“We Shall Have a Perfect Knowledge of All Our Guilt”

K. Douglas Bassett

Alma 5:18; refer in this text to Alma 11:43; Companion to Your Study of the Book of Mormon, Ludlow, pp. 203-204: Psycho-Cybernetics, Maltz, p. 19; Journal of Discourses 11:78-79

“This verse has no reference to gaining a fulness of knowledge in and after the resurrection. We will not know all things at the time of our resurrection, but will come to know things as God knows them ‘in due time’ (D&C 93:19). In the words of Joseph Smith, omniscience is not to be had immediately at death or even at the time of our rise from death. ‘It is not all to be comprehended in this world; it will be a great work to learn our salvation and exaltation even beyond the grave’ (Teachings, p. 348). This verse refers instead to knowledge of what a person has done with his mortal life, how he has lived in relation to commandments of God. Each person’s knowledge of his life—good or bad—will be perfect at the time he is raised from the dead. Facades or cover-ups or denials will be no more: we will see as we are seen… .” (R. Millet and J. F. McConkie, Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, 1:243)

Latter-Day Commentary on the Book of Mormon