Comments about ‘Elder Marion D. Hanks laid to rest’

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Published: Saturday, Aug. 13 2011 11:44 p.m. MDT

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oldcougar
Orem, UT

I loved Elder Hanks. A truly grat man!

SDM1645
AMERICAN FORK, UT

My favorite Elder Hanks quote ...

No one knows anything about Christs work simply by being born a member of the Church, and often he knows little about it after years of unmotivated exposure in meetings or classes. He must learn. And learning involves self-investment and effort. The gospel should be studied as carefully as any science. The literature of the Church must be acquired and read. Our learning should be increased in our spare time day by day. Then as we put the gospel truth to work in daily life, we will never find it wanting. We will be literate in the most important field of knowledge in the universe, knowledge for lack of which men and nations perish, in the light of which men and nations may be saved
Elder Marion D. Hanks, First Council of the Seventy, Theological Illiterates, Improvement Era (September 1969): 42

weedeater
Murray, UT

Elder Hanks spoke in my student ward at the UofU in 1990. Describing his own failure as a young missionary he growled that he was "...grim, DETERMINED, useless to the Lord." Then followed with a discussion of how we need to just mellow out, to allow the Spirit some room to work through our efforts, rather than elevate ourselves in self-importance through grim determination to force the gospel onto people.
That teaching, and a frank admission of the questionable nature of how the Pearl of Great Price came about, cemented in me a deep and abiding respect for Elder Hanks as a man of courageous and loving action. Great guy!

ObamaRepublican
Chandler, AZ

I will never forget the day Elder Hanks sealed my wife and I in the SL Temple. He taught us a simple thing that day that has continued to solve most if not all of our troubles in life. Elder Hanks said simply "I am sorry are the healing words, use them often". We have used them often and remained very happy together

Thank you Elder Hanks for your life of service, kindness and teaching!

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