The Simple Terms of Eternal Life

Familiar scriptures, restructured to expose a common theme

November 21, 2021

I was delighted to find a thematic connection between the following two references: that they constitute the terms of receiving eternal life. I've drawn appropriate attention to the corresponding phrase in each passage below.

Mosiah 18:8-11

And it came to pass that he said unto them:

Behold, here are the waters of Mormon (for thus were they called) and now,
as ye are desirous

  • to come into the fold of God, and
  • to be called his people, and
  • are willing to bear one another's burdens,
      that they may be light; Yea, and
  • are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and
  • comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and
  • to stand as witnesses of God
    • at all times and
    • in all things, and
    • in all places that ye may be in,
      • even until death,

that ye may be

  • redeemed of God, and be
  • numbered with those of the first resurrection,

that ye may have eternal life--

Now I say unto you, if this be the desire of your hearts, what have you against being baptized in the name of the Lord,

  • as a witness before him that ye have entered into a covenant with him,
  • that ye will serve him and keep his commandments,
  • that he may pour out his Spirit more abundantly upon you?

And now when the people had heard these words, they clapped their hands for joy, and exclaimed: This is the desire of our hearts.

2 Nephi 31:19-20

And now, my beloved brethren, after ye have gotten into this strait and narrow path, I would ask if all is done?

Behold, I say unto you, Nay;

for ye have not come thus far save it were

  • by the word of Christ
  • with unshaken faith in him,
  • relying wholly upon the merits of him who is mighty to save.

Wherefore, ye must press forward

  • with a steadfastness in Christ,
  • having a perfect brightness of hope,
  • and a love of God
  • and of all men.

Wherefore, if ye shall press forward,

  • feasting upon the word of Christ,
  • and endure to the end,

behold, thus saith the Father:

Ye shall have eternal life.