What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

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The prophet Joseph Smith taught ‘Therefore ye are justified of faith and works, through grace...’ (see JST Romans 4:16). The Book of Mormon teaches ‘For we labor diligently to write to persuade our children, and also our brethren to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace we are saved after all we can do’ (2 Nephi 25:23). The Book of Mormon adds ‘all that we could do [was to] repent of all our sins’ (Alma 24:11). A Book of Mormon prophet named Lehi taught, ‘There is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah’ (2 Nephi 2:8).

  • Grace is a gift from Heavenly Father given through His Son, Jesus Christ. The word grace, as used in the scriptures, refers primarily to enabling power and spiritual healing offered through the mercy and love of Jesus Christ. Everyone on earth experiences physical death. Through the grace of Jesus Christ, all will be resurrected and will live forever. Because of personal choices, everyone also experiences the effects of sin. These effects are called spiritual death. No one can return to the presence of God without divine grace. Through the Atonement, we all can be forgiven of our sins; we can become clean before God. To receive this enabling power, we must obey the gospel of Jesus Christ, which includes having faith in Him, repenting of our sins, being baptized, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and trying to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ for the rest of our lives. The grace of God helps us every day. It strengthens us to do good works we could not do on our own. The Lord promised that if we humble ourselves before Him and have faith in Him, His grace will help us overcome all our personal weaknesses. Show more

  • Some believe that only grace is needed for someone to be saved, and others believe that only our obedience to God's commandments will save us. The truth of the matter is that both are necessary. We cannot save ourselves; we can only be saved by grace through the atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ, but God expects us to all we can do (no matter how small that is) to show our love for Him and to progress. The Book of Mormon teaches this very simply and beautifully as follows: "It is by grace we are are saved after all we can do." Show more

  • We believe that through the atonement of Christ all mankind may be saved by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel. As Christ taught concerning grace: Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. As I understand these verses in order to obtain grace and find rest to our souls we must not walk without purpose, but be yoked to the Lord's wagon, pulling forward the Kingdom of God, and doing that which Christ himself would do. We must come unto Christ, for it is in Christ that we find grace, which frees us from the load of sin and the yoke of iniquity. Show more

  • The doctrine of grace is quite simple. It is by grace that we even have the small possibility of being saved. It is because of grace that Christ came to the earth to atone for our sins and make it possible for us to return to our Father in Heaven. But it is not by grace that we are forced into heaven. We are not automatically saved because of this wonderful doctrine. We still have to do our part. Faith is not meerly enough, we must do works. The scriptures say "Faith without works is dead, being alone." And in the Book of Mormon it expands our understanding of this doctrine. "It is by grace we are saved after all we can do" (2 Nephi 25:23). Show more

  • We are saved by grace, through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, after all that we can do. Because we are not perfect it is only through Jesus Christ that we can return through Heavenly Father. But he asks us to have faith, repent, be baptized, receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, and endure to the end. When we do this, which is all that we can do, then we are forgiven. Then we can return to our Heavenly Father. Show more

  • Grace is indeed an essential element of our salvation. In the church, we believe that we must do all we can in our power to be righteous and keep the commandments. Therefore, it is through our works, along with the mercy and grace of our Father that we can return to him. Show more

  • We are saved by grace. We cannot "earn" our way to heaven. Grace comes through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ. However, we cannot be cleansed by that atonement against our will. God allows us our agency, and if we have spent our whole lives choosing to sin when we know what is expected of us, choosing the bad when we know to choose the good, we cannot return to live with God. We are not just saved by grace, but we are changed by grace. Nobody is perfect in this life, besides Jesus Christ. However, we must strive everyday to do our best, and as we work to be better each day than we were the day before, Jesus will forgive us. Christ will not just "save us by grace" but "change us by grace." These changes come through repentance, sincere prayer, and choosing to follow the teachings of Christ more closely. While Christ payed the whole debt we owe from sin, and it is by grace we are saved, as we learn in the Bible, Faith without works is dead. (James 2:20). By Faith and by Works is man reconciled to the Father, through Jesus Christ Show more

  • We are all saved by grace no matter how we have lived our life, as long as we believe in Christ and believe that he is our Savior. Most Christian religions believe that this is all there is to being saved. Mormons believe this for the part of being saved in which the body of flesh is reunited with the spirit. For this part of being saved, yes, Mormons believe that all people, no matter how they have lived their lives, will be saved and have their body reunited with their spirit at the resurrection through the grace of God. However, Mormons also believe there is another part to Christ's atonement and being saved, and that refers to his taking on of our sins. To be saved from our sins, and take upon us the name of Christ such that his atonement will wash away our sins and we will have everlasting life in God's presence, we must repent of our sins. After we have done all that we can do, then the grace of God will wash away our sins because of Christ's atoning sacrifice on our behalf. Show more

  • We believe in grace 100 percent . No one can be saved, except by grace. There is nothing we ourselves can do to earn eternal life. But, we do believe that we will NOT receive grace unless we live our lives in accordance with what Christ has taught. When Christ ransomed us, became the author of our salvation, and also the perscriber of the conditions of repentance. He's told us that we need to have faith in him, repent, and be baptized for the remissions of sins, so that we may be sanctified by the Holy Ghost. He also told us that we need to endure to the end, meaning continue to strive to live by his teachings, otherwise we cannot be saved by grace. There are many today who teach that baptism is not necessary because it is a "work". We know that Christ set the example to make it perfectly clear. He also said in John chapter 3 verse 5, "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." You might be thinking now, "what about those who never got a chance to be baptized?", well Heavenly Father is perfectly fair, and that opportunity will be provided for everyone to make that decision, whether in this life or in the next. The point of Baptism is making covenants. Without making these covenants Christ cannot give us grace. Hence the doctrine of grace, and doctrine of works, coinside with each other. One cannot be without the other. Show more

  • There is a passage from the Book of Mormon that can help us understand the doctrine of grace: "And the way is prepared from the fall of man, and salvation is free... there is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah... he shall make intercession for all the children of men; and they that believe in him shall be saved" We fully belive in justification and reconciliation by grace - it is an essential doctrine of the Church, and is found repeatedly throughout the Bible and the Book of Mormon. Anyone who believes in Christ shall be saved and inherit all that the Father has; however, we need to understand what it means to believe - we need to understand the word "believe" as Christ intended it to be understood. The prophet Joseph Smith taught that faith is a principle of action. Yes, it's true that all we need to do to be saved is to believe, but believing isn't just a verbal declaration - true belief requires action. Knowing that the world is full of breathable air isn't enough to live - we actually need to act on that knowledge and breathe in order to keep living. Likewise, having faith in Christ isn't just something that we say we have - we have to act on that belief. I can't honestly claim that I have faith in Christ and know that His path is the path to happiness if I'm not consistantly trying to gain that happiness. We fully believe in salvation by grace, but it's possible to fall from grace if we lose our faith - and if we are not doing the things that Christ requires of us then we do not have true faith. All we need to do to attain grace is to develop faith in Jesus Christ, but developing faith unto salvation in Jesus Christ is a lifetime endeavor which requires our absolute best sacrifice. Show more

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