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"Eternal life, the greatest gift that God can give and the life for which we all should be striving, comes from knowing our Father in heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ. As the Savior said: 'This is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.' (John 17:3.) We cannot know God and Jesus without studying about them and then doing their will. This course leads to additional revealed knowledge that, if obeyed, will eventually lead us to further truths. When we follow this pattern, we will receive further light and joy, eventually leading into God's presence where we, with Him, will have a fullness." - Ezra Taft Benson, "Come unto Christ," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1983], p. 32

"We are fortunate to have the gospel of Jesus Christ and to understand what it can mean to us as we prepare ourselves here to live forever in the presence of God. The world does not understand the meaning of eternal life; we have the opportunity and responsibility, therefore, to teach all nations this glorious principle." - N. Eldon Tanner, "The Power of Example," Ensign, Dec. 1981, 2

"Children teach us how to find joy even under the most challenging circumstances. Children haven't yet learned to be depressed by concentrating on the things they don’t have. They find joy in what is available to them. I remember a small boy playing along a riverbank. He had tied a piece of fishing line to the ends of two discarded soft-drink cans. He threw one can over a limb, then filled it with water. He would pull on the other can, then let it go. The weight of the first can would draw the second one up as it fell. He laughed and danced with glee.

"Simple, rejuvenating experiences surround us. They can be safety valves to keep the tension down and the spirit up. Don't concentrate on what you don’t have or have lost. The Lord promised the obedient to share all that He possesses with them. You may temporarily lack here, but in the next life, if you prove yourself worthy by living valiantly, a fulness will be your blessing." - Richard G. Scott, "Finding Joy in Life," Ensign, May 1996, 25

"The gospel is God's plan for the exalting of man to an eternal creative opportunity with his Father through giving him a vision of his great origins and heritage, his purposes and responsibilities, and his inspiring potential.

"The Church is the institutional embodiment of the gospel, the organization through which one may experience and express the great principles of God's plan.

"The priesthood is the power by which God and his sons move in spiritual leadership. And all of these-gospel, Church, priesthood-are designed to bless man and bring about God's purposes for him.

"The earth itself was prepared for man. "Behold, the Lord hath created the earth that it should be inhabited and he hath created his children that they should possess it." (1 Ne. 17:36.)

"The individual, then, is the focal point of all the programs and performance of the Church-not the program itself, not the statistics. Not institutional expansion but individual exaltation is the purpose of it all." - Marion D. Hanks, "Conference Report," April 1966, Afternoon Meeting, p.149-150

"Christ stated: 'I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.' (John 11:25.) The greatest tragedy that can happen to a person is not the loss of his possessions, or his intellect, or his mortal life, but rather to lose eternal life, which is the free gift of God." - Carlos H. Amado, "Overcoming Adversity," Ensign (CR), November 1989, p.29

"We do not confer a favor upon the Almighty by obeying his laws, by receiving his blessings; though we please him, no doubt, by so doing. And when we stand before him at the last day, having 'come up through great tribulation' and made our calling and election sure, I think I can hear Him say: 'Well done, good and faithful servant, or good and faithful handmaid-enter into the joy of thy Lord.' But I cannot by any stretch of imagination, conceive Him as saying: 'Thank you, my child, for coming to Heaven!'" - Orson F. Whitney, Conference Report, April 1931, Second Day—Morning Meeting, p.65

"In a revelation given through the Prophet Joseph Smith at Kirtland, Ohio, December 27, 1832, the Master counseled, 'Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing; and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God.' (D&C 88:119.)

"Where could any of us locate a more suitable blueprint whereby he or she could wisely and properly build a house to personally occupy throughout eternity?

"In a very real sense, we are builders of eternal houses. We are apprentices to the trade—not skilled craftsmen. We need divine help if we are to build successfully. The words of instruction provided by the Apostle Paul give the assurance we need: 'Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?' (1 Cor. 3:16.)

"When we remember that each of us is literally a spirit son or daughter of God, we will not find it difficult to approach our Heavenly Father in prayer. He appreciates the value of this raw material which we call life. 'Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God.' (D&C 18:10.) His pronouncement finds lodgment in our souls and inspires purpose in our lives." - Thomas S. Monson, "Your Eternal Home," Ensign (CR), May 2000, p.52

"The Savior said, 'This is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.' And truly the Savior spoke the truth when he made this wonderful statement. It is life eternal to understand the plan of salvation and to order our lives so that we are in accord with its teachings. It is life eternal to find such joy in our lives here, by righteous living, that when the end shall come, we will pass away in peace, not fearing death, but knowing that we have fought a good fight here, and that for having fought this good fight, the reward that awaits us will truly be ours." - Winslow Farr Smith, "Conference Report," October 1920, Second Overflow Meeting, p.115

"Brothers and sisters, this kingdom is like no other organization on earth. To borrow a business term, it has a vastly superior competitive edge; it alone will lead us to eternal life. It alone is founded on solid rock, the rock of revelation. It alone has the fully restored gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. At the personal level, it instills a purging discipline within us. It pushes us out of our circles of comfort into growth. It fosters development of great spiritual gifts and enlightenment which we will take with us in the next life. It provides the baptism of fire. It personally empowers us in ways that can only come from God." - Dale E. Miller, "The Kingdom's Perfecting Pathway," Ensign (CR), May 1998, p.29

"Just as this life depends upon the previous life, so this life is most important for the future, for life hereafter depends upon our life here in mortality. Jesus has shown us the actuality of the resurrection. We have overwhelming testimony of eternal life. It is not some mysterious nirvana, but an eternal life in the flesh that we will receive as individual beings. Life, therefore, follows death as dawn follows darkness, breaking forth into the light of a perfect day. What kind of life will this be for you?" - Theodore M. Burton, "Conference Report," October 1966, Afternoon Meeting, p.34

"In many cookbooks there are pictures of the perfect dishes that recipes make—the fulness of the joy of cooking. These pictures are important because they help us envision the outcome if we strictly follow the directions as given in the recipe. It is important to begin with the end in mind, but the end represented by pictures in cookbooks is an end that is only possible if everything is done right. If directions are not followed or an ingredient is left out or miscalculated, the desired taste and appearance are seldom attained. The picture of a perfect dish, however, can serve as motivation to try again to create something that is both delicious and beautiful.

"When we think of eternal life, what is the picture that comes to mind? I believe that if we could create in our minds a clear and true picture of eternal life, we would start behaving differently. We would not need to be prodded to do the many things involved with enduring to the end, like doing our home teaching or visiting teaching, attending our meetings, going to the temple, living moral lives, saying our prayers, or reading the scriptures. We would want to do all these things and more because we realize they will prepare us to go somewhere we yearn to go." - L. Tom Perry, "The Gospel of Jesus Christ," General Conference, April 2008

"To become a winner in the race for eternal life requires effort—constant work, striving, and enduring well with God’s help. But the key is that we must take it just one step at a time." - Marvin J. Ashton, “If Thou Endure It Well”, Ensign (CR), November 1984, p.20

"The path to eternal life is not on a plateau. Rather, it is an incline, ever onward and upward. Hence, ever-increasing spiritual understanding and energy are required to reach our destination. Because the pernicious opposition by Satan continues, the continuous enlightened guidance of the Holy Ghost is absolutely essential. We dare not hinder, disregard, or quench the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Yet when it comes to drawing upon the promptings and the blessings which flow from the Holy Ghost, we often 'live far beneath our privileges.' (Discourses of Brigham Young, sel. John A. Widtsoe (1954), 32)" — Keith K. Hilbig, "Quench Not the Spirit Which Quickens the Inner Man," Ensign, November 2007

"It is a wonderful thing, this gospel of our Lord. It is not to be absorbed by merely sitting idly by and wondering how we are going to be saved. All of us have an idea of some kind, of salvation. Rarely do you meet a man who does not have some belief in immortality; but when you propound to him the question, 'What is the immortality in which you believe? What is the salvation for which you hope?' in most instances you will find that he cannot give you an intelligent answer. To the Latter-day Saint, however, who is living his religion, and who is progressing in a knowledge of his religion, through prayer, faith, and diligent study, there is a pointed, plain, beautiful conception of immortality and eternal life, that gives his life something new, gives him hope, gives him courage, and gives him an understanding that his life here on earth is more than merely gaining the things of this life." — Winslow Farr Smith, "Conference Report," October 1920, Second Overflow Meeting, p.115

"The days are dark; we suffer temptation, we suffer hardships of various kinds, but there is one thing that depression and war cannot take from us. I refer to the gift of eternal life. We should put more trust in the spiritual values of existence. The things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. Wars may rage, famine may come, earthquakes and the like, and depressions, but these things cannot take away the eternal riches of Jesus Christ. Some of these riches are the glorious atonement, salvation for the dead, the second coming of the Son of God, the glorious resurrection and the eternity of the marriage covenant by which we are united in marriage on earth and in heaven by the power of the holy Priesthood. Thieves and misfortune cannot take these things from us, for they are immortal, God-given, and shall survive death and destruction.
" - Charles A. Callis, "Conference Report," October 1940, Afternoon Meeting, p.119

"We need a present, everyday religion. My religion must be with me from one Monday morning to the next, the year around or it will not answer me. I am decidedly in favor of a practical religion, of everyday useful life, and if I today attend to what devolves upon me to do, then do that which presents itself tomorrow, and so on, when eternity comes I will be prepared to enter on the things of eternity, but I would not be prepared for that sphere of action unless I could manage the things that are now within my reach. We must all learn to do this. There is no life more precious than the present life which we enjoy. There is no life that is worth any more to us than this life is. It may be said that an eternal life is worth more. We are in eternity, and all that we have to do is to take the road that leads into the eternal lives." - John A. Widtsoe, "Conference Report," April 1947, Second Day—Morning Meeting, p.75

“Jesus, the Bridge Builder, spanned that vast chasm we call death. "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. (1 Cor. 15:22. ) He did for us what we could not do for ourselves; hence, mankind can cross the bridges He built—into life eternal.” - Thomas S. Monson, “The Bridge Builder,” Ensign (CR), November 2003, p. 67

“As members of the Church, if we chart a course leading to eternal life… and are going in the right direction; if we chart a course of sanctifying our souls, and degree by degree are going in that direction… and, step by step and phase by phase, are perfecting our souls by overcoming the world, then it is absolutely guaranteed—there is no question whatever about it—we shall gain eternal life … If we chart a course and follow it to the best of our ability in this life, then when we go out of this life we'll continue in exactly that same course.… We will have passed successfully the tests of this mortal probation and in due course we'll get the fulness of our Father’s kingdom—and that means eternal life in his everlasting presence.” - Bruce R. McConkie, “Sermons and Writings of Bruce R. McConkie,” p. 54

"And when we tear ourselves free from the entanglements of the world, are we promised a religion of repose or an Eden of ease? No! We are promised tears and trials and toil! But we are also promised final triumph, the mere contemplation of which tingles one's soul."
- Neal A. Maxwell, "Why Not Now?," Ensign (CR), November 1974, p. 12

"As we are, God once was; as God is, we can become.  True greatness can only be achieved by meekness; such meekness as was exhibited by Jesus Christ.  Why should man be vain?  In and of himself he is feeble.  Suppose that man becomes versed on all earthly subjects and does not know what the humblest member of our mutual improvement associations can know, namely, that Jesus Christ lives; he has fallen far short of the object of his existence.  To know that when death comes it is not a leap into the dark, but an opening into true life, is worthy an effort to obtain." - "Collected Discourses," 5 vols., Volume 2, Moses Thatcher, 31 May 1891

"Some day, brethren and sisters, we will all have another home to go to. We are building it as we live our lives on the earth. I trust that we won't be disappointed in the place that we have chosen for it. If it is to bring us the maximum of happiness and security, and be numbered among the mansions of the Lord, we must build it on a foundation of faith, good works, and obedience to the commandments of the Lord. May we be like unto the wise man who built his house on the rock, and when the rains came and the winds blew, it fell not, because it was rounded upon a rock." - John H. Taylor, "Conference Report," October 1945, Afternoon Meeting, p. 85

"Thomas Carlyle once remarked, 'Know your destiny and follow it.' We are here today because we believe that our destiny in life is to gain eternal exaltation. This is the highest goal in life, and it demands all of our strength, devotion, and work. It is impossible to achieve our highest potential destiny without direction and guidance. The Lord gives us spiritual 'road signs' which we should follow." - Hans B. Ringger, "What Shall We Do?," Ensign (CR), May 1994, p. 86

"We know why we are here. When we are on the path, we can feel it. The fruits of eternal progress are manifest in joy, peace, love, hope, increased confidence in the Lord. Though the path is narrow, it is sure. It is on this path that we testify daily of our love for the Lord, His children, His church, His counsel, and the richness of His blessings. By our good works we magnify what is mighty in us all, one step at a time, one day at a time, all the time." - Elaine L. Jack, "Walk with Me," Ensign (CR), May 1994, p. 15

"I pray that you and I might wear ourselves out in the service of the Lord so that at the end of our useful, productive lives we can exult with Paul: 'I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness.' (2 Tim. 4:7-8.)" - Robert L. Backman, "The Golden Years," Ensign (CR), November 1992, p. 13

"I bear my witness that God lives, that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true, that a prophet of God leads this Church today, that life is eternal. I believe that man was 'overbuilt' for this world. Have you ever seen a man who was totally satisfied with what he has here? There seems to be a yearning, a longing, a reaching up for something not had here. I think a wise man of old described it best when he said, 'Surely God has planted the seeds of eternity into the souls of men.'" - Devere Harris, "Spiritual Power," Ensign (CR), November 1984, p.26

Life is largely worthless unless it is held together, given shape and form by some great purpose, and there is no greater purpose than that of helping our fellowmen as well as ourselves to attain the glorious salvation which our Lord has promised to his obedient children. - Joseph Anderson, "Eternal Joy Is Eternal Growth," Ensign, (CR) June 1971

The need to remain focused on eternal goals is illustrated in the biblical account of Jesus walking on the sea and Peter’s desire to do the same. Peter progressed over the water so long as he looked to Christ. But when he diverted his gaze away from the Master and allowed fear and doubt to enter in, he began to sink. - Carlos E. Asay, "Stay on the True Course," Ensign (CR) May 1996

There is a distinction between immortality, or eternal existence, and eternal life, which is to have a place in the presence of God. Through the grace of Jesus Christ, immortality comes to all men, just or unjust, righteous or wicked. However, eternal life is “the greatest of all the gifts of God.” (D&C 14:7.) We obtain this great gift, according to the Lord, “if you keep my commandments and endure to the end.” If we so endure, the promise is, “you shall have eternal life.” (D&C 14:7.) - James E. Faust, "The Supernal Gift of the Atonement," Ensign (CR) November 1988

We are each one on a road going toward home, but we’re not trying to get there for Christmas. We’re trying to get there for eternity. We want to arrive home safely to our loving Father in Heaven. He wants us to make it safely there, so He has sent a guiding light for us to follow: a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, the perfect example. He knows the way. He lights our path in the dark of night, in storms, at crossroads, and in the daylight. He is always ready to show the way back home. - Margaret D. Nadauld, "Follow the Light," Ensign (CR) May 1999

It is to be noted that the teachings of Jesus pertained mostly to this life. From time to time he gave us glimpses of a glorious future. But these were conditioned upon what we do here, just as by John's revelation the dead were judged by the works they had done while they lived. We are not here just to prepare to die but rather to live, and to use all our powers to perfect ourselves by acquiring knowledge, developing our talents, building virtue unto ourselves, conquering evil, by practicing the things we know. The progress we make here determines our status hereafter. - Albert E. Bowen, Conference Report, April 1951, Afternoon Session, p.124

As you prepare for the future, you must be certain that what you are putting into this mortal experience will enable you to finish strong and gain your eternal reward. - L. Tom Perry, "The Tradition of a Balanced, Righteous Life," Ensign, August 2011

Clearly, it is vital, on the journey to eternal life, to exercise faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, repent of our sins, and be baptized in the proper manner, by those holding the proper authority and using the proper prayer. After this kind of baptism we can “be visited with fire and with the Holy Ghost, and … receive a remission of … sins.” (3 Ne. 12:2.) However, in order to progress we must yield “to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord.” (Mosiah 3:19.) - Lowell D. Wood, "Come Unto Christ," Ensign (CR) May 1993

Through tears and trials, through fears and sorrows, through the heartache and loneliness of losing loved ones, there is assurance that life is everlasting. Our Lord and Savior is the living witness that such is so. His words in holy writ are sufficient: “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). I testify to this truth." - Thomas S. Monson, "Peace, Be Still," Liahona, March 2013

In a very real sense, we are builders of eternal houses. We are apprentices to the trade—not skilled craftsmen. We need divine help if we are to build successfully. The words of instruction provided by the Apostle Paul give the assurance we need: “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” - Thomas S. Monson, "Your Eternal Home," Ensign (CR) May 2000

Fortunately, in my flying career I’ve rarely needed to use emergency procedures, even though I frequently trained and prepared for them. Emergency procedures provide help and direction in the most dire of circumstances. Some of these we all must face as we experience the severe turbulence of life, such as the loss of a loved one, the discovery of a serious disease, estrangement, or financial disaster. Emergency procedures are used in times of utmost peril when one’s testimony is tested and tried. We then must rely on our inner strength, a knowledge of the gospel which reminds us of the principles we hold dear, and the comfort that comes when we endure all things, and rely on the Savior and allow His Spirit to warm us with His cloak of love. We find solace by searching the scriptures, pondering messages of prophets, and feeling the deep love and devotion of our spouse, family, and friends. With the use of emergency procedures, we carefully but surely maintain our flight plan to our eternal destination. - Duane B. Gerrard, "The Plan of Salvation: A Flight Plan for Life," Ensign (CR) November 1997

As at Jacob’s well, so today the Lord Jesus Christ is the only source of living water. It will quench the thirst of those suffering from the drought of divine truth that so afflicts the world. The words of the Lord to ancient Israel spoken by the prophet Jeremiah describe the condition of many of God’s children in our own day: “My people … have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out … broken cisterns, that can hold no water.” Too many of our Heavenly Father’s children spend their precious lives carving out broken cisterns of worldly gain that cannot hold the living water that satisfies fully their natural thirst for everlasting truth. - Joseph B. Wirthlin, “Living Water to Quench Spiritual Thirst,” Ensign (CR) May 1995

Time marches swiftly forward to the tick of the clock. Today would be a good day, while the clock of mortality ticks, to review what we are doing to prepare to meet God. I testify that there are great rewards for those who take time in mortality to prepare for immortality and eternal life. - Ian S. Ardern, “A Time to Prepare,” Ensign (CR) November 2011

In the hearts of all mankind, of whatever race or station in life, there are inexpressible longings for something they do not now possess. This longing is implanted by a concerned Creator.

A loving Heavenly Father’s design is that this longing of the human heart should lead to the One who alone can satisfy it—even Jesus of Nazareth, who was foreordained in the Grand Council before the earth was created. - David B. Haight, “Jesus of Nazareth,” Ensign (CR) May 1994

Satan keeps at us all our lives. As we grow older, he adds phrases like these to the messages he delivers: “I’m not worth much.” “I’ve done my part, now it’s someone else’s turn.” “It’s too late for me.” “The Brethren just don’t understand. I know better than they do.” When these thoughts or feelings come into our minds and hearts, they, too, are warnings that let us know we are in danger—in danger of losing the Spirit, losing our testimonies, forfeiting eternal joy. These, too, are times to turn around and run to escape from the danger before us. - Michaelene P. Grassli, “Follow Him,” Ensign (CR) November 1989

Those without an eternal perspective, or those who lose sight of it, make their own standards to benefit themselves and their own selfish interests. Their mortal perspective becomes their standard and for some their god. - Jay E. Jensen, “Keep an Eternal Perspective,” Ensign (CR) May 2000

To the question, “What will a man give in exchange for his soul?” Satan would have us sell our lives for the candy bars and championships of this world. The Savior, however, calls us, without price, to exchange our sins, to take upon us His countenance, and to take that into the hearts of those within our reach. For this we may receive all that God has, which we are told is greater than all the combined treasures of this earth. Can you even imagine? - Robert C. Gay, “What Shall a Man Give in Exchange for His Soul?” Ensign (CR) November 2012

Fill your spiritual lungs with the elements of eternal life by constantly inhaling the truths in the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ, so that you may arrive safely once again in the presence of our Eternal Father. - J. Thomas Fyans, “The Book of Mormon’s Witness of Jesus Christ,” Ensign (CR) May 1987

Qualifying for exaltation is like entering another country. We must each obtain our spiritual passport. We do not set the requirements, but, individually, we must meet all of them. The plan of salvation contains all of the doctrines, laws, commandments, and ordinances needed for all to qualify for exaltation. Then, “through the Atonement of [Jesus] Christ, all mankind may be saved.” The Church helps but cannot do it for us. Qualifying for exaltation becomes a quest of a lifetime. - Allan F. Packer, “The Book,” Ensign (CR) November 2014

The Lord teaches that unless we are valiant in his service, we surrender the opportunity for celestial glory. To be valiant means to be anxiously engaged in the good cause. It means to serve him in all diligence, with an eye single to his glory, and to labor in his kingdom with all our heart, might, mind, and strength. - Mark E. Petersen, “What Will a Man Give?” Ensign (CR) October 1973

And while we may look at the vast expanse of the universe and say, “What is man in comparison to the glory of creation?” God Himself said we are the reason He created the universe! His work and glory—the purpose for this magnificent universe—is to save and exalt mankind. - Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “You Matter to Him,” Ensign (CR) October 2011

Mortal life is like unto the traveler on a homeward journey. The miles seem long, the minutes slow, the events of the day protracted and tedious. Eventually, however, familiar scenes come into view. They may be hills or valleys, country landscapes or towering buildings, a teeming thoroughfare or a quiet neighborhood street. Whatever the scene, its familiarity quickens the traveler's step, invigorates his wearied soul, and restores sweet feelings of anticipation and peace. At long last, he is home again. - Keith B. McMullin, "Welcome Home," Ensign (CR), May 1999, p. 79

When we arrive home, we shall be weary and bruised. But at last our aching homesicknesses will cease. Meanwhile, our mortal homecomings are but faint foreshadowings of that Homecoming! - Neal A. Maxwell, "Called and Prepared from the Foundation of the World," Ensign (CR), May 1986, p. 34

If somehow we could view with clarity the impressive picture of the life hereafter resulting from obeying every gospel principle and ordinance while here perhaps we would plan our lives in mortality differently and see to it that all our daily actions are motivated by truth and righteousness and good works. Life then would have sincere purpose and would earn rewarding values for the soul. - Delbert L. Stapley, "Conference Report," April 1961, Afternoon Meeting, p. 67

What a glorious promise! A never-ending glory that is to be added upon the heads of those who keep their second estate, by doing what the Lord commands them, obeying His glorious Gospel. That is the only plan. It is God's plan, and has been given to the inhabitants of the earth in the various dispensations of His providence. - Rulon S. Wells, "Conference Report," October 1940, Second Day-Morning Meeting, p.69

The scriptures make it clear that while a resurrection will come to all, only those who obey the Christ will receive the expanded blessing of eternal salvation. Speaking of Jesus, Paul explained to the Hebrews that "he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him." (Hebrews 5:9.) - "Teachings Of Presidents Of The Church: Harold B. Lee," p.18

Eternal life is that kind of life which God our Eternal Father lives. God has said that His purpose is “to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39). The great purpose of every priesthood holder, therefore, is to assist in the work of helping people rise to eternal life. - Henry B. Eyring, “Eternal Families,” Ensign (CR) May 2016

We have a glorious destiny before us; we are engaged in a glorious work. It is worth all our attention, it is worth our lives and everything the Lord has put into our possession, and then ten thousand times more. Indeed, there is no comparison, it is all in all, it is incomparable. It is all that is and all that ever will be. The gospel is salvation, and without it there is nothing worth having. – “Teachings Of Presidents Of The Church: Joseph F. Smith,” p.241

He took upon himself the sins of all who shall repent, and gave his life that all might live. He brought about the resurrection for all. Do you realize that the creation of this earth, and all the work of Jesus and the prophets since the very beginning, was for you—that you might have immortality and eternal life—just as much as for anyone else? - Eldred G. Smith, “Who Is Jesus?” Ensign (CR), May 1976, p.67

With all my heart I say to those who are keeping the commandments, who are serving faithfully in the Church, and who are working for the good and betterment of mankind generally, with all my heart I say: The Lord bless you; and you may rest assured that if you continue in the paths of truth and righteousness, he will welcome you into his eternal kingdom and give you an inheritance with the prophets and saints of all ages. - Joseph Fielding Smith, “Conference Report,” April 1970, General Priesthood Meeting, p.58

I testify that in the eternities, as we look back upon our little span of existence here on this earth, we will lift our voices and rejoice that, in spite of the difficulties we encountered, we had the wisdom, the faith, and the courage to endure and press on. – Joseph B. Wirthlin, “Press On,” Ensign (CR) November 2004

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