Eternal Identity

See also: Child of God, Daughter of God, Divine Nature

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“Brothers and sisters, we are eternal beings, without beginning and without end. We have always existed. We are the literal spirit children of divine, immortal, and omnipotent Heavenly Parents!”

Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor, First Presidency
O How Great the Plan of Our God!” October 2016 General Conference

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“Even with all of the mistakes, opposition, and learning that accompany our mortal experience, God never loses sight of our eternal potential, even when we do.”

Carole M. Stephens, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
If Ye Love Me, Keep My Commandments,” 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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“You have been sent to earth in this dispensation of time because of who you are and what you have been prepared to do! Regardless of what Satan would try to persuade us to think about who we are, our true identity is that of a disciple of Jesus Christ!”

Linda K. Burton, Relief Society General President
Wanted: Hands and Hearts to Hasten the Work,” April 2014 General Conference

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“I know that each of us has a vital and essential role as a daughter of God. He has bestowed upon His daughters divine attributes for the purpose of forwarding His work. . . . Your gifts, talents, skills, and spiritual strengths are greatly needed in building up the kingdom.”

Silvia H. Allred, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Steadfast and Immovable,” October 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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“Youth often experience an identity crisis, wondering who they really are. The teenage years are also a time of what I describe as ‘identity theft,’ meaning that worldly ideas, philosophies, and deceits confuse us, buffet us, and seek to rob us of the knowledge of our true identity.”

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

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“The Spirit gives us glimpses into who we are. Often the Spirit speaks to us when we pray, read the scriptures, ponder upon the Lord’s mercies to us, receive priesthood blessings, serve others, or feel loved and affirmed by others.”

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

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“As we come to know and feel who we really are, we are enabled to recognize the difference between good and evil and are empowered to resist temptation. One of the ways we can come to understand the divinely appointed mission the Lord has for us is through our patriarchal blessings. These are very specific and individual messages we can each receive by the power of the priesthood.”

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

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“By covenant, we too have all taken upon ourselves Christ’s name. His name should be engraven inwardly upon our hearts. Likewise, we are expected to act as worthy children of Heavenly Father, who, at least figuratively, has sent us to earth with the admonition ‘Remember who you are!’ ”

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

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“When we know who we are and what we are supposed to do, it is easier to make important decisions about education, careers, and marriage. It is easier to shine our light in our families, with our friends, and in all other places.”

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

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“That we are here now is no accident. For aeons of time our Father watched us and knew He could trust us when so much would be at stake. We have been held in reserve for this very hour. We need to understand not just who we are but who we have always been. For we are women of God, and the work of women of God has always been to help build the kingdom of God.”

Sheri L. Dew, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Stand Tall and Stand Together,” October 2000 General Conference

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“Of all God’s remarkable creations, only we, His children, are created in His image and likeness. Only we, His children, have the capacity to develop our own spiritual convictions. And only we, His children, can give voice and expression to our witness of Him. We, His children, rejoice in our privilege and sacred obligation to bear record of Him and His gospel.”

Susan L. Warner, Second Counselor, Primary General Presidency
Bear Record of Him,” October 1998 General Conference

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“For there is a direct relationship between how we feel about Jesus Christ and how we see ourselves. We cannot increase our devotion to the Savior without also obtaining a greater sense of purpose, identity, and conviction.”

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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“Each of us has had the experience of matching a truth or a realization through inspiring words or music from others to something deep within our souls. When that connection happens, it feels like a small explosion of knowing. We are lifted and warmed; both our minds and our hearts are involved. These experiences, at least momentarily, verify our kinship with one another and with God.”

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

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“…the Israelites of ancient times are your people. The miracles God provided them are part of your spiritual heritage. The pioneers are your people. It makes no difference whether their names appear on your pedigree chart. The miracles God provided them are a part of your personal spiritual heritage. If God did it for Moses by the Red Sea…he will do it for you!”

Virginia H. Pearce, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Faith Is the Answer,” April 1994 General Conference

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“These are the gifts we bring. The talents we have come from our Heavenly Father, an to honor Him, we can develop and expand them and then return them to Him. All of us possess some talent which we can practice, increase, and offer.”

Betty Jo N. Jepsen, First Counselor, Primary General Presidency
By Way of Invitation,” October 1992 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.”

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

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