166+ Best Gordon B. Hinckley Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Gordon Bitner Hinckley was an American religious leader and author who served as the 15th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from March 12, 1995, until his death. Profoundly inspirational Gordon B. Hinckley quotes will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.

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Famous Gordon B. Hinckley Quotes

Life is precious. Life is sacred. And it ought so to be observed. – Gordon B. Hinckley

The smallest gesture can mean to much to those who may need a little lift in their lives. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Don’t be gloomy. Do not dwell on unkind things. Stop seeking out the storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight. Even if you are not happy, put a smile on your face. ‘Accentuate the positive.’ Look a little deeper for the good. Go forward in life with a twinkle in your eye and a smile on your face, with great and strong purpose in your heart. Love life. – Gordon B. Hinckley

In my ninety-plus years, I have learned a secret. I have learned that when good men and good women face challenges with optimism, things will always work out! Truly, things always work out! Despite how difficult circumstances may look at the moment, those who have faith and move forward with a happy spirit will find that things always work out. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Never assume that you can make it alone. You need the help of the Lord. Never hesitate to get on your knees in some private place and speak with Him. – Gordon B. Hinckley

You are doing the best you can, and that best results in good to yourself and to others. Do not nag yourself with a sense of failure. Get on your knees and ask for the blessings of the Lord;then stand on your feet and do what you are asked to do. – Gordon B. Hinckley

The cause of most of man’s unhappiness is sacrificing what he wants most for what he wants now. – Gordon B. Hinckley

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. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Though my work may be menial, though my contribution may be small, I can perform it with dignity and offer it with unselfishness. My talents may not be great, but I can use them to bless the lives of others…. The goodness of the world in which we live is the accumulated goodness of many small and seemingly inconsequential acts. – Gordon B. Hinckley

You can’t plow a field simply by turning it over in your mind. – Gordon B. Hinckley

It is not wise, or even possible, to divorce private behavior from public leadership…. By its very nature, true leadership carries with it the burden of being an example. – Gordon B. Hinckley

It is good to LOOK to the past to gain appreciation for the present and perspective for the FUTURE. It is good to look upon the VIRTUES of those who have gone before; to gain STRENGTH for whatever lies ahead. It is good to REFLECT upon the work of those who labored so hard and gained so little in this world, but out of whose DREAMS and early pains, so well nurtured, has come a great gravest of which we are the beneficiaries. Their tremendous EXAMPLE can become a compelling MOTIVATION for all of us. ~Gordon B. Hinckley – Gordon B. Hinckley

I believe that I am a child of God, endowed with a divine birthright. I believe that there is something of divinity within me and within each of you. I believe that we have a godly inheritance and that it is our responsibility, our obligation, and our opportunity to cultivate and nurture the very best of these qualities within us. – Gordon B. Hinckley

There are four pillars to a happy marriage: respect one another as individuals; (give) soft answers; (practice)financial honesty; (conduct) family prayer. – Gordon B. Hinckley

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

The problem is, I think, that so many of us pray as if we are ordering groceries. We pick up the telephone and say, ‘Is this the right place to place my order?’ and we proceed right to dictating our order. When we have then ended that list, we hang up. – Gordon B. Hinckley

I feel to invite women everywhere to rise to the great potential within you. I do not ask that you reach beyond your capacity. I hope you will not nag yourselves with thoughts of failure. I hope you will not try to set goals far beyond your capacity to achieve. I hope you will simply do what you can do in the best way you know. If you do so, you will witness miracles come to pass. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Happy is the man who can brush aside the offending remarks of another and go on his way. – Gordon B. Hinckley

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. – Gordon B. Hinckley

I forewarn you, this will be a rather long talk. I am an old man. I do not know how much longer I will live, and so I want to say what I have to say, while I have the strength to say it. …Having been warned, some of you will wish to get comfortable. Pleasant dreams. – Gordon B. Hinckley

If every husband and every wife would constantly do whatever might be possible to ensure the comfort and happiness of his or her companion, there would be very little, if any, divorce. Argument would never be heard. Accusations would never be leveled. Angry explosions would not occur. Rather, love and concern would replace abuse and meanness. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Mediocrity will never do. You are capable of something better. – Gordon B. Hinckley

You can be excellent in every way. You can be first class. There is no need for you to be a scrub. Respect yourself. Do not feel sorry for yourself. Do not dwell on unkind things others may say about you. Polish and refine whatever talents the Lord has given you. Go forward in life with a twinkle in your eye and a smile on your face, but with great and strong purpose in your heart. Love life and look for its opportunities. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Do not let fear overcome your efforts. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Love is like the North Star. In a changing world, it’s always constant. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Aim high, but do not aim so high that you totally miss the target. What really matters is that he will love you, that he will respect you, that he will honor you, that he will be absolutely true to you, that he will give you the freedom of expression and let you fly in the development of your own talents. He is not going to be perfect, but if he is kind and thoughtful, if he knows how to work and earn a living, if he is honest and full of faith, the chances are you will not go wrong, that you will be immensely happy. – Gordon B. Hinckley

How thankful we ought to be … how thankful we are, for a prophet to counsel us in words of divine wisdom as we walk our paths in these complex and difficult times. The solid assurance we carry in our hearts, the conviction that God will make his will known to his children through his recognized servant is the real basis of our faith and activity. We either have a prophet or we have nothing: and having a prophet, we have everything – Gordon B. Hinckley

In all of living, have much fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Limitless is your potential. Magnificent is your future. – Gordon B. Hinckley

You have not failed until you quit trying. – Gordon B. Hinckley

There is something wonderful about a book. We can pick it up. We can heft it. We can read it. We can set it down. We can think of what we have read. It does something for us. We can share great minds, great actions, and great undertakings in the pages of a book. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Somehow forgiveness, with love and tolerance, accomplishes miracles that can happen in no other way. – Gordon B. Hinckley

We are creatures of our thinking. We can talk ourselves into defeat or we can talk ourselves into victory. – Gordon B. Hinckley

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 – Gordon B. Hinckley

Imagine how our own families, let alone the world, would change if we vowed to keep faith with one another, strengthen one another, look for and accentuate the virtues in one another, and speak graciously concerning one another. Imagine the cumulative effect if we treated each other with respect and acceptance, if we willingly provided support. Such interactions practiced on a small scale would surely have a rippling effect throughout our homes and communities and, eventually, society at large. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Please don’t nag yourself with thoughts of failure. Do not set goals far beyond your capacity to achieve. Simply do what you can do, in the best way you know, and the Lord will accept of your effort. – Gordon B. Hinckley

We seldom get into trouble when we speak softly. It is only when we raise our voices that the sparks fly and tiny molehills become great mountains of contention. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Choose your friends carefully. It is they who will lead you in one direction or the other. Everybody wants friends. Everybody needs friends. No one wishes to be without them. But never lose sight of the fact that it is your friends who will lead you along the paths that you will follow. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Get on your knees and pray, then get on your feet and work. – Gordon B. Hinckley

I know your lives are busy. I know that you have much to do. But I make you a promise that if you will go to the house of the Lord, you will be blessed; life will be better for you. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Be believing, be happy, don’t get discouraged. Things will work out. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Try a little harder to be a little better. – Gordon B. Hinckley

We’ve got to have a little humor in our lives. You had better take seriously that which should be taken seriously but, at the same time, we can bring in a touch of humor now and again. If the time ever comes when we can’t smile at ourselves, it will be a sad time. – Gordon B. Hinckley

How sweet is the assurance, how comforting is the peace that come from the knowledge that if we marry right and live right, our relationship will continue, notwithstanding the certainty of death and the passage of time. Men may write love songs and sing them. They may yearn and hope and dream. But all of this will be only a romantic longing unless there is an exercise of authority that transcends the powers of time and death. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Criticism and pessimism destroy families, undermine institutions of all kinds, defeat nearly everyone, and spread a shroud of gloom over entire nations. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Cultivate an attitude of happiness. Cultivate a spirit of optimism. Walk with faith, rejoicing in the beauties of nature, in the goodness of those you love, in the testimony which you carry in your heart concerning things divine. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Live today as if you were going to live forever, for you surely shall. – Gordon B. Hinckley

If Life Gets Too Hard To Stand, Kneel. – Gordon B. Hinckley

There is no obstacle too great, no challenge too difficult, if we have faith. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Notwithstanding the trouble, notwithstanding the argument, notwithstanding the increasingly heavy hand of government, notwithstanding the spirit of arrogance we so often display, notwithstanding the growing tide of pornography and permissiveness, notwithstanding occasional corruption in public office and betrayal of sacred trust-I marvel at the miracle of America. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Remember that whatever you do or wherever you are, you are never alone. – Gordon B. Hinckley

There has come to you as your birthright something beautiful and sacred and divine. Never forget that. Your Eternal Father is the Great master of the Universe. He rules over all, but He also will listen to your prayers as His daughter and hear you as you speak with Him. He will answer your prayers. He will not leave you alone. – Gordon B. Hinckley

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 – Gordon B. Hinckley

It isn’t as bad as you sometimes think it is. It all works out. Don’t worry. I say that to myself every morning. It all works out in the end. Put your trust in God, and move forward with faith and confidence in the future. The Lord will not forsake us. He will not forsake us. If we will put our trust in Him, if we will pray to Him, if we will live worthy of His blessings, He will hear our prayers. – Gordon B. Hinckley

What I am suggesting is that each of us turn from the negativism that permeates our society and look for the remarkable good among those with whom we associate, that we speak of one another’s virtues more than we speak of one another’s faults, that optimism replace pessimism, that our faith exceed our fears. When I was a young man and was prone to speak critically, my father would say: “Cynics do not contribute, skeptics do not create, doubters do not achieve. – Gordon B. Hinckley

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. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Generally speaking, the most miserable people I know are those who are obsessed with themselves; the happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others…By and large, I have come to see that if we complain about life, it is because we are thinking only of ourselves. – Gordon B. Hinckley

All of us have problems. We face them every day. How grateful I am that we have difficult things to wrestle with. They keep us young, they keep us alive, they keep us going, they keep us humble. Be grateful for your problems, and know that somehow there will come a solution. Just do the best you can, but be sure it is the very best. – Gordon B. Hinckley

The best antidote I know for worry is work. The best cure for weariness is the challenge of helping someone who is even more tired. One of the great ironies of life is this: He or she who serves almost always benefits more than he or she who is served. – Gordon B. Hinckley

You can be smart and happy or stupid and miserable. . . it’s your choice – Gordon B. Hinckley

I am satisfied that happiness in marriage is not so much a matter of romance as it is an anxious concern for the comfort and well-being of one’s companion. Any man who will make his wife’s comfort his first concern will stay in love with her throughout their lives and through the eternity yet to come – Gordon B. Hinckley

Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds. – Gordon B. Hinckley

The truest mark of your success in life will be the quality of your marriage – Gordon B. Hinckley

Some of you may feel that you are not as attractive and beautiful and glamorous as you would like to be. Rise above any such feelings, cultivate the light you have within you, and it will shine through as a radiant expression that will be seen by others. You need never feel inferior. You need never feel that you were born without talents or without opportunities to give them expression. Cultivate whatever talents you have, and they will grow anв refine and become an expression of your true self appreciated by others. – Gordon B. Hinckley

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. – Gordon B. Hinckley

The major work of the world is not done by geniuses. It is done by ordinary people, with balance in their lives, who have learned to work in an extraordinary manner. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Whatever you do, do well. Be good at it. Stand a little taller. Be a little stronger. Be a little better. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Love is the very essence of life. It is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Yet it is more than the end of the rainbow. Love is the security for which children weep, the yearning of youth, the adhesive that binds marriage, and the lubricant that prevents devastating friction in the home; it is the peace of old age, the sunlight of hope shinning through death. – Gordon B. Hinckley

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. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Divorce too often is the bitter fruit of anger. A man and a woman fall in love, as they say; each is wonderful in the sight of the other; they feel romantic affection for no one else; they stretch their finances to buy a diamond ring; they marry. All is bliss-that is, for a season. Then little inconsequential activities lead to criticism. Little flaws are magnified into great torrents of faultfinding; they fall apart, they separate, and then with rancor and bitterness they divorce. – Gordon B. Hinckley

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

Of all the creations of the Almighty, there is none more beautiful, none more inspiring than a lovely daughter of God who walks in virtue with an understanding of why she should do so, who honors and respects her body as a thing sacred and divine, who cultivates her mind and constantly enlarges the horizon of her understanding, who nurtures her spirit with everlasting truth. God will hold us accountable if we neglect His daughters. He has given us a great and compelling trust. May we be faithful to that trust. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Go forward in life with a twinkle in your eye and a smile on your face, but with great purpose in heart. – Gordon B. Hinckley

The course of our lives is not determined by great, awesome decisions. Our direction is set by the little day-to-day choices which chart the track on which we run. – Gordon B. Hinckley

I have yet to find a faithful tithe payer who cannot testify that in a very literal and wonderful way the windows of Heaven have been opened and blessings have been poured out upon him or her. – Gordon B. Hinckley

A tattoo is graffiti on the temple of the body. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Every sacrament meeting ought to be a spiritual feast. – Gordon B. Hinckley

My wife once said that one of her great ambitions was to walk down the streets of Hong Kong with her children. So we all went to Asia on one occasion. Then she said she’d like to walk down the streets of Jerusalem with her children. So we arranged our family finances and all went to Jerusalem. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Dishonesty of any kind will create a blemish. – Gordon B. Hinckley

There would be no Christmas if there was no Easter. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Eternal vigilance is the price of eternal development. – Gordon B. Hinckley

There is no substitute under the heavens for productive labor. It is the process by which dreams become realities. It is the process by which idle visions become dynamic achievements. – Gordon B. Hinckley

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. – Gordon B. Hinckley

I do not fear truth. I welcome it. But I wish all of my facts to be in their proper context. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Jesus said, ‘Except a man be born of water and of the spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.’ There are no exceptions. Baptism is a necessary ordinance. – Gordon B. Hinckley

We magnify our priesthood and enlarge our calling when we serve with diligence and enthusiasm in those responsibilities to which we are called by proper authority. – Gordon B. Hinckley

You can’t build a great building on a weak foundation. You must have a solid foundation if you’re going to have a strong superstructure. – Gordon B. Hinckley

I am satisfied that every man or woman who goes to the temple in a spirit of sincerity and faith leaves the house of the Lord a better man or woman. – Gordon B. Hinckley

If every man would make his prime concern the comfort and well-being of his wife and every wife make her chief concern the comfort and well-being of her husband, we would have very little divorce in the land. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Study a foreign language if you have opportunity to do so. You may never be called to a land where that language is spoken, but the study will have given you a better understanding of your own tongue or of another tongue you may be asked to acquire. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Do you feel gloomy? Lift your eyes. Stand on your feet. Say a few words of appreciation and love to the Lord. Be positive. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Where ever the spirit of Christ is known, there is much of good will, of mutual respect, of love and appreciation and kindness. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Meekness implies a spirit of gratitude as opposed to an attitude of self-sufficiency, an acknowledgement of a greater power beyond oneself, a recognition of God, and an acceptance of his commandments. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Our lives are the only meaningful expression of what we believe and in Whom we believe. And the only real wealth, for any of us, lies in our faith. – Gordon B. Hinckley

I am suggesting that as we go through life, we ‘accentuate the positive.’ I am asking that we look a little deeper for the good, that we still our voices of insult and sarcasm, that we more generously compliment and endorse virtue and effort. – Gordon B. Hinckley

You dear women, I say thanks to you. Thank you for being the kind of people you are and doing the things you do. – Gordon B. Hinckley

People are looking for stability in a shaky world. They want something they can get hold of that’s firm and sure and an anchor in the midst of all of this instability in which they’re living. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Life is meant to be enjoyed, not just endured. – Gordon B. Hinckley

As we give presents at Christmas, we need to recognize that sharing our time and ourselves is such an important part of giving. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Every good citizen adds to the strength of a nation – Gordon B. Hinckley

You will find peace and happiness if you will live the gospel. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Keep your families close together, and love and honor your children. – Gordon B. Hinckley

To you wives who are constantly complaining and see only the dark side of life, and feel that you are unloved and unwanted, look into your own hearts and minds. If there is something wrong, turn about. Put a smile on your faces. Make yourselves more attractive. Brighten your outlook. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Respect for self is the beginning of cultivating virtue in men and women. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Parents have no greater responsibility in this world than the bringing up of their children in the right way, and they will have no greater satisfaction as the years pass than to see those children grow in integrity and honesty and make something of their lives. – Gordon B. Hinckley

If there were no immortality there would be no need for temples. There would be no need for eternal marriage if there were no eternity. – Gordon B. Hinckley

I’ve tried to recognize my wife’s individuality, her personality, her desires, her background, her ambitions. – Gordon B. Hinckley

I almost stand in awe when I think of Joseph Smith. The angel appeared to him in 1823 – he said to this simple little boy, ‘Your name should be known for good and evil throughout the entire world.’ – Gordon B. Hinckley

God gave us our agency. He taught us a way. He showed us what to do. But he gave us our agency and left us free to act as we choose to do. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Every righteous man or woman is entitled to revelation concerning his own affairs. – Gordon B. Hinckley

The Lord is forgiving, but sometimes life is not forgiving. – Gordon B. Hinckley

I thank the Lord for the great principle of repentance and forgiveness. – Gordon B. Hinckley

I hope that if you are employed full-time, you are doing it to ensure that basic needs are met and not simply to indulge a taste for an elaborate home, fancy cars, and other luxuries. – Gordon B. Hinckley

There is nothing we could do of greater importance than to have fortified in our individual lives an unshakable conviction that Jesus is the Christ, the living Son of the living God. – Gordon B. Hinckley

We do not wonder that there is conflict in the world. There is now, and has been from the time that Cain slew Abel, so much of hatred. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Anything so precious as the gospel of Jesus Christ is worthy of all the effort and sacrifice of time and means employed to teach it. – Gordon B. Hinckley

If there were more temple work done in the Church, there would be less of selfishness, less of contention, less of demeaning others. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Missionary work has never been easy, and yet the joyful rewards cannot be equaled by any other experience. – Gordon B. Hinckley

How grateful I am for the law of tithing. It is the Lord’s law of finance. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Be virtuous in thought and in deed. God has planted in you, for a purpose, a divine urge which may be easily subverted to evil and destructive ends. – Gordon B. Hinckley

If you are a good missionary, you will return home with the desire to continue to serve the Lord, to keep His commandments, and to do His will. – Gordon B. Hinckley

The whole essence of the Christian religion is based on the atonement of Christ, his death and his resurrection. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Encourage your children to read more and watch television less. – Gordon B. Hinckley

I do not concern myself much with reading long commentary volumes designed to enlarge at length upon that which is found in the scriptures. Rather, I prefer to dwell with the source, tasting of the unadulterated waters of the fountain of truth – the word of God as he gave it and as it has been recorded in the books we accept as scripture. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Sister Hinckley and I are learning that the so-called golden years are laced with lead. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Some of our finest work comes through service to others. – Gordon B. Hinckley

The gospel is not a philosophy of repression, as so many regard it. It is a plan of freedom that gives discipline to appetite and direction to behavior. – Gordon B. Hinckley

You have to establish in your life some sense of prioritizing things, of giving emphasis to the important things and of laying aside the unimportant things that will lead to nothing. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Some husbands regard it as their prerogative to compel their wives to fit their standards of what they think to be the ideal. – Gordon B. Hinckley

I’ve been blessed so abundantly that I can never get over it. I just feel so richly blessed that I want to extend that to others wherever I can. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Through reading the scriptures, we can gain the assurance of the Spirit that that which we read has come of God for the enlightenment, blessing, and joy of his children. – Gordon B. Hinckley

We’re all sons and daughters of God, and therefore in a very literal sense, brothers and sisters. And we ought to treat each other that way. – Gordon B. Hinckley

You don’t need coffee. Nobody needs coffee. You can get along without it. – Gordon B. Hinckley

At the end of our lives, we step across the threshold or death and enter into a new and better world. I believe that. It’s just that simple. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Determine that there will never be anything that will come between you that will disrupt your marriage. Make it work. Resolve to make it work. – Gordon B. Hinckley

I’ve never been a believer in the physical punishment of children. I don’t think it is necessary. – Gordon B. Hinckley

We all know that education unlocks the door of opportunity for the young. – Gordon B. Hinckley

If you are too busy in your church activities to take care of your family, then perhaps we had better find something else for you to do. – Gordon B. Hinckley

The most persuasive gospel tract is the exemplary life of a faithful Latter-day Saint. – Gordon B. Hinckley

People seem to be looking for discipline in a topsy-turvy world. – Gordon B. Hinckley

The biggest challenge facing a missionary today is to forget himself and lose himself in the work. – Gordon B. Hinckley

The work of the Lord is done by ordinary people who work in an extraordinary way. – Gordon B. Hinckley

When you are young, do not get involved in steady dating. When you reach an age where you think of marriage, then is the time to become so involved. – Gordon B. Hinckley

In missionary work, as in all else, preparation precedes power. Encouragement to prepare while still very young can make a tremendous difference. – Gordon B. Hinckley

When you touch the life of a man of this generation, that influence is felt through generations yet to come. – Gordon B. Hinckley

The Almighty, if necessary, may have to shake the nations to humble them and cause them to listen to the servants of the living God. Whatever is needed will come to pass. – Gordon B. Hinckley

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. – Gordon B. Hinckley

I have many friends of other religions, and I am satisfied that they are very conscientious, good people who are trying to do good. I appreciate that. – Gordon B. Hinckley

We live in a world that is filled with filth and sleaze, a world that reeks of evil. You cannot afford that filthy poison to touch you. Stay away from it. Avoid it. – Gordon B. Hinckley

When all is said and done, the greatest satisfaction you’ll have in this life as you grow old will be seeing your children grow in righteousness and faith and goodness as citizens of the society of which they are a part. – Gordon B. Hinckley

I promise you that the time will come, if you have tattoos, that you will regret your actions. They cannot be washed off. They are permanent. Only by an expensive and painful process can they be removed. If you are tattooed, then probably for the remainder of your life you will carry it with you. – Gordon B. Hinckley

It has been my privilege on various occasions to converse with presidents of the United States and important men in other governments. At the close of each such occasion, I have reflected on the rewarding experience of standing with confidence in the presence of an acknowledged leader. – Gordon B. Hinckley

My children are now all grown. Some are in their 60s. But when they call and I answer the phone, they say, ‘How are you?’ And before I can answer, they ask, ‘Is Mother there?’ – Gordon B. Hinckley

My heart goes out to a missionary who does not receive regular mail from home. Generally, a letter once a week is a good rule. But on the other hand, too much mail can be damaging to a missionary’s morale. – Gordon B. Hinckley

With all my heart, I plead with the Latter-day Saints to live honestly with the Lord in the payment of tithes and offerings. I plead with youth to establish this habit while you are still young and to resolve to continue with it all the days of your lives. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Unfortunately, some women want to remake their husbands after their own design. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Any investigator worthy of baptism becomes a convert worthy of saving. – Gordon B. Hinckley

A nation will rise no higher than the strength of its homes. – Gordon B. Hinckley

I spent one night in the hospital in my life. I was past 75 when that occurred. – Gordon B. Hinckley

There are widows who long for friendly voices and that spirit of anxious concern which speaks of love. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Did you ever think that your body is holy? You are a child of God. Your body is His creation. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Every convert is a son or daughter of God. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Every individual in the church is free to think as he pleases. – Gordon B. Hinckley

I don’t think that the Internet has contributed greatly to immorality. – Gordon B. Hinckley

If you have a temper, now is the time to learn to control it. The more you do so while you are young, the more easily it will happen. – Gordon B. Hinckley

It is not a mark of manhood to carelessly use the name of the Almighty or of His Beloved Son in a vain and flippant way, as many are prone to do. – Gordon B. Hinckley

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