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Jared High
 

THE PLAN OF SALVATION

WHERE DO WE GO AFTER THIS LIFE IS OVER?

The gift of the resurrection will come to all men
because of the death and resurrection of Christ.

An important part of the Lordís plan for our eternal progression is that each of us must die. (1)   I have heard it said that if no one died this earth would be a "mighty crowded place".  The importance of death (2) was expressed by the apostle Paul in the New Testament.  He taught that our bodies are imperfect and subject to weakness and disease.  Death is part of the process by which our bodies become perfected.
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WHERE WILL I GO AFTER THIS LIFE?
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From an earthly perspective, physical death may seem like an end, but really it is a beginning, a step forward in our Heavenly Father's plan.  At death, your spirit will leave your body and go to the spirit world, which is a place of learning and preparation.  In the spirit world, your memories of this life will remain with you.
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At death your spirit leaves your body and goes to the spirit world, a place of preparation, learning, and resting from care and sorrow.
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Death will not change your personality or your desire for good or evil.  If you choose to follow Christ during your life on earth, you will be at peace in the spirit world and will rest from your cares.  Those who choose not to follow Jesus Christ and do not repent will be unhappy.
After death, which is the separation of the spirit from the body, our mortal bodies of flesh and bones will be placed in the grave.  But, our spirits, which can never die, will go to a place called the spirit world to prepare for the resurrection.
RESURRECTION AND JUDGMENT

 

One of the great gifts of God to all who come to earth is the resurrection, which is made possible by the Atonement of Jesus Christ.  When Jesus died on the cross, His spirit went to the spirit world.  Three days later, His spirit was reunited with His glorified, perfected body that could no longer die.  This reuniting of body and spirit is called resurrection.  Everyone who is born on earth will be resurrected.
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The scriptures teach that all men will be resurrected.
21.  For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
22.  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
                                                   1 Corinthians 15:21-22
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In other words, all mankind must die, and all mankind will be resurrected. (3)   This is the greatest news any individual could learn, that both death and the resurrection are universal!(4) 
The prophet Amulek (5) said,
43.  "The Spirit and the body shall be reunited again in its perfect form; both limb and joint shall be restored to its proper frame, even as we now are at this time; and we shall be brought to stand before God, knowing even as we know now, and have a bright recollection of all our guilt. 
44.   "Now, this restoration shall come to all, both old and young, both bond and free, both male and female, both the wicked and the righteous; and even there shall not so much as a hair of their heads be lost; but every thing shall be restored to its perfect frame." 
                                                                                                       Alma 11:43-44
 
 

This blessing of the resurrection will come to all mankind because of the death and resurrection of Christ.(6)   The resurrection is His gift (7)  to all mankind.(8)

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 The resurrection is the union of the spirit with the immortal body.  After the resurrection we will not die; our physical body and our spirit will be inseparably joined for eternity.  We will live forever!  The fact that we all will be resurrected, however, does not mean that we all will return to the kingdom of heaven.(9)   If we fail to keep the Lordís commandments, we will not be permitted to live with Him.(10)   Christ taught that we will go to different places (11) after the resurrection, (12)  depending on how well we have kept his commandments. 
 

28.  Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice.

29.  And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.   (John 5:28,29) 
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Some might wonder, "what about the wicked people, where will they go?"  The answer is discussed in the next topic...
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WHERE DO WE GO AFTER WE ARE RESURRECTED?


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We will all be resurrected to varying degrees of glory, depending on our individual faithand obedience to the Lordís commandments.


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After you are resurrected, you will go before God to be judged according to your works and the desires of your heart. 


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As we keep the commandments of God, we will be rewarded (13) according to our faith and obedience.  Our rewards will be different (14) according to the differences in our obedience to those commandments.  A great blessing would be living together forever as a family in joy and peace.(15)


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THE DEGREES OF GLORY


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After you are judged, you will live in a state of glory.  Because everyone's works and desires vary, heaven included different kingdoms, or degrees of glory. (9)


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Celestial kingdom.  Our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ reside in the celestial kingdom.  If you live according to the gospel of Jesus Christ and are cleansed from sin by the Atonement, you will receive a place in this, the highest kingdom.  You will live in God's presence and know complete joy. 


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Terrestrial kingdom.  People who refuse to accept the gospel of Jesus Christ but who live honorable lives will receive a place in the terrestrial kingdom. 


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Telestial kingdom.  Those who continue in their sins and do not repent will receive a place in the telestial kingdom. 


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I am a child of God,
Rich blessings are in store;
If I but learn to do his will
I'll live with Him once more....
Lead me, guide me, walk beside me,
Help me find the way.
Teach me all that I must do
To live with him someday.  (13)

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Visit www.Mormon.org for more information

 

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(1)  Isaiah 25:8                        (6)  2 Nephi 2:8-10                         (11) St. John 14:2-3
(2)  Romans 5:12-19                (7)  Helamen 14:15-17                    (12) Mosiah 16:10-12
(3)  2 Corinthians 4:14             (8)  2 Nephi 9                                 (13) Alma 41:3
(4)  Mormon 9:13                    (9)  1 Corinthians 15:40-44, 53-54   (14) Mosiah 16
(5)  Alma 11:37-45                 (10) 1 Nephi 15:32                           (15) Alma 40
(16) I Am a Child of God, 3rd verse, by N. W. Randall & M. T. Pettit -  (Hear the piano music to this song)
THE MEANING OF LIFE  WHAT IS THE PLAN OF SALVATION?


Life Before Birth   Where do we come from?
What's the Purpose of Life?   Why are we here?
Where do we go when we die?   What will happen to us when we die?
Where do those who die by suicide go?  How are we judged?
Everyone will have an opportunity   What about people who didn't know?
The Full Blessing  Life can be short for some.  What about babies who die?

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