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Fruits of gospel manifested in those living compliant life

"Those who receive the gospel are expected to manifest its fruits in their lives, not only for their own benefit and blessing, but for the purpose of drawing others to the truth," said Elder Dean L. Larsen of the Presidency of the Seventy at the October 1985 general conference.

"This does not suggest that all who are obedient to the principles of truth will be free of all earthly cares and concerns, for all are tested. But those who are compliant with the Lord's plan of life will be able to meet the tests and not be overcome. They will endure. In significant ways their lives will manifest the fruits of the gospel and set them apart as a beacon to all who are seeking for light and truth."

Further, Elder Larsen said that enjoying the fruits of the gospel should not make members arrogant and aloof, but it should set them apart from the world in much of their conduct. Those who do the Lord's work demonstrate it by the fruits of their labors, he said.

"Analyzing and criticizing others, either from a historical perspective or from what we may view of a contemporary life, will be of little consequence unless it balances with the Lord's assessment. The Apostle Paul said:

" 'But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. . . .

" 'So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

" 'Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.'" (Rom. 14:10, 12-13.)

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