This life is the time for men to prepare to meet God (see Alma 34:32) and . . . no one has the right to judge the sum total of a man’s life until that life has been lived.
No matter how long you have lived, no matter how many mistakes you have made, your life’s story can still be changed. It can still be written. It is not too late. Please, I plead with you, help him to help you win your ultimate inheritance. — Elder Cree-L Kofford, Ensign, November 1991, p. 28
The abundant life isn’t something we arrive at. Rather, it is a magnificent journey that began long, long ages ago and will never, never end.
One of the great comforts of the gospel of Jesus Christ is our knowledge that this earthly existence is merely a twinkle in the eye of eternity. Whether we are at the beginning of our mortal journey or at the end, this life is merely one step – one small step. — Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, “The Abundant Life,” Ensign, May 2006, p. 102
It’s common among us to say that life never was intended to be easy. You hear it said very frequently out in the world – by people without understanding and knowledge of the Plan of Salvation – that they can’t believe in a God who would permit war or they can’t believe in a God who would permit someone to suffer and die of cancer or something else. In the world, all that kind of an expression means is that the speaker has no comprehension whatever of what is involved in mortality, of why we came here, and the reason for our mortal being and existence. We’re here to get the kind of experience that could not have been gained in any other way. If we did not get this experience, we never could go on and become like God, our Father. We never could become immortal if we had not first been mortal. We could never have eternal life unless we got the kind of a body that God our Heavenly Father possesses. It’s all part of one cohesive plan. I say that to give an overview. — Elder Bruce R. McConkie, “The Probationary Test of Mortality,” Devotional Address, Salt Lake Institute of Religion, January 10, 1982
Brethren and sisters, the glory of the whole matter is, that when we get through we are going to have our families with us – our fathers and our mothers, our brothers and our sisters, our wives and our children – in the morning of the resurrection, in the family organization of the celestial world, to dwell forever and forever. This is worth all you or I can sacrifice the few years we have to spend here in the flesh. — Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Wilford Woodruff, p. 177