The Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ is the heart and core and center of revealed religion.

Elder Bruce R. McConkie Christ and the Creation

[W]ith the right of choice comes the responsibility to choose. We cannot be neutral; there is no middle ground. The Lord knows this; Lucifer knows this. As long as we live upon this earth, Lucifer and his hosts will never abandon the hope of claiming our souls.

Our Heavenly Father did not launch us on our eternal journey without providing the means whereby we could receive from Him God-given guidance to assist in our safe return at the end of mortal life. I speak of prayer. I speak too of the whisperings from that still, small voice within each of us, and I do not overlook the holy scriptures, written by mariners who successfully sailed the seas we too must cross.

Each of us has come to this earth with all the tools necessary to make correct choices. The prophet Mormon tells us, “The Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he may know good from evil.” (Moroni 7:16)

President Thomas S. Monson
The Three Rs of Choice

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A God who cares about us as tenderly as a parent cares about a child cannot be an ethereal mist or a vague philosophical ‘first cause’ or a deistic absentee landlord. He must be recognized for what He truly is: a merciful, compassionate Father in whose image every one of His children have been made.

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Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

October 19, 2014

Fundamental Principles, Joseph Smith, Spirit World

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I have a father, brothers, children, and friends who have gone to a world of spirits. They are only absent for a moment. They are in the spirit, and we shall soon meet again. The time will soon arrive when the trumpet shall sound. When we depart, we shall hail our mothers, fathers, friends, and all whom we love, who have fallen asleep in Jesus. There will be no fear of mobs, persecutions, or malicious lawsuits and arrests; but it will be an eternity of felicity.

Joseph Smith
The King Follett Sermon, April 7, 1844

October 18, 2014

General Authorities, General Conference

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We are so blessed to be lead by prophets and apostles and have heard many wonderful lessons and revelations about the Atonement during this General Conference.

On the Church’s Web site, I searched for the number of mentions of the term, “atonement” in general conference addresses over recent five-year periods of time. This is what I found:

1995–1999—26 mentions

2000–2004—107 mentions

2005–2009—186 mentions

When this first General Conference of 2010 is completed and we have the opportunity to study and ponder the talks given, I am certain that will will add even more revealed knowledge about our Savior’s great sacrifice for us and how it sustains us from day to day, breath to breath.

“What would each of us say if we had to open our mouth three times? If I may, I would like to offer a suggestion. First and foremost, we should declare our belief in Jesus Christ and His Atonement. His redeeming act blesses all mankind with the gift of immortality and the potential of enjoying God’s greatest gift to man, the gift of eternal life.”

Elder L. Tom Perry

“Bring Souls unto Me,” Ensign, May 2009, 111 via LDS Daily Gems

October 16, 2014

Enabling Power, Mother Teresa, Patience

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Let nothing perturb you, nothing frighten you. All things pass. God does not change. Patience achieves everything.

Mother Teresa

October 15, 2014

Death, General Authorities, Hinckley, Resurrection

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What is this thing that men call death
This quiet passign in the night?
’Tis not the end but genesis
Of better worlds and greater light.

O God, touch Thou my aching heart
And calm my troubled, haunting fears.
Let hope and faith, transcendent, pure,
Give strength and peace beyond my tears.

There is no death, but only change,
With recompense for vict’ry won.
The gift of Him who loved all men,
The Son of God, the Holy One.

President Gordon B. Hinckley
What Is This Thing Man Calls Death?“, Ensign, Feb. 2010, 39
(Copyright © 2007 by Gordon B. Hinckley and Janice Kapp Perry. All rights reserved. This song may be copied for incidental, noncommercial home and church use.)

October 14, 2014

General Authorities, General Conference, Monson, New Testament

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We need not visit the Holy Land to feel him close to us. We need not walk by the shores of Galilee or among the Judean hills to walk where Jesus walked.

In a very real sense, all can walk where Jesus walked when, with his words on our lips, his spirit in our hearts, and his teachings in our lives, we journey through mortality.

Then-Elder Thomas S. Monson
The Paths Jesus Walked“, Ensign, May 1974, 48

October 13, 2014

Forgiveness, General Authorities, General Conference, Hinckley

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Age does something to a man. It seems to make him more aware of the need for kindness and goodness and forbearance. He wishes and prays that men might live together in peace without war and contention, argument and conflict. He grows increasingly aware of the meaning of the great Atonement of the Redeemer, of the depth of His sacrifice, and of gratitude to the Son of God, who gave His life that we might live.

I wish today to speak of forgiveness. I think it may be the greatest virtue on earth, and certainly the most needed. There is so much of meanness and abuse, of intolerance and hatred. There is so great a need for repentance and forgiveness. It is the great principle emphasized in all of scripture, both ancient and modern.

President Gordon B. Hinckley

Forgiveness,” Liahona, Nov 2005, 81–84

October 12, 2014

Andersen, Faith, General Authorities, General Conference

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Faith is not only a feeling; it is a decision. With prayer, study, obedience, and covenants, we build and fortify our faith. Our conviction of the Savior and His latter-day work becomes the powerful lens through which we judge all else. Then, as we find ourselves in the crucible of life, . . . we have the strength to take the right course.

Elder Neil L. Anderson
It’s True, Isn’t It? Then What Else Matters?, General Conference, April, 2007