Those who keep the commandments, striving to live by every word that 
proceedeth forth from the mouth of God,  find favor in his sight. Their 
course of conduct is pleasing to him, and they are in a state of grace; 
that is, because of their personal righteousness Deity pours out his 
love, mercy, and goodness upon them in bountiful measure. They are 
guided by the Spirit, have power to work miracles and do good, and 
frequently taste the good things of the world to come.

To fall from grace is to turn from such a course of obedience so that 
the goodness of God departs and the former saint is left to his own 
power and strength. God is no longer pleased with his conduct and no 
longer pours out upon him special blessings. Thus the Prophet in 
discussing whether a person who is once in grace is always in grace, or 
whether having fallen from grace he can return again to that blessed 
state, says: "If men have received the good word of God, and tasted of 
the powers of the world to come, if they shall fall away, it is 
impossible to renew them again, seeing they have crucified the Son of 
God afresh, and put him to an open shame; so there is a possibility of 
falling away; you could not be renewed again, and the power of Elijah 
cannot seal against this sin, for this is a reserve made in the seals 
and power of the priesthood." (Teachings, p. 339.) On the other hand, if 
a man is not worthy of so great a condemnation, he can repent and attain 
again his favored state of grace. For all faithful members of the 
Church, the revealed counsel is: "There is a possibility that man may 
fall from grace and depart from the living God; Therefore let the church 
take heed and pray always, lest they fall into temptation; Yea, and even 
let those who are sanctified take heed also." (D.& C. 20:32-34.) See 
Heb. 6:4-9; 10:19-39.

 (Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 3 vols. [Salt 
Lake City: Bookcraft, 1965-1973], 2: 479.)

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