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73 And there began to be the natural fruit again in the vineyard; and the natural branches began to grow and thrive exceedingly; and the wild branches began to be plucked off and to be cast away; and they did keep the root and the top thereof equal, according to the strength thereof.

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The Millennium—Last great gathering

The work of gathering—missionary work and the conversion of souls—will go forward in an unprecedented manner during the thousand years of peace. There will be hosts of non-members of the Church and, for that matter, numerous churches on the earth as the Millennium begins. But such shall not be the case as the glory of the Millennium grows in intensity through the thousand years. “Some members of the Church have an erroneous idea,” President Joseph Fielding Smith observed, “that when the millennium comes all of the people are going to be swept off the earth except righteous members of the Church. That is not so. There will be millions of people…of all classes, and of all beliefs, still permitted to remain upon the face of the earth, but they will be those who have lived clean lives, those who have been free from wickedness and corruption. All who belong, by virtue of their good lives, to the terrestrial order, as well as those who have kept the celestial law, will remain upon the face of the earth during the millennium.

“Eventually, however, the knowledge of the Lord will cover the earth as the waters do the sea. But there will be need for the preaching of the gospel, after the millennium is brought in, until all men are either converted or pass away. In the course of the thousand years all men will either come into the Church, or kingdom of God, or they will die and pass away. In that day there will be no death until men are old. Children will not die but will live to the age of a tree. Isaiah says this is 100 years [isaiah 65:17-25]. When the time comes for men to die, they will be changed in the twinkling of an eye, and there will be no graves.” (Doctrines of Salvation 1:86-87.) “It follows,” wrote Elder Bruce R. McConkie, “that missionary work will continue into the Millennium until all who remain are converted….Then every living soul on earth will belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” (Millennial Messiah, p. 652.)

Millet & McConkie, Doctrinal Commentary on BOM, Vol. 2, p. 74

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