"President Stephen L Richards explained it this way: 'The immortal soul which is the union of body and spirit becomes invested with the divine nature of our eternal Father and ... Jesus Christ' (Stephen L Richards, CR, April 1945, p. 30). That investment of the divine nature intensifies and magnifies our gifts and abilities. There is no greater teacher, no greater strength than the divine nature of the eternal Father and Jesus Christ." — James E. Faust, "An Untroubled Faith", "BYU Speeches of the Year", 28 September 1986
"Peter taught that by walking in the newness of life one escapes 'the corruption that is in the world through lust,' and by developing within himself faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and charity, he becomes a partaker 'of the divine nature.' (See 2 Pet. 1:4-7.)" — Marion G. Romney, "According To The Covenants", General Conference, October 1975
"The latest of the Gospels is that of John's. It is said to have been written at Ephesus where John resided, presiding over the branches of the Church originated by Paul. John, having before him copies of the three previous Gospels, naturally omits many data therein recorded, introducing others which he had preserved from oblivion. The chief aim of John is to set forth the divine nature of our Lord." — George Reynolds, "Commentary on the Pearl of Great Price", p. 23
"Only to the extent that we put off the natural man can we eventually abide the presence of God and see Him.... Only as we become partakers of the divine nature are we qualified to become partakers of divine power." — Neal A. Maxwell, "Notwithstanding My Weakness", p. 75 - 76
Topic: Refining Qualities
"May I offer four suggestions to help focus on principles that will make us kinder, gentler, more harmonious, and loving persons.
"First, be considerate....
"Second, be complimentary.... Third, be charitable....
"Fourth, be grateful." - W. Eugene Hansen, "Love," Ensign (CR), November 1989, p.23
"Human life is sacred to the Latter-day Saints-as sacred and precious as anything that exists-because of its divine nature. God has revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith and to the other holy prophets that we are his children, the divine offspring of heavenly beings. Men and women in general are the greatest of God's creative work, being made in his own image, and endowed through inheritance from our heavenly parents with godly characteristics just as mortal children are endowed with the characteristics of their earthly parents. In other words, we are gods in embryo..." - Milton R. Hunter, "Conference Report," October 1945, Afternoon Meeting, p.108
"We must not be misled by the doctrines of men. All the studies of science and philosophy will never answer the question: 'What is man and why is he here?' But it is answered clearly and simply in the gospel of Jesus Christ, and we are instructed: 'If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God.' (Jas. 1:5 .)" - N. Eldon Tanner, "Conference Report," October 1967, Second Day—Morning Meeting, p.53
"Young man, or young woman, just commencing life! Be true to yourself. Act your own character. Live the life for which you were intended, and you will succeed and be honored as certainly as God intended you should. But if you strive to be another than yourself, or to fill a place for which you were never designed, you will fall as would fall the exotic before a northern blast, or melt like the iceberg in the tropics." - Orson F. Whitney, "The Contributor," Volume 1
"I challenge every one of you who can hear me to rise to the divinity within you. Do we really realize what it means to be a child of God, to have within us something of the divine nature?
"I believe with all my heart that the Latter-day Saints, generally speaking, are good people. If we live by the principles of the gospel, we must be good people, for we will be generous and kind, thoughtful and tolerant, helpful and outreaching to those in distress. We can either subdue the divine nature and hide it so that it finds no expression in our lives, or we can bring it to the front and let it shine through all that we do." - Gordon B. Hinckley, "Each a Better Person," Ensign (CR), November 2002, p.99
“As spirit children of our Heavenly Father, we should seek always to recognize the divine potential within us and never restrict our perspective to the limited scope of mortal life.” - Joseph B. Wirthlin, “Seeking the Good,” Ensign (CR), May 1992, p. 86
"If we are constantly aware of the seeds of divinity in us, it will help us rise above earthly challenges and difficulties. Brigham Young said: 'When I look upon the faces of intelligent beings I look upon the image of the God I serve. There are none but what have a certain portion of divinity within them; and though we are clothed with bodies which are in the image of our God, yet this mortality shrinks before that portion of divinity which we inherit from our Father.' Being aware of our divine heritage will help men young and old to grow and magnify the divinity which is within them and within all of us." - James E. Faust, "Them That Honour Me I Will Honour," Ensign (CR), May 2001, p. 45
Our divine nature has nothing to do with our personal accomplishments, the status we achieve, the number of marathons we run, or our popularity and self-esteem. Our divine nature comes from God. It was established in an existence that preceded our birth and will continue on into eternity. - Rosemary M. Wixom, “Discovering the Divinity Within,” Ensign (CR) November 2015
In today’s world, no matter where we live and no matter what our circumstances are, it is essential that our preeminent identity is as a child of God. Knowing that will allow our faith to flourish, will motivate our continual repentance, and will provide the strength to “be steadfast and immovable” throughout our mortal journey. - Donald L. Hallstrom, “I Am A Child of God,” Ensign (CR) May 2016
Thus our obedience to the gospel carries its own reward here and now. We do not need to wait with expectation or anticipation for the eternal blessings awaiting us in immortality to justify our obedience in this life to the principles of the gospel. We can become partakers of the divine nature progressively from the beginning of our conversion throughout the remainder of our faithful lives. - Henry D. Moyle, “Conference Report,” October 1962, Third Day-Morning Meeting, p.89
Granted, finite minds do not fully understand the infinite mind of God. We are not fully comprehending when our agency brushes against His divinity. Yet we should trust Him as our provincial petitions meet His universal omniscience. - Neal A. Maxwell, “That Ye May Believe,” p.179
Here on earth, we identify ourselves in many different ways, including our place of birth, our nationality, and our language. Some even identify themselves by their occupation or their hobby. These earthly identities are not wrong unless they supersede or interfere with our eternal identity—that of being a son or a daughter of God. – Donald L. Hallstrom, “I Am a Child of God,” Ensign (CR) May 2016
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