Quotes on Worth of a Soul

Our business is to save the world, to save mankind, to bring them into harmony with the laws of God and with principles of righteousness and of justice and truth, that they may be saved in the kingdom of our God and become, eventually, through obedience to the ordinances of the gospel, heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ.  That is our mission.— Joseph Smith

Brothers and sisters, our individual worth is already divinely established as “great”; it does not fluctuate like the stock market. — Elder Neal A. Maxwell, “Consecrate Thy Performance,” Ensign, May 2002, p. 36

Perfection is a long, hard journey with many pitfalls.  It’s not attainable overnight. Eternal

vigilance is the price of victory.  Eternal vigilance is required in the subduing of enemies and in becoming the master of our lives.  It cannot be accomplished in little spurts and disconnected efforts.  There must be constant and valiant, purposeful living – righteous living.  Do we have the power to attain this kind of abundance?  The psalmist was inspired to write:

“What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.  Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet.”  (Ps. 8:4-6.)  There are those today who say that man is the result of his environment and cannot rise above it.  Those who justify mediocrity, failure, immorality of all kinds, and even weakness and criminality are certainly misguided. Surely the environmental conditions found in childhood and youth are an influence of power.  But the fact remains that every normal soul has its free agency and the power to row against the current and to lift itself to new planes of activity and thought and development.  Man can transform himself.  Man must transform himself. — President Spencer W. Kimball, “The Abundant Life,” Ensign, October 1985, p. 5

God not only forgives our failures, he sees successes where no one else does, not even we ourselves.  Only God can give us credit for angry words we did not speak, temptations we resisted, patience and gentleness that have been little noticed and long forgotten by those around us.  Such good deeds are never wasted and not forgotten, because God gives them a measure of eternity. — Rabbi David Backlock

All of us are not called to leadership in the kingdom.  Yet is there a greater work than that of being a teacher, father, mother?  So it is that nobody is a nobody.  The seeds of divinity are in all of us.  The day will come when we will all have to account to God for what we have done with that portion of divinity that is within us. — President James E. Faust, CES Fireside, October 2007

If we truly understood the Atonement and the eternal value of each soul, we would seek out the wayward boy and girl and every other wayward child of God.  We would help them to know of the love Christ has for them.  We would do all that we can to help prepare them to receive the saving ordinances of the gospel. — Elder M. Russell Ballard, “The Atonement and the Value of One Soul,” Ensign, May 2004, p. 86