“He Doeth Not Anything Save It Be for the Benefit of the World”

Joseph F. McConkie, Robert L. Millet

God’s purpose is to save all who will be saved. It is an article of our faith

“that all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel” (Articles of Faith 1:3; italics added).

No person was promised in premortality eternal life on an unconditional basis, and likewise no soul was condemned as reprobate before the foundations of the earth where laid (see Teachings, p. 189; Doctrines of Salvation 1:61 ).

“For the Benefit of the World”

How utterly inconsistent it would be for our Lord to advocate a plan of salvation intended to save only a portion of the children of the Father! The predestinarian doctrine of a limited atonement—the notion that Christ’s atoning sacrifice is extended only to the elect, only to those chosen unconditionally in premortality—is false and damning to mankind. Rather, “salvation is free” (2 Nephi 2:4), freely available to all who will receive it. God enrolls none of his children in the school of mortality who have not the capacity to graduate with full honors.

Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 1