"Your joy in life depends upon your trust in Heavenly Father and His holy Son; your conviction that their plan of happiness truly can bring you joy. Pondering their doctrine will let you enjoy the beauties of this earth and enrich your relationships with others. It will lead you to the comforting, strengthening experiences that flow from prayer to Father in Heaven and the answers He gives in return." — Richard G. Scott, "Finding Joy In Life," General Conference, April 1996
"Jesus Christ was chosen to be the Savior of the world. He gave the plan of life and salvation to the prophets in the old days, as recorded in Genesis and elsewhere. We know who we are, where we came from, why we are here, and how we can get back to his presence." — N. Eldon Tanner, "The Blessing Of A Testimony," General Conference, October 1980
"By the sacrament, we declare repeatedly, ordinarily weekly, our allegiance to the plan of salvation and its obligations." — L. Tom Perry, "Sacrament of the Lord's Supper," General Conference, April 1996
"In the eternal sense, all things are part of the plan of salvation; all play their part in making eternal life available to the children of the Father. The three supreme events that comprise the system that makes salvation possible are the creation, the fall, and the atonement. The creation and the fall--so intertwined together as to constitute one divine enterprise--are the means whereby spirit children are housed in tabernacles of clay and subjected to the trials and sorrows of a mortal probation. The atonement is the divine ransom that raises man from mortality to immortality, from spiritual death to eternal life." — Bruce R. McConkie, "A New Witness for the Articles of Faith", p. 132
"The plan is really very simple when considered in its essence. The Lord has told us that we are here to be tried--to be proven, to see whether we will be valiant and be obedient to His teachings. You among all of the people on earth have the best possibility of doing that because you have access to the fulness of the restored gospel and the teachings of the Savior. In quiet moments when you think about it, you recognize what is critically important in life and what isn't. Be wise and don't let good things crowd out those that are essential." - Richard G. Scott, "Jesus Christ, Our Redeemer," General Conference, April 1997
"An understanding of the plan of salvation, of premortality, earth life, and life after death provides perspective that helps one endure. As stated in the scriptures, the earth was created by God as a testing ground (see Abr. 3:24-26). Mortal life on earth is a probationary period (see Alma 12:24; Alma 34:32). Opposition, disappointments, pain, suffering, and death are necessary to protect agency and provide for spiritual development (see 2 Ne. 11). On the other hand, if life were limited to our mortal experience, adversity could not be understood and life would be unfair. Without an understanding of God's plan, it is natural to define moral standards in terms of the natural man. Without an eternal perspective, there are no meaningful explanations for man's inhumanity to man or for earthquakes, floods, or children with disabilities." - Merrill J. Bateman, "Living a Christ-Centered Life," Ensign, Jan. 1999, p. 13
"Inspired Book of Mormon prophets repeatedly teach us that the Fall was a necessary and foreseen part of the great plan of happiness and that "the way [to salvation] is prepared from the fall of man" (2 Ne. 2:4; see also Mosiah 4:7). Far from being a great disappointment and disgrace to their Heavenly Father, Adam and Eve were his instruments to further the divine plan "which was prepared from the foundation of the world" (Mosiah 15:19). Indeed, Father Lehi taught his son Jacob that "if Adam [and Eve] had not transgressed [they] would not have fallen, but [they] would have remained in the garden of Eden...." - Spencer J. Condie, "The Fall and Infinite Atonement," Ensign, January 1996, p. 22
"We are not saved in our sins, as by being unconditionally saved through confessing Christ and then, inevitably, committing sins in our remaining lives (see Alma 11:36-37). We are saved from our sins (see Hel. 5:10) by a weekly renewal of our repentance and cleansing through the grace of God and His blessed plan of salvation (see 3 Ne. 9:20-22)." - Dallin H. Oaks, "Have You Been Saved?" Ensign, May 1998, p. 56
"Our Creator wants us to be happy in this life. The Prophet Joseph Smith taught that 'happiness is the object and design of our existence.' (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 255.) The things of the earth were created for our happiness. Modern revelation tells us that 'all things which come of the earth... are made for the benefit and the use of man, both to please the eye and to gladden the heart.' (D&C 59:18.) Even on the Sabbath, a day of worship, the Lord expects us to have 'a glad heart and a cheerful countenance.' (D&C 59:15.) A prophet has called the gospel plan 'the great plan of happiness.' (Alma 42:8.)" - Dallin H. Oaks, "Joy and Mercy," Ensign, November 1991, p. 73
"The scriptures teach us that there is promise beyond-that there is a reward for service rendered and for attainment. The reward is exaltation in the celestial kingdom of God. Exaltation is the highest of three degrees of glory in the celestial kingdom. The celestial kingdom is the highest of three kingdoms in the realm of immortality. Exaltation is earned by accepting Jesus Christ and His divine sonship and following His precepts." - Royden G. Derrick, "The Way to Perfection," Ensign, May 1989, p. 76
"The Lord has told us, '...my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.' (Matt. 11:30.) This does not mean that one can receive exaltation in the kingdom of our Heavenly Father at bargain prices. There are those who offer such bargains, but one gets merely what he pays for. If we are to attain eternal life in our Father's kingdom, it is not sufficient that we have mere passive belief in our Lord and Savior and his great redeeming sacrifice. Surely one cannot expect to receive the greatest blessings that the Father has in store for his faithful children by paying bargain prices." - Joseph Anderson, "Eternal Joy Is Eternal Growth," Ensign, June 1971, p. 76
"Salvation and exaltation, I believe, are not matters of heavenly bookkeeping, but of the qualifying of the soul that comes with knowing the Lord." - Marion D. Hanks, "Willing to Receive," Ensign, May 1980, p. 30
"The Savior further said, 'Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.' The Book of Mormon account reads, 'For they shall be filled with the Holy Ghost.' (3 Ne. 12:6.) This is important. The Holy Ghost is the great teacher and teaches us the truth of all things. God has documented his plan of salvation—a plan for our salvation. It is found in the holy scriptures and the Lord has commanded us to 'search the scriptures.' (John 5:39.) The plan is not complicated, but it is comprehensive. It is so comprehensive that we never stop learning, yet it is beautifully simple. The Lord has promised us all that if we follow his program we will learn 'line upon line, precept upon precept' (D&C 98:12), until the perfect day." - Royden G. Derrick, "The Beatitudes and Our Perfection," Ensign, May 1977, 58
"The Lord has placed currents of divine influence in your life that will lead you along the individual plan He would have you fulfill here on earth. Seek through the Spirit to identify it and carefully follow that direction that the Lord has put in your life. Align yourself with it. Choose, willingly, to exercise your agency to follow it. Do not be overcome by concentrating solely on today, its challenges, difficulties, and opportunities. Such preoccupations must not totally capture your attention so as to consume your life. Oh, how I would encourage you to weave deeply into the fabric of your soul the recognition that your life now is a part of a much bigger plan the Lord has for you. You lived part of it in the premortal existence. You were valiant there and came here because you wanted to grow and enjoy greater happiness. What you decide to do now will affect how well you fulfill that divine, personal plan He has for you." - Richard G. Scott, "He Lives," Ensign, Nov. 1999, 87
"Many of us have traveled a great many years in the vineyard of the Lord, trying to save the souls of men and to lay up treasures in heaven. Thousands have been redeemed in these temples.... We have been called as Saviors upon Mount Zion, while the kingdom has been the Lord's. These are glorious principles. To be saved ourselves, and to save our fellowmen, what a glorious thing! What is gold and silver; what are the riches of this world? They all perish with the using. We pass away and leave them. But if we have eternal life, if we keep the faith and overcome, we shall rejoice when we go upon the other side of the veil. I rejoice in all these things." - Wilford Woodruff, "Collected Discourses," 5 vols. [Burbank, Calif., and Woodland Hills, Ut.: B.H.S. Publishing, 1987-1992], Volume 2
"Even given our unprofitability, our Redeemer is still there. In fact, Jesus transcending service to us stretches back to premortal days. When God brought before us His plan of salvation, Jesus was there, volunteering meekly and humbly, 'Here am I, send me' (Abr. 3:27), saying, 'Father, thy will be done, and the glory be thine forever' (Moses 4:2)." - Neal A. Maxwell, "Yet Thou Art There," Ensign (CR), November 1987, p.30
"And when the gossamer veil called time is 'too much with us,' let us recall that, ere long, time will be no more. Time is measured only to man anyway. (See Rev. 10:6; Alma 40:8; D&C 84:100.) Meanwhile, let us make allowance for the rapidity with which time seems to pass, especially when we are happy. Jacob found it so: 'And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her.' (Gen. 29:20.) On such a scale each of us has but a few days left in mortality." - Neal A. Maxwell, Hope, p.216
"In my judgment, the greatest motivator that we have in the Church is to have Church members understand the plan of salvation." - M. Russell Ballard, "The Kingdom Rolls Forth in South America," Ensign (CR), May 1986, p.12
"While it is true that the Savior, when He commissioned His apostles to preach the Gospel, used these words: 'He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, and he that believeth not shall be damned,'—there is nothing in this to indicate that the Gospel is a Gospel of damnation. Damnation is no part of the Gospel of Christ. There is no damnation in it, but there is plenty of damnation outside of it. When the end comes, and Christ's mission is consummated, it will be found that He has exhausted every means for the salvation of man; and those who stand condemned after the Gospel has done its work, will be found to have condemned themselves. God is bent upon saving, not damning, the human race; and He will use every possible means to that end. He will send His servants with the voice of persuasion, the voice of solemn warning, and will fashion, shape, mold and manipulate all things for the spread of truth-the message of salvation." - Orson F. Whitney, "Conference Report," April 1908, Outdoor Meeting, p.86
"Revelations to Joseph Smith expand mans knowledge that Jesus Christ was crucified to save the world from sin, that through his act of redemption all mankind will be resurrected from the grave and given the possibility of eternal life if obedient to gospel principles.
"We are taught further enlightenment on Jesus' statement 'In my Fathers house are many mansions' (John 14:2). We learn not only of the degrees of glory and those eligible, but that man should strive for the highest heaven which is available, and is reachable only through obedience to all of God's commandments. President George Albert Smith said: 'One of the beautiful things to me in the Gospel of Jesus Christ is that it brings us all to a common level. It is not necessary for a man to be a president of a stake, or a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, in order to attain a high place in the celestial kingdom. The humblest member of the Church, if he keeps the commandments of God, will obtain an exaltation just as much as any other man in the celestial kingdom. The beauty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is that it makes us all equal. ... As we keep the commandments of the Lord ... we have equal opportunities for exaltation' (in Conference Report, Oct. 1933, p. 25)." - David B. Haight, "Joseph Smith the Prophet," Ensign (CR), November 1979, p.22
"Yes, brothers and sisters, this is a gospel of grand expectations, but God's grace is sufficient for each of us. Discouragement is not the absence of adequacy but the absence of courage, and our personal progress should be yet another way we witness to the wonder of it all!
"True, there are no instant Christians, but there are constant Christians!
"If we so live, we too can say in personal prospectus, 'And I soon go to the place of my rest, which is with my Redeemer; for ... then shall I see his face with pleasure' (Enos 1:27; italics added) for then will our confidence 'wax strong in the presence of God,' (D&C 121:45; italics added), and He who cannot lie will attest to our adequacy with the warm words 'Well done.'" - Neal A. Maxwell, "Notwithstanding My Weakness," Ensign (CR), November 1976, p.12
"Many people wonder, 'Where did we come from? Why are we here? Where are we going?' Our Eternal Father did not send us to earth on an aimless, meaningless journey. He provided for us a plan to follow. He is the author of that plan. It is designed for man's progress and ultimate salvation and exaltation....
"Yet many people in the world today continue to struggle to find answers to life's most basic questions. The cries of 'Lo, here' and 'Lo, there' only grow louder and many, many times more confusing. Technology has multiplied the confusion by spreading these messages throughout the airwaves and across the massive amounts of cable lines that now cover the earth. There are so many avenues to broadcast more and more different messages, I guess it should not be surprising that people are confused....
"We need not be confused. The answers to the puzzling questions regarding the purpose of life have again been given to mankind for our guidance." - L. Tom Perry, "The Plan of Salvation," Ensign, November 2006
“We rejoice that the future belongs to our Master, who created this world, provided the plan of salvation, and established this church. For He himself declared: ‘For I, the Lord, have put forth my hand to exert the powers of heaven; ye cannot see it now, yet a little while and ye shall see it, and know that I am, and that I will come and reign with my people.’ (D&C 84:119.)
“No other institution has the divine character as does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That is because it has true authority, revealed purpose, a divine work, committed disciples, a vision of our stewardship, and impelling principles of eternal progress.” - V. Dallas Merrell, “Power of the Church Rooted in Christ,” Ensign (CR), May 1993, p.28
"The development of faith in the Lord is an individual matter. Repentance is also an individual matter. Only as an individual can one be baptized and receive the Holy Ghost. Each of us is born individually; likewise, each of us is 'born again' (John 3:3, 7; Mosiah 27:25; Alma 5:49; 7:14; Moses 6:59.) individually. Salvation is an individual matter." - Russell M. Nelson, "Salvation and Exaltation," General Conference, April 2008
"The center of the plan is the Lord Jesus Christ. Reject or ignore Him, and the great plan of happiness cannot function in your behalf. His life was dedicated in His premortal existence, through mortality, and even on into the eternal worlds to establishing the Father’s plan to our blessing and benefit. The cost to the Master was monumental. Think of the pain of Gethsemane and of His suffering on Calvary. This should give us some concept of the enormous importance of the plan of redemption." - L. Aldin Porter, "Our Destiny," Ensign (CR), November 1999, p.65
"Playing ball is a great deal like life. You want to do your best, to be committed, to be a team player. You want to follow the rules so you don’t foul out. You want to make points.
"The rules in real life are different from those in a game. Our rules are the commandments of God. You make points when you serve your mission, draw close to the Lord, live the Word of Wisdom, stay morally clean, and live a life of service and Church activity.
"How many points are you making in your life? Are you winning?" - Russell C. Taylor, "Making Points for Righteousness," Ensign (CR), May 1989, p.40
"None of us have a long time to stay here. When I look around and reflect upon my brethren that are gone, I ask, Where are they? Where are they gone? Here is Brother Taylor, myself and others, who form part of the early organization of this quorum, who have traveled with the Church for a great many years; but Brother Joseph Smith and others have been gone for a long time-gone into the spirit world. While I reflect upon these things I often ask, What are their views toward us? How does the Lord look upon us a people? I consider the Lord and the heavenly hosts are watching us. I know they manifest great interest in our welfare and in the course we pursue. I do not want to miss salvation. I want to go where Brother Joseph is. I want to go to my heavenly Father, and to his Son Jesus Christ, and to the old prophets who lived in their generations." - Wilford Woodruff, "Journal of Discourses," 21:285
"If we keep the eye of faith focused on Christ, we gain a broader view and an eternal perspective. With that perspective, we can understand adversity from within the context of Heavenly Father's eternal plan for all of His children. We can find balance and comfort in this life in the eternal safety, peace, joy, and security that He promises." - M. Russell Ballard, "When Thou Art Converted"
"Jesus, our Shepherd, has 'marked the path and led the way, And ev'ry point defines' (Hymns, 1985, no. 195). His clearly defined footprints are easy to see. They are pressed distinctly and deeply into the soil of the second estate, deeply and distinctly because of the enormous weight which pressed down upon Him, including the awful burden of all of our individual sins." - Neal A. Maxwell, "For I Will Lead You Along," Ensign (CR), May 1988, p.7
"As a Church and a people it behooves us to be wise, and to seek to know the will of God, and then be willing to do it; for 'blessed is he that heareth the word of the Lord, and keepeth it,' say the Scriptures. 'Watch and pray always,' says our Savior, 'that ye may be accounted worthy to escape the things that are to come on the earth, and to stand before the Son of Man.' If Enoch, Abraham, Moses, and the children of Israel, and all God's people were saved by keeping the commandments of God, we, if saved at all, shall be saved upon the same principle. As God governed Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as families, and the children of Israel as a nation; so we, as a Church, must be under His guidance if we are prospered, preserved and sustained. Our only confidence can be in God; our only wisdom obtained from Him; and He alone must be our protector and safeguard, spiritually and temporally, or we fall." - Joseph Smith, "Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith," selected and arranged by Joseph Fielding Smith, p.253
“Salvation is in Christ. His is the only name given under heaven whereby this priceless gift may be won. Without him there would be no resurrection and all men would be forever lost. Without him there would be no eternal life, no return to the presence of a gracious Father, no celestial thrones for the saints.” - Bruce R. McConkie, “Be Valiant in the Fight of Faith,” Ensign (CR), November 1974, p. 33
“Suppose the man refuses to climb. Who is responsible for his failure to emerge from the pit into which he has fallen? Is he not worse off, by rejecting the means of escape, than if it had never been offered to him? He can do nothing for himself, and when assistance is tendered, he rejects it. Who is to blame?
“That is the light in which the problem presents itself to me. By the transgression of our first parents, the human race fell into a pit, and there was no help, and no hope, this side of heaven, for the race could not redeem itself. Man cannot be honest enough, nor virtuous enough, nor truthful enough, nor benevolent enough, to save his soul. That is why the Gospel was provided, as a means of salvation, and it had to come from above. No part of that which was under condemnation could be used as the means of redemption. Adam and Eve, with their posterity, were under the curse, and it was the curse of eternal death,—death spiritual, death temporal,—never-ending banishment from the presence of God.
“But the Son of God came down from the Courts of Glory, and offered Himself as a sacrifice, a ransom. He was not under the curse; He had not fallen; and His life could pay the debt. It could be used as the means of the world's redemption; and it was so used, and thus He became the Author of life and salvation to us all. He was the first fruits of the resurrection, and He declared: ‘Because I live, ye shall live also.’” - Orson F. Whitney, “Conference Report,” April 1908, Outdoor Meeting, p. 87
"The Lord has given us in this dispensation a life-giving, life-shaping purpose when he gave us the gospel of Jesus Christ. The gospel is given for the benefit of man. We too must have the necessities of life. We are living in the time of a great civilization. It is only natural and proper that we should desire the things that make life wholesome and pleasurable; but with all our struggle for the necessities and luxuries of life, we must not overlook the great purpose of life, which is eternal salvation and exaltation of the souls of men." - Joseph Anderson, "Eternal Joy Is Eternal Growth," Ensign (CR), June 1971, p. 75
"The gospel of Jesus Christ is about people, not programs. Sometimes, in the haste of fulfilling our Church responsibilities, we spend too much time concentrating on programs, instead of focusing on people, and end up taking their real needs for granted. When things like that happen, we lose the perspective of our callings, neglect people, and prevent them from reaching their divine potential to gain eternal life." - Ulisses Soares, "Feed My Sheep," CR October 2005
I testify to you that our promised blessings are beyond measure. Though the storm clouds may gather, though the rains may pour down upon us, our knowledge of the gospel and our love of our Heavenly Father and of our Savior will comfort and sustain us and bring joy to our hearts as we walk uprightly and keep the commandments. There will be nothing in this world that can defeat us. - Thomas S. Monson, "Be of Good Cheer," Ensign (CR) April 2009
"Life never was intended to be easy. Rather, it is a period of proving and growth. It is interwoven with difficulties, challenges, and burdens. We are immersed in a sea of persistent, worldly pressures that could destroy our happiness. Yet these very forces, if squarely faced, provide opportunity for tremendous personal growth and development. The conquering of adversity produces strength of character, forges self-confidence, engenders self-respect, and assures success in righteous endeavor." - Richard G. Scott, "
To save the world is a great responsibility. This responsibility rests not only upon the leadership of the Church, but upon the membership of the Church as well. The true gospel of Christ is the hope of the world. It is the only plan that will unite the ethnic and national groups and break down the barriers that divide mankind today. - Delbert L. Stapley, “Our Responsibility: To Save the World,” Ensign (CR) October 1971
The Creator of the seas, sands, and endless stars is reaching out to you this very day! He is offering the grand recipe for happiness, peace, and eternal life! - Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Living the Gospel Joyful,” Ensign (CR) October 2014
Belief in the goodness and power of God is greatly facilitated by understanding His plan of salvation with its crucial allowance for mankind’s moral agency, real moral agency—with real mistakes and with real consequences! His plan includes real tests, real dilemmas, real anguish, and real joy. - Neal A. Maxwell, “Yet Thou Art There,” Ensign (CR) October 1987
It is interesting to note the sequence in the teaching process. Our Heavenly Father first taught Adam and Eve the plan of redemption, and then He gave them commandments.
This is a great truth. Understanding the plan will help people keep the commandments, make better decisions, and have the right motivation. - Rafael E. Pino, “The Eternal Perspective of the Gospel,” Ensign (CR) April 2015
All of us can and should become fully engaged in the work of salvation. The Savior has given us the following responsibility with a promise: “I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.” - Joseph W. Sitati, “Be Fruitful, Multiply, and Subdue the Earth,” Ensign (CR) April 2015
The Prophet [Joseph Smith] told us that there are many things that people have to do, even after the grave, to work out their salvation. We're not going to be perfect the minute we die. But if we've charted a course, if our desires are right, if our appetites are curtailed and bridled, and if we believe in the Lord and are doing to the very best of our abilities what we ought to do, we'll go on to everlasting salvation, which is the fulness of eternal reward in our Father's kingdom. - Bruce R. McConkie, "BYU Speeches of the Year," 1976, pp. 399-401
This is the time, my brethren and sisters, for our planting, this period of our eternal progression, while we are here in mortal life. If in the season of the planting of our crop, the planting be neglected, there will be no time of reaping. I do hope that we will bear this thought in mind and make every preparation that is necessary while we are here and have the opportunity; that when we go beyond we will find peace, we will be satisfied with that which we have to reap as a result of our life's work here. - George F. Richards, "Conference Report," April 1921, Afternoon Session, p. 29
At the gate to heaven, Christ, the King of kings, waits for us with open arms. He awaits not only to certify us, but also to bestow a Shepherd's divine affection upon His sheep as we come Home. The reality that, if we are worthy, we should one day be so warmly received by the Lord of lords and King of kings is marvelous beyond comprehension! - Neal A. Maxwell, "Even As I Am," p.33
There is never a time when the spirit is too old to approach God. All are within the reach of pardoning mercy, who have not committed the unpardonable sin, which hath no forgiveness, neither in this world, nor in the world to come. There is a way to release the spirits of the dead; that is by the power and authority of the Priesthood—by binding and loosing on earth. This doctrine appears glorious, inasmuch as it exhibits the greatness of divine compassion and benevolence in the extent of the plan of human salvation. – “Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith,” p.478
How can we be strengthened in making the choice to serve the Lord? By simply focusing on the doctrine of Jesus Christ that will ensure the salvation of those who remember it, accept it, and act upon it. – Charles Didier, “Remember Your Covenants,” Ensign (CR) May 1994
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