Nature of God

LDS Quotes on the Nature of God

“Instead of explaining our suffering, God shares it.”

Nicholas Wolterstroff

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Richard G. Scott Portrait

“This life is an experience in profound trust. To produce fruit, your trust in the Lord must be more powerful and enduring than your confidence in your own feelings and experience. Your heavenly father and his beloved son love you perfectly. They would not require you to experience a moment more of difficulty than is absolutely needed for your personal benefit or for that of those you love.”

Richard G. Scott  |  Trust in the Lord

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“The sacred title of ‘father’ is shared with the Almighty. … Fatherhood is not a matter of station or wealth; it is a matter of desire, diligence and determination to see one’s family exalted in the celestial kingdom. If that prize is lost, nothing else really matters.”

Ezra Taft Benson

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Joseph Smith Portrait

“If men do not comprehend the character of God, they do not comprehend themselves.”

Joseph Smith  |  Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Chapter 2

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Elder Jeffery R. Holland of the LDS church

“So be kind, and be grateful that God is kind. It is a happy way to live.”

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland  |  "The Laborers in the Vineyard"

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Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“Though we are incomplete, God loves us completely. Though we are imperfect, He loves us perfectly. Though we may feel lost and without compass, God’s love encompasses us completely. … He loves every one of us, even those who are flawed, rejected, awkward, sorrowful, or broken”

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf

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Faith in the Lord is trust in the Lord. We cannot have true faith in the Lord without also having complete trust in the Lord’s will and in the Lord’s timing. As a result, no matter how strong our faith is, it cannot produce a result contrary to the will of Him in whom we have faith. Remember that when your prayers do not seem to be answered in the way or at the time you desire. The exercise of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is always subject to the order of heaven, to the goodness and will and wisdom and timing of the Lord. When we have that kind of faith and trust in the Lord, we have true security and serenity in our lives.

Elder Dallin H. Oaks  |  “The Atonement and Faith,” Ensign, April 2010, p. 30

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“The experience of sin is not an unalterable state we inhabit; it is a felt disharmony. The unhappiness of sin is nothing more than our spirit rebelling against a condition alien to its true nature. We have fallen out of alignment with God. The separation from God is not punishment inflicted by God, but the consequence of an existential reality of our own making.”

Terryl and Fiona Givens  |  The God Who Weeps

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“God has created us to love and to be loved, and this is the beginning of prayer — to know that he loves me, that I have been created for greater things.”

Mother Teresa

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The miracle of the Atonement is not just that we can go home but that—miraculously—we can feel at home there. If Heavenly Father and His Son did not require faith and repentance, then there would be no desire to change.

Think of your friends and family members who have chosen to live without faith and without repentance. They don’t want to change. They are not trying to abandon sin and become comfortable with God. Rather, they are trying to abandon God and become comfortable with sin.

If the Father and the Son did not require covenants and bestow the gift of the Holy Ghost, then there would be no way to change. We would be left forever with only willpower, with no access to His power. If Heavenly Father and His Son did not require endurance to the end, then there would be no internalization of those changes over time. They would forever be surface and cosmetic rather than sinking inside us and becoming part of us—part of who we are. Put simply, if Jesus didn’t require practice, then we would never become Saints.

Brad Wilcox  |  His Grace Is Sufficient

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