The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - 3 Nephi 27:27

"If thoughts make us what we are and we are to be like Christ, then we must think Christlike thoughts." Ezra Taft Benson, "Come unto Christ," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1983], p. 41

"Jesus Christ not only has personally offered himself as a savior to fulfill the plan of salvation, but also has been set as a high standard for us to reach. In some way, this latter facet of the Savior's mission is integral to the plan of salvation too. The purpose of the plan of redemption is to bring us exaltation, and the work and sacrifice of the Savior are to lift us past the obstacles to that goal. As the Lord told the Saints, 'ye are not able to abide the presence of God now, neither the ministering of angels; wherefore, continue in patience until ye are perfected.' (D&C 67:13)" Gerald N. Lund, "Jesus Christ, Key to the Plan of Salvation," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1991], p. 168

"So, my advice to you is to do all within your power to become a man or woman of Christ. Don't be misled by the miserable voices that sing Satan's deadly lullabies. Don't heed the scoffings of the fools who equate a balanced life with the life of a hypocrite. Seek always to become a saint-a saint of the living God. Seek to become a servant of Christ, for it was he who instructed, 'What manner of men ought ye to be? Verily I say unto you, even as I am' (3 Nephi 27:27)." Carlos E. Asay, "In the Lord's Service: A Guide to Spiritual Development," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1990], p. 56

"The struggle is intense along the pathway to perfection, yet it is a trek necessitated by Jesus' having asked us to become 'even as I am' (3 Nephi 27:27). Through the Prophet Joseph Smith, either by translation or revelation, great insights came concerning this deepening of one's discipleship." - Neal A. Maxwell, "But for a Small Moment," [Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft, 1986], p. 15

"Our Lord's perfect life shines as a beacon beckoning all those from Adam on down to choose to live as he lived and to merit the rewards he himself gained. Most of earth's total inhabitants shall dwell as mortals in the so-called Christian Era. All of these are invited to look back at his life, to see how he lived, and to go forth themselves and do likewise. Those who lived before his day, who were righteous, knew by the spirit of inspiration that his would be the perfect life, and they, therefore, buoyed up by this knowledge, sought beforehand to be even as he would be in the day of his mortal probation." - Bruce R. McConkie, "The Promised Messiah," [Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Company, 1978-82], p. 456

"And how are we to know how we are perceived by Jesus Christ? By how closely we conform to the standards that He has established for us and by the purity of the intents of our hearts. He is the one who has provided the perfect pattern and the perfect standard for all mankind by not only all that He is and did but with His compellingly clear question and invitation: 'What manner of men ought ye to be? Verily I say unto you, even as I am.' (3 Ne. 27:27.) To do as He asks and to be what we should, assures us of His approval. To do otherwise invites His disappointment." - Cecil O. Samuelson, "As Jesus Sees Us," General Conference Reports, April 1995

The only complete response to the question posed by Jesus Christ “What manner of men ought ye to be?” is the one He succinctly and profoundly gave: “Even as I am” (3 Nephi 27:27). The invitation to “come unto Christ, and be perfected in him” (Moroni 10:32) both requires and expects change. Mercifully, He has not left us alone. “And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. … Then will I make weak things become strong” (Ether 12:27). Relying upon the Savior’s Atonement, we can change. Of this I am certain. –
Donald L. Hallstrom, “What Manner of Men?” Ensign (CR) May 2014

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