The New and Everlasting Covenant

From an article by Elder Marcus B. Nash of the Seventy.

Four Facts You May Not Know about the New and Everlasting Covenant

As we understand and live according to the new and everlasting covenant, we will inherit eternal life. Elder Nash shared four important principles about the new and everlasting covenant.

1. What Is It and Why Do We Need It?

The scriptures often refer to “a” new and everlasting covenant, which refers to one of many different covenants. But when the scriptures talk about “the” new and everlasting covenant, that’s a reference to the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ, including all ordinances and covenants necessary for our salvation.

2. What Are We Promised?

Those who enter into the new and everlasting covenant and endure to the end will:

  • Receive the fulness of the glory of God.
  • Enjoy the power of godliness in time and eternity.
  • Be exalted.
  • Enjoy eternal marriage and increase.
  • Become gods.

3. What Must We Do?

We must keep each covenant we make. If we don’t, our progress is halted. If we do, our progress is eternal.

4. Where Does Marriage Fit?

Some misread the scriptures to mean that plural marriage is necessary for exaltation. This is not supported in the revelations. Eternal life is promised to a monogamous couple who are sealed by the authority of the priesthood and who abide in the covenant—with no additional condition or requirement. These same covenants and blessings will be made available after this life to the faithful who did not have the opportunity to be sealed in mortality.

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