THE BOOK OF ALMA
THE SON OF ALMA
In the resurrection men come forth to a state of endless happiness or endless misery—Wickedness never was happiness—Carnal men are without God in the world—Every person receives again in the restoration the characteristics and attributes acquired in mortality. About 73 B.C.
now, my son, I have somewhat to say concerning the restoration of which has been spoken; for behold, some have awrested
the scriptures, and have gone far bastray
because of this thing. And I perceive that thy mind has been cworried
also concerning this thing. But behold, I will explain it unto thee.
I say unto thee, my son, that the plan of restoration is requisite with the justice of God; for it is requisite that all things should be restored to their proper order. Behold, it is requisite and just, according to the power and resurrection of Christ, that the soul of man should be restored to its body, and that every apart
of the body should be restored to itself.
And it is requisite with the ajustice
of God that men should be bjudged
according to their cworks
; and if their works were good in this life, and the desires of their hearts were good, that they should also, at the last day, be drestored
unto that which is good.
And if their works are evil they shall be arestored
unto them for evil. Therefore, all things shall be brestored
to their proper order, every thing to its natural frame—cmortality
raised to dimmortality
to incorruption—raised to fendless
happiness to ginherit
the kingdom of God, or to endless misery to inherit the kingdom of the devil, the one on one hand, the other on the other—
The one raised to ahappiness
according to his desires of happiness, or good according to his desires of good; and the other to evil according to his desires of evil; for as he has desired to do evil all the day long even so shall he have his reward of evil when the night cometh.
And so it is on the other hand. If he hath repented of his sins, and desired righteousness until the end of his days, even so he shall be rewarded unto righteousness.
are they that are redeemed of the Lord; yea, these are they that are taken out, that are delivered from that endless night of darkness; and thus they stand or fall; for behold, they are their own bjudges
, whether to do good or do evil.
Now, the decrees of God are aunalterable
; therefore, the way is prepared that bwhosoever
will may cwalk
therein and be saved.
And now behold, my son, do not risk aone
more offense against your God upon those points of doctrine, which ye have hitherto risked to commit sin.
Do not suppose, because it has been spoken concerning restoration, that ye shall be restored from sin to happiness. Behold, I say unto you, awickedness
never was bhappiness
And now, my son, all men that are in a state of anature
, or I would say, in a bcarnal
state, are in the cgall
of bitterness and in the dbonds
of iniquity; they are ewithout
God in the world, and they have gone fcontrary
to the nature of God; therefore, they are in a state contrary to the nature of happiness.
And now behold, is the meaning of the word restoration to take a thing of a natural state and place it in an unnatural state, or to place it in a state opposite to its nature?
O, my son, this is not the case; but the meaning of the word restoration is to bring back again aevil
for evil, or carnal for carnal, or devilish for devilish—good for that which is good; righteous for that which is righteous; just for that which is just; merciful for that which is merciful.
Therefore, my son, see that you are merciful unto your brethren; deal ajustly
righteously, and do cgood
continually; and if ye do all these things then shall ye receive your dreward
; yea, ye shall have emercy
restored unto you again; ye shall have justice restored unto you again; ye shall have a righteous judgment restored unto you again; and ye shall have good rewarded unto you again.
For that which ye do asend
out shall return unto you again, and be restored; therefore, the word restoration more fully condemneth the sinner, and justifieth him not at all.