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Mormon plan of salvation

Within Mormonism the term exaltation is synonymous with the term salvation or eternal life (Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, p. 294). "Salvation in the celestial kingdom of God, however, is not salvation by grace alone. Rather, it is salvation by grace coupled with obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel. (Third Article of Faith)... Immortality comes by grace alone, but those who gain it may find themselves damned in eternity... Eternal life, the kind of life enjoyed by eternal beings in the celestial kingdom, comes by grace plus obedience" (Bruce McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, p. 671).

"It is the celestial glory which we seek. It is in the presence of God we desire to dwell. It is a forever family in which we want membership. Such blessings must be earned." (Thomas Monson, "An Invitation to Exaltation," Ensign, May 1988, p. 53)

"'Salvation is free' (2 Ne. 2:4), but it must also be purchased; and the price is obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel." (Bruce McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary 3:462)


The "repentance which merits forgiveness"

Personal worthiness and valiance

See main articles: Personal worthiness and Valiance

The Atonement

Mormonism teaches that the atonement of Christ secures the joy of eternal life for no one. Rather, it merely secures the future, physical resurrection of all people. Whether or not one spends eternity in the Telestial of Terrestial Kingdoms weepings and gnashing their teeth, suffering, or pining in regret is up to one's own ability to be worth enough of the Celestial Kingdom. Rather than serving as a penal substition for sins by faith alone, the atonement is merely something that opened a door for us to prove our own righteousness.

See main page: Atonement

The cross

Rather than focusing on the cross, Mormonism puts most of the focus of Christ's atoning sacrifice at the Garden of Gesthename. Here, Mormonism teaches that Christ superhumanly suffered actual physical pain for every sin, sweating drops of blood.

See main page: Cross


Mormons believe that marriage can be bound on earth and in heaven for eternity. Further, it is believed that this, and not the worship of one God, is the greatest goal. An enormous emphasis is placed on maintaing the nuclear family unit after death. This is at the core of Mormonism's understanding of eternal life. This is often the main "selling point" given by missionaries and literature of the mainstream Mormon sect. Eternal marriage is seen as a crucial part of the purpose of life and thus the attempt to find a husband or wife while on earth puts a strenuous amount of pressure on members of the Mormon church.

See main page: Marriage


See also


  1. LDS-PHIL mailing list. January 18, 1999.

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