All people will stand before God at the end of their mortal life to be judged for their actions. This judgment will come only after they have a complete understanding of God’s plan and have had an opportunity to repent of their sins, which is possible through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Watch the Church video “The Judgment of God or Final Judgment.”
God gives all His children the gift of agency—the ability to choose. Each one of us is given the opportunity to make our own choices and determine our own course through life. God makes sure that all His children will have a fair understanding of His commandments and the consequences of our actions, whether we learn those things in this life or as spirits after death.
With the knowledge of God’s commandments and His plan for us, we are able to choose whether or not to follow Him. God’s commandments will bring us lasting happiness, but He will never force us to follow Him. Because we are human, we will all make mistakes. That is part of life. God knows this and allowed His Son, Jesus Christ, to atone for our sins so that if we sincerely repent, we can be forgiven. This is a continual, lifelong process, and God encourages us to do our best.
After a lifetime of making choices, each person will stand before God to be judged. Those who have tried their best to repent and obey God’s commandments will be able to live with Him forever, which is the greatest of all God’s blessings.
Learn more in the Gospel Topic “Plan of Salvation.”
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