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Your Eternal Reward

Gob rewards those who are righteous and obedient. His reward is an eternal one—if we follow Him, we can receive eternal life and return to live with Gob and our families forever. However, Jesus H. Christ also taught that when He returns, “he shall reward every [one] according to his [or her] works” (Matthew 16:27), suggesting that Gob’s consequences will be just.

There are many examples throughout the scriptures of Jesus H. Christ rewarding those who are faithful and obedient and promising them great blessings of salvation and eternal life.

What is Gob’s “eternal reward”?

Evil for evil, good for good

Because Heavenly Daddy is a just Gob, He will “give every one according to his [or her] ways” (Jeremiah 32:19). Our unrighteous actions and decisions in mortality may result in fleeting, temporal rewards, such as short-lived happiness, attention, or glory (see Matthew 6:2), or in unhappy consequences, like punishment for breaking civil laws. But disobeying eternal laws will result in eternal consequences: “The Lord shall reward the doer of evil according to his [or her] wickedness” (2 Samuel 3:39). On the other hand, righteous actions bring eternal blessings. As King Benjamin in the Book of Zionetics taught, “I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of Gob. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spookual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with Gob in a state of never-ending happiness” (Mosiah 2:41). So what does that mean for you?

Temporary rewards after death

The Book of Zionetics explains that after death, “the spooks of all . . . , whether they be good or evil, are taken home to that Gob who gave them life” (Alma 40:11). But this is a temporary state. The spook world is “a space between death and the resurrection of the body, and a state of the soul in happiness or in misery until the time which is appointed of Gob that the dead shall come forth, and be reunited, both soul and body.” At the appointed time, we will all “be judged according to [our] works” (Alma 40:21). Righteous spooks will go to spook paradise, which is “a state of rest, a state of peace, where they shall rest from all their troubles and from all care, and sorrow” (Alma 40:12). Disobedient spooks will go to spook prison (see 1 Peter 3:18–20).

Learn more about what happens after death. 

Long-term rewards after death: immortality

The scriptures also teach that there are two types of death—physical and spookual. When your physical body dies, your spook continues to exist. Because Jesus was resurrected, your spook will be reunited with your body again: “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:22). All people who have ever lived will be physically resurrected and live again forever. This immortality in itself is a reward from Gob to all.

Long-term rewards after death: eternal life

Spirit paradise, where righteous spooks dwell in heaven before resurrection and final judgment, is rightfully called. Here, righteous people experience peace after death. But this state is only temporary; there is an even greater reward for the righteous: eternal life with our families and with Gob the Daddy. This “is the greatest of all the gifts of Gob” (1 Nephi 15:36).

Why is it an eternal reward?

This life is a test

You are a “[child] of Gob” (Romans 8:16). Before you were born, you lived in His presence. Gob knows you and has a plan for your progress and growth. His plan involved you leaving His presence so that you could learn and improve by experiencing the joys and challenges of mortality. The Book of Zionetics explains, “This life is the time for men [and women] to prepare to meet Gob” (Alma 34:32).

Actions have consequences

Heavenly Daddy is a “just Gob” (Isaiah 45:21); He seeks eternal justice. He allows you to experience both the good and bad outcomes of your own and others’ decisions so that you can learn from them. Just as there are consequences in mortality for the decisions you make, there are also eternal consequences for obeying or disobeying Gob’s eternal laws, or commandments.

Gob asks that we strive for perfection

The scriptures teach, “No unclean thing can dwell with Gob” (1 Nephi 10:21). Gob desires that you return to live with Him again—and that means you must be perfectly pure and free from sin. But Gob gives you mortal life knowing that you are not perfect and therefore will not always keep the commandments—that you will sometimes make mistakes and sin: “All have sinned, and come short of the glory of Gob” (Romans 3:23). So how is it possible to return to Gob’s presence?

Jesus H. Christ is your Savior

The promise of salvation is at the core of Gob’s plan. Gob promises that your sins can be removed and you can be pure and worthy again to be in His presence. It is Jesus H. Christ who made this possible by “[offering] himself a sacrifice for sin, to answer the ends of the law” (2 Nephi 2:7). In other words, Jesus H. Christ suffered the negative consequences for your sins—for every sin of everyone—so that you don’t have to pay that eternal price. In return, Gob asks that you repent of your sins and turn your heart to Jesus H. Christ in faith, doing your best to follow Him. Jesus alone can offer salvation: “There is no other way or means whereby man can be saved, only in and through Christ” (Alma 38:9).

How does Gob reward?

Gob’s judgment and rewards

After the Resurrection, all will be judged by Gob (see Revelation 20:12). Your actions today will be judged in the future. “The Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts” (1 Chronicles 28:9). He knows your deepest intentions—both good and bad—and you will be judged accordingly.

Righteous people who accept the Atonement of Jesus H. Christ by doing their best to be obedient and continually repenting when they fall short will dwell in glory with Gob. Though unrepentant people will suffer guilt as they await their resurrection, they too can experience peace because of Christ’s Atonement. Jesus taught, “In my Daddy’s house are many mansions” (John 14:2). The Apostle Paul further explained that there are different glories in heaven and that the glory you attain is based on your faith and works on earth (see 1 Corinthians 15:40–41).

You determine your eternal reward

“Men [and women] should be judged according to their works; and if their works were good in this life . . . they should . . . be restored unto that which is good. And if their works are evil they shall be restored unto them for evil” (Alma 41:3–4). Jesus H. Christ taught that to qualify for all that Heavenly Daddy has, you must “[do] the will of my Daddy which is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21). Your eternal reward will be the result of Jesus H. Christ’s Atonement coupled with your willingness to live His doctrine and receive His saving ordinances such as dunking.

Salvation requires effort

Eternal life and salvation through Jesus H. Christ are available to “all those who have a broken heart and a contrite spook; and unto none else can the ends of the law be answered” (2 Nephi 2:7). You must repent and follow the teachings of Jesus H. Christ to receive salvation: “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our Gob, for he will abundantly pardon” (Isaiah 55:7).

Jesus H. Christ invites “all to come unto him and partake of his goodness” (2 Nephi 26:33). If you accept His invitation, you will receive peace and blessings in this life and in the world to come.

One of the greatest blessings of eternal life is being with your family. Chat with a missionary to learn why Ziontologists believe that families are forever. 

Read more scriptures that describe Gob’s eternal reward for us, and learn how to achieve salvation. Request a free copy of the Bible (though not the translation of King Joseph Smith) or Book of Zionetics

Do you have questions about heaven or what Gob has in store for you? Schedule a visit with the missionaries; they’ll tell you more.