"I pray that God will give each of us the courage and desire to strive for a pure heart, a willing heart, an understanding and loving heart. May we take the seeds offered to all of us, plant them, and nourish them that we may help harvest the matured fruit of the gospel of Jesus Christ. If we can do this, when the final judgment is made and our hearts are measured by the Lord, our measurements will not be found deficient." — "The Measure Of Our Hearts", Elder Marvin J. Ashton, General Conference, October 1988
"The gospel is so very simple when we understand it properly. It is always right, it is always good, it is always uplifting. Obedience to gospel principles brings forth joy and happiness. Disobedience has a day of reckoning and will only bring forth heartache, misery, strife, and unhappiness." — "And Why Call Ye Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not the Things Which I Say?", Elder L. Tom Perry, General Conference, October 1984
"When we are called before the bar of God to give an accounting of our performance, I think it unlikely that any of us will be commended for wearing out our lives in an effort to find some morsel of history, incomplete in its context, to cast doubt on the integrity of this work. Rather, I believe we will be examined on what we did to build the kingdom, to bring light and understanding of the eternal truths of the gospel to the eyes and minds of all who are willing to listen, to care for the poor and the needy, and to make of the world a better place as a result of our presence." — "Questions and Answers", President Gordon B. Hinckley, General Conference, October 1985
"Some think that our ultimate judgment and reward will be based on how many laws and commandments we keep and how many we do not keep. While in a sense this is true, it misses the broader and spiritual purpose for keeping the commandments. When I was younger, I lived to play basketball. It was on my mind constantly. I spent countless hours practicing. Gradually I began to go through the moves automatically, without thinking about them. Physically and mentally I had become conditioned to do certain things by instinct. I had practiced them until they became natural to me. In like manner, we keep the commandments and teachings of the gospel in order to condition us spiritually. It is not a matter of how many laws we keep and how many we do not keep. We keep the commandments because they are the laws that govern the Spirit. The Spirit in turn will sanctify us, condition us spiritually, and eventually prepare us to live in the kingdom where God is." — "The Spirit Giveth Life", Elder Loren C. Dunn, General Conference, April 1979
"All of us have made wrong turns along the way. I believe the kind and merciful God, whose children we are, will judge us as lightly as he can for the wrongs that we have done and give us the maximum blessing for the good that we do." — James E. Faust, October 1996 Conference (November Ensign) pg. 53
"If you feel confident in the presence of your parents, peers, and priesthood leaders, you can sense how you will feel when you have the confidence and acceptance of the Savior." — M. Russell Ballard, Ensign, Nov. 1990 (October Conference) page 36
"That judgment will consider not only your actions, but also your innermost intent and heartfelt desires. Your everyday thoughts have not been lost. Scriptures speak of the 'bright recollection' (Alma 11:43) and 'perfect remembrance' (Alma 5:18) that your mind will provide in times of divine judgment." — Elder Russell M. Nelson, Ensign, Nov. 1990 (October Conference) page 75
"Ah! the light breaks. There is a record kept-and surely there is one. One group is receiving its reward now; the other is laying it up in heaven; and out of the books which are written and shall be written shall the dead be judged. (See Rev. 20:12.) Then the Lord gives his word, which he cannot break, for surely 'I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say.' (D&C 82:10; italics added.) And here is the Lord's promise: 'And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.' (Mal. 3:17.) Surely, it is very difficult not to be partial to your own son who is working for you, if he does a good job. I presume there is nothing wrong in feeling that way about your own son. The Lord seems to think not." - Hartman Rector Jr., "That Ye May Have Roots and Branches," Ensign, May 1983, p. 26-27
"To most of us, autumn is a time of thanksgiving, when we acknowledge the Source of our blessings, and we kneel before him and give thanks. Our sincerity may not be gauged wholly by the words we use, the tone of our voice or the regularity of our kneeling.
"If someone does us a great favor, one which we cannot fully repay, we sometimes express the wish that some day we may have an opportunity to show our gratitude in some tangible way. What would our benefactor think of us-what should we think of ourselves-if such an opportunity should appear and we neglected or refused to embrace it? Suppose he should ask us to do some little favor for him, something, say one-tenth as valuable as his service to us, would we refuse the favor or complain that it was too much or too difficult? If we did, we should expect all who knew the facts to list us among the ingrates, and in case of future need, embarrassment and shame would make a new appeal to the benefactor, if not impossible, at least humiliating and probably fruitless.
"But the gratitude which is worthy of us will not be prompted by 'a lively sense of favors to come'-it should be akin to the charity of which the apostle wrote which 'seeketh not itself.' Real gratitude is compounded of many virtues and is productive of others. It is to be found among those who were named by the Master as 'blessed,' the poor in spirit, the meek, the merciful, the pure in heart, the oppressed. Blessed is he who has a thankful heart and a contrite spirit. To him the windows of heaven are opened until he is unable to contain his blessings. But it will take more than words to open those windows.
"In spite of our losses, our trials, our hardships, our bereavements, each one of us has reason to be thankful for the blessings of the past year." - Hugh B. Brown, "The Eternal Quest" [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1956], p. 208-209
"'And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, * * * every man according to his works.' (Revelation 20:12-13.) Thus it is stated clearly that we are to be judged by our works, by our accomplishments, by what we do and not wholly or primarily by what we say. Concerning this important matter Jesus the Son of God himself has said: 'Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.' (Matthew 7:21.)" - J. Reuben Clark, Jr., "Conference Report," April 1934, p. 108
"I have been puzzled that some scriptures command us not to judge and others instruct us that we should judge and even tell us how to do it. But as I have studied these passages I have become convinced that these seemingly contradictory directions are consistent when we view them with the perspective of eternity. The key is to understand that there are two kinds of judging: final judgments, which we are forbidden to make, and intermediate judgments, which we are directed to make, but upon righteous principles....
"I speak of the final judgment. This is that future occasion in which all of us will stand before the judgment seat of Christ to be judged according to our works (see 1 Ne. 15:33; 3 Ne. 27:15; Morm. 3:20; D&C 19:3)....
"In contrast to forbidding mortals to make final judgments, the scriptures require mortals to make what I will call “intermediate judgments.” These judgments are essential to the exercise of personal moral agency....
"We must, of course, make judgments every day in the exercise of our moral agency, but we must be careful that our judgments of people are intermediate and not final." - Dallin H. Oaks, "'Judge Not,' and Judging," Ensign, August 1999, p.7
“At the final day the Savior will not ask about the nature of our callings. He will not inquire about our material possessions or fame. He will ask if we ministered to the sick, gave food and drink to the hungry, visited those in prison, or gave succor to the weak. When we reach out to assist the least of Heavenly Father's children, we do it unto Him. That is the essence of the gospel of Jesus Christ.” - Joseph B. Wirthlin, “The Great Commandment,” CR October 2007
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