Plan of Salvation

LDS Quotes on The Plan of Salvation

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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“The Book of Mormon affirms more simply: ‘Men are, that they might have joy.’ Plato was closer to the gospel on this point than the larger portion of Christian theologians: ‘He who framed this whole universe was good, and one who is good can never become jealous of anything. And so, being free of jealousy, he wanted everything to become as much like himself as was possible.’ Not for his glory or happiness, but for theirs.”

Terryl and Fiona Givens  |  "The Christ Who Heals"

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“No man will be kept in hell longer than is necessary to bring him to a fitness for something better. When he reaches that stage the prison doors will open and there will be rejoicing among the hosts who welcome him into a better state.”

James E. Talmage

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“Any joy we savor in the absence of our loved ones is a partial joy, a fractured joy. Heaven apart from those we love is just hell by another name. Joseph said as much: ‘Let me be resurrected with the Saints,’ he said to his people in Nuavoo, ‘whether I ascend to heaven to descend to hell, or go to any other place.'”

Terryl and Fiona Givens  |  "The Christ Who Heals"

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“Zion-building is not preparation for heaven. It is heaven, in embryo. The process of sanctifying disciples of Christ, constituting them into a community of love and harmony, does not qualify individuals for heaven; sanctification and celestial relationality are the essence of heaven. Zion, in this conception, is both an ideal and a transitional stage into the salvation toward which all Christians strive.”

Terryl and Fiona Givens  |  "The Christ Who Heals"

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“Look for Christ and you will find him, and with him everything else thrown in.”

CS Lewis  |  "Mere Christianity"

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“This may raise the ridiculous idea that the Fall took God by surprise and upset His plan, or else — more ridiculously still — that God planned the whole thing for conditions which, He well knew, were never going to be realised. In fact, of course, God saw the crucifixion in the act of creating the first nebula.”

CS Lewis  |  The Problem of Pain

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Neal A. Maxwell Headshot

The Lord loves each of us too much to merely let us go on being what we now are, for he knows what we have the possibility to become!

Elder Neal A. Maxwell  |  “In Him All Things Hold Together”

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“One of the major missions of the Church is to uniquely identify these individuals who have died and perform the necessary saving ordinances in their behalf, for they cannot do it for themselves. Once these ordinances are performed, if the individual accepts the gospel in the great world of spirits, then this work will be effective.”

Royden G. Derrick  |  “Moral Values and Rewards,” Ensign, May 1981, 68.

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“A counselor in the First Presidency, J. Reuben Clark Jr. testified of his belief that we do not ‘seal our eternal progress by what we do here. It is my belief that God will save all of His children that he can: and while, if we live unrighteously here, we shall not go to the other side in the same status, so to speak, as those who lived righteously; nevertheless, the unrighteous will have their chance, and in the eons of the eternities that are to follow, they, too, may climb to the destinies to which they who are righteous and serve God have climbed.'”

Terryl and Fiona Givens  |  "The Christ Who Heals"

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