Eternal life is a divine promise that is possible to achieve, said Elder Jorge F. Zeballos of the Seventy during the Saturday afternoon session of conference.
"From a purely human point of view at first, this seems to be an impossible task; however, it begins to appear possible upon understanding that in order to achieve it, we are not alone."
Recognizing that eternal life is made possible by a forgiving Eternal Father and the selfless sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ, Elder Zeballos spoke of the rewards and possibilities available for all who work, sacrifice and give the best of themselves to build the kingdom of God.
"The fulfillment of the divine promise to have eternal life, to achieve perfection and to be happy forevermore in the family unit is subject to the sincere demonstration of our faith in Jesus Christ, obedience to the commandments, perseverance and diligence throughout our life.
"The Lord does not expect that we do what we cannot achieve," he said. "The command to become perfect as He is encourages us to achieve the best of ourselves . . . [and] to realize our potential as children of God. He knows us; He knows of our capacities and our limitations, the invitation and challenge to become perfect, to achieve eternal life is for all mankind."
Remembering God does not require more than the best one has to offer and nothing less, Elder Zeballos spoke of the need for individuals to continually be in the service of God and their fellowmen. As individuals do so, they are fulfilling the requirements set by God to obtain His greatest gift, that of eternal life.
"Even when from the purely human perspective perfection can appear an impossible challenge to achieve, I testify that our Father and our Savior have made known to us that it is possible to achieve the impossible. Yes it is possible to achieve eternal life. Yes it is possible to be happy now and forever."
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