Moving on, President Joseph Smith, Junior taught what it means to make one's calling and election sure. Said he,
"After a person has faith in Christ, repents of his sins, and is baptized for the remission of his sins and receives the Holy Ghost (by the laying on of hands), . . . then let him continue to humble himself before God, hungering and thirsting after righteousness, and living by every word of God, and the Lord will soon say unto him, Son, thou shalt be exalted. When the Lord has thoroughly proved him, and finds that the man is determined to serve Him at all hazards, then the man will find his calling and his election made sure. (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 150)"
Elder McConkie further states,
"To have one’s calling and election made sure is to be sealed up unto eternal life; it is to have the unconditional guarantee of exaltation in the highest heaven of the celestial world; it is to receive the assurance of godhood; it is, in effect, to have the day of judgment advanced, so that an inheritance of all the glory and honor of the Father’s kingdom is assured prior to the day when the faithful actually enter into the divine presence. (DNTC 3:330-331)"
Commenting on the above statement, President Smith also said, "Though the thunders might roll and lightnings flash, and earthquakes bellow, and war gather thick around, yet this hope and knowledge would support the soul in every hour of trial, trouble and tribulation. Then knowledge through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the grand key that unlocks the glories and mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. (TPJS, p. 298)"
This ordinance of having one's calling and election made sure cannot be given to one who is not married. Elder Bruce R. McConkie stated, "Making one’s calling and election sure comes after and grows out of celestial marriage [or marriage for time and all eternity]. Eternal life does not and cannot exist for a man or a woman alone, because in its very nature it consists of the continuation of the family unit in eternity. (McConkie, DNTC, 3:343)"
This, my friends, is what it means to have one's calling and election made sure. May we all, as children of God, and brothers and sisters of the Lord Jesus Christ, press onward in the faith of Jesus, trying ever-so diligently to employ His attributes in our own lives. This I know is possible, in the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen!