What is the Mormon concept of salvation?
Bruce R.McConkie said in his book “Mormon Doctrine”,
“Unconditional or general salvation, that which comes by grace alone without obedience to gospel law, consists in the mere fact of being resurrected.” And then a couple pages later says,“Immortalityis a free gift and comes without works or righteousness of any sort; all menwill come forth in the resurrection because of the atoning sacrifice ofChrist…In this sense, the mere fact of resurrection is called salvation by grace alone.” (p. 669, 671)
So “unconditional” salvation by grace comes through the resurrection for all mankind. But you’re also taught, that “conditional” salvation comes through personal works of righteousness.
LDS Third Article of Faith declares: “We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.”
Meaning the laws and ordinances of Mormonism.
Latter-Day Saints believe in doing all one can do and then believing that the grace of God will make up for what we lack.
I’m familiar with the passage in the Book of Mormon – 2 Nephi 25:23 that declares: “it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.”
This Book of Mormon teaching creates a sense of pride in a Mormon for doing their part to make themselves “worthy”, doesn’t it?
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