"Youth of the Church, young men and young women, you are the richest people in the world. Some of you may say in your minds that you have no money. I care not whether you have ten cents or a million dollars. Money perishes; but the wealth that you have surpasses anything that you can gain here in this world which is of the world. You are members of the true Church of Jesus Christ and are recipients of the restored gospel of our Lord and Savior. You have the Holy Priesthood after the order of the Son of God. You have at your command all the blessings which come to those who love God and keep his commandments, even the promise of the blessing of eternal life which he says is the greatest gift that he has for man (D. & C. 14:7; 6:7) if you will but serve the Lord your God with all your heart, might, mind, and strength. (Ibid., 4:2; 50:5; 51:19.)" — Milton R. Hunter, "Conference Report," October 1947, p. 95
"Jesus said: 'I am the resurrection, and the life.' (John 11:25.) That is: 'By me immortality and eternal life come, for I have abolished death.' But resurrection and life are not one and the same thing; immortality and eternal life are distinct but associated states. 'Immortality is to live forever in the resurrected state with body and spirit inseparably connected. The Lord's work and glory is to bring to pass both the immortality and the eternal life of man (Moses 1:39): all are resurrected to a state of immortality, those who believe and obey the gospel plan go on 'in immortality unto eternal life.' (D. & C. 29:42-43.) Immortality is a free gift which comes by grace alone without works on man's part; eternal life, 'the greatest of all the gifts of God' (D. & C. 14:7), results from 'obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.' (Third Article of Faith; 1 Cor. 15:42-54; 2 Tim. 1:10; Doctrines of Salvation, vol. 2, pp. 4-10, 24, 309-310.)' (Mormon Doctrine, 2nd ed., pp. 376-377.)" — Bruce R. McConkie, "Doctrinal New Testament Commentary," 3 vols. [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1965-1973], 3:101
"It is not difficult to accept intellectually that the faithful who endure well a proximate deprivation now will receive the ultimate benefaction later: eternal life, the greatest of all the gifts of God (see D&C 14:7). But we are here. This is now. The trials are real. Temptations come daily. Can we learn to keep 'all these things' in perspective?" — Neal A. Maxwell, "If Thou Endure It Well," [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1996], p. 7
"The important matter in mortal life is to realize every day, as fully as possible, some joys of salvation and envision the richness of man's possible destiny." — John A. Widtsoe, "Program of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints," [Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1937], p. 26
"Awaiting the faithful is God's greatest gift of all-eternal life (D&C 14:7)-for which all humans will have had an equal chance to strive. The gift of immortality to all is so choice a gift that our rejoicing in these two great and generous gifts should drown out any sorrow, assuage any grief, conquer any mood, dissolve any despair, and tame any tragedy." — Neal A. Maxwell, "Wherefore, Ye Must Press Forward," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1977], p. 132
Many years ago I took the opportunity to study the final testimonies of the prophets in each dispensation. Each bore a powerful witness of God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.
As I have read these testimonies—and many others like them over the years—it has always touched my heart to sense how deeply Heavenly Father loves His eldest Son and how Jesus shows His love by His obedience to His Father’s will. I testify that when we do what is necessary to know Them and know Their love for one another, we will obtain “the greatest of all the gifts of God”—even eternal life. For “this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” – Robert D. Hales, “Eternal Life—to Know Our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ,” Ensign (CR) November 2014
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