Friday, August 6, 2010

a Wise Woman

I wanted to share with you some words of wisdom from the wife of our former prophet,
Gordon B. Hinckley. 
I loved these quotes and hope you do too.
No matter what your religion is, these profound words are applicable to all.

"If you don't think every day is a good day, try missing one."

"Be a Mother who is committed to loving her children into standing on higher ground than the environment surrounding them.

Mother's are endowed with a love that is unlike any other love on the face of the earth."

— Marjorie Pay Hinckley

"Be kind. Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."

— Marjorie Pay Hinckley

"The family is eternal. Love must be nurtured. It must be spoken. We must put away our pride, our haughtiness, our shyness, our misunderstandings, and with humility say, "I love you. Is there something I can do to help you?" You can never be completely happy under any other circumstances."

-Marjorie Pay Hinckley

"We women have a lot to learn about simplifying our lives. We have to decide what is important and then move along at a pace that is comfortable for us. We have to develop the maturity to stop trying to prove something. We have to learn to be content with what we are."

— Marjorie Pay Hinckley

 "Think about your particular assignment at this time in your life. It may be to get an education, it may be to rear children, it may be to be a grandparent, it may be to care for an relieve the suffering of someone you love, it may be to do a job in the most excellent way possible, it may be to support someone who has a difficult assignment of their own. Our assignments are varied and they change from time to time. Don't take them lightly. Give them your full heart and energy. Do them with enthusiasm. Do whatever you have to do this week with your whole heart and soul. To do less than this will leave you with an empty feeling."

— Marjorie Pay Hinckley
"The trick is to enjoy life. Don't wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead"

— Marjorie Pay Hinckley

"We are all in this together. We need each other. Oh, how we need each other. Those of us who are old need you who are young, and hopefully, you who are young need some of us who are old...We need deep and satisfying and loyal friendships with each other. These friendships are a necessary source of sustenance. We need to renew our faith every day. We need to lock arms and help build the kingdom so that it will roll forth and fill the whole earth."

— Marjorie Pay Hinckley
"I know it is hard for you young mothers to believe that almost before you can turn around the children will be gone and you will be alone with your husband. You had better be sure you are developing the kind of love and friendship that will be delightful and enduring. Let the children learn from your attitude that he is important. Encourage him. Be kind. It is a rough world, and he, like everyone else, is fighting to survive. Be cheerful. Don't be a whiner."

— Marjorie Pay Hinckley

"As we got closer to marriage, I felt completely confident that Gordon loved me. But I also knew somehow that I would never come first with him. I knew I was going to be second in his life and that the Lord was going to be first. And that was okay. It seemed to me that if you understood the gospel and the purpose of our being here, you would want a husband who put the Lord first."

-Marjorie Hinckley
"The grand and the simple. They are equally wonderful."

— Marjorie Pay Hinckley

"The thing about growing old is that when you wake up with a new pain, you can just about count on it becoming a permanent part of your life!"

— Marjorie Pay Hinckley


"There are some years in our lives that we would not want to live again. But even these years will pass away, and the lessons learned will be a future blessing."

— Marjorie Pay Hinckley

"With intellectual curiosity the world will always be full of magic and wonder."
-Marjorie Pay Hinckley

"I don't want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails.

I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp.

I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbors children.

I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someones garden.

I want to be there with children's sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder.

I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived."
— Marjorie Pay Hinckley

Take care, my blog friends.
Have a wonderful day! :)


Kim Walus said...

I read every single one of these wonderful reminders from Sister Hinckley. They are really inspiring and thought provoking.

It's always good to reflect on the important things in our lives and not get caught up in the thick of thin things.

Thanks JoAnne!

Grammee Linda said...

WONDERFUL words to live by!! Thanks for sharing!!

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Andrea said...

truly what I needed today. thanks Jo-Anne. and when I get a second I would like to post a couple of these on my blog. I hope you don't mind. so glad I peeked in today:)

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

Not being Mormon, I didn't recognize her name, but she is one wise woman. I loved these quotes Jo-Anne. They are perfect for all women, everywhere! Beautiful!

Niki said...

I loved this post and will probably copy some of them to re-read at a later date. Made me feel warm, fuzzy, repentant, and better about today. Thanks!