“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“There need to be some absolutes in life. There are some things that should never be done, some lines that should never be crossed, vows that should never be broken, words that should never be spoken, and thoughts that should never be entertained.”

James E. Faust

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Elder Jeffery R. Holland of the LDS church

“. . . there surely must be someone who yet needs your forgiveness. And please don’t ask if that’s fair – that the injured should have to bear the burden of forgiveness for the offender. Don’t ask if “justice” doesn’t demand that it be the other way around. No, whatever you do, don’t ask for justice. You and I know that what we plead for is mercy – and that is what we must be willing to give.”

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland  |  “I Stand All Amazed,” Ensign, August 1986, p. 72

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“‘Hearken unto my voice. Listen to him who is the advocate with the Father, who is pleading your cause before him…that [you] may come unto me and have everlasting life.’

“What, exactly, is meant by this verse? We are happy to know we have an advocate, but we would hope our Father is not in need of heart softening. It may be that we misunderstand the term advocate the way it is being used here…We see that Christ as the atoning one — the mediator — is not our defender from God’s justice, but the collaborator in and minister of our Heavenly Father’s plan.”

Terryl and Fiona Givens  |  "The Christ Who Heals"

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“The great Mediator asks for our repentance not because we must ‘repay’ him in exchange for his paying our debt to justice, but because repentance initiates a developmental process that, with the Savior’s help, leads us along the path to a saintly character”

Bruce C. Hafen  |  The Broken Heart [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1989], 149;

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Spencer W. Kimball Portrait

“There are many people who seem to rely solely on the Lord’s mercy rather than on accomplishing their own repentance. … The Lord may temper justice with mercy, but he will never supplant it. Mercy can never replace justice. God is merciful, but he is also just.”

Spencer W. Kimball  |  The Miracle of Forgiveness, Bookcraft, 1969, p. 358.

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“Never must we allow supposed mercy to the unrepentant sinner to rob the justice by which the true repentance from sinful practices is predicated.”

Harold B. Lee  |  Strengthening the Home, 1973, p. 5.

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Neal A. Maxwell Headshot

“Jacob, in 2 Nephi 9:41, in speaking of the straight and narrow, reminds us that ‘the keeper of the gate is the Holy One of Israel’ and that Jesus ‘employeth no servant there.’ The emphasis rightly is on the fact that Jesus ‘cannot be deceived.’ There is another dimension of reassurance, too: not only will the ultimate judgment not be delegated in order to serve the purposes of divine justice, but also divine mercy can best be applied by him who knows these things what only he can know.”

Elder Neal A. Maxwell  |  For the Power Is in Them (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1970), 37.

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“[While discussing the debate between faith and works] “It does seem to me like asking which blade in a pair of scissors is most necessary.”

CS Lewis  |  Mere Christianity

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“I also believe in faith. Faith in a loving and kind heavenly Father who will always care about me. Faith that my worth will never be diminished. Faith that God knows how I feel and that I can depend on him to help me through it all. I believe that God not only suffered for me, but that He will make everything up to me in His own time and His own way. That gives me the peace I need to feel like justice will win out in the end.”

Elizabeth Smart  |  My Story: Elizabeth Smart

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