The God of heaven is not a heartless referee looking for any excuse to throw us out of the game. He is our perfectly loving Father who yearns more than anything else to have all of His children come back home and live with him as families forever. (J. Devn Cornish, 1 Oct 2016)Lyn G. Robbins on using compassion, kindness, discipline and sacrifice as common judges of Israel.
D. Todd Christofferson on describing love in terms other than unconditional.
"an invitation to learn more about Jesus Christ and His gospel is preferable to an invitation to learn more about our Church... Feelings about our Church follow conversion to Jesus Christ; they do not precede it.” (Dallin H. Oaks, 1 Oct 2016)
Christofferson on how the grace of God does not restore us to our previous state of innocence.
"It is not possible for you to sink lower than the infinite light of Christ’s Atonement shines" ("The Laborers in the Vineyard", Jeffrey R. Holland, Apr 2012)
"God’s love is there for you whether or not you feel you deserve love. It is simply always there” (“We Never Walk Alone,” Thomas S. Monson, September 2013 general Relief Society meeting).
Much sifting will occur because of lapses in righteous behavior which go unrepented of. A few will give up instead of holding out to the end. A few will be deceived by defectors. Likewise, others will be offended, for sufficient unto each dispensation are the stumbling blocks thereof! A few will stumble because, in their preoccupation with the cares of the world, they do not have oil in their lamps. And, again and again, those who refuse to eat their spiritual spinach will come off second when they wrestle with the world. Some, because of the scorn of the world, will grow ashamed and let go of the iron rod. (See 1 Ne. 8:28.) A few who have not been Saints, but merely tourists passing through, will depart from the path. A few, failing to be of good cheer, will even charge God foolishly. (See Job 1:22.) (“Be of Good Cheer”, Neal A. Maxwell, Oct 1982)