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Personal Salvation
April 14, 2014

Salvation Is Overcoming All Your Enemies, Particularly Death

The Presidents Of The Church Series: Joseph Smith

Everyone will die and is part of the plan of happiness. We fear it because it is unknown but we find it is very familiar and comfortable. We must accept the vicissitudes of life. We can’t fear death. Why are we here and what are we supposed to do. Earth life is extremely important. We will account to the Lord everything we do here. Joseph stressed the importance of thoroughly studying the purpose of life.

We were sent to earth to obtain a body, prove our faithfulness and overcome the world. Resurrection is real and will happen to everyone. Our glory in the next life depends on how we lived now.

Joseph Smith said, “We came to this earth that we might have a body and present it pure before God in the celestial kingdom. The great principle of happiness consists in having a body. The devil has no body, and herein is his punishment. He is pleased when he can obtain the tabernacle of man, and when cast out by the Savior he asked to go into the herd of swine, showing that he would prefer a swine’s body to having none. All beings who have bodies have power over those who have not.”

“Salvation is nothing more nor less than to triumph over all our enemies and put them under our feet. And when we have power to put all enemies under our feet in this world, and a knowledge to triumph over all evil spirits in the world to come, then we are saved, as in the case of Jesus, who was to reign until He had put all enemies under His feet, and the last enemy was death.”

Joseph taught that salvation is by overcoming all your enemies, and death is an enemy. Jesus Christ overcame that enemy through His atonement and His resurrection. Jesus Christ was the first man on this earth to be resurrected, followed by others.

Those who have bodies have power over those who do not. Satan’s punishment is he will never have a body.

Satan sought after that which was unlawful. He inspires men to be prideful and seek after the lusts of their own hearts. He tempts us to excel above others. A few try to build up others.

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