Mormons accept Jesus Christ as the literal Son of God and as our personal Savior and Redeemer. We believe that because of Jesus Christ’s ability and willingness to lay down His life and then to take it up again, He has broken the bands of death and has thus provided a way for the spirits of all mankind to be reunited with their bodies at the time of resurrection. This gift is offered freely to all mankind, both old and young, both bond and free, both wicked and righteous. In addition, because of the atonement of Jesus Christ, which includes He having taken upon Himself the sins of the entire human race, all mankind is offered the opportunity to be forgiven of their sins and thus be worthy of eternal life (the ability to live in God’s presence). This gift is contingent upon one’s desire to receive it as manifested by his acceptance of Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and Redeemer. It is also conditioned upon one’s willingness to keep the commandments and to repent of his sins with a broken heart and a contrite spirit as often as he transgresses. Mormons believe that it is only in and through Jesus Christ that one can be forgiven of his sins and thereby be worthy of eternal life .
In summary, we believe that all mankind, regardless of their personal righteousness, will be resurrected. The gift of eternal life, however, is reserved for those who are willing to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior and Redeemer, follow Him, keep His commandments, participate in the ordinances of His gospel, and repent of their sins. It is Jesus Christ that makes both of these gifts possible and without Him there would be no hope of a resurrection and eternal life.
To learn more about Mormon beliefs regarding the resurrection see the article “Resurrection” by Elder Dallin H. Oaks. Also, enjoy the short video “He Lives” found below.
Nest Week: Article of Faith #4–Mormon beliefs regarding the basic principles of Jesus Christ’s gospel.
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