“Hath It Given Unto Him to Dwell in the Presence of God”
Salvation, which is exaltation, which is eternal life, is free. It is not something for which we can barter, nor something which may be purchased with money. Nor in the strictest sense is it something which may be earned. More correctly, salvation is a gift, a gift most precious, something gloriously transcendent which may only be inherited. (Robert L. Millet, By Grace Are We Saved, p. 7, italics in original.) “If thou wilt do good,” the Lord explained to Oliver Cowdery, “yea, and hold out faithful to the end, thou shalt be saved in the kingdom of God, which is the greatest of all the gifts of Got for there is no gift greater than the gift of salvation” (D&C 6:13). To David Whitmer that same Lord affirmed: “If you keep my commandments and endure to the end you shall have eternal life, which gift is the greatest of all the gifts of God” (D&C 14:7).