Nature of God

LDS Quotes on the Nature of God

“God will not desert us. He never has, and He never will. He cannot do it. It is not in His character to do so.”

George Q. Cannon  |  "Remarks," Deseret Evening News, March 7, 1891

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

Nicholas Wolterstroff

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“If we fail to forgive ourselves when God has done so, we make ourselves a higher judge than Him.”

CS Lewis  |  "Mere Christianity"

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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 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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“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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“It has sometimes been asked whether God commands certain things because they are right, or whether certain things are right because God commands them…I empathically embrace the first alternative. The second might lead to the abominable conclusion that charity is good only because God arbitrarily commanded it — that He might equally well have commanded us to hate Him and one another and that hatred would then have been right. I believe, on the contrary, that ‘they err who think that of the will of God to do this or that there is no reason besides His will.'”

CS Lewis  |  The Problem of Pain

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Joseph Smith Portrait

“Our Heavenly Father is more liberal in His views, and boundless in His mercies and blessings, than we are ready to believe or receive.”

Joseph Smith  |  History, 1838–1856, volume D-1

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Neal A. Maxwell Headshot

“Personality patterns, habits, strengths, and weaknesses observed by God over a long period of time in the pre-mortal world would give God a perfect understanding of what we would do under a given set of circumstances to come.”

Elder Neal A. Maxwell

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