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'May lay up treasures in heaven'

"Whatever principle of intelligence we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection.

"And if a person gains more knowledge and intelligence in this life through his diligence and obedience than another, he will have so much the advantage in the world to come." (D&C 130:18-19.)"This scripture, so familiar to you . . . is no doubt one of the most quoted in the Church - one which I have read most often and heard most often, even unto thousands of times," said Elder Richard L. Evans in a general conference address in April 1956.

"This is the phrase that struck me anew - `through his diligence and obedience than another, he will have so much the advantage in the world to come,' not just a miscellaneous acquisition of knowledge, but knowledge and intelligence through diligence and obedience."

Elder Bruce R. McConkie wrote: "While yet on earth men may lay up treasures in heaven. These treasures, earned here and now in mortality, are in effect deposited to our eternal bank account in heaven where eventually they will be reinherited again in immortality. Treasures in heaven are the character, perfections, and attributes which men acquire by obedience to law. Thus, those who gain such attributes of godliness as knowledge, faith, justice, judgment, mercy, and truth, will find these same attributes restored to them again in mortality." (The Mortal Messiah 2:152-153.)