Ep 5 What will the Final Judgment be like?

The final judgment is the subject of serious discussion in nearly every faith on the earth. There are various interpretations of man’s final condition following his time on this earth. The Latter-day Saint understanding of the judgment is a great subject of conversation.

In this episode we were able to discuss some great questions like:

What role will the Prophets and Apostles have in the judgment?

What will be the condition of those not allowed to enter the Celestial Kingdom?

Great Quotes on the Judgment:

dallin-h-oaks-lds-apostle-1083580-print“Many Bible and modern scriptures speak of a final judgment at which all persons will be rewarded according to their deeds or works or the desires of their hearts. But other scriptures enlarge upon this by referring to our being judged by the condition we have achieved.

“The prophet Nephi describes the Final Judgment in terms of what we have become: “And if their works have been filthiness they must needs be filthy; and if they befilthy it must needs be that they cannot dwell in the kingdom of God” (1 Ne. 15:33; emphasis added). Moroni declares, “He that is filthy shall be filthy still; and he thatis righteous shall be righteous still” (Morm. 9:14; emphasis added; see also Rev. 22:11–12; 2 Ne. 9:16;D&C 88:35). The same would be true of “selfish” or “disobedient” or any other personal attribute inconsistent with the requirements of God. Referring to the “state” of the wicked in the Final Judgment, Alma explains that if we are condemned by our words, our works, and our thoughts, “we shall not be found spotless; … and in this awful state we shall not dare to look up to our God” (Alma 12:14).

“From such teachings we conclude that the Final Judgment is not just an evaluation of a sum total of good and evil acts—what we have done. It is an acknowledgment of the final effect of our acts and thoughts—what we have become. It is not enough for anyone just to go through the motions. The commandments, ordinances, and covenants of the gospel are not a list of deposits required to be made in some heavenly account. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a plan that shows us how to become what our Heavenly Father desires us to become.”

Dallin H. Oaks, “The Challenge to Become,” https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2000/10/the-challenge-to-become?lang=eng&query=final+judgment)

med_WIRTHLIN_large1“At some future day, you and I will each hear the voice of the Lord calling us forward to render an account of our mortal stewardship. This accounting will occur when we are called up to “stand before [the Lord] at the great and judgment day.

“Each day on this earth is but a small part of eternity. The day of resurrection and final judgment will surely come for each one of us.

“Then our Father in Heaven’s great and noble heart will be saddened for those of His children who, because they chose evil, will be cast out, unworthy to return to His presence. But He will welcome with loving arms and with indescribable joy those who have chosen to be“true to the truth.” Righteous living, combined with the grace of the Atonement, will qualify us to stand before Him with clean hearts and clear consciences.”

(Joseph B. Wirthlin, “True to the Faith,” https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1997/04/true-to-the-truth?lang=eng&query=final+judgment)

Maxwell, Neal A 2“Alma’s contentment rested on the reality that God finally allots to us according to our wills (see Alma 29:4). What could be more fair? . . .

“The justice and mercy of God will have been so demonstrably perfect that at the Final Judgment there will be no complaints, including from those who once questioned what God had allotted in the mortal framework (see 2 Ne. 9:14–15; Alma 5:15–19; Alma 12:3–14; Alma 42:23–26, 30).

“Hence, we can and “ought to be content with the things allotted to us,” being circumstantially content but without being self-satisfied and behaviorally content with ourselves (see 3 Ne. 12:48; 3 Ne. 27:27; Matt. 5:48).”

Neal A. Maxwell, “Content with the Thins Allotted unto Us,” https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2000/04/content-with-the-things-allotted-unto-us?lang=eng&query=final+judgment)


Brian Ricks

Brian Ricks is a father of 6 living in Saratoga Springs, Utah. He is the author of a soon-to-be-released book on James E. Talmage, and has a doctorate in theology from Brigham Young University. In his free time he chases deer and eats Oreos.

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