GPC46c6: We Should Prepare Now for Judgment
Unit 10: Life after Death
Chapter 46: The Last Judgment
Concept 6: We Should Prepare Now for Judgment
"In reality, every day is a day of judgment. We speak, think, and act according to celestial, terrestrial, or telestial law. Our faith in Jesus Christ, as shown by our daily actions, determines which kingdom we will inherit.
We have the restored gospel of Jesus Christ in its fulness. The gospel is the law of the celestial kingdom. All the priesthood ordinances necessary for our progression have been revealed. We have entered the waters of baptism and have made a covenant to live Christlike lives. If we are faithful and keep the covenants we have made, the Lord has told us what our judgment will be. He will say unto us: "Come, ye blessed
of my Father, inherit
prepared for you from the foundation of the world: " (Matthew 25:34
What must we do to be ready for the Final Judgment? Think how you would feel about hearing the words recorded in Matthew 25:34
spoken to you.
(sounding of the trumps of judgment
"98 They are Christ's, the first
fruits, they who shall descend with him first, and they who are on the earth and in their graves, who are first caught up to meet him; and all this by the voice of the sounding of the trump of the angel of God.
99 And after this another angel shall sound, which is the second trump; and then cometh the redemption of those who are Christ's at his coming
; who have received their part in that prison
which is prepared for them, that they might receive the gospel, and be judged
according to men in the flesh.
100 And again, another trump shall sound, which is the third trump; and then come the
spirits of men who are to be judged, and are found under condemnation
101 And these are the rest of the dead
; and they live not again until the thousand
years are ended, neither again, until the end of the earth.
102 And another trump shall sound, which is the fourth trump, saying: There are found among those who are to remain until that great and last day, even the end, who shall remain filthy
; Mormon 7:6
; Mormon 9:13-14
(we are judged in a resurrected state
"Therefore the wicked remain as though there had been no
redemption made, except it be the loosing of the bands of death; for behold, the day cometh that all
shall rise from the dead and stand before God, and be judged
according to their works."
"Now, behold, I have spoken unto you concerning the death
of the mortal body, and also concerning the resurrection
of the mortal body. I say unto you that this mortal body is raised
to an immortal
body, that is from death, even from the first death unto life, that they can die
no more; their spirits uniting with their bodies, never to be divided; thus the whole becoming spiritual
and immortal, that they can no more see corruption."
"And he bringeth to pass the resurrection
of the dead, whereby man must be raised to stand before his judgment
"13 And because of the redemption of man, which came by Jesus Christ, they are brought back into the presence
of the Lord; yea, this is wherein all men are redeemed, because the death of Christ bringeth to pass the resurrection
, which bringeth to pass a redemption from an endless sleep
, from which sleep all men shall be awakened by the power of God when the trump shall sound; and they shall come forth, both small and great, and all shall stand before his bar, being redeemed and loosed from this eternal band
of death, which death is a temporal death.
14 And then cometh the judgment
of the Holy One upon them; and then cometh the time that he that is filthy
shall be filthy still; and he that is righteous shall be righteous still; he that is happy shall be happy still; and he that is unhappy shall be unhappy still."
2 Nephi 29:11
; 3 Nephi 27:23-26
(books used in the Judgment
2 Nephi 29:11
"For I command all
men, both in the east and in the west, and in the north, and in the south, and in the islands of the sea, that they shall write
the words which I speak unto them; for out of the books
which shall be written I will judge
the world, every man according to their works, according to that which is written."
3 Nephi 27:23-26
the things which ye have seen and heard, save it be those which are forbidden
24 Write the works of this people, which shall be, even as hath been written, of that which hath been.
25 For behold, out of the books which have been written, and which shall be written, shall this people be judged
, for by them shall their works
be known unto men.
26 And behold, all things are written
by the Father; therefore out of the books which shall be written shall the world be judged."
(our judgment is determined by our works, the desires of our hearts, repentance, enduring to the end
"2 I say unto thee, my son, that the plan of restoration is requisite with the justice of God; for it is requisite that all things should be restored to their proper order. Behold, it is requisite and just, according to the power and resurrection of Christ, that the soul of man should be restored to its body, and that every part
of the body should be restored to itself.
3 And it is requisite with the justice
of God that men should be judged
according to their works
; and if their works were good in this life, and the desires of their hearts were good, that they should also, at the last day, be restored
unto that which is good.
4 And if their works are evil they shall be restored
unto them for evil. Therefore, all things shall be restored
to their proper order, every thing to its natural frame mortality
raised to immortality
to incorruption raised to endless
happiness to inherit
the kingdom of God, or to endless misery to inherit the kingdom of the devil, the one on one hand, the other on the other
5 The one raised to happiness
according to his desires of happiness, or good according to his desires of good; and the other to evil according to his desires of evil; for as he has desired to do evil all the day long even so shall he have his reward of evil when the night cometh.
6 And so it is on the other hand. If he hath repented of his sins, and desired righteousness until the end of his days, even so he shall be rewarded unto righteousness.
are they that are redeemed of the Lord; yea, these are they that are taken out, that are delivered from that endless night of darkness; and thus they stand or fall; for behold, they are their own judges
, whether to do good or do evil."
(repent and prepare to stand before the judgment seat
"And I would that I could persuade all
ye ends of the earth to repent and prepare to stand before the judgment-seat of Christ."
; D&C 82:3
(of whom much is given, much is required
"47 And that servant
, which knew his lord's will
, and prepared
neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
48 But he that knew
not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten
with few stripes.
For unto whomsoever much
, of him shall be much required
: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more".
"For of him unto whom much
much is required
; and he who sins
against the greater light
the greater condemnation
(we each receive that for which we are worthy
"16 And the resurrection
from the dead is the redemption of the soul.
17 And the redemption of the soul is through him that quickeneth
all things, in whose bosom it is decreed that the poor
and the meek
of the earth
shall inherit it.
18 Therefore, it must needs be sanctified
from all unrighteousness
, that it may be prepared for the celestial glory
19 For after it hath filled the measure of its creation, it shall be crowned with glory
, even with the presence of God the Father;
20 That bodies who are of the celestial
kingdom may possess
it forever and ever; for, for this intent
was it made and created, and for this intent are they sanctified
21 And they who are not sanctified
through the law
which I have given unto you, even the law of Christ, must inherit another
kingdom, even that of a terrestrial kingdom, or that of a telestial kingdom.
22 For he who is not able to abide the law
of a celestial kingdom cannot abide
23 And he who cannot abide the law of a terrestrial
kingdom cannot abide a terrestrial glory.
24 And he who cannot abide the law of a telestial kingdom
cannot abide a telestial glory
; therefore he is not meet for a kingdom of glory. Therefore he must abide a kingdom which is not a kingdom of glory.
25 And again, verily I say unto you, the earth
abideth the law of a celestial kingdom, for it filleth the measure
of its creation, and transgresseth not the law
26 Wherefore, it shall be sanctified
; yea, notwithstanding it shall die
, it shall be quickened
again, and shall abide the power by which it is quickened, and the righteous
27 For notwithstanding they die, they also shall rise
again, a spiritual
28 They who are of a celestial spirit
shall receive the same body
which was a natural body; even ye shall receive your bodies, and your glory
shall be that glory by which your bodies are quickened
29 Ye who are quickened
by a portion of the celestial glory
shall then receive of the same, even a fulness.
30 And they who are quickened by a portion of the terrestrial
glory shall then receive of the same, even a fulness.
31 And also they who are quickened by a portion of the telestial
glory shall then receive of the same, even a fulness.
32 And they who remain shall also be quickened
; nevertheless, they shall return again to their own place, to enjoy that which they are willing
to receive, because they were not willing to enjoy that which they might have received.
33 For what doth it profit a man if a gift is bestowed upon him, and he receive not the gift? Behold, he rejoices not in that which is given unto him, neither rejoices in him who is the giver of the gift."
" 4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask
God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true
and if ye shall ask with a sincere
heart, with real
intent, having faith
in Christ, he will manifest
of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know
of all things."
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