is the principle of modern revelation. The article of faith
which the Prophet wrote declares, 'We
believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now
reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great
and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God' (A
of F 1:9)."
growing church, a church that is spreading across the earth
in these complex times, needs constant revelation
from the throne of heaven to guide it and move
it forward. With prayer and anxious seeking of the will
of the Lord, we testify that direction is received,
that revelation comes, and that the Lord blesses
His Church as it moves on its path of destiny."
- The Prophet Gordon B. Hinckley, “The Great Things
Which God Has Revealed,” Liahona, May 2005, 80–83
The Prophet Gordon B. Hinckley, in his
we are at war. Great forces have been mobilized and will
continue to be. Political alliances are being forged. We
do not know how long this conflict will last. We do not
know what it will cost in lives and treasure. We do not
know the manner in which it will be carried out. It could
impact the work of the Church in various ways."
"No one knows how long it will last. No one knows precisely
where it will be fought. No one knows what it may entail
before it is over. We have launched an undertaking the size
and nature of which we cannot see at this time."
"I do not know what the future holds. I do not wish
to sound negative, but I wish to remind you of the warnings
of scripture and the teachings of the prophets which we
have had constantly before us."
"Now, I do not wish to be an alarmist. I do not wish
to be a prophet of doom. I am optimistic. I do not believe
the time is here when an all-consuming calamity will overtake
us. I earnestly pray that it may not. There is so much of
the Lord’s work yet to be done. We, and our children after
us, must do it. I can assure you that we who are responsible
for the management of the affairs of the Church will be
prudent and careful as we have tried to be in the past.
The tithes of the Church are sacred."
- The Prophet Gordon B. Hinckley, “The Times in Which
We Live,” October 2001 General Conference (Ensign, Nov.
2001, Page 72)
hope that prayer will take on a new luster in our lives.
None of us knows what lies ahead. We may speculate, but
we do not know."
- The Prophet Gordon B. Hinckley, October 2001 General
Conference “Till We Meet Again,” (Ensign, Nov. 2001, Page
an CNN interview after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Larry
King asked Hinckley if God could have prevented the attacks:
President Hinckley, though, couldn't He (God) have prevented
Oh, I suppose so. I believe He's all powerful, yes.
I don't know His will. I don't know how He operates.
- Larry King
Live CNN Interview, September 14, 2001,
Young said if you went to Heaven and saw God it would be
Adam and Eve. I don't know what he meant by that."
Pointing to a grim-faced portrait of the Lion of the Lord,
as Young was called, Hinckley said, "There he is, right
there. I'm not going to worry about what he said about those
things." I asked whether Mormon theology was a form of polytheism.
"I don't have the remotest idea what you mean," Hinckley
- Hinckley Interview in "Lives of the Saint", New Yorker,
the wonderful and descriptive words found in sections 76
and 137 [D&C 76; D&C 137] we know relatively little concerning
the celestial kingdom and those who will be there. At
least some of the rules of eligibility for acceptance
into that kingdom are clearly set forth, but other than
that, we are given little understanding."
"The next question you ask is why Eve was created from Adam.
I can only respond that an all-wise Creator did it that
"Now, Virginia, you call attention to the statement in the
scriptures that Adam should rule over Eve. (See Gen. 3:16.)
You ask why this is so. I do not know."
"You ask whether men are more important than women. I
am going to turn that question back to you. Would any
of us be here, either men or women, without the other?"
- The Prophet Gordon B. Hinckley, November 1991 Young
Womens Conference, “Daughters of God,” (Ensign, Nov. 1991,
"There are some significant differences in your beliefs
[and other Christian churches]. For instance, don't Mormons
believe that God was once a man?"
Hinckley: "I wouldn't say that. There was a little
couplet coined, "As man is, God once was. As God is, man
may become." Now that's more of a couplet than anything
else. That gets into some pretty deep theology that we
don't know very much about."
- Interviewing Gordon B. Hinckley, San Francisco Chronicle,
April 13, 1997, p 3/Z1
an interview Jan 29th, 2002 conducted by reporter Helmut
Nemetschek, ZDF television, Germany, at Salt Lake City,
Utah, in the Church Administration Building:
Question: "Until 1978 no person of color attained the
priesthood in your church. Why it took so long time to overcome
Hinckley: "I don’t know. I don’t know. (long
pause) I can only say that. (long pause) But it’s
here now. We’re carrying on a very substantial work on Africa
for instance and in Brazil. We’re working among their people
"Now, Mr. President, one question which is a little
bit complicated for me to understand but I heard it an one
colleague asked me to ask you. What will be your position
when DNA analysis will show that in history there never
had been an immigration from Israel to North America? It
could be that scientists will find out?"
"It hasn’t happened. That hasn’t been determined
yet. All I can say is that’s speculative. No
one really knows that, the answer to that. Not
at this point."
- Interview Jan 29th, 2002 conducted
by reporter Helmut Nemetschek, ZDF television, Germany,
at Salt Lake City, Utah, in the Church Administration Building.
an interview on the Australian Broadcasting Company's Sunday
night television show COMPASS:
in retrospect was the Church wrong in that [denying blacks
No I don't think it was wrong. It, things,
various things happened in different periods. There's a
reason for them.
was the reason for that?
I don't know what the reason was.
Is it a problem for the Church that it is still.. has a
tag of being racist?
I don't think so. I don't see that anymore.
Broadcasting Company, COMPASS, April 8, 2005
ago I was invited to be interviewed by Mike Wallace, a tough
senior reporter for the CBS 60 Minutes program, which is
broadcast across America to more than 20 million listeners
each week. I recognized that if I were to appear, critics
and detractors of the Church would also be invited to participate.
I knew we could not expect that the program would be entirely
positive for us. ... I concluded that it was better to lean
into the stiff wind of opportunity than to simply hunker
down and do nothing. It has been an interesting experience..."
have no idea what the outcome will be—that is, I don’t.
We will discover this this evening when it is aired in this
valley. If it turns out to be favorable, I will be grateful.
Otherwise, I pledge I’ll never get my foot in that
kind of trap again."
- The Prophet Gordon B. Hinckley, “Remember Thy
Church, O Lord,” Spring 1996 General Conference, Ensign,
May 1996, Page 82
"Is this the teaching of the church today, that God
the Father was once a man like we are?"
"I don't know that we teach it. I don't know that
we emphasize it. I haven't heard it discussed for a
long time in public discourse. I don't know. I don't
know all the circumstances under which that statement was
made. I understand the philosophical background behind
it. But I don't know a lot about it and I don't know
that others know a lot about it."
- Interviewing Gordon B. Hinckley, Time Magazine, Aug
asked about the church's posture towards Homosexuals, Hinckley
said he knows they "have a problem." So Larry
King asked him if they were born with this "problem:"
A problem they caused, or they were born with?
I don't know. I'm not an expert on these things.
I don't pretend to be an expert on these things. The fact
is, they have a problem.
- Larry King Live CNN Interview, December 26, 2004,
Regarding the Mountian Meadows Massacre, the Prophet said:
"No one can explain what happened in these meadows 142 years
ago. We may speculate, but we do not know. We do not
understand it. We cannot comprehend it. We can only
say that the past is long since gone."
- The Prophet Gordon B. Hinckley, Mountain Meadows Massacre
Monument Ceremony, September 11th, 1999, http://www.mazeministry.com/mormonism/mmmassacre/hinkley.htm
the close of one particularly difficult day, I looked
up at a portrait of Brigham Young that hangs on my wall.
I asked, "Brother Brigham, what should we do?" I thought
I saw him smile a little, and then he seemed to say: "In
my day, I had problems enough of my own. Don't ask me what
to do. This is your watch. Ask the Lord, whose work
this really is." And this, I assure you, is what we do and
must always do."
"As I reflected on these matters that recent difficult day,
I opened my Bible to the first chapter of Joshua and read
these words: "Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of
a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed:
for the Lord thy God is with thee" (Joshua 1:9). I said
to myself: "There is never reason to despair. This is
the work of God. Notwithstanding the efforts of all who
oppose it, it will go forward as the God of heaven has designed
it should do.""
- The Prophet Gordon B. Hinckley, Fall 2003 General
Conference, Sunday Morning Session