Elder Jeffrey R. Holland October 2017 LDS General Conference talk.
“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father … in heaven is perfect” [Matthew 5:48]. Such celestial goals seem beyond our reach. Yet surely the Lord would never give us a commandment He knew we could not keep.
I believe that Jesus did not intend His sermon on this subject to be a verbal hammer for battering us about our shortcomings. No, I believe He intended it to be a tribute to who and what God the Eternal Father is and what we can achieve with Him in eternity. …
Every one of us aspires to a more Christlike life than we often succeed in living. If we admit that honestly and are trying to improve, we are not hypocrites; we are human. May we refuse to let our own mortal follies, and the inevitable shortcomings of even the best men and women around us, make us cynical about the truths of the gospel, the truthfulness of the Church, our hope for the future, or the possibility of godliness. If we persevere, then somewhere in eternity our refinement will be finished and complete.
Talk was given by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland during October 2017 LDS General Conference. “Be Ye Therefore Perfect—Eventually”