Bishop Richard C. Edgley, a member of the Presiding Bishopric:
“To those who wonder how Christ fits into our theology and our personal lives, we testify that Christ is the Redeemer of the world. He is our Lord, our Light, and our Savior. He was ordained from on high to descend below all, to suffer above all! He is the focus of all that we teach and all we do. As a Church we are individual Christians, trying to prove our discipleship to the Savior. It is not an institutional matter; it is a personal matter” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1998, 14; or Ensign, May 1998, 13).
President Ezra Taft Benson.
“My beloved brethren and sisters, today I would like to speak about one of the most significant gifts given to the world in modern times. The gift I am thinking of is more important than any of the inventions that have come out of the industrial and technological revolutions. This is a gift of greater value to mankind than even the many wonderful advances we have seen in modern medicine. It is of greater worth to mankind than the development of flight or space travel. I speak of the gift of the Book of Mormon. …
“This gift was prepared by the hand of the Lord over a period of more than a thousand years. …
“Once we realize how the Lord feels about this book, it should not surprise us that He also gives us solemn warnings about how we receive it. After indicating that those who receive the Book of Mormon with faith, working righteousness, will receive a crown of eternal glory (see D&C 20:14), the Lord follows with this warning: ‘But those who harden their hearts in unbelief, and reject it, it shall turn to their own condemnation’ (D&C 20:15)” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1986, 3; or Ensign, Nov. 1986, 4).
Joseph Smith said, “A religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things never has power sufficient to produce the faith necessary [to lead] unto life and salvation.” (Lectures on Faith, p. 58.)
Elder Bruce R. McConkie: “A Holy Being who was God yesterday remains as God today and will continue in the same exalted state tomorrow. The course of the Gods is one eternal round; it does not vary. They are now as they were then, and they shall yet be as they have ever been. If it were not so they would not be exalted, for exaltation consists in being the same unchangeable being from everlasting to everlasting.” (The Mortal Messiah, 1:27-28)
Elder Bruce R. McConkie: “It is by faith that miracles are wrought—not faith as an abstract, unembodied, vaporous nothingness, floating like a fog in the universe, but faith in the living Lord, faith centered in Christ our Head. The eternal law is: ‘Whoso believeth in Christ, doubting nothing, whatsoever he shall ask the Father in the name of Christ it shall be granted him; and this promise is unto all, even unto the ends of the earth.’ (Morm. 9:21.) Accordingly, any person who has ever performed a miracle, in any age, has done it by faith in Christ. For the past, at the present, and in the future, all miracles are wrought by faith in that Lord who is Christ.” (The Promised Messiah, p315)
“A Pattern in All Things”
Marvin J. Ashton
“Another Testament of Jesus Christ”
By Elder Dallin H. Oaks
6 June 1993
By Elder Dallin H. Oaks
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
From a talk given at a Church Educational System fireside in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on 7 May 2000.