Last night while passing through the stake building a young sister asked me if I had a minute to answer a question that was bothering her. I asked her if she would like to come to my office and we discussed her concern.
She said she had read about Mother Teresa's life and the miracles she had performed and was wondering whether she would go to the celestial kingdom.
I told her that I had great respect for Mother Teresa and asked the young sister if she had turned to the scriptures to find her answer. She had not.
We then read together a requirement to enter into the celestial kingdom from John 3:5 in the Bible which states "Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the
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I asked her if Mother Teresa had fulfilled this requirement and the young sister hesitantly said that she had done her best according to the knowledge she had. I confirmed this to be true.
I then lovingly asked her to turn with me to The Book of Mormon. We read aloud from 1 Nephi 14:10 which states the following:
"Behold there are save two churches only; the one is the church of the Lamb of God, and the other is the church of the devil; wherefore, whoso belongeth not to the church of the Lamb of God belongeth to that great church, which is the mother of abominations; and she is the whore of all the earth."
I asked the sister if she thought the Lord would accept a baptism performed in a church that is not the church of the Lamb of God.
I noticed that the sister was almost in tears. I reassured her that Mother Teresa was a good woman who had simply not had the fullness of the gospel in this life. I explained further that Mother Teresa had experienced doubts and struggles over her religious beliefs which lasted nearly fifty years until the end of her life. I told her that this was in my opinion the spirit telling her that more truth was out there.
I assured her that if Mother Teresa accepts the true gospel in the spirit world and the baptism that has been done by our church in our temples on her behalf, she too may enter into the celestial kingdom.
I am proud to belong to a church that provides a way for all people both the living and the dead to return to our father in heaven.