Here are some favorite words from LDS general conference yesterday. The speaker is Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles:
“We know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do” (2 Nephi 25:23). And we do not need to achieve some minimum level of capacity or goodness before God will help. Divine aid can be ours every hour of every day, no matter where we are in the path of obedience. But I know that, beyond desiring his help, we must exert ourselves, repent, and choose God, for him to be able to act in our lives consistent with justice and moral agency. (bold added)
I also enjoyed these quotations he used . . .
Every subject’s duty is the king’s; but every subject’s soul is his own. (William Shakespeare, Henry V, Act 4, Scene 1)
I do not wish any Latter-day Saint in this world, nor in heaven, to be satisfied with anything I do, unless the Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ, the spirit of revelation, makes them satisfied. I wish them to know for the themselves and understand for themselves. (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses 3:45)
. . . and this thought in his own words:
A God who makes no demands is the functional equivalent of a God who does not exist.
Good stuff, and there’s more where that came from.