Our Heavenly Father has provided a way for all of his children to hear

about the Gospel of Jesus Christ before the resurrection.


The Lord will judge each of us with justice, mercy, and love.  He is a kind, loving Father, not a merciless or vengeful ruler.  More than anything else, he wants us to be happy and to live with him in his kingdom.  That is why he has provided an opportunity for all of his children to hear the gospel. Think for a moment of the millions and millions of people who have lived upon the earth and did not have the opportunity to hear and accept the gospel and receive its blessings. (1)   Many such people have never even heard of Jesus Christ, yet they were honorable and good people.  Does it seem just to you that God would refuse to let such people enter his kingdom simply because they did not have an opportunity to hear the gospel in their earthly existence?

Our Heavenly Father is just and will not condemn those who never had this opportunity.  Because he is so merciful, he has provided a way for all of his children to hear the gospel before the resurrection. (2)   In other words, those who lived on earth and died without hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ will have an opportunity to hear it and either accept or reject it. (3) 

Our Heavenly Father knew that many of His children would never have an opportunity to learn about Jesus Christ during their lives and that others would choose not to follow Him.  Because He loves His children, God provided a way for those in the spirit world to learn about His plan, have faith in Jesus Christ, and repent.  Those who accept and follow Jesus Christ will have peace and rest.

That opportunity will come to them in the spirit world while they await the resurrection from the dead. (4)  As a matter of fact, Jesus Christ set up the preaching of the gospel to those in the spirit world.  After his crucifixion, while his body lay in the tomb, the Savior, as a spirit, went to the spirit world and prepared the way for the preaching of the gospel.  To help understand why the Lord wanted to give these people the opportunity of hearing the gospel, we must read 1 Peter 3:18-20: 

18.  For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the spirit:

19.  By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;

20.  Which sometime were disobedient, when once the long suffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is eight souls were saved by water. 

Our Heavenly Father will see that all of his children hear his gospel at some time before the resurrection and the judgment.(5)   Another good scripture: 1 Peter 4:6 

 For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.

Itís a comforting feeling to know that our Heavenly Father will see that all of his children have the opportunity to hear his gospel at some time before the resurrection and the judgment. 

Of course, it should be pointed out that the Lord has said that those who hear the gospel and reject it in this life will not be permitted to receive itís full blessings, even though they may accept it later in the spirit world.  I believe that Christ went to the spirit world to preach  because it was very important to our Heavenly Father that all of his children have the opportunity to accept the gospel. 

Because the Lord loves his children so much he wants us to have the blessings of his kingdom during this life and forever.  To receive this joy and blessing from him we must except the eternal plan he has for all of us and keep his commandments. 

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(1)  Mosiah 15:24
(2)  Alma 42:4, 13
(3)  St. John 5:24-29
(4)  Alma 40:11-14
(5)  Revelations 20:12

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