“His Atonement is—without an end. It was also infinite in that all humankind would be saved from never-ending death (see 2 Ne 9:7; 25:16; Alma 34:10,12,14). It was infinite in terms of His immense suffering. It was infinite in time, putting an end to the preceding prototype of animal sacrifice. It was infinite in scope—it was to be done once for all (see Heb 10:10). And the mercy of the Atonement extends not only to an infinite number of people, but also to an infinite number of worlds created by Him (see DC 76:24; Moses 1:33). It was infinite beyond any human scale of measurement or mortal comprehension. Jesus was the only one who could offer such an infinite atonement, since He was born of a mortal mother and an immortal Father. Because of that unique birthright, Jesus was an infinite Being.”
"Personal unrighteousness can lead toward a welfare state. What is the real
cause of this trend toward the welfare state, toward more socialism? In the
last analysis, in my judgment, it is personal unrighteousness. When people
do not use their freedoms responsibly and righteously, they will gradually
lose these freedoms. If man will not recognize the inequalities around him
and voluntarily, through the gospel plan, come to the aid of his brother, he
will find that through "a democratic process" he will be forced to come to
the aid of his brother. The government will take from the "haves" and give
to the "have nots." Both have lost their freedom. Those who "have," lost
their freedom to give voluntarily of their own free will and in the way they
desire. Those who "have not," lost their freedom because they did not earn
what they received. They got "something for nothing," and they will neither
appreciate the gift nor the giver of the gift. Under this climate, people
gradually become blind to what has happened and to the vital freedoms which
they have lost."
“The peace of Christ does not come by seeking the superficial things of life, neither does it come except as it springs from the individual’s heart. Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.’ ” President David O. McKay Gospel Ideals, Salt Lake City: Improvement Era, 1953, pp. 39–40.)
We happen to live in a very perilous, treacherous era of the earth’s history—an era when iniquity abounds, when the love that men should have for God has waxed cold in the hearts of people generally. We live in the great era of darkness, spiritual darkness and apostasy, that is to precede the second coming of the Son of Man. But in the midst of this darkness, God has restored for the last time on earth the fulness of his everlasting gospel. He has called us out of darkness into the marvelous light of Christ. He has given us the revelations of heaven, given us an understanding of what is involved in the plan of salvation—given it by latter-day revelations so that we do not need to rely on tradition and history or even on the biblical accounts.
He has called us and appointed us to stand as lights to the world. He has appointed us to hold the standard around which the righteous in all nations and among all people shall rally in this day, and we are attempting to do this to the best of our ability. We are expected to be witnesses of the truth; to bear record of the doctrine of the Divine Sonship; to stand valiantly and courageously on the Lord’s side of the line in defense of truth and righteousness and in proclaiming the gospel to his other children in the world.
Kindness is an inner desire that makes us want to do good things even if we do not get anything in return. It is the joy of our life to do them. When we do good things from this inner desire, there is kindness in everything we think, say, want and do.
We have been the recipients of the richest bounties of heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth, and power, like no other nation ever has.
But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand that has preserved us in peace and mulitplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined in the decietfullness of our hearts that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.
Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, to proud to pray to God who made us! It behooves us then to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.
Spencer W. Kimball. "The Abundant Life." Ensign, July 1978, 3.
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