Improving and Sanctifying Our Souls

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“Our testimonies, like yours, have been written in our hearts as we have faced assorted soul-stretching challenges and adversities. Without an understanding of Heavenly Father’s perfect plan of happiness and the Savior’s Atonement as the central feature of that plan, these challenges could seem unfair. We all share in the trials of life together. But in faithful hearts is written, ‘All that is unfair about life can be made right through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.’ ”

Linda K. Burton, Relief Society General President
Is Faith in the Atonement of Jesus Christ Written in Our Hearts?” October 2012 General Conference

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“Expressing charity, or love, purifies and sanctifies our souls, helping us become more like the Savior. Through those small acts of charity, you follow the Savior and you act as instruments in His hands as you help, care, lift, comfort, listen, encourage, nurture, teach, and strengthen the sisters under your care.”

Silvia H. Allred, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Charity Never Faileth,” October 2011 General Conference

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“I believe that we carve souls—our own and others—every day. Let’s determine now to make those souls pure and chaste. Create homes filled with love and serenity. Relieve suffering. Create enduring testimonies of eternal truths in ourselves and others.”

Mary Ellen Smoot, Relief Society General President
We Are Creators,” April 2000 General Conference

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“As we observe the process of natural growth, we become acutely aware of certain eternal principles upon which all growth is predicated. First, growth is the expected norm. It’s the divine challenge given to each soul as it enters mortality. Our Heavenly Father expects us to use the great gift of life to enjoy and to celebrate this central truth. Because we have life, we can grow and develop and do some things on earth we cannot do anywhere else.”

Dwan J. Young, Primary General President
An Invitation to Grow,” April 1982 General Conference

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