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Gordon B. Hinckley The Feelings of my Heart


Delivered 5 October 1961

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    This talk was the first address delivered by Elder Gordon B. Hinckley after he was called to the Council of the Twelve Apostles. It was delivered October 5, 1961 to the concluding session of the 131st Semiannual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. held in the Great Mormon Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    My beloved leaders, my dear brethren and sisters, it would be neither appropriate nor desirable for me to speak at length. I wish merely to share briefly with you some of the feelings of my heart.

    Sister Romney told me yesterday afternoon that she knew that I was the one to be sustained because of the appearance of my eves when she talked with me yesterday morning. I confess that I have wept and prayed.

    I think I feel some sense of the burden of this responsibility to stand as a witness of the Lord Jesus Christ before a world that is reluctant to accept him. "I stand all amazed at the love Jesus offers me." I am subdued by the confidence of the Lord's Prophet in me, and by the expressed love of these, my brethren, beside whom I feel like a pygmy. I pray for strength; I pray for help; and I pray for the faith and the will to be obedient. I think that I need -- and I feel that all of us need -- discipline, if this great work is to roll forward as it is ordained to do.

    I expressed three and a half years ago when I stood here my appreciation for the name which I bear [Bryant S. Hinckley, his father], which has come from faithful forebears, who gave much and received little that I might receive much while giving little. I was moved this morning as the choir sang that great anthem, "Crown Him Lord of All." The unity, the harmony, and the discipline of this choir always impress me. Now, my brethren and sisters, God has written the score which we are to perform. Our prophet is our director. With effort and with harmony we can stir the world and "crown him Lord of all," if we have the will to discipline ourselves with that restraint which comes of true testimony.

    I would like to say that this cause is either true or false. Either this is the kingdom of God, or it is a sham and a delusion. Either Joseph talked with the Father and the Son, or he did not. If he did not, we are engaged in blasphemy. If he did, we have a duty from which none of us can shrink -- to declare to the world the living reality of the God of the universe, the Father of us all; and of his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, our Redeemer, the Author of our salvation the Prince of Peace.

    I give you my testimony that this is true. It is not false. Our detractors may debate theology, but they cannot refute this testimony which has come by the power of the Holy Ghost into my heart and into your hearts, and which I solemnly declare this day as I express unto you my appreciation for your sustaining hands and hearts, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.




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