Despite world turmoil and financial and other troubles, this a great and marvelous age in which to be alive, President Gordon B. Hinckley said Tuesday.

Speaking at an LDS Business College devotional, President Hinckley, first counselor in the LDS Church's First Presidency, gave an optimistic outlook for life. And he offered 10 basic beliefs that he said have helped to guide his life.President Hinckley also commented on war in the Middle East, the activation of many military units and discouragement among college students and others about the recession, unemployment and other problems.

"This isn't the darkest period in the history of the world. It is the best. This is the greatest age in the history of the world and you are a part of it. What a wonderful and tremendous thing that is," President Hinckley said, calling attention to the restoration of the gospel and attendant blessings.

"This is the day of fulfillment. This is the day of restoration. This is the great and glorious age ushered in by the God of heaven and his beloved son, the risen Lord . . . to usher in the greatest dispensation in all the history of the world."

President Hinckley referred to a recent Wall Street Journal article on the attitudes and feelings of discouragement experienced by college graduates and others unable to find work. He said the problem of unemployment isn't new. In the early 1930s, he said, if a man could get a job at $50 a month he was fortunate. If he could secure work that paid $100 a month he considered himself rich.

President Hinckley outlined his own basic beliefs for life: a belief in the wonders of the human body and the miracle of the human mind, in the "wondrous process of education, the gospel of work, that honesty is the best policy and in the obligation and blessing of service.

Other beliefs, he said, are: The family is the basic and most important unit of society, the principle of thrift, faith in America, faith in himself and others and their capacity to do good, and faith in God, the Eternal Father, and his son, Jesus Christ.

Reduced to the most simplistic definition, President Hinckley said education is the training of the mind and the body. That is the reason, he said, LDS Business College students are "studying computer science, accounting, economics, religion and all the other courses. . . . This is truly one of the great seasons of your lives."