“Out of the Books”

Joseph F. McConkie, Robert L. Millet

This record of our deeds, kept within our own souls, will not only show what we have done, but what we are. Appearing as we really are—our lives in comparison to the words the Father commanded to be recorded in the scriptures—will provide the means by which the Father can judge us out of the books “according to our works.”

“Therefore Out of the Books Which Shall Be Written Shall the World Be Judged”

Elder Bruce R. McConkie also confirmed this view when he wrote: “The book of life is the record of the acts of men as such record is written in their own bodies. It is the record engraven on the very bones, sinews, and flesh of the mortal body. That is, every thought, word, and deed has an effect on the human body; all these leave their marks, marks which can be read by Him who is Eternal as easily as the words in a book can be read.”

Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 4