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Notable Quotes from Gordon B. Hinckley

Quotes from Gordon B. Hinckley, president and prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

His message to women in his patriarchal faith:

"Do the best you can. And remember that the greatest asset you have in this world is those children who you've brought into the world, and for whose nurture and care you're responsible."
—News conference in Salt Lake City, March 13, 1995

"People wonder what we do for our women. I'll tell you what we do. We get out of their way and look with wonder at what they're accomplishing."
—National Press Club appearance, March 8, 2000

On Church involvement in political issues:

"We urge our people to exercise their franchise as citizens of this nation, but we do not tell them how to vote and we do not tell the government how it should be run."
—On CBS News' 60 Minutes, April 7, 1996

"The church as an institution does not involve itself in politics, nor does it permit the use of its buildings or facilities for political purposes. Now, we do become involved if there is a moral issue or something that comes to the legislative calendar which directly affects the church."
—National Press Club appearance, March 8 2000

On the insistence of some evangelicals that Mormons are not Christians:

"I can't understand it. The very name of the savior is in the name of the church. The New Testament is a fundamental scripture for us. I can't understand why they take that position."
—National Press Club appearance, March 8, 2000

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On the lingering practice by "Mormon fundamentalists" of polygamy:

"People mistakenly assume that this church has something to do with it. It has nothing whatever to do with it. It has had nothing to do with it for a very long time. It's outside the realm of our responsibility. These people are not members. Any man or woman who becomes involved in it is excommunicated from the church."
—On CNN's Larry King Live, September 8, 1998