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Savior made resurrection a reality, but preparation influences reward

In an October 1970 general conference address, Elder Hartman Rector Jr., then a member of the First Council of the Seventy, spoke of the fact that Jesus Christ made the resurrection a reality, but each person determines what kind of reward he or she will receive.

Elder Rector said: "Because He was resurrected, everyone who has lived or will live upon the earth will also be resurrected. Whether they wish to be or not really makes no difference - they are going to live again anyway and be judged according to their works; and the condition they are in at the time of their resurrection will to a great extent determine their reward. Then they who are filthy shall be filthy still, and they who are righteous shall be righteous still. (See 2 Ne. 9:16.) And each one will get what he has prepared himself to receive."As much as our Heavenly Father loves us and wants to help us to avoid heartache and unhappiness, still there is nothing much He can do for His children unless they desire it done. It is a startling fact to most Christian people when Mormon elders tell them that God is not all-powerful so far as man is concerned, that there are some things He cannot do. Heading the list is the fact that God, our Father, cannot save His children in their sins. The prophet Alma, in a conversation with a man professing to be religious but not believing in God, said, `And I say unto you again that he

GodT cannot save them in their sins; for I cannot deny his word, and he hath said that no unclean thing can inherit the kingdom of heaven; therefore, how can ye be saved, except ye inherit the kingdom of heaven? Therefore, ye cannot be saved in your sins.' (Al. 11:27.)

"If the Lord cannot save a man in his sins, neither can He force a man to repent. Repentance is required for exaltation, but repentance is a voluntary matter. . . ."