Commandments. Laws and rules taught by the LDS Church. Keeping these are necessary to receive exaltation, as tenth LDS President Joseph Fielding Smith explained, “CELESTIAL SALVATION. Those who keep the full law and obey all the commandments of God are heirs of full salvation in the celestial kingdom, the glory of which the sun is spoken […]
Based on these quotes, here’s what we learn about the “gospel of Jesus Christ”:
- Everyone who lives on this earth is supposed to follow the teachings of the LDS gospel;
- This gospel includes “all the ordinances and principles” taught by the Mormon Church, which I assume would include baptism into the LDS Church, regular worship in LDS services, the receiving of the priesthood (for males), and temple participation (including marriage for time and eternity), just to name a few;
- These are eternal ordinances and principles, applicable for everyone on earth;
- If properly completed, this gospel will help us be like our “Eternal Parent,” which would be equal to godhood;
- With all of this said, Mormonism preaches the true gospel—not just that, but the “only” gospel, according to McConkie.
All safety, all righteousness, all happiness are on the Lord’s side of the line.
When I first read this last sentence, I was reminded of what eleventh President Harold B. Lee taught: “You may not like what comes from the authority of the Church. It may contradict your political views. It may contradict your social views. It may interfere with your social life. . . . Your safety and ours depends upon whether or not we follow. . . . Let’s keep our eye on the President of the Church (CR October 1970, 152-153.)” (Harold B. Lee, as cited in The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p. 139. Ellipses in original). President Spencer W. Kimball (1895–1985) agreed at the same general conference, saying, “Let us hearken to those we sustain as prophets and seers, as well as the other brethren, as if our eternal life depended upon it, because it does!” (Conference Reports, Oct. 1970, 152; Improvement Era, Dec. 1970, 126.)
Listening to the prophets is obviously the first step to staying “on the Lord’s side of the line.”
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