Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2011, May 24

“Book of Mormon: Alma 34: The Great and Last Sacrifice of the Law of Moses is the Son of God” by grego

“Book of Mormon: Alma 34: The Great and Last Sacrifice of the Law of Moses is the Son of God”

grego
(c) 2011

Amulek’s discourse on the Savior is insightful.

He speaks of the “great and last sacrifice” to be made that would atone for all mankind, or else all would be lost; and that this act would completely fulfill the law of Moses.

Two points that I’ve finally understood:
1. The sacrificer, or the great high priest who will offer the sacrifice, has to be a God. No human can offer an infinite sacrifice.
2. The sacrifice itself has to be a God. No one else can be an infinite sacrifice for others and more.

Scriptures:
Alma 34:9 For it is expedient that an atonement should be made; for according to the great plan of the Eternal God there must be an atonement made, or else all mankind must unavoidably perish; yea, all are hardened; yea, all are fallen and are lost, and must perish except it be through the atonement which it is expedient should be made.
10 For it is expedient that there should be a great and last sacrifice; yea, not a sacrifice of man, neither of beast, neither of any manner of fowl; for it shall not be a human sacrifice; but it must be an infinite and eternal sacrifice.
11 Now there is not any man that can sacrifice his own blood which will atone for the sins of another. Now, if a man murdereth, behold will our law, which is just, take the life of his brother? I say unto you, Nay.
12 But the law requireth the life of him who hath murdered; therefore there can be nothing which is short of an infinite atonement which will suffice for the sins of the world.
13 Therefore, it is expedient that there should be a great and last sacrifice, and then shall there be, or it is expedient there should be, a stop to the shedding of blood; then shall the law of Moses be fulfilled; yea, it shall be all fulfilled, every jot and tittle, and none shall have passed away.
14 And behold, this is the whole meaning of the law, every whit pointing to that great and last sacrifice; and that great and last sacrifice will be the Son of God, yea, infinite and eternal.
15 And thus he shall bring salvation to all those who shall believe on his name; this being the intent of this last sacrifice, to bring about the bowels of mercy, which overpowereth justice, and bringeth about means unto men that they may have faith unto repentance.
16 And thus mercy can satisfy the demands of justice, and encircles them in the arms of safety, while he that exercises no faith unto repentance is exposed to the whole law of the demands of justice; therefore only unto him that has faith unto repentance is brought about the great and eternal plan of redemption.

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2011, May 21

LDS/ Mormon: Energy Healing vs. the False Religion of Western Medicine; the Doctor as Savior; the Patient’s Atonement” by grego

LDS/ Mormon and Healing: Energy Healing vs. the False Religion of Western Medicine; the Doctor as Savior; the Patient’s Atonement

grego
(c)2011

I was talking to someone who couldn’t understand why people would choose Western medicine over energy healing.

See, a common relative is considering surgery (for a minor problem; nothing life-threatening about it) that would require at least two surgeries, literally years of pain and suffering, lots of money (but insurance will pay for some!), continued use of minor medical devices… and no guarantee of success or improvement.

The person talking to me mentioned to this relative that the same problem might be solved quicker, faster, painlessly, and cheaper using non-invasive energy healing.

Nope. “Why would I want to do that?”

HUH?? The person continued, “Maybe because of all the pain?” The relative responded: “Pain makes you stronger.”

Anyway, I first reminded the person talking to me that not long ago, they probably would have chosen the same!

I figured there were three main reasons people would make such a decision:
1. they don’t understand the trauma and destruction that come from surgery and synthetic substances (pharmaceutical drugs). Yes, if it’s “necessary”, do it; but know that even cutting a mole off, for example, comes at a price.

2. they don’t understand/ they can’t grasp/ can’t even consider the thought of the conspiracy of the AMA medical system (not all the people in it, eh): “make money first”, “keep them coming back for more”, using methods that don’t work, fighting new knowledge/ research and change; etc.

3. (this surprised me, as it just kind of came out while we were talking:) People feel guilty. The great majority know, subconsciously, that they did something wrong and that is probably why they are sick (at least to some degree). They know they’ve done something wrong in their stewardship over their mind and body, and have either violated God’s or nature’s laws. And, more often than not, they don’t want to repent or change.

Because of this guilt, they are willing to accept punishment as atonement/ payment for their sins.

Punishment/ atonement comes in the form of:
a. pain;
b. high monetary costs;
c. dependency/ slavery on pharmaceuticals and accepting their side-affects;
d. dependency on surgery, the trauma, the possibility of death, the helplessness, etc.
e. for this to be really effective for the patient, however, they must accept the doctor as their “savior” and nurses as (his) angels and submit to their authority and will.

And thus we have the false religion of Western medicine that many, including LDS/ Mormons, believe in and religiously follow.
(Note that this is different than someone who doesn’t follow those steps with Western medicine, but gets good advice, asks questions, checks stats, and makes a truly informed decision as possible.)

Let’s look at a scenario:
–A man who eats steak buffet every day gets cancer.
–Somewhere in his life, he’s done something wrong he feels guilty about.
–Also, he knows that eating all that meat with its added chemicals, and the processed foods, and the trans fat, etc. aren’t good for him, but he would rather continue eating it than stop.
–He feels even guiltier, and feels that his punishment is just. Nevertheless, he knows you can’t just do nothing about it, right?
–He goes to the doctor; the doctor says to get surgery and chemotherapy.
–He suffers, complains a little, prays about it, and almost always submits. (Besides, that other stuff is just *too weird*!!) He knows he will come out “stronger” and “better” for it.
–Others feel sorry for him.
–Led by his savior and his angels (doctor and nurses), he battles and struggles “heroically” against the bad, bad CANCER and seems to be winning for a while. The surgery was successful! But he does chemo anyway, on top of that, to make sure the enemy is beaten.
–The bad, bad cancer mysteriously “comes back” a while later.
–The doctor and nurses are baffled. “It’s fate.”
–The man dies. (Yes, relying on just western medicine for cancer, for example, always ends this way. If someone lived, they changed something to make it happen!)

Let’s take a look at the same scenario, but with possible energy healing and many other alternative healing instead of Western medicine:
–A man who eats steak buffet every day gets cancer.
–Somewhere in his life, he’s done something wrong he feels guilty about.
–Also, he knows that eating all that meat with its added chemicals, and the processed foods, and the trans fat, etc. aren’t good for him, but he would rather continue eating than stop.
–He feels guilty, and feels that his punishment is just.

–He realizes that whether he gets better or not depends mostly on him—not anyone else—and it’s his responsibility.
–He realizes that he needs help; he also realizes that (as published in a medical magazine itself) chemotherapy is useless. He knows that anytime surgery is performed to get rid of cancer, it comes back with a vengeance within 5 years at the most (and usually sooner).

So instead, he looks into and chooses alternative options:
–He realizes that cancer is not a disease, but usually a last-chance desperate call from the body that its condition is not good, and that resulted from problems he has never taken care of.
–He calls a muscle tester, who helps him understand and get clear about what he is doing wrong, what he is doing right, and what to do to change the situation.
–He “takes care of” those emotional problems with EFT (emotional freedom technique), maybe over the phone. (By the way, this should not, and for LDS, does not, take the place of being forgiven by God.)
–He uses Quantum Touch (over the phone), Yuen Method (over the phone), chakra healing (over the phone), applied kinesiology or some other form, food, herbs and other plant medicines, natural products, EMF clearing, and so much more to heal the cancer and *especially the conditions that led to it*. He realizes that it’s not much use to get rid of the result (cancer) if the causes (EMF disturbances, emotional trauma, toxins, cellular respiration problems, etc.) are still there!
–There is little suffering, except for having to change his lifestyle, especially the eating part (and fortunately, energy healing such as EFT, Quantum Entrainment, and QuickPulse can even help with this, too.)
–Perhaps he wants others to feel sorry for himself, and finds that out, then takes care of that with energy healing. OR There is no need or desire for others to feel sorry for him. He takes care of all reasons he might want to be a victim.
–He is very grateful to all those who helped him heal and taught him much about life and proper living. They know they helped him, but they know *he* was responsible for his outcome.
–He goes with the flow. Heroism is in that, and living with purpose, etc.—not in struggling to death valiantly against a fake enemy brought upon oneself.
–He lives. (No, not guaranteed, but much, much better chances—even a likely scenario, as many people who heal cancer—not “survive” cancer (which is medical talk for “outlived the normal early death this type of cancer brings”, even if it’s two years)—can attest to.)
–He rarely, if ever, makes “cancer survivor” a strong part of his personal identity.

So, where do you put your power in your healing? Is it all “outside” you, or do you meld the “outside” with the “inside” for recovery?

I wonder if the reason why many LDS are reluctant to consider alternative medicine is because they fear to view themselves as their own saviors/ feel it’s too prideful; yet, LDS believe that “we know that it is by grace that we are saved, *after all we can do*” (2 Nephi 25:23). And, why would we feel that way, then want others to save us? Isn’t this still a false solution?

Elder Oaks also mentioned an interesting quote in his talk on healing (Healing the Sick, http://lds.org/general-conference/2010/04/healing-the-sick?lang=eng ) which also hints at the patient as needing to do more than just “get cut and pop pills”:
“Latter-day Saints believe in applying the best available scientific knowledge and techniques. We use nutrition, exercise, and other practices to preserve health, and we enlist the help of healing practitioners, such as physicians and surgeons, to restore health.
The use of medical science is not at odds with our prayers of faith and our reliance on priesthood blessings. When a person requested a priesthood blessing, Brigham Young would ask, “*Have you used any remedies?” To those who said no because “we wish the Elders to lay hands upon us, and we have faith that we shall be healed,” President Young replied: “That is very inconsistent according to my faith. If we are sick, and ask the Lord to heal us, and to do all for us that is necessary to be done, according to my understanding of the Gospel of salvation… It appears consistent to me to apply every remedy that comes within the range of my knowledge, and [then] to ask my Father in Heaven … to sanctify that application to the healing of my body*.”

So, whatever you do, realize *your* life, *your* body, and *your* decisions are your responsibility of stewardship; and whatever else you use to help, don’t let it become a false religion.

2011, May 17

“Book of Mormon: Alma 31-35: Are the Zoramites a Nephite Version of the Pharisees?” by grego

Book of Mormon: Alma 31-35: Are the Zoramites a Nephite Version of the Pharisees?

grego
(c)2011

I used to think that the Zoramites were a type of Calvinists or such, with a few differences, adn that is what most anti-Mormons try to prove: that Joseph Smith stuck this in the Book of Mormon as a type of thrust against foreordained-to-salvation religions.

The more I keep reviewing these chapters, however, the more I am impressed that the Zoramites—especially the priests—are more similar to the Pharisees in Jerusalem. That seemed weird at first, but in retrospect, it shouldn’t. I wished I could bring a lot more to the topic, and perhaps with lots and lots of research I could, but… I believe that just the instances of the Pharisees in the Bible, and the comments about the Jews at the time of Jesus in the Book of Mormon and elsewhere, show more than enough to get it started.

[Jesus was not against the law of Moses, nor “Judaism”, nor the believing Jews; He was against the leaders of the religion who had corrupted it (not that that had never happened before—which the Pharisees themselves testified of) and would leave it corrupted for about 2,000 years, until He would come again; at which time, the teachings and influence of the Pharisees would disappear in an instant, and reunion and reconciliation between the Lord and the Jews would occur.]

So, let’s look at the Zoramites:
–they originally had the truth, but left it.
–they worshiped idols.
–they stopped obeying the law of Moses.
–they didn’t follow the church.
–gather in the synagogues to pray an egotistical rote prayer in a proud place (“the holy stand”).
–pray to be heard of men.
–they don’t pray or have faith, or any personal relationship with God; no revelation.
–separated from the wicked because they (Zoramites) are righteous.
–(righteous because?) they are elected/ chosen by God; a holy people.
–no belief in Christ, the Condescension, repentance, humility, etc.
–the truth is “childishness”, “foolish traditions”.
–Christ leads away from God, not towards.
–hearts set on riches, honors of men.
–infidelity, adultery/ fornication.
–looked down on the poor; the priests especially.
–used the poor for their own means.
–used religion for non-religious purposes/ for “craft”.
–threatening.
–religious and secular leaders and judgments were the same.
–can’t let go, even when it’s over.

What happens when the holy, righteous, elected people become poor? They become unholy, unrighteous, and unelected; kicked out of the synagogues; and retribution is sought if they actually repent and turn to the truth!

Interestingly, in a great teaching session proving that the law of Moses and the church are necessary for salvation because of Jesus Christ and His atonement, it’s interesting that Alma and Amulek use two not-in-the-Old-Testament and unknown-to-present-day-people “Old Testament” prophets (Zenos and Zenock), and then Moses, to support the atonement of the son of God, Jesus Christ.

(I don’t wonder that if certain people were trying to “rewrite” the Old Testament, it would have been easier just to leave these two clear prophets out than to try to delete a few parts, etc.)

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Supporting verses:
Alma 31:
1 …the Zoramites were perverting the ways of the Lord, and that Zoram, who was their leader, was leading the hearts of the people to bow down to dumb idols…
8 Now the Zoramites were dissenters from the Nephites; therefore they had had the word of God preached unto them.
9 …they would not observe to keep the commandments of God, and his statutes, according to the law of Moses.
10 Neither would they observe the performances of the church, to continue in prayer and supplication to God daily, that they might not enter into temptation.
11 Yea, in fine, they did pervert the ways of the Lord in very many instances…
12 …the Zoramites had built synagogues, and that they did gather themselves together on one day of the week, which day they did call the day of the Lord…
13 For they had a place built up in the center of their synagogue, a place for standing, which was high above the head; and the top thereof would only admit one person.
14 Therefore, whosoever desired to worship must go forth and stand upon the top thereof, and stretch forth his hands towards heaven, and cry with a loud voice, saying:
15 Holy, holy God; we believe that thou art God, and we believe that thou art holy, and that thou wast a spirit, and that thou art a spirit, and that thou wilt be a spirit forever.
16 Holy God, we believe that thou hast separated us from our brethren; and we do not believe in the tradition of our brethren, which was handed down to them by the childishness of their fathers; but we believe that thou hast elected us to be thy holy children; and also thou hast made it known unto us that there shall be no Christ.
17 But thou art the same yesterday, today, and forever; and thou hast elected us that we shall be saved, whilst all around us are elected to be cast by thy wrath down to hell; for the which holiness, O God, we thank thee; and we also thank thee that thou hast elected us, that we may not be led away after the foolish traditions of our brethren, which doth bind them down to a belief of Christ, which doth lead their hearts to wander far from thee, our God.
18 And again we thank thee, O God, that we are a chosen and a holy people. Amen.
20 For behold, every man did go forth and offer up these same prayers.
21 Now the place was called …the holy stand.
22 Now, from this stand they did offer up, every man, the selfsame prayer unto God, thanking their God that they were chosen of him, and that he did not lead them away after the tradition of their brethren, and that their hearts were not stolen away to believe in things to come, which they knew nothing about.
23 Now, after the people had all offered up thanks after this manner, they returned to their homes, never speaking of their God again until they had assembled themselves together again to the holy stand…
24 Now when Alma saw this his heart was grieved; for he saw that they were a wicked and a perverse people; yea, he saw that their hearts were set upon gold, and upon silver, and upon all manner of fine goods.
25 Yea, and he also saw that their hearts were lifted up unto great boasting, in their pride.
26 And he lifted up his voice to heaven, and cried, saying: O, how long, O Lord, wilt thou suffer that thy servants shall dwell here below in the flesh, to behold such gross wickedness…?
27 Behold, O God, they cry unto thee, and yet their hearts are swallowed up in their pride. Behold, O God, they cry unto thee with their mouths, while they are puffed up, even to greatness, with the vain things of the world.
28 Behold, O my God, their costly apparel, and their ringlets, and their bracelets, and their ornaments of gold, and all their precious things which they are ornamented with; and behold, their hearts are set upon them, and yet they cry unto thee and say—We thank thee, O God, for we are a chosen people unto thee, while others shall perish.
29 Yea, and they say that thou hast made it known unto them that there shall be no Christ.
30 O Lord God, how long wilt thou suffer that such wickedness and infidelity shall be among this people?…
31 … O Lord, wilt thou grant unto me that I may have strength, that I may suffer with patience these afflictions which shall come upon me, because of the iniquity of this people.

Alma 32:2 …the poor class of people; for behold, they were cast out of the synagogues because of the coarseness of their apparel—
3 Therefore they were not permitted to enter into their synagogues to worship God, being esteemed as filthiness; therefore they were poor; yea, they were esteemed by their brethren as dross; therefore they were poor as to things of the world; and also they were poor in heart.
5 And they came unto Alma; and the one who was the foremost among them said unto him: Behold, what shall these my brethren do, for they are despised of all men because of their poverty, yea, and more especially by our priests; for they have cast us out of our synagogues which we have labored abundantly to build with our own hands; and they have cast us out because of our exceeding poverty; and we have no place to worship our God; and behold, what shall we do?

Alma 35:3 And it came to pass that after the more popular part of the Zoramites had consulted together concerning the words which had been preached unto them, they were angry because of the word, for it did destroy their craft; therefore they would not hearken unto the words.
4 And they sent and gathered together throughout all the land all the people, and consulted with them concerning the words which had been spoken.
5 Now their rulers and their priests and their teachers did not let the people know concerning their desires; therefore they found out privily the minds of all the people.
6 And it came to pass that after they had found out the minds of all the people, those who were in favor of the words which had been spoken by Alma and his brethren were cast out of the land…
8 Now the people of the Zoramites were angry with the people of Ammon who were in Jershon, and the chief ruler of the Zoramites, being a very wicked man, sent over unto the people of Ammon desiring them that they should cast out of their land all those who came over from them into their land.
9 And he breathed out many threatenings against them. And now the people of Ammon did not fear their words; therefore they did not cast them out, but they did [help them]…
10 Now this did stir up the Zoramites to anger against the people of Ammon, and they began to mix with the Lamanites and to stir them up also to anger against them.
11 And thus the Zoramites and the Lamanites began to make preparations for war against the people of Ammon, and also against the Nephites.

2011, May 12

“Book of Mormon: Alma 31-35: The Zoramites and The Anti-Nephi-Lehies (People of Ammon) as Literal and Literary Foils” by grego

Book of Mormon: Alma 31-35: The Zoramites and The Anti-Nephi-Lehies (People of Ammon) as Literal and Literary Foils

grego
(c)2011

The Zoramites:
–live right below the Anti-Nephi-Lehies.
–are Nephites who dissent and separate themselves from the Nephites, and join the Lamanites.
–hearts are set on riches.
–despise the poor and cast them out.
–use threats to get their way.
–use violence to control/ hurt others.
–come to fight.

The Anti-Nephi-Lehies:
–live right above the Zoramites.
–are Lamanites who leave and join the Nephites.
–hearts are set on God and His work.
–welcome the poor with open arms and hearts and do all they can for them.
–don’t heed threats.
–use love to help others.
–leave to uphold their covenants of peace.

2011, May 10

“Alma 31: The Zoramites: Pride and Elected by God” by grego

Alma 31: The Zoramites: Pride and Elected by God

grego
(c)2011

There seems to be a lot here, and I think this will be my next big study.

I will start with a general thing: the Zoramites are proud. They think they are the chosen children of God:

Alma 31:16 Holy God, we believe that thou hast separated us from our brethren; and we do not believe in the tradition of our brethren, which was handed down to them by the childishness of their fathers; but we believe that thou hast elected us to be thy holy
children…

Alma 31:17 …thou hast elected us that we shall be saved, whilst all around us are elected to be cast by thy wrath down to hell; for the which holiness, O God, we thank thee; and we also thank thee that thou hast elected us, that we may not be led away after the foolish traditions of our brethren…

Alma 31:18 And again we thank thee, O God, that we are a chosen and a holy people. Amen.

I have heard of a guy who, years ago while on his mission in the Caribbean, was told by a visiting Seventy (general authority) that he was a special chosen one, and taught “secret knowledge” “hidden from the normal members of the LDS Church” (which turned out to be anti-doctrines).

He bought into it; years later, he still believes it.

Don’t you.

This is completely contrary to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The gospel is open and available to all, regardless.

God does not choose those whom he will save, and cast the others out: all humans are his children, all are invited to be saved, He wants to save all, He will save all as much as possible, all *can* be saved—if they so choose. He has no favorites that receive his extra benefits, “just because”.

We allow God to choose us, based on our faith, desires of the heart, opportunities, righteousness, and faithfulness.

All who will be saved, will be saved—the decision to be saved will be a personal decision followed by personal actions to accept God saving us (of course, according to God’s way, and through Jesus Christ).

Here are some other Book of Mormon verses that show the gospel is not for just a chosen few:

Alma 38:14 Do not say: O God, I thank thee that we are better than our brethren; but rather say: O Lord, forgive my unworthiness, and remember my brethren in mercy—yea, acknowledge your unworthiness before God at all times.

1 Nephi 10:17 And it came to pass after I, Nephi, having heard all the words of my father, concerning the things which he saw in a vision, and also the things which he spake by the power of the Holy Ghost, which power he received by faith on the Son of
God—and the Son of God was the Messiah who should come—I, Nephi, was desirous also that I might see, and hear, and know of these things, by the power of the Holy Ghost, which is the gift of God unto all those who diligently seek him, as well in times
of old as in the time that he should manifest himself unto the children of men.

1 Nephi 10:18 For he is the same yesterday, to-day, and forever; and the way is prepared for all men from the foundation of the world, if it so be that they repent and come unto him.

2 Nephi 2:7 Behold, he offereth himself a sacrifice for sin, to answer the ends of the law, unto all those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit; and unto none else can the ends of the law be answered.

2 Nephi 2:27 Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and all things are given them which are expedient unto man. And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according
to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself.

2 Nephi 10:23 Therefore, cheer up your hearts, and remember that ye are free to act for yourselves—to choose the way of everlasting death or the way of eternal life.

2 Nephi 25:13 Behold, they will crucify him; and after he is laid in a sepulchre for the space of three days he shall rise from the dead, with healing in his wings; and all those who shall believe on his name shall be saved in the kingdom of God. Wherefore, my soul delighteth to prophesy concerning him, for I have seen his day, and my heart doth magnify his holy name.

2 Nephi 26:13 And that he manifesteth himself unto all those who believe in him, by the power of the Holy Ghost; yea, unto every nation, kindred, tongue, and people, working mighty miracles, signs, and wonders, among the children of men according to their faith.

2 Nephi 26:27 Hath he commanded any that they should not partake of his salvation? Behold I say unto you, Nay; but he hath given it free for all men; and he hath commanded his people that they should persuade all men to repentance.

2 Nephi 26:28 Behold, hath the Lord commanded any that they should not partake of his goodness? Behold I say unto you, Nay; but all men are privileged the one like unto the other, and none are forbidden.

2 Nephi 26:33: For none of these iniquities come of the Lord; for he doeth that which is good among the children of men; and he doeth nothing save it be plain unto the children of men; and he inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female; and he remembereth the heathen; and all are alike unto God, both Jew and Gentile.

Mosiah 15:11 Behold I say unto you, that whosoever has heard the words of the prophets, yea, all the holy prophets who have prophesied concerning the coming of the Lord—I say unto you, that all those who have hearkened unto their words, and believed that the Lord would redeem his people, and have looked forward to that day for a remission of their sins, I say unto you, that these are his seed, or they are heirs of the kingdom of God.

Alma 9:17 And at some period of time they will be brought to believe in his word, and to know of the incorrectness of the traditions of their fathers; and many of them will be saved, for the Lord will be merciful unto all who call on his name.

Alma 22:13 And Aaron did expound unto him the scriptures from the creation of Adam, laying the fall of man before him, and their carnal state and also the plan of redemption, which was prepared from the foundation of the world, through Christ, for all whosoever would believe on his name.

Alma 32:22 And now, behold, I say unto you, and I would that ye should remember, that God is merciful unto all who believe on his name; therefore he desireth, in the first place, that ye should believe, yea, even on his word.

Alma 34:15 And thus he shall bring salvation to all those who shall believe on his name; this being the intent of this last sacrifice, to bring about the bowels of mercy, which overpowereth justice, and bringeth about means unto men that they may have faith unto repentance.

Helaman 3:27 Thus we may see that the Lord is merciful unto all who will, in the sincerity of their hearts, call upon his holy name.

Helaman 3:28 Yea, thus we see that the gate of heaven is open unto all, even to those who will believe on the name of Jesus Christ, who is the Son of God.

Helaman 3:29 Yea, we see that whosoever will may lay hold upon the word of God, which is quick and powerful, which shall divide asunder all the cunning and the snares and the wiles of the devil, and lead the man of Christ in a strait and narrow course across that everlasting gulf of misery which is prepared to engulf the wicked—

Helaman 3:30 And land their souls, yea, their immortal souls, at the right hand of God in the kingdom of heaven, to sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and with Jacob, and with all our holy fathers, to go no more out.

Helaman 14:2 And behold, he said unto them: Behold, I give unto you a sign; for five years more cometh, and behold, then cometh the Son of God to redeem all those who shall believe on his name.

Moroni 7:28 For he hath answered the ends of the law, and he claimeth all those who have faith in him; and they who have faith in him will cleave unto every good thing; wherefore he advocateth the cause of the children of men; and he dwelleth eternally in the heavens.

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