Quotes on Exaltation

See also: John 5:19;  D&C 131; D&C 132:20-25

Determine to pay the price [for eternal life] in effort, money, study, and prayer.  Be sure you understand the course or path you will be taking.  The ideal course of life is not always easy.  Comparatively few will find it and complete it.  It is not a well-marked freeway, but a narrow path with only one entrance.  The way to eternal life is straight and narrow. — Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, Conference Address, October 1989

Besides the physical ordinance of baptism and the laying on of hands, one must be spiritually born again to gain exaltation and eternal life. — President Ezra Taft Benson, General Conference, October 1985

As man now is, God once was; as God now is, man may be.  …Nothing was ever revealed more distinctly than that was to me.  — Elder Lorenzo Snow, Improvement Era, June 1919, p. 661

One of the beautiful things to me in the Gospel of Jesus Christ is that it brings us all to a common level.  It is not necessary for a man to be a president of a stake, or a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, in order to attain a high place in the celestial kingdom.  The humblest member of the Church, if he keeps the commandments of God, will attain an exaltation just as much as any other man in the celestial kingdom.  The beauty of the gospel of Jesus Christ is that it makes us all equal in as far as we keep the commandments of the Lord.  In as far as we observe to keep the laws of the Church we have equal opportunities for exaltation.  As we develop faith and righteousness, our light is made to shine as a guide and blessing to those with whom we mingle. — President George Albert Smith, Conference Report, Oct. 1933, p. 25; see Sharing the Gospel With Others,  pp. 113-114

Pure womanhood plus priesthood means exaltation.  But womanhood without priesthood, or priesthood without pure womanhood doesn’t spell exaltation. — Harold B. Lee, quoted by Sheri Dew, “It Is Not Good for Man or Woman to Be Alone,” Ensign, November 2001, p. 13

Each one of you has it within the realm of his possibility to develop a kingdom over which you will preside as its king and god.  You will need to develop yourself and grow in ability and power and worthiness, to govern such a world with all of its people.  You are sent to this earth not merely to have a good time or to satisfy urges or passions or desires.  You are sent to this earth, not to ride merry-go-rounds, airplanes, automobiles, and have what the world calls “fun.”  You are sent to school, for that matter, to begin as a human infant and grow to unbelievable proportions in wisdom, judgment, knowledge, and power. . . . That is why in our childhood and our youth and our young adulthood we must stretch and grow and remember and prepare for the later life when limitations will terminate so that we can go on and on and on. — President Spencer W. Kimball, Salt Lake Institute of Religion Devotional, October 22, 1976, p. 2

The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do  “What did Jesus do?  Why; I do the things I saw my Father do when worlds came rolling into existence.  My Father worked out his kingdom with fear and trembling, and I must do the same; and when I get my kingdom, I shall present it to my Father, so that he may obtain kingdom upon kingdom, and it will exalt him in glory.  He will then take a higher exaltation, and I will take his place and thereby become exalted myself.  So that Jesus treads in the tracks of his Father, and inherits what God did before; and God is thus glorified and exalted in the salvation and exaltation of all his children.  It is plain beyond disputation, and you thus learn some of the first principles of the Gospel, about which so much hath been said.”  Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 347-8

While salvation is an individual matter, exaltation is a family matter.  Only those who are married in the temple and whose marriage is sealed by the Holy Spirit of Promise will continue as spouses after death and receive the highest degree of celestial glory, or exaltation.  A temple marriage is also called a celestial marriage.  Within the celestial glory are three levels.  To obtain the highest, a husband and wife must be sealed for time and all eternity and keep their covenants made in a holy temple. — Elder Russell M. Nelson, “Celestial Marriage,” Ensign, Nov. 2008, p. 92

On 30 June 1916, the First Presidency of the Church (Joseph F. Smith, Anthon H. Lund, and Charles W. Penrose) declared:  “So far as the stages of eternal progression and attainment have been made known through divine revelation, we are to understand that only resurrected and glorified beings can become parents of spirit offspring.  Only such exalted souls have reached maturity in the appointed course of eternal life; and the spirits born to them in the eternal worlds will pass in due sequence through the several stages or estates by which the glorified parents have attained exaltation.”  (In Clark, Messages of the First Presidency, 5:34; Improvement Era, August 1916, p. 942) Doctrine and Covenants Student Manual, p. 325

C. S. Lewis reminds us, “the job will not be completed in this life: but He means to get us as far as possible before death.”  (Lewis, Mere Christianity, 175)

A glimpse beyond the veil tells us that our progress does not end at death.  Victor Hugo sensed the unlimited possibilities in the afterlife: “the nearer I approach the end the plainer I hear around me the immortal symphonies of the world which invites me. . . . For half a century I have been writing my thoughts in prose and in verse; history, philosophy, drama, romance, tradition, satire, ode and song; I have tried all.  But I feel I have not said the thousandth part of what is in me.  When I go down to the grave I can say like many others, ‘I have finished my day’s work.’  But I cannot say, ‘I have finished my life’s work.’  My day’s work will begin again the next morning.  The tomb is not a blind alley; it is an open thoroughfare.  It closes on the twilight, it opens on the dawn.  My work is only beginning.” — Quoted by Hugh B. Brown, in Conference Report, April 1967, p. 50

Let the people be led by the revelations of Jesus Christ, and the finger of God will be made manifest before them day by day in their progress to eternal happiness; for this is the privilege of the faithful. — Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 9:107

I expect, if I am faithful with yourselves, that I shall see the time with yourselves that we shall know how to prepare to organize an earth like this – know how to people that earth, how to redeem it, how to sanctify it, and how to glorify it, with those who live upon it who will hearken to our counsels.  The Father and the Son have attained to this point already; I am on the way and so are you, and every faithful servant of God. — Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 6:274-75

This intelligence must endure . . . . The glory and intelligence that God has prepared for the faithful, no man knoweth.  Should not this fill every heart with peace and joy – that there is no end to the progress of knowledge? — Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 8:155

We have not yet received our kingdoms, neither will we, until we have finished our work on earth . . . . Then he that has overcome and is found worthy, will be made a king of kings, a lord of lords over his own posterity, or in other words: A father of fathers. — Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 10:255

To be damned is to be banished from, or be deprived of living in the presence of the Father and the Son.  Who will live with him?  They [who] will come up and inherit the highest glory that is prepared for the faithful. — Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 11:271

We have divinity within ourselves; we have immortality within ourselves; our spiritual organism is immortal; it cannot be destroyed; it cannot be annihilated.  We will live from all eternity to all eternity.

It is a wonderful pleasure to speak upon the great things that God proposes to bestow upon His sons and daughters, and that we shall attain to if we are faithful. . . . Our travel in this path of exaltation will bring to us the fullness of our Lord Jesus Christ, to stand in the presence of our Father, to receive of His fullness, to have the pleasure of increasing in our posterity worlds without end, to enjoy those pleasant associations that we have had in this life, to have our sons and our daughters, our husbands and our wives, surrounded with all the enjoyment that heaven can bestow, our bodies glorified like unto the Savior’s, free from disease and all the ills of life, and free from the disappointments and vexations and the unpleasant sacrifices that we are making here.  (Millennial Star, Aug. 24, 1899, 530) 

Through a continual course of progression our Heavenly Father has received exaltation and glory and he points us out the same path and, inasmuch as he is clothed with power, authority and glory, he says, “walk ye up and come in possession of the same glory and happiness that I possess.”  (Deseret News, Oct. 21, 1857, 259)

The people of God are precious in His sight; His love for them will always endure, and in His might and strength and affection, they will triumph and be brought off more than conqueror.  They are His children, made in His image and destined through obedience to His laws to become like unto Him. . . .

. . . This is the high destiny of the sons of God, they who overcome, who are obedient to His commandments, who purify themselves even as He is pure.  They are to become like Him; they will see Him as He is; they will behold His face and reign with Him in His glory, becoming like unto Him in every particular.  (Deseret Semi-Weekly News, Oct. 4, 1898, 1) Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Lorenzo Snow, pp. 84-86

I am not unmindful that there are good and devout people among all sects, parties, and denominations, and they will be blessed and rewarded for all the good they do.  But the fact remains that we alone have the fullness of those laws and ordinances which prepare men for the fullness of reward in the mansions above.  And so we say to the good and noble, the upright and devout people everywhere:  Keep all the good you have; cleave unto every true principle which is now yours; but come and partake of the further light and knowledge which that God who is the same yesterday, today, and forever is again pouring out upon his people. — President Joseph Fielding Smith, “A Witness and a Blessing,” General Conference, April 1971