"There is never an over-supply of eternal life. There is never an over-supply of honesty. Our Father's business is one where there has always been the greatest shortages. Why do you think that the Lord said that the most profitable thing that one could do was to bring souls unto him? It is because a human soul is the most valuable commodity known. Jesus compared the value of one human soul to the value of the entire earth. I don't know what the value of the earth is, but it would be a very large amount. But the greatest wealth is not so much what you have, as what you are. We don't work merely to acquire, but to become. Success in life is not what you can get out of it, it is what you can become by it." — Sterling W. Sill, "A Formula for Laying up Treasures", October 3, 1960, "BYU Speeches of the Year," p. 3
"This declaration reveals the divine and eternal nature of man; he is the most important of all God' s creations, for did not God the Father say, 'this is my work and my glory-to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man' ? Man is a child of God. The earth was made for man and not man for the earth. Man is the greater and like his Eternal Father possesses creative powers and unlimited abilities." — Delbert L. Stapley, "Man, A Child of God", January 10, 1962, "BYU Speeches of the Year"
"We testify to the eternal nature of a personality and that personality's inherent powers as a child of God. As children of God, we partake of His divine nature; therefore, we are eternal beings. Man's evolution does not concern his origin and beginning. God has determined the fact of His creation long ago, but man's evolution as a son of God is to rise toward the likeness of his Eternal Father by perfecting his God-given abilities and powers, which, in an embryonic state, are like God's, but presently are not fully developed. Time, experience, and faith are essential for man to achieve his divine destiny. Therefore we are always in His thoughts and plans for us." — "Intelligent Faith, the Guide to Eternal Life", Delbert L. Stapley, May 5, 1964, "BYU Speeches of the Year"
"When a member of your bishopric stopped by your home and asked that you serve the Lord as a Scoutmaster, a teacher of a Beehive class, or perhaps a secretary or executive in the Sunday School, did you actually stop and contemplate the true meaning of your acceptance? Did you look upon your assignment in terms of twenty-four Boy Scouts, or twelve Beehive girls, or perhaps an obligation to devote two hours each Sunday morning? Or did you reflect upon the real meaning of your opportunity as the words of the Lord found lodgment in your heart: 'Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God.' (D&C 18:10.) If so, you were humbled as you became aware that God, our Eternal Father, and His Beloved Son had chosen you to play a vital role in a glorious cause. 'This is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.' (Moses 1:39.)" — Thomas S. Monson, "Be Your Best Self," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1979], p. 115
"I think I am within the mark when I say that the obtaining of eternal life by each individual person, including specifically you and me, is part of the work of God and adds to his glory. His will concerning us and our affairs cannot be other than for our advancement toward immortality and eternal life. Submitting to his will in every instance will be for our own good. And this we must do in faith if we would have peace and happiness in our present state of imperfect living." — Marion G. Romney, "Conference Report," October 1944, p. 55-56
"Heavenly Father's top priority is His children. If it's important to you, it's important to Him. Whatever concern you have is His concern. Whatever you have a question about, the Lord knows the answer. Whatever sadness you are feeling, He knows how you feel and will ease the pain. He knows what it's like to feel all alone. He will comfort you." - Sharon G. Larsen, "Your Celestial Guide," Ensign (CR), May 2001, p.86
This high value which the Lord puts upon the souls of men as made known in these modern scriptures, he also revealed to his ancient prophets. To impress upon their minds the worth of a human soul, he gave some of them a glimpse of the magnitude of his creations and then explained that they were but ancillary to the accomplishment of his purpose—“to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39). – Marion G. Romney, “The Worth of Souls,” Ensign (CR) November 1978
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