Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Atonement (Dallin H Oaks)

The theology of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ is comprehensive, universal, merciful, and true.  Following the necessary experience of mortal life, all sons and daughters of God will ultimately be resurrected and go to a kingdom of glory.  The righteous-regardless of current religious denomination or belief-will ultimately go to a kingdom of glory more wonderful than any of us can comprehend.  Even the wicked, or almost all of them, will ultimately go to a marvelous-though lesser-kingdom of glory.  All of that will occur because of God's love for His children and because of the Atonement and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, "Who glorifies the father, and saves all the works of his hands" (D&C 76:43)

The purpose of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is to help all of the children of God understand their potential and achieve their highest destiny.  This church exists to provide the sons and daughters of God with the means of entrance into and exaltation in the celestial kingdom.  This is a family-centered church in doctrine and practices.  Our understanding of the nature and purpose of God the Eternal Father explains our destiny and our relationship in His eternal family.  Our theology begins withe Heavenly Parents.  Our highest aspirations is to be like them.  Under the merciful plan of The Father, all of this is possible through the Atonement of the Only Begotten of the Father, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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