Outer Darkness

Outer Darkness. Severe punishment for eternity, reserved for Satan and his demons as well as the sons of perdition, those humans who once embraced Mormonism and left to fight against the faith, even though they knew Mormonism was true. This is a place very close in nature to the biblical hell. D&C 133:73 says, “These shall go away into outer darkness, where there is weeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth.” Human who never heard about Mormonism will not go there, as tenth President Joseph Fielding Smith said, “That is a punishment that will not come to those who have never known the truth. Bad as they may suffer, and awful as their punishment may be, they are not among that group which is to suffer the eternal death and banishment from all influence concerning the power of God” (Conference Reports, October 1958, 21).

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