Elder Neal A. Maxwell’s great talk on character, given at the 2002 BYU Women’s Conference and reprinted in the April 2004 Ensign, contains these great thoughts (emphasis added):
Building on His firm foundation requires us to emulate Christ’s character. There is no joy nor is there any security in giving Him mere lip service. Emulating Him is the key, and our emerging character is the refined structure of our souls. After all the circumstantial scaffolding comes down, character is what is left.
Whatever the remaining distance between us and Him, it is ours to travel. The beckoning stepping-stones are there. You have come thus far by faith in Him, though you have “miles to go before [you] sleep,” and your faith will take you even farther.