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"Men are here upon the earth then that they might have joy. Is there anything more desirable than happiness or joy? We are all seeking it; we all want it. How is it to be obtained? It can only be obtained through the Church and Kingdom of God. How may one get into this Church and Kingdom of God? The answer is: he must be born into it. He was born into the world to begin with, and now if he comes into the kingdom of God he must be born into it. Christ said to Nicodemus upon one occasion: 'Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God. Except a man be born of water and of the spirit he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.' (John 3:3-5.) So that it becomes in a sense a real birth. Baptism by water and the laying on of hands for the reception of the Holy Ghost is the door that leads into the Church and Kingdom of God." - Rudger Clawson, "Conference Report," October 1928, Afternoon Meeting p. 46

“Oh, the height and the depth of divine love, the love of God for his children here upon the earth! We are put under an obligation that we never can repay in this life or in the life to come. The greatness of this sacrifice cannot be measured, cannot be fully understood by mortal man; but, nevertheless, we can get the benefit of it by faith and obedience to the commandments of God. That is what he requires, and I was going to say how simple it is to keep the commandments of God, and yet it may not be so simple, and it may not be so easy, because Satan very well knows the mark of our high calling, and he is seeking continually to lead away the Saints of God from the path of rectitude and from the path of life, but after all, my brethren and sisters, through faith and prayer and diligence, we will surely prevail.” - Rudger Clawson, “Conference Report,” October 1921, Afternoon Session, p. 36

"There is a blessing predicated upon the observance of every commandment. We cannot ignore it or depart from it or change it to suit our own notions and then expect to obtain the blessings. The Lord does His part, we must do ours. So I have rejoiced in contemplating this great and glorious principle of obedience. It has strengthened my faith. It has caused me to make new resolves. I have come to understand a little more than I understood last week or last month, the strictness of the Lord and how careful He is that his servants and people should obey Him, and what is meant when it is said that the Lord would choose a man after his own heart. It meant, I think, that He would choose a man who would obey his commandments." -
Rudger Clawson, "Conference Report," October 1899, First Day—Morning Session

"Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you: seek me diligently and ye shall find me; ask and ye shall receive; knock and it shall be opened unto you;

"Whatsoever ye ask the Father in my name it shall be given unto you, that is expedient for you;

"And if ye ask anything that is not expedient for you, it shall turn unto your condemnation.”

Mark, brethren and sisters, how clear-cut are these words. There is no doubt, no dubiety. It does not say if and peradventure you call upon the Lord, He may be gone on a long journey and you cannot reach Him; or He is very busy; His attention is now attracted to the nations of the earth; probably He is busily engaged with the great war between Russia and Japan and He cannot give you any attention, therefore you might as well cease praying. No, this revelation does not give forth any such ideas. Our heavenly Father is always near and ready to listen to His children. - Rudger Clawson, "Conference Report," April 1904, Open Air Meeting, p. 97

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