Howard W. Hunter quotes

  • Being happily and successfully married is generally not so much a matter of marrying the right person as it is being the right person.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Matter #Married #Persons

  • Let us be a temple-attending people. Attend the temple as frequently as personal circumstances allow. Keep a picture of a temple in your home that your children may see it. Teach them about the purposes of the House of the Lord. Have them plan from their earliest years to go there and to remain worthy of that blessing.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Children #Home #Blessing

  • Let us truly be a temple-attending and a temple-loving people….Let us make the temple, with temple worship and temple covenants and temple marriage, our ultimate earthly goal and the supreme mortal experience.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #People #Goal #Covenant

  • If our lives and our faith are centered on Jesus Christ and his restored gospel, nothing can ever go permanently wrong. On the other hand, if our lives are not centered on the Savior and his teachings, no other success can ever be permanently right.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Jesus #Teaching #Hands

  • This Christmas mend a quarrel. Seek out a forgotten friend. Dismiss suspicion and replace it with trust. Write a letter. Give a soft answer. Encourage youth. Manifest your loyalty in word and deed. Keep a promise. Forgo a grudge. Forgive an enemy. Apologize. Try to understand. Examine your demands on others. Think first of someone else. Be kind. Be gentle. Laugh a little more. Express your gratitude. Welcome a stranger. Gladden the heart of a child. Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth. Speak your love, and then speak it again.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Love #Loyalty #Gratitude

  • If you desire to find the true spirit of Christmas and partake of the sweetness of it, let me make this suggestion to you. During the hurry of the festive occasion of this Christmas season, find time to turn your heart to God. Perhaps in the quiet hours, and in a quiet place, and on your knees-alone or with loved ones-give thanks for the good things that have come to you, and ask that His Spirit might dwell in you as you earnestly strive to serve Him and keep His commandments. He will take you by the hand and His promises will be kept.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Christmas #Heart #Hands

  • True greatness...always requires regular, consistent, small, and sometimes ordinary and mundane steps over a long period of time.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Greatness #Long #Ordinary

  • When we . . . read and study the scriptures, benefits and blessings of many kinds come to us. This is the most profitable of all study in which we could engage.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Blessing #Benefits #Scripture

  • Motherhood is near to divinity. It is the highest, holiest service to be assumed by mankind.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Motherhood #Divinity #Mankind

  • You should express regularly to your wife and children your reverence and respect for her. Indeed, one of the greatest things a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Mother #Children #Father

  • A righteous father protects his children with his time and presence.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Children #Father #Righteous

  • To discipline ourselves through fasting brings us in tune with God, and fast day provides an occasion to set aside the temporal so that we might enjoy the higher qualities of the spiritual. As we fast on that day we learn and better understand the needs of those who are less fortunate.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Spiritual #Discipline #Quality

  • The ability to stand by one's principles, to live with integrity and faith according to one's belief-that is what matters, that is the difference between a contribution and a commitment. That devotion to true principle in our individual lives, in our homes and families, and in all places that we meet and influence other people-that devotion is what God is ultimately requesting of us.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Integrity #Commitment #Home

  • What a glorious thing it is for us to have the privilege of going to the temple for our own blessings. Then after going to the temple for our own blessings, what a glorious privilege to do the work for those who have gone on before us.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Blessing #Gone #Privilege

  • The girl who chooses to be modest, chooses to be respected.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Girl #Veils #Modesty

  • We need to be kinder with one another, more gentle and forgiving. We need to be slower to anger and more prompt to help. We need to extend the hand of friendship and resist the hand of retribution. In short, we need to love one another with the pure love of Christ, with genuine charity and compassion and, if necessary, shared suffering, for that is the way God loves us.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Compassion #Hands #Suffering

  • I have learned that those who engage in family history research and then perform the temple ordinance work for those whose names they have found will know the additional joy of receiving both halves of the blessing.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Blessing #Names #Joy

  • God's chief way of acting is by persuasion and patience and long-suffering, not by coercion and stark confrontation. He acts by gentle solicitation and by sweet enticement. He always acts with unfailing respect for the freedom and independence that we possess.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Sweet #Long #Independence

  • If you feel that . . . what you do this year or in the years to come does not make you very famous, take heart. Most of the best people who ever lived weren't very famous either.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Heart #Years #People

  • Every day of our lives and in every season of the year (not just at Easter time), Jesus asks each of us, as he did following his triumphant entry into Jerusalem those many years ago, ‘What think ye of Christ? whose son is he?’ (Matt. 22:42.) We declare that he is the Son of God, and the reality of that fact should stir our souls more frequently. I pray that it will, this Easter season and always.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Jesus #Easter #Son

  • We need to remember that though we make our friends, God has made our neighbors – everywhere. Love should have no boundary; we should have no narrow loyalties.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Loyalty #Needs #Remember

  • Those things which we call extraordinary, remarkable, or unusual may make history, but they do not make real life. After all, to do well those things which God ordained to be the common lot of all mankind, is the truest greatness. To be a successful father or a successful mother is greater than to be a successful general or a successful statesman.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Mother #Father #Real

  • The world in which we live would benefit greatly if men and women everywhere would exercise the pure love of Christ, which is kind, meek, and lowly. It is without envy or pride. It is selfless because it seeks nothing in return. It does not countenance evil or ill will, nor rejoice in iniquity; it has no place for bigotry, hatred, or violence. It refuses to condone ridicule, vulgarity, abuse, or ostracism. It encourages diverse people to live together in Christian love regardless of religious belief, race, nationality, financial standing, education, or culture.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Christian #Religious #Pride

  • Humility is an attribute of godliness possessed by true Saints. It is easy to understand why a proud man fails. He is content to rely upon himself only. This is evident in those who seek social position or who push others aside to gain position in fields of business, government, education, sports, or other endeavors. Our genuine concern should be for the success of others. The proud man shuts himself off from God, and when he does he no longer lives in the light.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Sports #Humility #Men

  • How is Christmas regarded today? The legend of Santa Claus, the Christmas tree, the decorations of tinsel and mistletoe, and the giving of gifts all express to us the spirit of the day we celebrate; but the true spirit of Christmas lies much deeper than these. It is found in the life of the Savior, in the principles He taught, in His atoning sacrifice-which become our great heritage.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Lying #Sacrifice #Giving

  • Earn the respect and confidence of your children through your loving relationship with them. A righteous father protects his children with his time and presence in their social, educational, and spiritual activities and responsibilities.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Spiritual #Children #Father

  • At the end of your lives you will not be judged by academic successes, the degrees or diplomas earned, the positions held, the material wealth acquired, or power and prestige, but rather on the basis of what you have become as persons and what you are in conduct and character.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Character #Diploma #Degrees

  • Whatever Jesus lays His hands upon, lives. If He lays is hands upon a marriage, it lives. If He is allowed to lay His hands on the family, it lives.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Jesus #Hands

  • Those who delve into the scriptural library … find that to understand requires more than casual reading or perusal—there must be concentrated study. … One who studies the scriptures every day accomplishes far more than one who devotes considerable time one day and then lets days go by before continuing.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Reading #One Day #Library

  • How sacredly do [we] regard the good name of another?...Do we pass on spicy bits of entertaining conversation...repeating rumors and stories which have not been submitted to the test of truth?
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Names #Rumor #Stories

  • To dig a straight furrow, the plowman needs to keep his eyes on a fixed point ahead of him. That keeps him on a true course. If, however, he happens to look back to see where he has been, his chances of straying are increased. The results are crooked and irregular furrows...Fix your attention on your...goals and never look back on your earlier problems....If our energies are focused not behind us but ahead of us--on eternal life and the joy of salvation--we assuredly will obtain it.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Eye #Generosity #Goal

  • Those who are filled with the love of Christ do not seek to force others to do better, they inspire others to do better.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Inspire #Christ #Force

  • You are chosen to be faithful women of God in our day, to stand above pettiness, gossip, selfishness, lewdness, and all other forms of ungodliness. Recognize your divine birthright as daughters of our Heavenly Father.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Daughter #Father #Gossip

  • The real Christmas comes to him who has taken Christ into his life as a moving, dynamic, vitalizing force. The real spirit of Christmas lies in the life and mission of the Master.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Real #Lying #Moving

  • The real spirit of Christmas lies in the life and mission of the Master.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Real #Lying #Spirit

  • Surely the Lord loves, more than anything else, an unwavering determination to obey his counsel.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Determination #Lord #Obedience

  • The path of repentance, though hard at times, lifts one ever upward and leads to a perfect forgiveness.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Perfect #Path #Repentance

  • To make a covenant with the Lord to always keep His commandments is a serious obligation, and to renew that covenant by partaking of the sacrament is equally serious. The solemn moments of thought while the sacrament is being served have great significance. They are moments of self-examination, introspection, self-discernment...a time to reflect and to resolve.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Self #Examination #Covenant

  • Swallow what's bitter in the cup and move on.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Wisdom #Moving #Cups

  • Tender expressions of love and affection toward children are as much the responsibility of the father as the mother. Tell your children you love them.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Mother #Children #Father

  • That which is worth while is seldom easy.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Easy

  • We need a more peaceful world, growing out of more peaceful families and neighborhoods and communities. To secure and cultivate such peace, "we must love others, even our enemies as well as our friends"
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Love #Community #Peaceful

  • The atonement of Jesus Christ is the supreme act of love, the supreme example of selfless concern for others.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Love #Jesus #Example

  • While waiting for promised blessings, one should not mark time, for to fail to move forward is to some degree a retrogression. Be anxiously engaged in good causes, including your own development.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Moving #Blessing #Waiting

  • The government will take from the 'haves' and give to the 'have nots.' Both have lost their freedom. Those who 'have', lost their freedom to give voluntarily of their own free will and in the way the desire. Those who 'have not,' lost their freedom because they did not earn what they received. They got 'something for nothing,' and they will neither appreciate the gift nor the giver of the gift.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Government #Appreciate #Giving

  • Courage is acting in spite of fear.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Acting #Spite

  • Let us truly be a temple-attending and temple-loving people...We should not go only for our kindred dead, but also for the personal blessings of temple worship, for the sanctity and the safety that are within those hallowed and consecrated walls. As we attend the temple, we learn more richly and deeply the purpose of life and the significance of the atoning sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. Let us make the temple, together with temple worship and temple covenants and temple marriage, our ultimate earthly goal and the supreme mortal experience.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Jesus #Wall #Sacrifice

  • There is a great need to rally the women of the Church to stand with and for the Brethren in stemming the tide of evil that surrounds us.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Evil #Church #Needs

  • There is good reason to make our decision now to serve the Lord. On this Sunday morning, when the complications and temptations of life are somewhat removed, and when we have the time and more of an inclination to take an eternal perspective, we can more clearly evaluate what will bring us the greatest happiness in life. We should decide now, in the light of the morning, how we will act when the darkness of night and when the storms of temptation arrive.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Morning #Sunday #Night

  • Surely taking the gospel to every kindred, tongue, and people is the single greatest responsibility we have in mortality. ... We have been privileged to be born in these last days, as opposed to some earlier dispensation, to help take the gospel to all the earth
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Responsibility #People #Missionary

  • The gospel of Jesus Christ is not limited to a system of beliefs; it is a plan of action.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Jesus #Belief #Action

  • Tenderness and respect-never selfishness-must be the guiding principles in the intimate relationship between husband and wife
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Marriage #Husband #Wife

  • The first recorded instruction given to Adam after the Fall dealt with the eternal principle of work. The Lord said: "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread." (Gen. 3:19.) Our Heavenly Father loves us so completely that he has given us a commandment to work. This is one of the keys to eternal life. He knows that we will learn more, grow more, achieve more, serve more, and benefit more from a life of industry than from a life of ease.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Life #Father #Fall

  • What a glorious thing is life, surrounded by the beauties of the world in which we live.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Life #World #Glorious

  • Perhaps no promise in life is more reassuring than that promise of divine assistance and spiritual guidance in times of need. It is a gift freely given from heaven, a gift that we need from our earliest youth through the very latest days of our lives.
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Life #Spiritual #Heaven

  • If we will be true and faithful to our principles, committed to a life of honesty and integrity, then no king or contest or fiery furnace will be able to compromise us. For the success of the kingdom of God on earth, may we stand as witnesses for Him "at all times and in all things, and in all places that we may be in, even until death."
    -- Howard W. Hunter

    #Kings #Honesty #Integrity