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The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - The Third Article of Faith

"Amid the array of mortal tutorials, we too should strive to '[finish our] preparations' for the third and everlasting estate, which lies ahead--thanks be to Jesus' glorious Atonement (D&C 19:19). By so doing, we too can become 'completed' and 'finished,' having finally attained our varied individual potentials (see Matt. 5:48, footnote b)." Neal A. Maxwell, "Apply the Atoning Blood of Christ," Ensign, Nov. 1997, p. 23

"The theology of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ is comprehensive, universal, merciful, and true. Following the necessary experience of mortal life, all sons and daughters of God will ultimately be resurrected and go to a kingdom of glory. The righteous--regardless of current religious denomination or belief--will ultimately go to a kingdom of glory more wonderful than any of us can comprehend. Even the wicked, or almost all of them, will ultimately go to a marvelous--though lesser--kingdom of glory. All of that will occur because of God's love for his children and because of the atonement and resurrection of Jesus Christ, 'who glorifies the Father, and saves all the works of his hands' (D&C 76:43)." Dallin H. Oaks, "Apostasy and Restoration," Ensign, May 1995, p. 87

"As to salvation from sin and the consequences of sin, our answer to the question of whether or not we have been saved is 'yes, but with conditions.' Our third article of faith declares our belief: 'We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel' (A of F 1:3)." Dallin H. Oaks, "Have You Been Saved?" Ensign, May 1998, p. 55

"The immortality and eternal life of man is brought to pass by the atonement of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer. It is 'the most transcendent act that ever has occurred or ever will occur among the children of the Father.' (Bruce R. McConkie, The Millennial Messiah, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1982, p. 15) It is an act of love for which we should be more grateful than for any other blessing or gift of God. The Atonement provides immortality to every person; immortality is infinite and universal. It provides the opportunity for eternal life, the kind of life that God lives, to those who have faith in Christ, repent of their sins, and obey the laws of the gospel. In a miraculous way, the Atonement saves and redeems us from the effects of the fall of Adam, both temporal death at the end of mortality and spiritual death, the separation from our Father. " Joseph B. Wirthlin, "Our Lord and Savior," Ensign, Nov. 1993, p. 6

"The greatest miracle of the Atonement is the power Jesus Christ has to change our character if we come to Him with a broken heart and a contrite spirit." Merrill J. Bateman, "Living a Christ-Centered Life," Ensign, Jan. 1999, p. 12-13

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