There is a lot of information given in the scriptures and the revelations concerning our next life and how the final judgment will take place. But is there really enough information present to draw ourselves a good picture of what will really happen? I don’t think so. So, as a consequence, much speculation has occurred over the years about what happens to us when we die. I am not intending to present any of that information here.
I want to cover one aspect of our judgment that I believe will happen to us when we are at the Judgment Bar with Heavenly Father and the Savior.
And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their forks.
Exactly what will be written in the Book of Life? Will it be everything we ever did? The sins we committed? The things we didn’t do?
If we repented of our sins, will those be in the book?
Doctrine and Covenants Sec 58:42
Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember them no more.
Here is my theory, my speculation. Many of us think that we shall see a movie of our lives, where the Savior will point out every sin we ever committed and pass judgment upon us based on how we lived our lives, both good and bad.
I see it slightly differently. We know our sins, the ones we have committed; no one knows them better than us, those sins of commission.
What we don’t know is the results of our sins of omission. When we ignored a spiritual prompting, failed to make a visit, didn’t go out of our way to greet or help someone in need.
I think our greatest sorrow will result from those revelations to us. What we could have done, but didn’t. We will have the awful privilege of seeing what might have happened had we acted. This will be devastating to some of us. While the Savior will praise us for the good we did do, this view of our failings will weigh heavy on our minds.
How we are judged for that, I do not know. But it makes sense to me.
What do you think the judgment will be like?