Immortality. Living forever in the resurrected state. According to tenth President Joseph Fielding Smith, “Now there is a difference between immortality and eternal life. Immortality is the gift to live forever. It comes to every creature” (Doctrines of Salvation 2:9). Apostle Russell M. Nelson told a general conference audience, “Resurrection, or immortality, comes to every man and every woman as an unconditional gift” (“Salvation and Exaltation,” Ensign (Conference Edition), May 2008, 9-10). Yet Apostle Bruce R. McConkie wrote, “Immortality comes by grace alone, but those who gain it may find themselves damned in eternity” (Mormon Doctrine, 1966, 671). In addition, it is taught in the Standard Works that everything will become immortalized, including the earth (D&C 77:1; 88:16-26).
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