“World-class athletes and university doctoral students spend hours and days and weeks and months and even years of preparation. Daily drops of preparation are required of them to come out on top. Likewise, those who wish to qualify for exaltation in the celestial kingdom are expected to live a higher standard of obedience that comes by practicing the virtue of obedience day by day and drop by drop.

“As we consistently and diligently add oil, drop by drop, to our spiritual lamps, doing these small and simple things, we can have our lamps ‘trimmed and burning’ with astonishing preparation.”

Linda K. Burton, Relief Society General President
Prepared in a Manner That Never Had Been Known,” October 2014 General Conference


“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


“Your light has made a difference to me and many others. You have light because you are literally spirit daughters of Deity, ‘offspring of exalted parents’ with a divine nature and an eternal destiny. You received your first lessons in the world of spirits from your heavenly parents.”

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


“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


“The Savior isn’t our last chance; He is our only chance. Our only chance to overcome self-doubt and catch a vision of who we may become. Our only chance to repent and have our sins washed clean. Our only chance to purify our hearts, subdue our weaknesses, and avoid the adversary. 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


“This is a marvelous time to live on the earth. Ours is a day seen in vision by many of the prophets down through the ages of time. It was to be called the dispensation of the fulness of times because the gospel was to be fully restored that the lives of those who live in this day might be blessed. All who will hear the glad tidings may have the privilege of full access to the saving and exalting ordinances of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the peace and the happiness they bring to individuals and families.”

Virginia U. Jensen, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Creating Places of Security,” October 1997 General Conference


“As women of covenant we seek exaltation and the peace that attends eternal life in the kingdom of heaven. With that resolve comes the quiet reassurance that speaks softly to our souls and reaffirms to us that peace and love, hope and gentility, reverence, joy, and obedience bring about change and good works. Indeed we stand before the world today to rejoice—not in the power of men and women—but in the goodness of God.”

Elaine L. Jack, Relief Society General President
Ponder the Path of Thy Feet,” October 1993 General Conference


“Qualities of spirituality do not come without effort. Like any other talent with which we are blessed, they must be constantly practiced. A famous pianist once said, ‘If I fail to practice for one day, I can tell the difference in my playing. If I fail to practice for two days, my family can tell the difference. If I fail for three days, the whole world can tell the difference.’ This same principle applies to us in our quest for exaltation.”

Barbara W. Winder, Relief Society General President
Becoming a Prepared People,” October 1987 General Conference



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