The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Grace

As a Church, we are in accord with Nephi, who said, "it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do" (2 Nephi 25:23). Grace consists of God's gift to His children wherein He gave His Only Begotten Son that whosoever would believe in Him and comply with His laws and ordinances would have everlasting life.-Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p.353

We hear much from some persons of limited understanding about the possibility of one's being saved by grace alone. But it requires the explanation of another prophet to understand the true doctrine of grace as he explained in these meaningful words: "For," said this prophet, "we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do." (2 Nephi 25:23.) Truly we are redeemed by the atoning blood of the Savior of the world, but only after each has done all he can to work out his own salvation.-Harold B. Lee, Stand Ye In Holy Places, p.236

But the great question for us to consider, on this occasion, is, in what way the fallen sons and daughters of men can be made partakers of the benefits of this atonement? Are they to be unconditionally redeemed by the blood of Christ? Is it to be done by free grace alone, without any works on the part of the creature? Or are there required on the part of the man certain conditions by which the atoning blood of Christ can have effect upon him. I will answer this question. The atonement of Jesus Christ redeems mankind, so far as the fall is concerned, unconditionally. Now, I want you all to understand this clearly. There is no faith, repentance, baptism, or works of any kind required on the part of man to be redeemed from the fall, or from the sins committed by our first parents. Not one of you are guilty because Adam and Eve sinned. Did you eat the forbidden fruit? Were you there, on that occasion, to put forth your hand, and take of that fruit, and eat of it? The united response of all the world in this and all generations of man would be--"We were not there." You are not condemned for a sin you did not commit. Can you repent of something you never have done? I defy the whole world to repent of Adam's sin, for they never committed it. You did not exercise your agency on that occasion: why, then, not be redeemed from it without exercising your agency? Why not be redeemed by free grace alone, without works? Why be required to believe, repent, and be baptized for Adam's sin? It would be foolishness. The atonement of Jesus Christ will redeem every son and daughter of Adam from his day down to the end of the earth, so far as that sin is concerned. Hence, all little children have been redeemed from the fall, and are perfectly innocent and pure before God. The original sin is not imputed to them. Why? Because of the atonement. The atonement is just as broad as the original sin and the effects of it. If the original sin extends its effects to the latest generations of Adam, so the atonement will extend its effects to all his posterity, and redeem them from these consequences.-Orson Pratt, Journal of Discourses, Vol.7, p.257

Lehi taught that "no flesh can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy and grace of the Holy Messiah" (2 Nephi 2:8). Even the most just and upright man cannot save himself solely on his own merits, for, as the Apostle Paul tells us, "all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).-Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p.71

Salvation of every sort, kind, type, and nature comes by the grace of God; that is, it comes because of the mercy, love, and condescension of God. If it were not for the grace of God there would be nothing -- no creation, no fall, no mortal probation, no atonement, no redemption, no immortality, no eternal life. It is God's grace that underlies all things, that causes all things to be, that makes all things possible. Without it there would be nothing; with it there is everything.-Elder Bruce R. McConkie, A New Witness for the Articles of Faith, p.149

Just as surely as our Savior became the author of our eternal salvation, so must we through that same degree of obedience become the authors of our own exaltation. We celebrate this Easter Sabbath with a knowledge that we shall come forth in the morning of the resurrection. We likewise know that we shall be judged according to that which we do in the flesh. We shall not be saved by grace alone. And how grateful I am to my Father in heaven for the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ that has taught us the importance of obedience to his will and to his command.-Henry D. Moyle, General Conference, April 1950

Righteous living, combined with the grace of the Atonement, will qualify us to stand before Him with clean hearts and clear consciences.-Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, General Conference, April 1997

"The doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints regarding grace is forthright. We understand that since we have all become spiritually unclean because of sin (see 1 Jn. 1:8), and since 'there cannot any unclean thing enter into the kingdom of God' (1 Ne. 15:34), no individual can receive eternal life solely on the merits of his or her own effort. We believe that only as we rely on the Savior's grace and demonstrate our changed nature through obedience to His laws and ordinances may we receive eternal life." - M. Russell Ballard, "Building Bridges of Understanding," Ensign, June 1998, p. 65

"Our critics' belief, based on the Bible, holds that man is saved by grace alone. Theirs is by far the easier way. Our position, also based on the Bible but strengthened by other scriptures, holds that we are saved by grace 'after all we can do,' (2 Ne. 25:23.) and we are responsible by conduct and by covenants to live the standards of the gospel." - Boyd K. Packer, "The Peaceable Followers of Christ," Ensign, Apr. 1998, p. 65

"What do we mean by the grace of God?

"Jesus is gracious—that is, He is kind, merciful, compassionate. It is out of His grace, His compassion and His love for us, His mercy, His kindness, His desire for us to become like Him, that He provides for us His glorious gospel.

"But to reject His truth is to reject His grace, His mercy, His kindness, His compassion. It is to say that we want none of it. And of one thing we may be sure: if such is our attitude, we most certainly shall have none of it.

"Obedience is the thing. What did Samuel say to Saul when he tried to serve two masters? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. (1 Sam. 15:22.)" - Mark E. Petersen, "We Believe in Being Honest," Ensign (CR), May 1982, p.14

"As we seek the things of God, we must humble ourselves before Him, remembering that it is by His grace that we receive them, and focus our thoughts and our prayers, our faith and our desires, even all of the energy of our hearts that we might receive light and understanding directly from a loving Heavenly Father." - Craig C. Christensen, "Seek, and Ye Shall Find," Ensign (CR), May 2003, p.33

"We should have great hope in knowing, however unworthy we may feel or weak we may be, that if we will do all we can, He will come to our aid and provide for us whatever we may lack. (See 2 Cor. 12:9.) That statement, to some degree, defines grace." - Gene R. Cook, "Receiving Divine Assistance through the Grace of the Lord," Ensign (CR), May 1993, p.79

“When we give all that we have, the Lord will take it and bless it and magnify it and pass it, and there will be enough and to spare. It is only when we withhold what we have that we deprive ourselves of the promised blessing of grace, which our Bible Dictionary defines as ‘an enabling power that allows men and women to lay hold on eternal life and exaltation after they have expended their own best efforts.’ When we do our best, it is enough, and the Lord will make up the difference.” - Ardeth Greene Kapp, “My Neighbor, My Sister, My Friend,” p. 62

We believe it is by grace that we are saved after all that we can do, and that building upon the foundation of the atonement of Christ, all men must work out their salvation with fear and trembling before the Lord. - Joseph Fielding Smith, "Out of the Darkness," Ensign (CR) April 1971

The Lord’s response to us is always filled with love. Should not our response to Him be in kind, with real feelings of love? He gives grace (or goodness) for grace, attribute for attribute. As our obedience increases, we receive more grace (or goodness) for the grace we return to Him. Offer Him the refinement of your attributes, so that when He does appear you will be like Him. - Gene R. Cook, "Charity: Perfect and Everlasting Love," Ensign (CR) May 2002

Because of the sacrifice of our beloved Redeemer, death has no sting, the grave has no victory, Satan has no lasting power, and we are “begotten … again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” - Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “The Gift of Grace,” Ensign (CR) April 2015

The Savior reminds us that He has "graven [us] upon the palms of [His] hands." Considering the incomprehensible cost of the Crucifixion and Atonement, I promise you He is not going to turn His back on us now. When He says to the poor in spirit, "Come unto me," He means He knows the way out and He knows the way up. He knows it because He has walked it. He knows the way because He is the way. - Jeffrey R. Holland, "Broken Things to Mend,” Ensign (CR) April 2006

If grace is a gift of God, why then is obedience to God’s commandments so important? Why bother with God’s commandments—or repentance, for that matter? Why not just admit we’re sinful and let God save us?

Or, to put the question in Paul’s words, “Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?” Paul’s answer is simple and clear: “God forbid.”

Brothers and sisters, we obey the commandments of God—out of love for Him! - Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “The Gift of Grace,” Ensign (CR) April 2015

So if you feel small and weak, please simply come unto Christ, who makes weak things strong. The weakest among us, through God’s grace, can become spiritually strong, because God “is no respecter of persons.” He is our “faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments.” – Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “On Being Genuine,” Ensign (CR) May 2015

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