The Pleasing Bar of the Great Jehovah – Moroni 10:34

34 And now I bid unto all, farewell. I soon go to rest in the paradise of God, until my spirit and body shall again reunite, and I am brought forth triumphant through the air, to meet you before the pleasing bar of the great Jehovah, the Eternal Judge of both quick and dead. Amen.
(Moroni 10:34)

13 Finally, I bid you farewell, until I shall meet you before the pleasing bar of God, which bar striketh the wicked with awful dread and fear. Amen.
(Jacob 6:13)

27 And I soon go to the place of my rest, which is with my Redeemer; for I know that in him I shall rest. And I rejoice in the day when my mortal shall put on immortality, and shall stand before him; then shall I see his face with pleasure, and he will say unto me: Come unto me, ye blessed, there is a place prepared for you in the mansions of my Father. Amen.
(Enos 1:27)

13 And now, my beloved brethren, all those who are of the house of Israel, and all ye ends of the earth, I speak unto you as the voice of one crying from the dust: Farewell until that great day shall come.
14 And you that will not partake of the goodness of God, and respect the words of the Jews, and also my words, and the words which shall proceed forth out of the mouth of the Lamb of God, behold, I bid you an everlasting farewell, for these words shall condemn you at the last day.
15 For what I seal on earth, shall be brought against you at the judgment bar; for thus hath the Lord commanded me, and I must obey. Amen.
(2 Nephi 33:13-15)

10 And ye will also know that ye are a remnant of the seed of Jacob; therefore ye are numbered among the people of the first covenant; and if it so be that ye believe in Christ, and are baptized, first with water, then with fire and with the Holy Ghost, following the example of our Savior, according to that which he hath commanded us, it shall be well with you in the day of judgment. Amen.
(Mormon 7:10)

I’m thinking today about the final words of various authors in the Book of Mormon. It is striking to me how consistent their messages are:

  • They all talk about the final judgment.
  • They generally express confidence in their own fate. Moroni and Jacob talk about “the pleasing bar of God.” Nephi states that he must bid “an everlasting farewell” to those who will not be exalted, implying that he will. Enos says he will see the Savior’s face “with pleasure” and will be invited to dwell with God.
  • They collectively remind us of a fundamental doctrine: we will one day stand accountable for our actions. If we have been wicked, we will be condemned, but if we follow the gospel of Jesus Christ, it will be well with us.
As I think about the confidence expressed by these prophets, I am reminded of an anecdote shared in the last General Conference by Randall K. Bennett:

My heart sank during a recent meeting with wonderful Latter-day Saints. The question was asked, “Who desires to live with Heavenly Father again?” Every hand went up. The next question was “Who has confidence you’ll succeed?” Sadly and surprisingly, most hands went down (“Your Next Step“, General Conference, October 2015).

Elder Bennett went on to teach us that God loves us and wants to help us. “He will more than match our efforts with His power if we are willing to keep trying, repenting, and moving forward with faith in our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.”

Today, I am grateful for a Father in Heaven who wants me to be successful. I will move forward with confidence in Him. I will look ahead to the new year with optimism and faith. I will also remember that, with God’s help, I can in the end qualify for the blessings of exaltation and eternal life.

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