Quotes on Hell

See also: Matt. 5:22

During this hundred years [of Church history] many other great truths not known before have been declared to the people, and one of the greatest is that to hell there is an exit as well as an entrance.  (D&C 76:81-85, Matt. 5:25-26)  Hell is no place to which a vindictive judge sends prisoners to suffer and to be punished principally for his glory; but it is a place prepared for the teaching, the disciplining of those who failed to learn here upon the earth what they should have learned.  True, we read of everlasting punishment, unending suffering, eternal damnation.  (Matt. 18:8; 25:41, 46; Rev. 14:10-11)  That is a direful expression, but in his mercy the Lord has made plain what those words mean.  “Eternal Punishment,” he says, “is God’s punishment, for He is eternal; and that condition or state or possibility will ever exist for the sinner who deserves and really needs such condemnation; but this does not mean that the individual sufferer or sinner is to be eternally and everlastingly made to endure and suffer.  No man will be kept in hell longer than is necessary to bring him to a fitness for something better.  When he reaches that stage the prison doors will open and there will be rejoicing among the hosts who welcome him into a better state.  The Lord has not abated in the least what he has said in earlier dispensations concerning the operation of his law and his gospel, but he has made clear unto us his goodness and mercy through it all, for it is his glory and his work to bring about the immortality and eternal life of man.  (James E. Talmage, Conference Report, April 1930, p. 97) Doctrine and Covenants Student Manual, p. 37

Those who seek to enter in any other way [except by baptism] will seek in vain; for God will not receive them, neither will the angels acknowledge their works as accepted, for they have not obeyed the ordinances, nor attended to the signs which God ordained for the salvation of man, to prepare him for, and give him a title to, a celestial glory; and God has decreed that all who will not obey His voice shall not escape the damnation of hell.  What is the damnation of hell?  To go with that society who have not obeyed His commands. Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith, p. 91

Has the devil power to afflict, and cast the spirit into torment?  No!  We have gained ascendency over him.  It is in this world only he has power to cause affliction and sickness, pain and distress, sorrow, anguish, and disappointment; but when we go there, behold!  The enemy of Jesus has come to the end of his chain; he has finished his work of torment; he cannot come any further; we are beyond his reach. — Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 3:95

We cannot all do as we please, because a great many times we want to and cannot, and that is what produces misery, which is called hell. — Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 13:33

I believe that it is a hell intolerable for a people, a family or a single person, to strive to grasp truth with one hand, and error with the other, to profess to walk in obedience to the commandments of God, and, at the same time, mingle heart and hand with the wicked. Discourses of Brigham Young, 223

If we will only practice what we profess, I tell you we are at the defiance of hell. — Discourses of Brigham Young, 227

The Lord, in comforting the saints, told them that if they would listen to his counsel, the gates of hell should not have power over them, and this promise is the same to you and to me inasmuch as we listen to the counsels of inspired men.  As I understand that expression, “the gates of hell,” it means those things which lead to hell, in fact, are the entrances to it. 

How many things are there that lead to those gates?  How many things we have to be warned against and which we have to watch out for, because if we yield to them, they will lead us to the gates of hell!  Let us each and every one examine ourselves and know well the path in which we are walking and avoid everything that we know is wrong, and forbidden by the Lord, well knowing that if we yield to such we have not the promise that the gates of hell shall not have power over us; on the other hand, if we perform our duty, live according to the testimony which God has given us, we need not fear, for he will lead us in the paths of righteousness that lead to eternal life. — Elder Anthon H. Lund, Conference Report, April 1913, pp. 10-11