Quotes on Salvation

See also: D&C 76:53, 60; Philippians 2:12 

Salvation is nothing more nor less than to triumph over all our enemies and put them under our feet.  And when we have power to put all enemies under our feet in this world, and a knowledge to triumph over all evil spirits in the world to come, then we are saved, as in the case of Jesus, who was to reign until He had put all enemies under His feet, and the last enemy was death. Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 297

The last word has not been spoken on any subject.  Streams of living water shall yet flow from the Eternal Spring who is the source of all truth.  There are more things that we do not know about the doctrines of salvation than there are things we do know. — Elder Bruce R. McConkie, Ensign, August 1976, p. 11

Could we live to the age of Methuselah . . . and spend our lives in searching after the principles of eternal life, we would find . . . that we have been but children . . . just commencing to learn the things which pertain to the eternities of the Gods. — Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 3:202

Salvation in its true and full meaning is synonymous with exaltation or eternal life and consists in gaining an inheritance in the highest of the three heavens within the celestial kingdom.  With few exceptions this is the salvation of which the scriptures speak.  It is the salvation which the saints seek.  It is of this which the Lord says, “There is no gift greater than the gift of salvation.  (D&C 6:13)  This full salvation is obtained in and through the continuation of the family unit in eternity, and those who obtain it are gods.  (D&C 131:1-4; 132)  (McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, p. 670) Doctrine and Covenants Student Manual, p. 16

Salvation is nothing more nor less than to triumph over all our enemies and put them under our feet.  And when we have power to put all enemies under our feet in this world, and a knowledge to triumph over all evil spirits in the world to come, then we are saved, as in the case of Jesus, who was to reign until He had put all enemies under His feet, and the last enemy was death.  (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 297)

Salvation is for a man to be saved from all his enemies; for until a man can triumph over death, he is not saved.  A knowledge of the priesthood alone will do this.  (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith , p. 305) Doctrine and Covenants Student Manual, p. 115

There is no such thing as a second chance to gain salvation.  This life is the time and day of our probation.  After this day of life, which is given us to prepare for eternity, then cometh the night of darkness wherein there can be no labor performed.

For those who do not have an opportunity to believe and obey the holy word in this life, the first chance to gain salvation will come in the spirit world.  If those who hear the word for the first time in the realms ahead are the kind of people who would have accepted the gospel here, had the opportunity been afforded them, they will accept it there.  Salvation for the dead is for those whose first chance to gain salvation is in the spirit world.

There is no other promise of salvation than the one recited in that revelation [D&C 137:7-8].  Those who reject the gospel in this life and then receive it in the spirit world go not to the celestial, but to the terrestrial kingdom.” — Elder Bruce R. McConkie, “The Seven Deadly Heresies,” Speeches of the Year, 1980; Doctrine and Covenants Student Manual, pp. 164-65

We are not saved in our sins, as by being unconditionally saved through confessing Christ and then, inevitably, committing sins in our remaining lives (see Alma 11:36-37).  We are saved from our sins (see Helaman 5:10) by a weekly renewal of our repentance and cleansing through the grace of God and His blessed plan of salvation (see 3 Nephi 9:20-22). — Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Ensign, May 1998, p. 56

We are not preaching a salvation for the inhabitants of the terrestrial or the telestial kingdoms.  All of the ordinances of the gospel pertain to the celestial kingdom, and what the Lord will require by way of ordinances, if any, in the other kingdoms he has not revealed. — President Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, 2:329

Salvation is nothing more nor less than to triumph over all our enemies and put them under our feet.  And when we have power to put all enemies under our feet in this world, and a knowledge to triumph over all evil spirits in the world to come, then we are saved, as in the case of Jesus, who was to reign until He had put all enemies under His feet, and the last enemy was death. Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith

To work out one’s salvation is not to sit idly by dreaming and yearning for God miraculously to thrust bounteous blessings into our laps. It is to perform daily, hourly, momentarily, if necessary, the immediate task or duty at hand, and to continue happily in such performance as the years come and go, leaving the fruits of such labors either for self or for others to be bestowed as a just and beneficent Father may determine. – President David O. McKay in Conference Report, April 1957, p. 7

Salvation does not come all at once; we are commanded to be perfect even as our Father in heaven is perfect.  It will take us ages to accomplish this end, for there will be  greater progress beyond the grave, and it will be there that the faithful will overcome all things, and  receive all things, even the fullness of the Father’s glory.  I believe  the Lord meant just what he said: that we should be perfect, as our Father in heaven is perfect.

That will not come all at once, but line upon  line and precept upon precept, example upon example, and even then not as long as we live in this  mortal life, for we will have to go even beyond the grave before we reach that perfection and shall be  like God.  But here we lay the foundation.  Here is where we are taught these simple truths of the gospel  of Jesus Christ, in this probationary state, to prepare us for that perfection. The Teachings of Lorenzo Snow, 7 April 1879; Journal of Discourses, 20:189-90

In God’s eternal plan, salvation is an individual matter; exaltation is a family matter. — Elder Russell M. Nelson, “Salvation and Exaltation,” Ensign, May 2008, pp. 7-10

I will take the liberty of saying to every man and woman who wishes to obtain salvation through him (the Savior), that looking to him, only, is not enough: they must have faith in his name, character and atonement; and they must have faith in his father and in the plan of salvation devised and wrought out by the Father and the Son.  What will this faith lead to?  It will lead to obedience to the requirements of the Gospel. — Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 13:56

We are the teachers of life and salvation . . . all who do not want to sustain cooperation and fall into the ranks of improvement, and endeavor to improve themselves by every good book and then by every principle that has been received from heaven, had better go back . . . we do not care where you go, if you will only go. — Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 13:4

Salvation is nothing more nor less than to triumph over all our enemies and put them under our feet.  And when we have power to put all enemies under our feet in this world, and a knowledge to triumph over all evil spirits in the world to come, then we are saved, as in the case of Jesus, who was to reign until He had put all enemies under His feet, and the last enemy was death. — “The Doctrine of Calling & Election,” Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 297-98

Perhaps there are principles here that few men have thought of.  No person can have this salvation except through a tabernacle.

Now, in this world, mankind are naturally selfish, ambitious and striving to excel one above another; yet some are willing to build up others as well as themselves.  So in the other world there are a variety of spirits.  Some seek to excel.  And this was the case with Lucifer when he fell.  He sought for things which were unlawful.  Hence he was sent down, and it is said he drew many away with him; and the greatness of his punishment is that he shall not have a tabernacle.  This is his punishment.  So the devil, thinking to thwart the decree of God, by going up and down in the earth, seeking whom he may destroy – any person that he can find that will yield to him, he will bind him, and take possession of the body and reign there, glorying in it mightily, not caring that he had got merely a stolen body; and by and by some one having authority will come along and cast him out and restore the tabernacle to its rightful owner.  The devil steals a tabernacle because he has not one of his own; but if he steals one, he is always liable to be turned out of doors. — “The Doctrine of Calling & Election,” Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 297-98

The man or woman who lives worthily is now in a state of salvation. Discourses of Brigham Young, 391

If Brother Brigham shall take a wrong track, and be shut out of the Kingdom of heaven, no person will be to blame, but Brother Brigham.  I am the only being in heaven, earth, or hell that can be blamed. . . . Salvation is an individual operation. — Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 1:312

You will be no more perfect in your sphere, when you are exalted to thrones, principalities, and powers, than you are required to be and are capable of being in your sphere today. — Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 6:99

The economy of heaven is to gather in all, and save everybody who can be saved. Discourses of Brigham Young, 387

People should understand that there is no man born upon the face of the earth but what can be saved in the Kingdom of God, if he is disposed to be. Discourses of Brigham Young, 387

All heaven is anxious that the people be saved.  The heavens weep over the people, because of their hard-heartedness, unbelief, and slowness to believe and act. Discourses of Brigham Young, 389

All intelligent beings who are crowned with crowns of glory, immortality, and eternal lives must pass through every ordeal appointed for intelligent beings to pass through, to gain their glory and exaltation.  Every calamity that can come upon mortal beings will be suffered to come upon the few, to prepare them to enjoy the presence of the Lord. . . . Every trial and experience you have passed through is necessary for your salvation. — Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 8:150

The mighty change of heart the less active need to experience is, finally, the individual’s to make.  But our love can be a catalyst as these, our brothers and sisters, in Shakespeare’s phrase, “unthread the rude eye of rebellion, and welcome home again discarded faith.”  (King John IV, act 5, scene 4) 

Honest acceptance accompanied by love and service are never more felt than in those moments involving death, divorce, career changes, illness, or moves – when an individual’s world, in some way or another, has been shaken.  So often these events put us in circumstances wherein we are, to use Alma’s phrase, “in a preparation to hear the word.”  (Alma 32:6)             

Again, I refer to Jesus’ words:  “Unto such shall ye continue to minister; for ye know not but what they will return and repent . . . and ye shall be the means of bringing salvation unto them.” 

Note that the resurrected Jesus, having completed a perfect mortal ministry, gives us this counsel clearly reflecting the style and substance of his leadership and charity, reminding us that we know not who will return and repent.  Note, too, that without belaboring it, the sequence is first the return, then a completion of the process of change in a nurturing and ministering environment.  The Lord said He “shall heal them,” but we “shall be the means of bringing salvation unto them.”  This is a wondrous scripture, full of wisdom and direction and consolation.  We should not forget that for many in the Church who do not yet have the witness of the Holy Ghost that Jesus is the Christ, they must believe on the words of those of us who do know.  (See D&C 46:13–14.) — Elder Neal A. Maxwell, “Continue to Minister,” Ensign, June 1987, p. 10

Salvation is an eternal goal we gain by a process of constant upward change.  Doubt is spiritual poison that stunts eternal growth.  We must first feel our way before we can see it with any clarity.  We prove ourselves by making numerous correct decisions without being absolutely sure; then comes a greater knowledge and assurance, not before. Happiness is created.  Love is its center.  Its principal ingredients are sincere faith, true repentance, full obedience, and selfless service. — Elder Richard G. Scott, Ensign, November 1979, p. 70