The Missionaries Will Teach...
Before God organized the earth, he chose Jesus Christ to be our savior
and redeemer. The sacrifice that Jesus made empowers us to overcome
the effects of the fall: sin and death. Since the beginning of the
world, all of the prophets have taught about Jesus Christ as the redeemer of
We are all going to die someday. But just as our current life is
only temporary, our death will only be temporary, too. Death is the
separation of the body and spirit. When Jesus died on the cross, his
spirit was separated from his body. Three days later, his body and
spirit were reunited, never to be separated again. This permanent
reunification of the body and spirit is known as the resurrection.
After a body is resurrected, it is perfect and no longer subject to
sickness, pain, aging, and death. After his resurrection, Jesus
appeared to many people, showing them his perfect, resurrected body.
Because of Jesus' resurrection, we are all promised to be resurrected,
regardless of whether we've done good or evil in this life. Once we
are resurrected, we will return to God's presence to be judged.
However, in order to live in his presence, we also need to be cleansed from
God sent his beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to overcome sin in
addition to physical death. We are not responsible for the fall of
Adam and Eve, but we are responsible for our own sins. God cannot
tolerate any degree of sin, and no unclean thing can enter the kingdom of
heaven. Because of the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ can we be
cleansed of our sins and return to live with heavenly father. This is
possible through faith in Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism into the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, receiving the gift of the Holy
Ghost, and enduring to the end.
Jesus paid the penalty for our sins, as he
is uniquely capable of doing that. He was chosen to do this in
pre-earth life. He was the literal son of God in the flesh.
Throughout his life he was sinless and completely obedient to God.
Satan tempted him, but Jesus never gave in to the temptation. When God
asked his son Jesus Christ to pay the price of the world's sins, Jesus
agreed to do so. The price of sin that Jesus paid included his torture
in the Garden of Gethsemane, on the cross, and his death. His
suffering was so incomprehensibly excruciating that he literally bled from
every pour. Submitting to be tortured in this way is an expression of
Jesus' love for God and for us. Overcoming sin by being tortured for the
world's sins, and overcoming death by being resurrected is called the
Jesus promised to forgive us of our sins on the condition that
we have faith in Him, repent, are baptized by immersion into the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, receive the gift of the Holy Ghost by the
laying-on of hands, and strive to keep his commandments and endure in
faithfulness for the rest of our lives. By continual repenting, we are
forgiven from our sins and freed from the guilt and shame, and through the
grace of Jesus Christ, are forgiven and become worthy to return and live in
the presence of God.
As we have faith in Jesus Christ and rely upon
his atonement, he will help us endure pain, suffering, sickness, and the
trials of life. He will make it possible to experience peace and
happiness in life. The atonement will eventually make right everything
that is unfair in life.
In paying the penalty for our sins, Jesus did not
take away our personal responsibility. We have to demonstrate that we
accept him and will obey his commandments. Only through the gift of
the atonement can we return and live with God.
Some Additional Thoughts...
Earning God's Forgiveness. Some
thoughts on the price for sin.
What is Required? A poem by Micah.