Other Quotes About the Plan of Salvation

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As we increase our understanding of the doctrine of Christ, we soon discover that we are developing a deeper understanding of ‘the great plan of happiness.’ We also recognize that our Savior, Jesus Christ, is at the very heart of the plan.

 
“When we learn how to apply the doctrine of Christ to our individual circumstances, our love for our Savior grows. And we recognize ‘that regardless of perceived differences, all of us are in need of the same infinite Atonement.’ We realize that He is our foundation—‘the rock of our Redeemer, … a sure foundation … whereon if [we] build [we] cannot fall.’ ”
 
Carole M. Stephens, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
The Master Healer,” October 2016 General Conference

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“Do you know how important you are? Every one of you—right now—is valuable and essential in Heavenly Father’s plan of salvation. We have a work to do. We know the truth of the restored gospel. Are we ready to defend that truth? We need to live it; we need to share it. We must stand firm in our faith and lift our voices to proclaim true doctrine.”

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“No child needs to walk the path alone so long as we speak freely to our children of the plan of salvation. Understanding the plan will help them hold to the truths that they are children of God and He has a plan for them, that they lived with Him in the premortal existence, that they shouted for joy to come to this earth, and that through the Savior’s help, we all can return to our Heavenly Father’s presence. If they understand the plan and who they are, they will not fear.”

Rosemary M. Wixom, Primary General President
Stay On the Path,” October 2010 General Conference

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“What does the Lord want you to do? He wants you to be a valiant and virtuous daughter of God, dedicated to living each day so that you can be worthy to receive the blessings of the temple and return to Him. In today’s world that will take courage. You have the plan of salvation, which makes it possible to do this. Moral agency, the ability to choose, is an essential part of this plan.”

Mary N. Cook, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Never, Never, Never Give Up!” April 2010 General Conference

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“What will help you follow the plan and be a valiant and virtuous daughter of God? First, gain a strong testimony, step by step. Second, seek the help of Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, your family, and others who will support you in your decision to follow the plan. And finally, live to be worthy of the companionship of the Holy Ghost.”

Mary N. Cook, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Never, Never, Never Give Up!” April 2010 General Conference

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“Never settle for less than the privileges and blessings God offers you. The standards you keep in your dress, your language, and your behavior are outward signs of your inward commitment to follow Heavenly Father’s plan for you.”

Coleen K. Menlove, Primary General President
All Thy Children Shall Be Taught,” April 2005 General Conference

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“To maintain a firm stance for ourselves and help others stand firm, the message of the restored gospel must be firmly planted in our hearts and taught in our homes. In your own homes, give your children and loved ones the spiritual armor they will need as they leave you each day and venture away from the safe fortress of your home. Teach your loved ones how to draw upon the powers of heaven through fasting and prayer. Teach them that keeping the Sabbath day holy will insulate them from the world. Teach them to be obedient. Teach them to seek God’s approval, not man’s. Teach them that the only route back to our heavenly home is by loving and following the Savior and by making and keeping sacred covenants and commandments. The truths of the gospel and knowledge of the plan of salvation are weapons your family members can use for victory over Satan’s evil forces.”

Virginia U. Jensen, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Stand Firm,” October 2001 General Conference

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“But, you may be thinking, even within the Church there are people who aren’t happy or people who are usually happy but who experience intermittent times of stress, worry, challenge, and discouragement. That, too, is part of the great plan of happiness. Mortality is a time of testing and trial, which means that there must be times when we feel pain and emotional discomfort. However, by patiently trusting in the eternal plan, we can experience daily happiness and have hope for ‘ever-after happiness.’ ”

Coleen K. Menlove, Primary General President
Living Happily Ever After,” April 2000 General Conference

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“As we come to understand the great plan of happiness, we will radiate, for all the world to see, a glad heart and a cheerful countenance. We will show that we know the gospel of Jesus Christ is a simple, ever-present source of true happiness today and ever after in eternity. It is living the gospel of Jesus Christ that is our guarantee of living ‘happily ever after.’ ”

Coleen K. Menlove, Primary General President
Living Happily Ever After,” April 2000 General Conference

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“Everything we know about our Heavenly Father is connected with His parenthood and His loving care for our souls. He loves each of His children unconditionally. We can do the same in our families. His plan of happiness is a plan to help His children progress and be prepared to receive His greatest blessings. We can make plans to help our families progress. He included His children in the great Heavenly Council and allowed us to participate and use our agency to choose. We can have family councils and include our children as active participants. Under His guidance, this earth was prepared as a place where we could learn and grow. Our homes can be happy places where our children can learn and grow. He has given His children rules of conduct and commandments that keep us moving forward, focused on the path that leads to our heavenly home. The rules of conduct in our family can help us move forward on the path back to our Heavenly Father.”

Patricia P. Pinegar, Primary General President
Caring for the Souls of Children,” April 1997 General Conference

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“Of the many blessings that have come to me through my knowledge of Christ’s gospel, I am most grateful for the doctrine that teaches us that our lives here have eternal meaning and are for the glory of God. We are central in his great work. He teaches that as we receive his light, we can reflect that light in the world.”

Aileen H. Clyde, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Covenant of Love,” April 1995 General Conference

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“Our eternal progression on that straight and narrow path in the company of the Lord Jesus Christ is the focus of my message today. This is a journey made up of many steps. Our progress on this journey is determined by recognizing the straight and narrow path, having an eternal perspective, and acting accordingly.

“Remember, our eternal progression is the very essence of our earthly existence. It is the Lord’s plan to get us all the way home to our Father in Heaven. This I know: Each of us can get there from here.”

Elaine L. Jack, Relief Society General President
Walk with Me,” April 1994 General Conference

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“I think it is important to stretch our minds and try to comprehend, as Moses was shown, the paradox of being small and great at the same time. The scriptures help us keep in our awareness our unique and eternal identities. We had existence as individuals long before this life. We had agency then, and we chose to come to earth, though we knew there would be hazards and hard things here. We had sufficient confidence then to choose to follow the plan of Jesus Christ. We knew that his help would come in showing us ways to live righteously, ways to love and serve each other, and ways to shun the bad and seek the good.”

Aileen H. Clyde, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Confidence through Conversion,” October 1992 General Conference

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“Our Heavenly Father expects and intends for us to be happy. Man is that he might have joy, the scripture says. That means ten- and eleven-year-old girls are that they might have joy as well. Life does make sense because there is a plan—a plan by which we may have joy and be happy here on earth and eternally.”

Michaelene P. Grassli, Primary General President
I Will Follow God’s Plan for Me,” October 1988 General Conference

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“Our happiness is our Heavenly Father’s fondest desire. He has given us the gospel of Jesus Christ. We learn his teachings through the scriptures, through revelation, and through our prophet in order that joy might be ours through our own personal goodness, or personal righteousness. He wants us to be good so we can be happy.”

Michaelene P. Grassli, Primary General President
I Will Follow God’s Plan for Me,” October 1988 General Conference

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“Yes, you have a choice. The Lord has given you control of your life by giving you a choice. Let me repeat that. The Lord has given you control of your life. I’m not saying that nothing bad will ever happen to you. You will not always be able to control what others may say or do, but you can control how you will react to them. Temptation, illness, accidents, and tragedy are part of this life. There will be some tough days in your lives—very tough days. But when you follow God’s plan, you can know what to do, and that’s when you are in control. You can decide whether or not you are going to be happy by making choices that will lead you close to your Heavenly Father and away from Satan. You can decide what you will say and do.”

Michaelene P. Grassli, Primary General President
I Will Follow God’s Plan for Me,” October 1988 General Conference

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“Every good thing you do in your life is following God’s plan. Every time you are kind to another person, each time you have courage to do something difficult, each time you do a thoughtful act without being asked, each time you say your prayers, each time you read the scriptures, each time you go to church, each time you help a friend—you are following God’s plan for you.”

Michaelene P. Grassli, Primary General President
I Will Follow God’s Plan for Me,” October 1988 General Conference

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“…Remember, what others think of you is far less important than what your Heavenly Father thinks of you and what you think of yourself. Your happiness will be in the comfort you feel inside, knowing that what you have done is right and that your Heavenly Father approves your choice.”

Michaelene P. Grassli, Primary General President
I Will Follow God’s Plan for Me,” October 1988 General Conference

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“How long has it been since you shouted for joy? In the Grand Council in heaven in our premortal existence, all the sons and daughters of God ‘shouted for joy’ (Job 38:7). Our Father in Heaven gave us the opportunity to be born, to assume the responsibilities of mortality, which offered the opportunity of a ‘fulness of joy’ (Ps. 16:11) but which also entailed risks of disobedience, sin, and heartache. Yet, as our Father’s plan unfolded and we became aware of our divine potential for future immortality, we did all shout for joy.

“Now we are here; do we doubt the Lord’s word, ‘Men are, that they might have joy’ (2 Ne. 2:25)?”

Barbara W. Winder, Relief Society General President
Finding Joy in Life”, October 1987 General Conference

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“God’s plan is a plan of ultimate joy for each of us. His principles suffice in any situation. But each one of us, young and old, must rise to her challenges in her own way. Each one of us must reach for her own joy.”

Elaine A. Cannon, Young Women General President
Reach for Joy,” April 1982 General Conference

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