“Latter-day Saint Voices: ‘The Strength of the Church’” Liahona, Aug. 2002, 42–46
Commenting on a young man who repented and became a faithful and good member of the Church, President Gordon B. Hinckley says: “Is not this what the work is all about? Said the Savior, ‘I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly’ (John 10:10). Without great abundance of the things of the world, these, my friends, live abundantly. People such as they are the strength of the Church. In their hearts is a quiet and solid conviction that God lives and that we are accountable to Him; that Jesus is the Christ, the Way, the Truth, the Life (see John 14:6); that this work is Their work; that it is true; and that gladness and peace and healing come in walking in obedience to the commandments of God (see D&C 89:18), as set forth in the teachings of the Church” (see this issue, pages 6–7).
As the following stories illustrate, the strength of the Church is indeed the faithful members who strive to become more like the Savior. This great work moves forward because of members who live the gospel, showing good examples of Christian living to their friends and neighbors.