“Blotted out”

K. Douglas Bassett

Alma 1:24; 5:57; 6:3; Book of Mormon 121-122 Student Manual, p. 73; Ashton, BYU Devotional, 11-10-92; refer in this text to Moro. 6:7-8

“The scriptures speak of Church members being ‘cast out’ or ‘cut off,’, or having their names ‘blotted out.’ This means excommunication.” (Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball , p. 100)
“In contrast to the punishment that is the intended result of the judgment of a criminal court, the primary purpose of church discipline is to facilitate repentance—to qualify a transgressor for the mercy of God and the salvation made possible through the atonement of Jesus Christ… . Church discipline is not an instrument of punishment, but a catalyst for change… . The major concern of the laws of God is to perfect the lives of his children.” (Dallin H. Oaks, Feb. 7, 1992, Temple Square Assembly Hall, Salt Lake City)
“The Lord is on your side and you must remember that numerous people are saved by excommunication. They are not lost by excommunication. They are saved through excommunication …” (Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball , p. 98)

Latter-Day Commentary on the Book of Mormon