I loved Elder Hanks. A truly grat man!
My favorite Elder Hanks quote ...No one knows anything about Christs
work simply by being born a member of the Church, and often he knows little
about it after years of unmotivated exposure in meetings or classes. He must
learn. And learning involves self-investment and effort. The gospel should be
studied as carefully as any science. The literature of the Church must be
acquired and read. Our learning should be increased in our spare time day by
day. Then as we put the gospel truth to work in daily life, we will never find
it wanting. We will be literate in the most important field of knowledge in the
universe, knowledge for lack of which men and nations perish, in the light of
which men and nations may be savedElder Marion D. Hanks, First Council of
the Seventy, Theological Illiterates, Improvement Era (September 1969): 42
Elder Hanks spoke in my student ward at the UofU in 1990. Describing his own
failure as a young missionary he growled that he was "...grim, DETERMINED,
useless to the Lord." Then followed with a discussion of how we need to
just mellow out, to allow the Spirit some room to work through our efforts,
rather than elevate ourselves in self-importance through grim determination to
force the gospel onto people. That teaching, and a frank admission of the
questionable nature of how the Pearl of Great Price came about, cemented in me a
deep and abiding respect for Elder Hanks as a man of courageous and loving
action. Great guy!
I will never forget the day Elder Hanks sealed my wife and I in the SL Temple.
He taught us a simple thing that day that has continued to solve most if not all
of our troubles in life. Elder Hanks said simply "I am sorry are the
healing words, use them often". We have used them often and remained very
happy togetherThank you Elder Hanks for your life of service,
kindness and teaching!