Mosiah 3:19

Now is the day to make the changes you want to see in your life. Today is your day. Own it, live it, and enjoy the first day of the rest of your life.

Melvin J. BallardIt is my judgment that any man or woman can do more to conform to the laws of God in one year in this life that they could in ten years when they are dead. The spirit only can repent and change, and then the battle has to go forward with the flesh afterwards. It is much easier to overcome and serve the Lord when both flesh and spirit are combined as one. This is the time when men are more pliable and susceptible. We will find when we are dead every desire, every feeling will be greatly intensified. When clay is pliable it is much easier to change than when it gets hard and sets. This life is the time to repent. That is why I presume it will take a thousand years after the first resurrection until the last group will be prepared to come forth. It will take them a thousand years to do what it would have taken, but three score years and ten to accomplish in this life… 1

Notes

Melvin J. Ballard, The Three Degrees of Glory, pp. 12, 19).  See also Alma 34:34 which states, “Ye cannot say, when ye are brought to that awful crisis, that I will repent, that I will return to my God. Nay, ye cannot say this; for that same spirit which doth possess your bodies at the time that ye go out of this life, that same spirit will have power to possess your body in that eternal world.”

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