Even though our Creator endowed us with this incredible power [the ability of the body to heal from injury or illness], He consigned a counterbalancing gift to our bodies. It is the blessing of aging, with visible reminders that we are mortal beings destined one day to leave this “frail existence.” Our bodies change every day. As we grow older, our broad chests and narrow waists have a tendency to trade places. We get wrinkles, lose color in our hair – even the hair itself – to remind us that we are mortal children of God, with a “manufacturer’s guarantee” that we shall not be stranded upon the earth forever. Were it not for the Fall, our physicians, beauticians, and morticians would all be unemployed. — Elder Russell M. Nelson, “The Atonement,” Ensign, Nov. 1996, p. 34
We don’t stop having fun because we grow old. We grow old because we stop having fun. — Unknown
Hilda and I are now past our prime, but we believe people don’t grow old by living a number of years. People grow old only by deserting their ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin but giving up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. We live every day as though we expect to live forever. — Alvin Bean
When Mike Wallace interviewed President Hinckley some years ago for the television program 60 Minutes, he said, “[People will say] this is a church run by old men.” To this, President Hinckley replied, “Isn’t it wonderful to have a man of maturity at the head – a man of judgment who isn’t blown about by every wind of doctrine?” So if any of you think the present leadership is too old to lead the Church, President Hinckley may need to give you some further counsel about the wisdom that comes with age! — James E. Faust, “Called and Chosen,” Ensign, November 2005, p. 53
Name Age at Death Reference
Adam 930 Moses 6:12
Seth 912 Moses 6:16
Enos 905 Moses 6:18
Cainan 910 Moses 6:19
Mahalaleel 895 Moses 6:20
Jared 962 Moses 6:24
Enoch 430 (translated) Moses 8:1
Methuselah 969 Moses 8:7
Lamech 777 Moses 8:11
Noah 950 Genesis 9:29
— H. Donl Peterson, The Pearl of Great Price: A History and Commentary, p.180
As we grow old . . . the beauty steals inward. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is difficult for those who are young to understand the loneliness that comes when life changes from a time of preparation and performance to a time of putting things away. . . . To be so long the center of a home, so much sought after, and then, almost suddenly to be on the sidelines watching the procession pass by – this is living into loneliness. . . . We have to live a long time to learn how empty a room can be that is filled only with furniture. It takes someone . . . beyond mere hired service, beyond institutional care or professional duty, to thaw out the memories of the past and keep them warmly living in the present. . . . We cannot bring them back the morning hours of youth. But we can help them live in the warm glow of a sunset made more beautiful by our thoughtfulness . . . and unfeigned love. (Richard L. Evans, “Living into Loneliness,” Improvement Era, July 1948, p. 445 — President Thomas S. Monson, “What Have I Done for Someone Today?” General Conference, October 2009
The thing about growing old is that when you wake up with a new pain, you can just about count on it becoming a permanent part of your life! — Marjorie Pay Hinckley
Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many. — Anonymous
We are old now, and in due time, we will be summoned beyond the veil. We do not resist that. We try to teach the practical things we have learned over the years to those who are younger – to our family and to others.
We cannot do what we once did, but we have become more than ever we were before. . . .
In your golden years there is so much to do and so much to be. Do not withdraw into a retirement from life, into amusement. That, for some, would be useless, even selfish. You may have served a mission and been released and consider yourself as having completed your service in the Church, but you are never released from being active in the gospel. . . .
You may at last, when old and feeble, learn that the greatest mission of all is to strengthen your own family and the families of others, to seal the generations. . . .
Keep the fire of your testimony of the restored gospel and your witness of our Redeemer burning so brightly that our children can warm their hands by the fire of your faith. — President Boyd K. Packer, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “The Golden Years,” Ensign, May 2003, p. 84