“I Am Able to Do Mine Own Work”

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Elder Neal A. Maxwell spoke of how the Lord will ultimately overcome all objections to His work: “God lives in an eternal now where the past, present, and future are constantly before Him (see D&C 130:7). His divine determinations are guaranteed, since whatever He takes in His heart to do, He will surely do it (see Abraham 3:17). He knows the end from the beginning! (see Abraham 2:8). God is fully ‘able to do [His] … work’ (2 Nephi 27:20) and to bring all His purposes to pass, something untrue of the best-laid plans of man since we so often use our agency amiss!” (in Conference Report, Apr. 2003, 72; or Ensign, May 2003, 70).

In an earlier setting, Elder Maxwell also noted that God fulfills His purposes without nullifying the agency of man: “Because the centerpiece of the Atonement is already in place, we know that everything else in God’s plan will likewise finally succeed. God is surely able to do His own work! (See 2 Nephi 27:20–21.) In His plans for the human family, long ago God made ample provision for all mortal mistakes. His purposes will all triumph and without abrogating man’s moral agency. Moreover, all His purposes will come to pass in their time (see D&C 64:32)” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1990, 17; or Ensign, Nov. 1990, 15).

Book of Mormon Student Manual (2009 Edition)