Divine Nature

See also: Child of God, Daughter of God, Eternal Identity

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“With faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, we may become clean, without spot, when we deny ourselves of ungodliness and sincerely repent. We are baptized by water for the remission of sins. Our souls are sanctified when we receive the Holy Ghost with open hearts. Weekly, we partake of the ordinance of the sacrament. In a spirit of repentance, with sincere desires for righteousness, we covenant that we are willing to take upon us the name of Christ, remember Him, and keep His commandments so that we may always have His Spirit to be with us. Over time, as we continually strive to become one with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, we become partakers of Their divine nature.”

Carol F. McConkie, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
The Beauty of Holiness,” April 2017 General Conference

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“We are daughters of Heavenly Father, and each of us has a divine heritage of holiness.”

Carol F. McConkie, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
The Beauty of Holiness,” April 2017 General Conference

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“Recently, as three-year-old Alyssa watched a movie with her siblings, she remarked with a puzzled expression, ‘Mom, that chicken is weird!’

“Her mother looked at the screen and responded with a smile, ‘Honey, that is a peacock.’

“Like that unknowing three-year-old, we sometimes look at others with an incomplete or inaccurate understanding. We may focus on the differences and perceived flaws in those around us whereas our Heavenly Father sees His children, created in His eternal image, with magnificent and glorious potential.”

Jean B. Bingham, First Counselor, Primary General Presidency
I Will Bring the Light of the Gospel into My Home,” October 2016 General Conference

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“Divine nature breathes into us the desire to serve others…The divine nature within us ignites our desire to reach out to others and prompts us to act. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ can help us find the strength to do so. Could the Lord be asking us, ‘What can be done for this daughter, this brother, this father, or this friend?’ ”

Rosemary M. Wixom, Primary General President
Discovering the Divinity Within,” October 2015 General Conference

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“Our divine nature has nothing to do with our personal accomplishments, the status we achieve, the number of marathons we run, or our popularity and self-esteem. Our divine nature comes from God. It was established in an existence that preceded our birth and will continue on into eternity.”

Rosemary M. Wixom, Primary General President
Discovering the Divinity Within,” October 2015 General Conference

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“We come to this earth to nurture and discover the seeds of divine nature that are within us.”

Rosemary M. Wixom, Primary General President
Discovering the Divinity Within,” October 2015 General Conference

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“We come into this world ‘trailing clouds of glory.’ ‘The Family: A Proclamation to the World’ teaches that each one of us ‘is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents’ and ‘each has a divine nature and destiny.’ Heavenly Father generously shares a portion of His divinity within us. That divine nature comes as a gift from Him with a love that only a parent can feel.”

Rosemary M. Wixom, Primary General President
Discovering the Divinity Within,” October 2015 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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“As you climb [The Mountain of the Lord], don’t allow yourself to descend into the willows. Stay high on the mountain. You are God’s precious daughters! Because of the knowledge of our divine identity, everything must be different for us: our dress, our language, our priorities, and our focus. We must not seek guidance from the world, and if our true identity has been clouded by mistakes or sins, we can change. We can turn around and repent and return to virtue. We can climb above the willows. The Savior’s Atonement is for you and for me. He invites each of us to come unto Him.”

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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“In families, friendships, dating, and marriage, we should value not just beauty and résumés, but rather character, good values, and each other’s inherited divine natures.”

Susan W. Tanner, Young Women General President
Daughters of Heavenly Father,” April 2007 General Conference

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“Our Creator meant for us to value and develop our ability to communicate with him and with each other. He expects us to use these capacities to learn righteous ways, to lift one another, and to develop our divine natures.”

Aileen H. Clyde, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Charity and Learning,” October 1994 General Conference

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“God’s commandment that as we love him, we must respect ourselves, suggests we must not accept disrespect from others. It is not charity to let another repeatedly deny our divine nature and agency.”

Aileen H. Clyde, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Charity Suffereth Long,” October 1991 General Conference

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“Just as certain men were foreordained from before the foundations of the world, so were certain women appointed to certain tasks. Divine design—not chance—brought Mary forward to be the mother of Jesus.”
 
Neal A. Maxwell, Presidency of the Seventy

The Women of God,” April 1978 General Conference

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