Plan of Salvation

LDS Quotes on The Plan of Salvation

“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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“Happiness is the purpose and design of existence.”

David O. McKay  |  Pathways to Happiness

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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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“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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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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Elder Jeffery R. Holland of the LDS church

God doesn’t care nearly as much about where you have been as He does about where you are and, with His help, where you are willing to go.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland  |  Created for Greater Things

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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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“We want a script, and we find we stand before a blank canvas. We expect a road map, and we find we have only a compass. We have yet to learn, as the poet John Ciardi wrote, that ‘clean white paper, waiting under a pen, is a gift beyond human history and hurt and heaven.”

Terryl and Fiona Givens

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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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“‘Repentance will be possible even after death,’ wrote James E. Talmage. To some, he continued, ‘it may appear that to teach the possibility of repentance beyond the grave may tend to weaken belief in the absolute necessity of repentance and reformation in this life. There is no reason for such objection,’ he explains, when we consider that willful neglect here and now will render the process that much more lengthy and difficult in the future…Our error here, once again, may be in adopting a language of salvation as either/or, as an event that transpires rather than a process that unfolds.”

Terryl and Fiona Givens  |  "The Christ Who Heals"

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