Eternal Life

Eternity

See also: Immortality

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“Our family motto doesn’t say, ‘It will all work out now.’ It speaks of our hope in the eternal outcome—not necessarily of present results. Scripture says, ‘Search diligently, pray always, and be believing, and all things shall work together for your good.’ This doesn’t mean all things are good, but for the meek and faithful, things—both positive and negative—work together for good, and the timing is the Lord’s. We wait on Him, sometimes like Job in his suffering, knowing that God ‘maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole.’ A meek heart accepts the trial and the waiting for that time of healing and wholeness to come.”

Neill F. Marriott, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Yielding Our Hearts to God,” October 2015 General Conference

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“Temple ordinances…are…ordinances necessary for our exaltation in the celestial kingdom. As we strive to keep our covenants, our feelings of inadequacy and imperfection begin to fade, while the ordinances and the covenants of the temple come alive. Everyone is welcome to walk that path to eternal life.”

Rosemary M. Wixom, Primary General President
Keeping Covenants Protects Us, Prepares Us, and Empowers Us,” April 2014 General Conference

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“These priesthood ordinances and covenants provide access to the fulness of the blessings promised to us by God, which are made possible by the Savior’s Atonement. They arm sons and daughters of God with power, God’s power, and provide us with the opportunity to receive eternal life—to return to God’s presence and live with Him in His eternal family.”

Carole M. Stephens, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Do We Know What We Have,” October 2013 General Conference

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“Relief Society prepares women for the blessings of eternal life by awakening us spiritually to increase in faith and personal righteousness. Let us begin with ourselves. Let us begin where we are. Let us begin today. When we are spiritually awake, we will be better able to strengthen families and homes and help others.”

Carole M. Stephens, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Wide Awake to Our Duties,” October 2012 General Conference

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“Our greatest goal is to obtain eternal life with our Heavenly Father.”

Ann M. Dibb, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Be of a Good Courage,” April 2010 General Conference

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“Young women, look into the mirror of eternity. Remember who you are! See yourself as our Heavenly Father sees you. You are elect. You are of noble birth. Don’t compromise your divine inheritance. You were born to be a queen. Live so you are worthy to enter the temple and there receive ‘all that [the] Father hath.’ Develop deep beauty. There is no more beautiful sight than a young woman who glows with the light of the Spirit, who is confident and courageous because she is virtuous.”

Elaine S. Dalton, Young Women General President
Remember Who You Are!” April 2010 General Conference

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“We will need to lift and hoist each other up! The path may be strenuous, but if we are willing, the rewards will be eternal.”

Elaine S. Dalton, Young Women General President
Come Let Us Go Up to the Mountain of the Lord,” April 2009 General Conference

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“As parents and leaders exemplify and teach respect for others, we confirm in the hearts of our children that each of us is truly a child of God and all are brothers and sisters through eternity. We will focus on the things we have in common—on the qualities of heart that bind the family of God together, rather than on our differences.”

Margaret S. Lifferth, First Counselor, Primary General Presidency
Respect and Reverence,” April 2009 General Conference

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“The purpose of Relief Society, as established by the Lord, is to organize, teach, and inspire His daughters to prepare them for the blessings of eternal life.”

Julie B. Beck, Relief Society General President
Fulfilling the Purpose of Relief Society,” October 2008 General Conference

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“To the youth of the noble birthright, look into the windows of eternity! See yourselves in the Lord’s holy temples. See yourselves living worthy and pure lives. Generations are depending on you! I testify that worthiness is possible because of the redeeming and enabling power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I pray that it may be said of each one of us, ‘They shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.’ ”

Elaine S. Dalton, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Look toward Eternity!” October 2006 General Conference

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“You are never too young to start learning about patriarchal blessings…I came away from that experience with the comforting assurance that the Lord loved me and knew me, and from that day onward I began to think more often in terms of eternity than popularity.”

Julie B. Beck, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
You Have a Noble Birthright,” April 2006 General Conference

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“In a sense all of us are in the middle of our own novels, our own life stories. Sometimes our stories feel very intense, and we would like to read ahead to know our own end, to make sure that everything is going to turn out all right. While we don’t know the particular details of our life’s experiences, fortunately we do know something about our futures, if we live worthily.”

Susan W. Tanner, Young Women General President
All Things Shall Work Together for Your Good,” April 2004 General Conference

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“While it may be true in some instances that our promised blessings will be fulfilled only in the eternities, it is also true that as we search, pray, and believe, we will often recognize things working together for our good in this life.”

Susan W. Tanner, Young Women General President
All Things Shall Work Together for Your Good,” April 2004 General Conference

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“The one thing that is needful is to choose eternal life. We choose daily. As we seek, listen, and follow the Lord, we are encircled in the arms of His love—a love that is pure.”

Bonnie D. Parkin, Relief Society General President
Choosing Charity: That Good Part,” October 2003 General Conference

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“We know we have and always will exist. We know we have been sent to earth to gain experience and prove ourselves. The decisions we make are vital if we are to gain eternal life and exaltation. We know that this estate is important, and this understanding gives meaning, purpose, and direction in our lives. Ultimately all of us want to learn our lessons well and return home to our loving Heavenly Father.”

Mary Ellen Smoot, Relief Society General President
Rejoice, Daughters of Zion,” October 1999 General Conference

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“Now, each one of us is on the path towards our eternal home. And for various reasons we all need rescue—rescue from loneliness and heartache, from despair and disillusionment, from the consequences of innocent mistakes and blatant sin.

“Where do we turn for help? ‘In the gift of his Son hath God prepared a more excellent way’ (Ether 12:11).”

Sheri L. Dew, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Our Only Chance,” April 1999 General Conference

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“The Savior isn’t our last chance; He is our only chance…Our only chance to obtain redemption and exaltation. Our only chance to find peace and happiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come.

Sheri L. Dew, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Our Only Chance,” April 1999 General Conference

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“Our responsibility is to learn to draw upon the power of the Atonement. Otherwise we walk through mortality relying solely on our own strength. And to do that is to invite the frustration of failure and to refuse the most resplendent gift in time or eternity.”

Sheri L. Dew, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Our Only Chance,” April 1999 General Conference

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“As our testimony of [The Lord] expands and matures, we begin to care more about life forever than life today, and we have no desire but to do what He needs us to do and to live as He has asked us to live.”

Sheri L. Dew, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Are You The Woman I Think You Are?” October 1997 General Conference

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“Most of our lives are not a string of dramatic moments that call for immediate heroism and courage. Most of our lives, rather, consist of daily routines, even monotonous tasks, that wear us down and leave us vulnerable to discouragement. Sure, we know where we’re going, and if it were possible we would choose to jump out of bed, work like crazy, and be there by nightfall. But our goal, our journey’s end, our Zion is life in the presence of our Heavenly Father. And to get there we are expected to walk and walk and walk.”

Virginia H. Pearce, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Keep Walking, and Give Time a Chance,” April 1997 General Conference

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“Baptism is the critical priesthood ordinance which opens the door to eternal life for each one of us. It is the benchmark from which we count our many blessings, because this is when our accountability to follow Jesus Christ and live his gospel begins. And then, each week as we partake of the sacrament we are reminded to ‘always remember him’. What a blessing this visual reminder is.”

Elaine L. Jack, Relief Society General President
Partakers of the Glories,” October 1996 General Conference

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“Families are the framework of our lives here and in the eternities.”

Elaine L. Jack, Relief Society General President
Relief Society: A Balm in Gilead,” October 1995 General Conference

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“Focusing on our eternal purposes can ease our burdens and make our lives happy and more productive. Indeed, we often can do less and have it mean more.”

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

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“I have come to know without any question that the gospel of Jesus Christ is the pathway to hope that leads us back to our Heavenly Father and our eternal home.”

Ardeth G. Kapp, Young Women General President
A Time for Hope,” October 1986 General Conference

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“This is a time when the influence of many movies, and fashions, and music, and fads would try to desensitize you so that the greatest and most dangerous hazards appear not so bad, and the loud voices of the world would be allowed to interfere with the whisperings of the Spirit within you and thus threaten your eternal life.”

Ardeth G. Kapp, Young Women General President 
Young Women Striving Together,” October 1984 General Conference

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