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Question: Is Jesus Christ the Savior of other worlds too or only this one?
Answer: Yes, He is the Savior for all of the Father’s worlds.
Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon saw a powerful vision of the Savior on the right hand of the Father, as recorded in section 76 of the Doctrine and Covenants. In the course of bearing witness of Him, they gave the answer to this question.
As we study the words in this verse carefully, we see, in the first phrase, that the Savior is the creator of all the Father’s worlds, past, present, and future. Moses was told this in his vision and interview with the Savior recorded in the Pearl of Great Price.
Going back to the last phrase of section 76, verse 24, quoted above, we look carefully at the word “unto” in the phrase “begotten sons and daughters unto God.” Many people misread this phrase as “begotten sons and daughters of God.” That’s not what it says. It is “Begotten sons and daughters unto God.” We know that we are all begotten spirit sons and daughters of God. In other words, we are all God’s spirit children.
So, what does it mean to become begotten sons and daughters “unto” God through the Savior and His gospel and Atonement? Answer: it means to have exaltation made available to us through Christ. Thus, the answer to our question is that Jesus Christ is indeed the Savior of all the Father’s worlds and makes exaltation available to all of the inhabitants thereof.
However, He will not be born and raised, preach, and be crucified and resurrected repeatedly on all these worlds. Rather, His mortal life and Atonement carried out on our world will satisfy the needs for resurrection, salvation, and exaltation for the inhabitants of all the Father’s other worlds. According to the parable given in D&C 88:51–61 and explained in the Doctrine and Covenants Student Manual, the Savior will visit other worlds for their Millenniums. (See Doctrine and Covenants Student Manual, Rel. 324 and 325 [Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1981], p. 201.
Just one more important revealed fact. The Book of Mormon teaches by implication that ours is the only world with wicked enough people to crucify the Savior. Jacob, Nephi’s younger brother taught,
Coupled with Jacob’s words, above, Enoch was told that ours is the wickedest of all God’s worlds.
As an aside comment, it is a real compliment to be sent to this earth for our mortal experience. It indicates that we are fully capable of helping the gospel go forth to fill the whole earth as prophesied.
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** The following was taken from Gospel Questions, Gospel Answers. The opinions and views expressed herein belong solely to David Ridges and do not necessarily represent the opinions or views of Cedar Fort, Inc.