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Discourses of President Gordon B. Hinckley, Vol. 1 by Gordon B. Hinckley
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Gordon B. Hinckley is a very funny and spiritual man. I started reading this while he was still prophet and President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, under the theory that the prophet one should listen to most is the one who's alive. (Just ask those who ignored Noah, or Pharaoh refusing to let the children of Israel go.)

Pres. Hickley taught a practical, down-to-earth, nuts-and-bolts, Christ-centered gospel, very much like Brigham Young. He saw a problem, received revelation on how to solve the problem, and then pursued the solution relentlessly. This compilation of his teachings reflects that. In this period of his presidency, he focused on humility (avoiding self-righteousness), taking the temple to the people (building small temples), retaining new converts, and strengthening the family.

During this period, Pres. Hinckley traveled all over the world to meet with people of the church, and the selection of member meetings reflects his travels. The book is not exhaustive, and it's probably a good thing. Pres. Hinckley gave several hundred talks and held even more meetings during this time period.
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