"And no unclean thing can enter into [the kingdom of God]; therefore nothing entereth into [the rest of God] save it be those who have washed their garments in [the blood of Jesus], because of their faith, and the repentance of all their sins, and their faithfulness unto the end." The Book of Mormon, 3 Nephi 27:19

What do Latter-day Saints believe a person must do to be saved?
Joseph Smith wrote in 1842: "We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel" (Articles of Faith 1:3).

The Afterlife
"Latter-day Saints believe that life continues after the death of the mortal body and that death is but a separation of the physical body and the spirit." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Heaven and the Degrees of Glory
"In the resurrection of the body, [the redeemed] are assigned to different degrees of glory commensurate with the law they have obeyed." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Death and Dying
"Although it brings grief to those left behind, death is part of 'the merciful plan of the great Creator (2 Ne. 9:6)', it is 'a mechanism of rescue' (Packer, p. 21)—an essential step in the Lord's 'great plan of happiness' (Alma 42:8)." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

The Spirit World
"The spirit world is the habitation of spirits." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

"The Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants teach that paradise is the part of the spirit world where the righteous, those who in mortality obeyed God's commandments and were faithful to their covenants, await the resurrection." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Spirit Body
"At death the spirit and the body separate until they reunite in the resurrection. Spirits are capable of intellectual advancement, love, hate, happiness, sorrow, obedience, disobedience, memory, and other personal characteristics." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Salvation of Children
"In Latter-day Saint doctrine children are to be instructed in the principles of the gospel and baptized when eight years of age (D&C 68:25-27). They are then responsible to adhere to the teachings of the Church relative to obtaining salvation. Before that time they are considered "infants" or "little children" and are not required to be baptized. They are considered "alive in Christ" and are "whole" (Moro. 8:8-12; JST, Matt. 18:10-11)." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Salvation for the Dead
"A distinctive doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is that the dead as well as the living may receive the gospel of Jesus Christ. Every man, woman, and child who has ever lived or who ever will live on this earth will have full opportunity, if not in this life then in the next, to embrace or reject the gospel in its purity and fulness." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Second Chance Theory
"There is no such thing as a second chance to gain salvation by accepting the gospel in the spirit world after spurning, declining, or refusing to accept it in this life. It is true that there may be a second chance to hear and accept the gospel, but those who have thus procrastinated their acceptance of the saving truths will not gain salvation in the celestial kingdom of God." Elder Bruce R. McConkie

Spiritual Life and Death
"Unlike physical life and death, over which individuals have little control, spiritual life and death are opposite poles between which a choice is required." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Final Judgment
"A purpose of the final judgment is to judge every person, to provide a separation of the faithful from the wicked, and to make available the promised blessings of eternal reward to God's faithful children. Jesus Christ is the judge." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

"All humankind shall stand before Jesus, "and he shall separate them from one another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats" (Matt. 25:32). The verb "separate" reflects the Lord's determination of exact boundaries between good and evil, since he "cannot look upon sin with the least degree of allowance" (D&C 1:31)." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Spiritual Death
"Spiritual death is the condition of one who is spiritually cut off, temporarily or permanently, from the presence of God. LDS scriptures speak of two spiritual deaths, and the concept manifests itself in many ways." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

"Resurrection is the reunion of the spirit with an immortal physical body. The body laid in the grave is mortal; the resurrected physical body is immortal. The whole of man, the united spirit and body, is defined in modern scripture as the "soul" of man. Resurrection from the dead constitutes the redemption of the soul." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

"To Latter-day Saints, exaltation is a state that a person can attain in becoming like God—salvation in the ultimate sense." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Church of the Firstborn
"The Church of the Firstborn is Christ's heavenly church, and its members are exalted beings who gain an inheritance in the highest heaven of the celestial world and for whom the family continues in eternity." Encyclopedia of Mormonism


Eternal Life
"The scriptures clearly state that eternal life comes from God through his son Jesus Christ (John 3:16; 14:6; Heb. 5:9; 2 Ne. 31:20-21; Alma 11:40; Ether 3:14; D&C 45:8), and is the "greatest of all the gifts of God" (D&C 14:7; see also Exaltation; Godhood)." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Heirs of God and Joint-Heirs with Christ
"This entry consists of two parts: Heirs of God and Joint-Heirs with Christ. The first part explains that by obedience to the commandments of God a person can become an heir of God. The second part emphasizes that the gospel of Jesus Christ also provides the way for one to become a joint-heir with Jesus Christ, and obtain the special inheritance of the Church of the Firstborn." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Immortality and Eternal Life
"The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that the work and glory of God is to bring to pass both the immortality and the eternal life of men and women (Moses 1:39; 2 Ne. 10:23-25). These two conditions in the afterlife are not necessarily synonymous, though each is given as a consequence of the Atonement of Jesus Christ." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Eternal Lives, Eternal Increase
"'Eternal lives' is a term that refers to the right and power to beget children after the resurrection, granted to those who are exalted in the highest degree of the Celestial Kingdom." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

"Latter-day scriptures describe at least three senses of hell: (1) that condition of misery which may attend a person in mortality due to disobedience to divine law; (2) the miserable, but temporary, state of disobedient spirits in the spirit world awaiting the resurrection; (3) the permanent habitation of the sons of perdition, who suffer the second spiritual death and remain in hell even after the resurrection." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Spirit Prison
"In Latter-day Saint doctrine the "spirit prison" is both a condition and a place within the postearthly spirit world. One "imprisons" himself or herself through unbelief or through willful disobedience of God." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Eternal Progression
"At the Resurrection and Judgment, people will be assigned a degree of glory. Further progress is believed possible within each degree." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Everlasting Burnings
"The Prophet Joseph Smith explained, 'God Almighty Himself dwells in eternal fire; flesh and blood cannot go there, for all corruption is devoured by the fire,' but a resurrected being, 'flesh and bones quickened by the Spirit of God,' can." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Translated Beings
"Latter-day Saint scriptures speak of a unique class of beings, persons whom the Lord has "translated" or changed from a mortal state to one in which they are temporarily not subject to death, and in which they experience neither pain nor sorrow except for the sins of the world." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Sons of Perdition
"Sons of perdition are not merely wicked; they are incorrigibly evil.." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Book of Life
"In a figurative sense, the book of life is the complete record of one's life, the sum total of thoughts, words, and deeds written in the soul, of which the Lord will take account in the day of judgment." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Buffetings of Satan
"An individual who receives extensive spiritual knowledge, enters into sacred covenants, and then turns away from those promises to the Lord may be left to the buffetings of Satan until complete repentance has occurred." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

"In LDS doctrine, to be damned means to be stopped, blocked, or limited in one's progress. Individuals are damned whenever they are prevented from reaching their full potential as children of God." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Unpardonable Sin
"The gravest of all sins is blasphemy against the Holy Ghost. One may speak even against Jesus Christ in ignorance and, upon repentance, be forgiven, but knowingly to sin against the Holy Ghost by denying its influence after having received it is unpardonable (Matt. 12:31-32; Jacob 7:19; Alma 39:6), and the consequences are inescapable." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Will a Miscarried Child Be Resurrected?
" would appear that the only ones to know if a particular miscarried child will be resurrected are the child's mother and her Heavenly Father." W. John Walsh

Stillborn Children
Bruce R. McConkie states, "we can look forward with hope and anticipation for the resurrection of stillborn children."

This theory of reincarnation is that a persons spirit can return to live on the earth multiple times. This theory is rejected by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.