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His own words: A sampling of quotes from President Hinckley

Published: Monday, Jan. 28 2008 12:37 a.m. MST

A sampling of quotes from President Hinckley:
On death: "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 and loss that can come from no other source under the heaven."
About faith: "There is no obstacle too great, no challenge too difficult, if we have faith."
Live kindly: "Let us, each of us, watch ourselves. Whenever we have within us a little temper, go outside, breathe some fresh air, and come in with a smile and throw your arms around your companion and tell her you love her. Look to your children and let them know that you love them. Live with them kindly and graciously, as Latter-day Saints should do."
Overlook weakness: "Happiness in marriage involves a willingness to overlook weaknesses and mistakes."
What his legacy in church leadership might be: "I don't know and I don't care! That's not my concern. I'm not trying to build some legacy of some kind. I'm just trying to move the work forward the best way I know how. And as I believe the Lord would have it move forward. And let the future take care of itself."
On the openness in his administration and friendliness to other faiths: "I don't see a bit of difficulty in it. We have common ground with some other churches. We can work with them on many items of public concern and interest, but we don't have to give up our theology, we don't have to alter our beliefs. We don't have to soften our ecclesiastical stance in any way. We respect them and we hope they'll respect us. "
• On his 90th birthday: "No, I don't feel 90. I never dreamed that I'd be 90. Never dreamed I'd live that long. ... But I'm here, I'm still here. I don't know how long I'll last. Neither do you."
Temple attendance: "Attend the temple. You will be blessed for so doing. Every man or woman who goes into the house of the Lord leaves there a better man or woman than he or she was when he or she entered the house of the Lord. The house of the Lord will have a refining effect upon you. It will cultivate unselfishness within your lives. It will build righteousness. It will impress upon you the importance of doing what you ought to do. Go to the house of the Lord."
Importance of books: "How marvelous a thing is a book.... Books represent the accumulated workings of the human mind, the endless treasure of man's thoughts as he has contemplated himself and the phenomena with which he is surrounded. How grateful I am for books and for those who have tenderly watched over and guarded them through the centuries."
Missionary work: "What a wonderful program to take a young man at the most impressionable time of his life and, at a time when he is most prone to think of himself, send him out in the world to lose himself in the service of others. That's a tremendous thing in its own right, this great (missionary) program."
On education: "Education unlocks the door of opportunities. You will rise according to your education. Work at it. Sacrifice for it. Do it. Pray about it, and the Lord will bless you. You will see yourselves rise and become men and women of strength and capacity."
Be good parents: "(The Lord) expects us to be good parents, fathers and mothers, husbands and wives. He expects husbands to treat their wives with deference and respect. He expects wives to treat their husbands with kindness and helpfulness. He expects us to be good parents to our children."
Peace, friendship, respect: "I don't like bigotry. I don't like hate. They are so incompatible with the spirit of the gospel and the teachings of the Lord. I like peace. I like friendship. I like mutual respect. As we have these things, I don't think that is going to slow down the growth of the church — it may enhance it. I believe that we can do much, and I think we are doing much. I think we are making very substantial headway."
America: "Do not lose faith in America. ... I dare to say that this nation is the greatest stabilizing force in the world. It leads in military power. It leads in economic growth. It is not a perfect nation, but it is a great nation."
Catastrophes across the world: "I don't know the reason for many of the catastrophes (across the world) but I do know this, that the God of heaven has imposed upon us as Christians the responsibility to look after those who become the victims of these terrible disasters. ... If we are followers of the Christ, we will follow him in doing what he would have us do as his followers in our daily living."
Founding Fathers: "For as long as (the Founding Fathers of this nation) lived and led, they acknowledged the hand of the Almighty in the affairs of this republic. Our coinage and our currency carry the national motto. It simply says, 'In God We Trust.' I believe this is the foundation upon which this nation was established, an unequivocal trust in the power of the Almighty to guide and defend us."
Be a good citizen wherever you live: "Everywhere our people are they ought to be good citizens. That is one of our cardinal doctrines — good citizenship in the land in which we live. We ought to be contributors to the society of which we are a part."
Debt: "I am suggesting that the time has come to get our houses in order. So many of our people are living on the very edge of their incomes. In fact, some are living on borrowings. . . We are carrying a message of self-reliance throughout the church. Self-reliance cannot be obtained when there is serious debt hanging over a household. One has neither independence nor freedom from bondage when he is obligated to others."
Mothers: "It is the home which produces the nursery stock of new generations. 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. "
Women: "Let me say to you sisters that you do not hold a second place in our Father's plan for the eternal happiness and well-being of his children. You are an absolutely essential part of that plan. Without you the plan could not function. Without you the entire program would be frustrated. . . . Each of you is a daughter of God, endowed with a divine birthright. You need no defense of that position."
Prayer: "Be prayerful. Get on your knees. Speak with the Lord in prayer. He is the God of the universe but he will hear and answer your prayers if you will seek after him. Pray about the important things of your life — about attending school, about going on a mission, about the girl you will marry or the boy you will marry. The Lord will bless you and guide you."
• Honesty: "I think the Lord expects of his people that they will be absolutely honest in all of their dealings. In all that they do, they will be honest with others and honest with themselves. 'We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men.' (Thirteenth Article of Faith)."

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