



Children don't need beating. They need love and encouragement. They need fathers to whom they can look with respect rather than fear. Above all, they need example.



Love is like the North Star. In a changing world, it's always constant.



Great has been our past, wonderful is our present, and glorious can be our future.



What I fear from these reports is that the prevalent use of foul language has become an acceptable pattern in the schools, probably due in large part to the influence of TV and the general permissiveness in our society.



It is my faith and conviction that the Constitution came not alone of the brain and purpose of man, but of the inspiration of God.



The temple is concerned with things of immortality. It is a bridge between this life and the next. All of the ordinances that take place in the house of the Lord are expressions of our belief in the immortality of the human soul.



We recognize the universal power of music to touch the hearts of men and women everywhere and in all generations-to inspire and encourage, to sustain and lift, to comfort and bring peace.



Fear not; only believe. This is a time to make resolutions that will be binding upon you. This is a season to set standards that will hold you to the right course and make you happy now and in the years that follow.



He who is our Eternal Father has blessed you with miraculous powers of mind and body. He never intended that you should be less than the crowning glory of His creations.



Pray for the strength to walk the high road, which at times may be lonely but which will lead to peace and happiness and joy supernal.



In all this world there is no substitute for personal integrity. It includes honor. It includes performance. It includes keeping one's word. It includes doing what is right regardless of the circumstances.



When temptation comes your way, name that boastful, deceitful giant Goliath! and do with it as David did to the Philistine of Gath.









There is no greater blessing that you can have than to stand as a proxy in a great service to those who have gone beyond. And it will be your privilege and your opportunity and your responsibility to live worthy to go to the temple of the Lord and be baptized in behalf of someone else.







The true gospel of Jesus Christ never led to bigotry. It never led to self-righteousn ess. It never led to arrogance. The true gospel of Jesus Christ leads to brotherhood, to friendship, to appreciation of others, to respect and kindness and love.







It is both relaxing and invigorating to occasionally set aside the worries of life, seek the company of a friendly book...from the reading of 'good books' there comes a richness of life that can be obtained in no other way.







To me the gospel is not a great mass of theological jargon. It is a simple and beautiful and logical thing, with one quiet truth following another in orderly sequence. I do not fret over the mysteries. I do not worry whether the heavenly gates swing or slide. I am only concerned that they open.



The way of the gospel is a simple way. Some of the requirements may appear to you as elementary and unnecessary. Do not spurn them. Humble yourselves and walk in obedience. I promise that the results that follow will be marvelous to behold and satisfying to experience.



Conversations I have had with school principals and students lead me to the same conclusion-that...there is an evil and growing habit of profanity and the use of foul and filthy language.





We love them people who have same-sex attractions as sons and daughters of God. They may have certain inclinations which are powerful and which may be difficult to control. If they do not act upon these inclinations, then they can go forward as do all other members of the Church.


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