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Is outer darkness reserved for apostate LDS? The discussion here is the definition of “knowing the Holy Ghost.”

Graham, from British Columbia

Dear Graham,

The term “outer darkness” refers to the place to where Satan will be banished. Those who must suffer with Satan for the deeds done in mortality will go with him into outer darkness. This would include all those who are not worthy to come forth in the first resurrection

These are they who are thrust down to hell. These are they who shall not be redeemed from the devil until the last resurrection, until the Lord, even Christ the Lamb, shall have finished his work (D&C 76:84-85).

That Satan is remanded to outer darkness during the millennium is obvious from the following passage–

For, behold, the day cometh that shall burn as an oven, and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble; and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. Wherefore, this shall be the answer of the Lord unto them:….. (D&C 133:64-73).

Behold, and lo, there are none to deliver you; for ye obeyed not my voice when I called to you out of the heavens; ye believed not my servants, and when they were sent unto you ye received them not. Wherefore, they sealed up the testimony and bound up the law, and ye were delivered over unto darkness. These shall go away into outer darkness, where there is weeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth

The second death is to die as to things pertaining to righteousness. All those who go with Satan during the millennium will suffer the second death, but all except the sons of perdition will be redeemed when they will have paid the full price for all their sins. In the following passage, “the lake of fire and brimstone” refers to outer darkness.

They are they who are the sons of perdition, of whom I say that it had been better for them never to have been born . . these are they who shall go away into the lake of fire and brimstone, with the devil and his angels– And the only ones on whom the second death shall have any power (D&C 76:32-37).


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