LDS Quotes on Change

“Under the law of the Lord, a marriage, like a human life, is a precious, living thing. If our bodies are sick, we seek to heal them. We do not give up. While there is any prospect of life, we seek healing again and again. The same should be true of our marriages, and if we seek Him, the Lord will help us and heal us”

Elder Dallin H. Oaks  |  (2007, May). Divorce. Ensign, 37(5), 70–73.

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James R. Rasband

Would Alma truly have felt what he describes as ‘exquisite … joy’ if he thought that Christ saved him but left forever harmed those he had led away from the truth? Surely not. For Alma to feel complete peace, those he harmed also needed the opportunity to be made whole.

James R. Rasband  |  Ensuring a Righteous Judgment - General Conference 2020

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“Repentance, this willing submission to humiliation and a kind of death, is not something God demands of you before he will take you back and which he could let you off if he chose. It is simply a description of what going back to him is like. If you ask God to take you back without it, you are really asking him to let you back without going back.”

CS Lewis  |  Mere Christianity

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“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.”

Mother Teresa

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“Conversion does not normally come all at once. . . . It comes in stages, until a person becomes at heart a new person.”

Dale E. Miller  |  “Bringing Peace and Healing to Your Soul”

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Joy D Jones

We are always progressing as long as we are striving to follow the Lord.

Joy D. Jones  |  An Especially Noble Calling - General Conference 2020

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Thomas S. Monson

“We need to bear in mind that people can change. They can put behind them bad habits. They can repent from transgressions. They can bear the priesthood worthily. And they can serve the Lord diligently… We can help them to overcome their shortcomings. We must develop the capacity to see men not as they are at present but as they may become when they receive testimonies of the gospel of Christ.’”

Thomas S. Monson  |  Seeing Others As They May Become, Conference October 2012

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Spencer W. Kimball Portrait

“Perfection is a long, hard journey with many pitfalls. It’s not attainable overnight. Eternal vigilance is the price of victory. Eternal vigilance is required in the subduing of enemies and in becoming the master of our lives. It cannot be accomplished in little spurts and disconnected efforts. There must be constant and valiant, purposeful living – righteous living. Do we have the power to attain this kind of abundance? The psalmist was inspired to write: What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet.” (Ps. 8:4–6.) There are those today who say that man is the result of his environment and cannot rise above it. Those who justify mediocrity, failure, immorality of all kinds, and even weakness and criminality are certainly misguided. Surely the environmental conditions found in childhood and youth are an influence of power. But the fact remains that every normal soul has its free agency and the power to row against the current and to lift itself to new planes of activity and thought and development. Man can transform himself. Man must transform himself.”

Spencer W. Kimball  |  “The Abundant Life,” Ensign, October 1985, p. 5

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“Our enmity toward God takes on many labels, such as rebellion, hard-heartedness, stiff-neckedness, unrepentant, puffed up, easily offended, and sign seekers. The proud wish God would agree with them. They aren’t interested in changing their opinions to agree with God’s.”

Ezra Taft Benson  |  “Beware of Pride,” Ensign, May 1989

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“The remarkable examples in the scriptures are just that – remarkable and not typical. For most of us, the changes are more gradual and occur over time.”

Elder D. Todd Christofferson  |  Born Again

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