Into the Presence of the Lord – Helaman 14:15-18

15 For behold, he surely must die that salvation may come; yea, it behooveth him and becometh expedient that he dieth, to bring to pass the resurrection of the dead, that thereby men may be brought into the presence of the Lord.
16 Yea, behold, this death bringeth to pass the resurrection, and redeemeth all mankind from the first death—that spiritual death; for all mankind, by the fall of Adam being cut off from the presence of the Lord, are considered as dead, both as to things temporal and to things spiritual.
17 But behold, the resurrection of Christ redeemeth mankind, yea, even all mankind, and bringeth them back into the presence of the Lord.
18 Yea, and it bringeth to pass the condition of repentance, that whosoever repenteth the same is not hewn down and cast into the fire; but whosoever repenteth not is hewn down and cast into the fire; and there cometh upon them again a spiritual death, yea, a second death, for they are cut off again as to things pertaining to righteousness.

Jesus Christ overcame both physical and spiritual death. Because He overcame physical death, every one of us will live again in an immortal body after we die. Because He overcame spiritual death, we will all be brought back into the presence of the Lord. Additionally, the Atonement makes it possible for us to repent of our sins so that we can stay in the presence of God after being judged.
The angel who appeared to King Benjamin made it clear that the Final Judgment will be as much a self-appraisal as a legal proceeding. When all the facts are clear, there will be no doubt about our guilt or innocence: 

If they be evil they are consigned to an awful view of their own guilt and abominations, which doth cause them to shrink from the presence of the Lord into a state of misery and endless torment, from whence they can no more return; therefore they have drunk damnation to their own souls (Mosiah 3:25).

And, as Mormon teaches, we can self-assess today, because ultimately the judgment is a measure of what we have become:

And then cometh the judgment of the Holy One upon them; and then cometh the time that he that is filthy shall be filthy still; and he that is righteous shall be righteous still; he that is happy shall be happy still; and he that is unhappy shall be unhappy still (Mormon 9:14).

Today, I will remember the gift of the Atonement. I will be grateful that Jesus Christ has overcome both physical and spiritual death. We will all be resurrected. We will all be brought back into God’s presence. Additionally, through His unfathomable suffering, our Savior has brought about “the condition of repentance,” which enables us to be cleansed from our sins and be prepared for the judgment which is an inevitable part of returning to the presence of the Lord.

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