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"It is God's purpose and will that we might be happy today, tomorrow, next week, a hundred years from now-yes, a million years from now. You may say in your mind, 'But we won't live that long.' We will live that long. Life is eternal, and the thing that is important to remember is that the way we live today, and the way we live throughout mortality, will determine our happiness throughout eternity, will determine our status forever." — Milton R. Hunter, "Conference Report," October 1947, p. 95

"Some people that I have talked to have the concept that when they die that suddenly, their sins will all be washed away, and they will become white and glorious, pure and clean, in somewhat of an automatic or miraculous way. Such is not the case. According to the ancient prophets, especially the Book of Mormon, sustained by modern revelation, when we die, if we are filthy, we are filthy still. The fact that we die doesn't change us one iota. You and I are dual personages, possessing a spirit body which dwells in a physical body. Death is the separation of that spiritual body from the physical body. All of our good deeds, our bad deeds; the knowledge we have attained; our habits, our evil and good inclinations, are resident in the spirit. The spirit personage contains the personality, or, in other words, the spirit is the real individual. Having an understanding of this doctrine, therefore, we know that when we die we take with us to the other world exactly what we have made of ourselves while living in mortality. There is only one way that I know whereby you and I can purify ourselves, and that one way is through repentance. The things that we should repent of here in mortality will probably be easier to repent of now instead of putting them off until we go to the other world and have to overcome those handicaps at that time; and so I would say, 'today is the day to prepare to meet God.'" — Milton R. Hunter "Conference Report," April 1949, p. 65

"The holy prophets have declared that the kingdom of God has been established, never to be taken from the earth again, nor given to another people- thus Nebuchadnezzar's dream, interpreted by Daniel, is being fulfilled. The God of heaven has set up his kingdom up on the earth in these the last days, 'which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people.' Like 'the stone cut out of the mountain without hands,' it shall roll forth until it fills the whole earth. (Dan. 2:44-45, 34-35.) And 'the saints of the Most High shall . . . possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.' (Ibid., 7:18.) The climax of this whole marvelous work and a wonder will be the coming of Jesus Christ through the clouds of heaven to his kingdom to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords. (Rev. 19:16.)" - Milton R. Hunter, "General Conference Reports," April 1959, p. 30

"Since the first great commandment is to love the Lord our God, how can we show our love for him? We can show our love in our prayers to the Father, given in the name of the Son, and also through our worship of those divine Beings. But, to become all-inclusive, Jesus said: 'If ye love me, keep my commandments.' (John 14:15.) In other words, we should 'live by every word that proceedeth forth from the mouth of God.' (D&C 84:44.)" - Milton R. Hunter, "The Vitality of Love," Ensign, December 1971, p. 68

"... a basic law in marriage is the law of chastity. Men and women cannot defile the fountain of life and reap a fullness of joy. Happiness and purity of heart and mind go hand in hand." - Milton R. Hunter, "Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery," Ensign, June 1971, p. 42

"If all people would accept and live the restored gospel of Jesus Christ their hearts would throb with a sweet peace, a divine love, and an exquisite joy. Thus all covetousness, hate, greed, envy, stealing, lust, adultery, whoredoms, strife, riots, war, and all other sordid and evil acts would cease. Men would love God and man with all their hearts. A perfect condition of peace and righteousness would prevail throughout the world. The King of kings could come and reign. The only hope for this wicked world, therefore, is for its people to repent and accept and live the gospel of Jesus Christ." - Milton R. Hunter, "Conference Report," October 1966, Afternoon Meeting p. 41

"The Savior has proclaimed what we might regard as a scientific pattern which must be followed if one attains a testimony and retains it. First, he must have a strong desire to gain a testimony. Second, he must study the holy scriptures prayerfully and with an open mind. You recall that the Master declared: 'Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.' (John 5:39; D&C 1:37.) Third, a person must render obedience to God's commandments. Jesus made this fact clear. He said: 'My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.

"'If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.' (John 7:16-17.) And fourth, he must pray to God the Father in the name of Jesus Christ and sincerely ask for a testimony. By doing these things a person receives a testimony that the restored gospel of Jesus Christ is true." - Milton R. Hunter, "Conference Report," October 1965, Afternoon Meeting, p.82

"How do we know when we love God with all of our hearts? What criteria do we have by which we can judge? The Savior himself gave us the criteria. He said, 'If ye love me, keep my commandments.' (John 14:15.) Therefore, only to the extent that we keep the commandments that God has given us do we love the Eternal Father and his Only Begotten Son." - Milton R. Hunter, "Conference Report," April 1950, p.90

"Human life is sacred to the Latter-day Saints-as sacred and precious as anything that exists-because of its divine nature. God has revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith and to the other holy prophets that we are his children, the divine offspring of heavenly beings. Men and women in general are the greatest of God's creative work, being made in his own image, and endowed through inheritance from our heavenly parents with godly characteristics just as mortal children are endowed with the characteristics of their earthly parents. In other words, we are gods in embryo..." - Milton R. Hunter, "Conference Report," October 1945, Afternoon Meeting, p.108

"I do not believe that the Savior objects to Latter-day Saints becoming wealthy, if they use that wealth as they should. God wants his children to have the good things of the world, if we use that wealth to pay our tithing, and fast offerings, to send out missionaries, to build church houses, and to help build up the kingdom of God here upon this earth in every way; but he warned against the evil effects that wealth might have on members of his Church. Those who use their wealth for the building of the kingdom of God are following the Savior's admonition to

"' ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.'" - Milton R. Hunter, "Conference Report," October 1953, Second DayMorning Meeting, p.48

“I have learned as I have become older that worldly goods and things are of minor importance. One needs only sufficient food to sustain his body, a reasonable amount of clothing to wear, and sufficient comforts of home, and probably some money for entertainment, cultural things, church service, taxes, and traveling. The man with worldly riches cannot use more. He cannot wear two shirts comfortably at one time, nor can he eat two meals at one time. (Of course I know some who try.) I do not mean that one should cease trying to achieve; but what I am trying to say is that one should put first things first.” - Milton R. Hunter, December 15, 1964, “BYU Speeches of the Year,” 1964, p. 4

The only way we can know God is to live as he lives, to think as he thinks, and to experience what he experiences. Interpreted in this light, we are brought face to face with the powerful Mormon doctrine which declares that "As man is God once was, and as God is man may be." It is positively true that the growth, the eternal progression, for which life offers opportunities reach their culminating point in a life patterned after that of Jesus; therefore, it is the purpose of life to live as the Savior taught us to live and as he himself lived. - Milton R. Hunter, "Conference Report," October 1945, Afternoon Meeting, p. 111

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