Near the beginning of the Book of Revelation, the apostle John quotes the Savior making the following promise:
Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out.Revelation 3:12
There’s a sense of durability and reliability in this description. This person has “endured to the end” and can therefore be counted on to endure forever. They will not abandon their post. You can trust them. They will be dependable.
This image also conveys a sense of permanent belonging. These people will never abandon God, and He will never send them away.
Several Book of Mormon prophets use the same phrase to convey the permanence of exaltation. Alma expressed the hope that the people in the city of Gideon would one day live in the kingdom of heaven with all of the holy prophets “to go no more out” (Alma 7:25). He expressed the same hope for the sons of Mosiah and the people they had taught (Alma 29:17). And his missionary companion Amulek assured the Zoramites that the righteous will achieve that state (Alma 34:36).
Mormon later interrupts the narrative to provide us with a similar assurance:
Whosoever will may lay hold upon the word of God…which shall…lead the man [or woman] of Christ in a strait and narrow course…
And land their souls, yea, their immortal souls, at the right hand of God in the kingdom of heaven, to sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and with all our holy fathers, to go no more out.Helaman 3:29-30
And the phrase appears one more time in the Book of Mormon, as Mormon discusses the three disciples who were allowed to remain on the earth until the Savior’s Second Coming. “They were sanctified in the flesh,” he says, “that they were holy….”
And in this state they were to remain until the judgment day of Christ; and at that day they were to receive a greater change, and to be received into the kingdom of the Father to go no more out, but to dwell with God eternally in the heavens.3 Nephi 28:39-40
Today, I will be grateful for the permanence of God’s kingdom and for the promise that the righteous will eventually inherit and exemplify that permanence. I will strive to be a reliable contributor to my family, my congregation, my community, and the other organizations I belong to, in preparation for my participation in that eternal heavenly community.