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11 O my brethren, hearken unto my words; arouse the faculties of your souls; shake yourselves that ye may awake from the slumber of death; and loose yourselves from the pains of hell that ye may not become angels to the devil, to be cast into that lake of fire and brimstone which is the second death.

Quotes for Discussion


First death Adam and Eve cast out of the presence of God.

Second death “To turn a deaf ear tot eh words of life and reject the counsel of the Lord’s servants.”

Millet & McConkie, Doctrinal Commentary on BOM, Vol 2 p. 30

The only persons who will be completely overcome by this dreadful fate are the sons of perdition, who go with the devil and his angels into “outer darkness.” All the rest of mankind, even the wicked, will receive some measure of salvation after they suffer the wrath of God. However, they will of necessity be brought to repentance and acceptance of the gospel of Jesus Christ as far as it will apply to them. They will not be given the ordinances which do not pertain in their kingdoms. From the reading fo other passages we discover that there will be great multitudes embracing the vast majority of mankind, who will never be privileged to come back to dwell in the presence of the Father and the Son. These receive banishment from their presence, but not entirely do they get beyond the divine benediction….

All those who are permanently subject to the second death are those who have had the testimony of the Holy Ghost and who have known the truth and then have rejected it and put Christ to open shame.

Joseph Fielding Smith, Answers to Gospel Questions, 1:76, 78

The more I see of life, the more I am convinced that we must impress you young people with the awfulness of sin rather than to content ourselves with merely teaching the way of repentance. (Youth and the Church, pp. 87-88.) The heaviest burden that one has to bear in this life is the burden of sin.

“Stand Ye in Holy Places,” Ensign, July 1973, p. 123

President Gordon B. Hinckley said: “There are Goliaths all around you, hulking giants with evil intent to destroy you. These are not nine-foot-tall men, but they are men and institutions that control attractive but evil things that may challenge and weaken and destroy you. Included in these are beer and other liquors and tobacco. Those who market these products would like to enslave you into their use. There are drugs of various kinds which, I am told, are relatively easy to obtain in many high schools. For those who peddle them, this is a multimillion-dollar industry, a giant web of evil. There is pornography, seductive and interesting and inviting. It has become a giant industry, producing magazines, films, and other materials designed to take your money and lead you toward activities that would destroy you.

“The giants who are behind these efforts are formidable and skillful. They have gained vast experience in the war they are carrying on. They would like to ensnare you.

“It is almost impossible to entirely avoid exposure to their products. You see these materials on all sides. But you need not fear if you have the slingshot of truth in your hands. You have been counseled and taught and advised. You have the stones of virtue and honor and integrity to use against these enemies who would like to conquer you. Insofar as you are concerned, you can hit them ‘between the eyes,’ to use a figurative expression. You can triumph over them by disciplining yourselves to avoid them. You can say to the whole lot of them as David said to Goliath, ‘Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield; but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou has defied.’

“Victory will be yours….You have His power within you to sustain you. You have the right to ministering angels about you to protect you. Do not let Goliath frighten you. Stand your ground and hold your place, and you will be triumphant.”

In Conference Report, Apr. 1983, 66; or Ensign, May1983, 46, 51

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Oh, I didn't realize this scripture was dealing with the sons of perdition. When I read it, I was reminded of a quote from my study guide back in 2 Nephi when he was quoting Isaiah and talking about the seraphim and that meaning the "flaming/fiery ones". The quote had to do with when we die and go to be in God's presence, we pass through the veil and are purified by fire. So, when I read this, I don't clicked in my head that for the wicked, this "fire purification" would be painful because of how much covered in sin they were; like the more wicked you are, the more burning is involved. I am probably focusing on the poetic "fire" metaphor too much. ^^;

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