jonathan and EricSwell posted on some quotes guaranteeing the exaltation of all descendents of temple sealed worthy parents. i posted a comment to EpicSwell, but wasn’t allowed to comment there so here is my comment:
i actually remember my dad bringing home from church an article that compiled quotes just like these. it was nice to hear something as liberal as this coming from him. i’m sure now that i am basically an apostate, though, that he would quickly announce the article/these quotes as just opinion now.
at least there’s always the chance to accept the gospel in the next life though and who wouldn’t accept it once you’re there and seeing it for yourself- will there be other faiths with missionaries to steer you away or something? will it just be “our vices” that have such a control over us that we won’t be able to accept the commandments (lol yeah right)…
or we can be vicariously taken care of… i’ve been sealed in the temple to my wife, mistakenly by a relative in south dakota. they did our names after we were married for some weird reason. but luckily, my wife didn’t even have to go thru the ceremony! lucky us.
what a twisted, confusing gospel.
here are those blessed quotes (i’m sure they’ll come in handy some day, i should print out a wallet-sized version:
The Prophet Joseph Smith declared—and he never taught a more comforting doctrine—that the eternal sealings of faithful parents and the divine promises made to them for valiant service in the Cause of Truth, would save not only themselves, but likewise their posterity. Though some of the sheep may wander, the eye of the Shepherd is upon them, and sooner or later they will feel the tentacles of Divine Providence reaching out after them and drawing them back to the fold. Either in this life or the life to come, they will return. They will have to pay their debt to justice; they will suffer for their sins; and may tread a thorny path; but if it leads them at last, like the penitent Prodigal, to a loving and forgiving father’s heart and home, the painful experience will not have been in vain. Pray for your careless and disobedient children; hold on to them with your faith. Hope on, trust on, till you see the salvation of God. (Orson F. Whitney, in Conference Report, Apr. 1929, 110)
If you succeed in passing through these trials and afflictions and receive a resurrection, you will, by the power of the Priesthood, work and labor, as the Son of God has, until you get all your sons and daughters in the path of exaltation and glory. This is just as sure as that the sun rose this morning over yonder mountains. Therefore, mourn not because all your sons and daughters do not follow in the path that you have marked out to them, or give heed to your counsels. Inasmuch as we succeed in securing eternal glory, and stand as saviors, and as kings and priests to our God, we will save our posterity. (Lorenzo Snow in Collected Discourses, comp. Brian H. Stuy, 5 vols. [1987–92], 3:364).
Let the father and mother, who are members of this Church and Kingdom, take a righteous course, and strive with all their might never to do a wrong, but to do good all their lives; if they have one child or one hundred children, if they conduct themselves towards them as they should, binding them to the Lord by their faith and prayers, I care not where those children go, they are bound up to their parents by an everlasting tie, and no power of earth or hell can separate them from their parents in eternity; they will return again to the fountain from whence they sprang. (Brigham Young quoted in Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, comp. Bruce R. McConkie, 3 vols. [1954–56], 2:90–91)
thanks orson, bruce and lorenzo! now all i gotta do is convince my pops that your word is still valid today (“same yesterday, today, and forever”). yeah right. 🙂
source: Hope for Parents of Wayward Children (LDS.org)