Requirements for Exaltation
By mint
3/19/2013 12:46:39 AM
Alright guys. I guess I'll just provide church doctrine.

After you read that, now do you understand where my question of "Do you believe, at the rate your going now, that you will have the qualifications to enter the Celestial Kingdom."

Chapter 47: Exaltation

Gospel Principles, (2011), 275–80

Requirements for Exaltation

The time to fulfill the requirements for exaltation is now (see Alma 34:32–34). President Joseph Fielding Smith said, “In order to obtain the exaltation we must accept the gospel and all its covenants; and take upon us the obligations which the Lord has offered; and walk in the light and the understanding of the truth; and ‘live by every word that proceedeth forth from the mouth of God’” (Doctrines of Salvation, 2:43).

To be exalted, we first must place our faith in Jesus Christ and then endure in that faith to the end of our lives. Our faith in Him must be such that we repent of our sins and obey His commandments.

He commands us all to receive certain ordinances:
We must be baptized.

We must receive the laying on of hands to be confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ and to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Brethren must receive the Melchizedek Priesthood and magnify their callings in the priesthood.

We must receive the temple endowment.

We must be married for eternity, either in this life or in the next.

In addition to receiving the required ordinances, the Lord commands all of us to:
Love God and our neighbors.

Keep the commandments.

Repent of our wrongdoings.

Search out our kindred dead and receive the saving ordinances of the gospel for them.

Attend our Church meetings as regularly as possible so we can renew our baptismal covenants by partaking of the sacrament.

Love our family members and strengthen them in the ways of the Lord.

Have family and individual prayers every day.

Teach the gospel to others by word and example.

Study the scriptures.

Listen to and obey the inspired words of the prophets of the Lord.

Finally, each of us needs to receive the Holy Ghost and learn to follow His direction in our individual lives.

How do ordinances and covenants prepare us for exaltation?

How does faith in Jesus Christ help us obey the commandments?

Why must we learn to follow the direction of the Holy Ghost to become exalted?


"How do you understand this chapter, Mint? Must you be 100% perfect at everything on the list to "qualify" for the Celestial Kingdom?

If not, then God can live with sin, because failing to do these things is sin.

If so, then none of us can qualify. Name 1 person (other than Jesus) who has always been 100% perfect at these things. Again, no one else can qualify.

Since Jesus is the only one who qualifies, I'm letting him qualify for me. It's entirely about faith. I have the faith that his life and atonement is enough for my exaltation. Now, I just live in daily gratitude and service to him, keeping myself clean because I love him, not because I'm trying to qualify. He already did that for me.

When I have received his image in my countenance (or even better, when I have received the second comforter, when I have my calling and election made sure), Jesus takes my place at the judgment. They check my hands To see if they are clean, and if my hands are his hands, if his scars are in my hands, then I pass the test. Not because of me, because my hands are filthy, but because of him.

You don't have to believe as I do, but I would like you to understand where I am coming from. I would also encourage you to study the chapter in Romans that TheySpeak mentioned. Study all of Romans. Heck, just study the Scriptures! :) If the Scriptures happen to be boring to you, perhaps it's because you only study the chapters that are covered constantly in church. Try studying a chapter you never hear anything about in church. Those are really exciting!

In summary, I have learned that when I feel it is my duty to "qualify," to fight my battles, to overcome sin, and to become perfect, then I become very discouraged, depressed, and overwhelmed, and I fail. Every time. Instead, when I realize I don't have to do any of that, because the Lord has already done it for me, then I am free. At that moment, I know the Lord has redeemed me, and I don't have to redeem myself."
posted at 09:26:51 on March 19, 2013 by beclean
One more thought    
"I feel I haven't really given joyful credit to Jesus and to the gospel, though that is what I intended.

What I've been saying is that while I will never meet the qualifications for exaltation, Jesus has already done it for me. And that is the good news of the gospel. I rejoice in that. I am so grateful for that. I stand all amazed at that. I will love and praise and serve him to the best of my ability because of that. I will see Him in the flesh because of His work and sacrifice, not because of mine. The good news of the gospel and the atonement is that I don't have to be perfect, I don't have to qualify, and I don't have to win my battles. I just have to trust Him.

Praise Jesus!"
posted at 11:32:31 on March 19, 2013 by beclean
"For I the Lord cannot look upon sin with the least degree of allowance;
Doctrine and Covenants 1:31"
posted at 13:03:59 on March 19, 2013 by Anonymous
"I dont know why but I feel like you're adding things that I never said.

I never said you "Must be 100% perfect at everything on the list to "qualify" for the Celestial Kingdom." or that anyone "has always been 100% perfect at these things."

I never said anyone has to be perfect. Why are you suggesting did? My question was very simple.

"Do you believe, at the rate your going now, that you will have the qualifications to enter the Celestial Kingdom."

If you want to me to explain this crazy question I will.

"Do you believe,": I'm asking for your own opinion of yourself. I was hoping to see different opinions, which i did

at the rate your going now...": This is kind of the key here. I'm asking if you examine yourself right now, that you are making good or significant progress significant make it. Personally, the rate I'm going now I won't. Because I haven't been doing the things that will allow the Lord to help me. Its my own fault. But some people might be making significant progress and they might feel they are going to make it. That's the purpose of that part.

"that you will have the qualifications to enter the Celestial Kingdom." Ok this is probably where you got confused. This part is FUTURE tense. I didnt say currently or right now. I said "will have" and by that I mean in the End, Will you have the qualifications or requirements to make it to the Celestial Kingdom.

I don't see how you got such a different question out of those few words, but its simple. And ill say it again. My teacher in Sunday glass said something quite amazing.

She said, we are all going to be saved because of Jesus Christ. Hitler, Stalin, the murderers; all of them and us will be resurrected/saved because of Jesus Christ's sacrifice. BUT, our decisions here on Earth and through Gods grace, will decide whether we are exalted! See above for those REQUIREMENTS!

I dont know how else to clarify. Those aren't my qualifications, they are Gods and I'm not sure how anyone can refute them. Let me know what you think."
posted at 18:34:30 on March 19, 2013 by mint
what i think    
"I think I understood your question completely. I think you completely misunderstood my answer and my clarifications of that answer. I think I never put words in your mouth, I asked you a question, which you didn't answer.

That's what I think. But I'm likely very wrong."
posted at 19:23:29 on March 19, 2013 by beclean
Be clean...    
"I think you are trying to explain something that is learned by experience. You remember when that light bulb came on for you, right?"
posted at 21:22:33 on March 20, 2013 by Anonymous
Kick it,    
"When you say He carries us "the rest of the way", what if our best efforts haven't even moved us an inch in the right direction?"
posted at 21:28:48 on March 20, 2013 by Anonymous
Yes, Anonymous    
"I realized that, too. There are many of those lessons, aren't there?"
posted at 21:53:02 on March 20, 2013 by BeClean
Make up your mind...    
"You can't have it both ways.
posted at 02:54:05 on March 21, 2013 by Anonymous
Exaltation is the eternal life    
"This is my 1 cents comment

In the church we like to talk about exaltation and god but in reality before that if we could just remember christ every day, reading the scripture and learing from him then I will be able to enter in god's presence.

john 17:3 eternal life is to know God and Jesus Christ, that's why we go to church and to the temple, to help other and to get to know our savior and our father in heaven.

Exaltation as the perfection is not possible to have in this life and even in the next to come it will take time, it's a process not a single event.

Christ can change men as President Benson said and Christ is the only one who can clean us because of the atonement not because I keep all the commandement, I go to church every sunday and go to the temple every week, the only requirements is to have my heart changed.
In other word to be active in the gospel and not only in the church

At least is what I believe and learned

Your friend from Europe"
posted at 16:37:06 on March 21, 2013 by mike81

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