Sunday, October 23, 2016

D&C 138:57-59 -- On Heirs of Salvation

"I beheld that the faithful elders of this dispensation, when they depart from mortal life, continue their labors in the preaching of the gospel of repentance and redemption, through the sacrifice of the Only Begotten Son of God, among those who are in darkness and under the bondage of sin in the great world of the spirits of the dead.
The dead who repent will be redeemed, through obedience to the ordinances of the house of God,
And after they have paid the penalty of their transgressions, and are washed clean, shall receive a reward according to their works, for they are heirs of salvation."
Doctrine and Covenants 138:57-59

The idea of being able to still engage in gospel discussions and repent after death is an interesting one.  One large impediment to being able to change is not having a body while we wait for the resurrection.  Without a body, how can we overcome physical temptation and repent?  I don't pretend to know the details, but I do know that this is one of the primary reasons that we do temple work... so that others can still have those choices after death.

Here in our lives, when we feel that darkness of sin and regret and we realize that we've messed up and need to change, we *can.*  We can turn around and repent completely, changing and making better choices.  After this life it is going to be harder.  Alma 34:33-35 tells us that we shouldn't procrastinate our repentance, because there are serious consequences.

Despite the fact that we would be better off changing our ways in this life, the fact that there is still hope for people who die without the gospel or with sin on their consciences is very hopeful, and I think shows very clearly that God is serious about saving us.  He is going to help us be the happiest that we can be, and even in much darker circumstances than now, he still reaches out to us, and encourages us to choose to come to him.  Today, let's remember how much God loves us, and ALL those around us.  Let's do all we can for others, in whatever circumstances, for we all have the potential to be heirs of salvation.

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