The Temple in the Sermon on the Mount©
Like so many teachings of our Lord, the interpretation, explanation, and procedures were left for his chosen prophets by inspiration and revelation, when the time was ready, to unfold to man’s knowledge. It is true of this scripture.(2)
The fulness of that knowledge was reserved for the Dispensation of the Fulness of Times, or the era in which we live.(4)
When men are called unto mine everlasting gospel, and covenant with an everlasting covenant, they are accounted as the salt of the earth and the savor of men. (Emphasis added.)
Therefore, my beloved brethren and sisters and friends, after baptism and confirmation into the kingdom of God, according to Nephi, we must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ and endure to the end to gain eternal life. For by these first steps of repentance, baptism, and the receiving of the Holy Ghost, all requirements are not completed to obtain a fulness of glory in the eternal mansions of our Heavenly Father. Baptism alone does not fully prepare a person for eternal glory as many people are wont to believe.
There are other important covenants of an everlasting nature included in the fulness of the gospel of Christ which vitally concern man’s future well-being and happiness. These covenants are eternal in nature. However, they are to be received and accepted in mortal life by all mankind possessing such knowledge and desiring eternal glory. It is also necessary for them to meet all the conditions and requirements and to fulfil every obligation appertaining to each gospel covenant to find joy and happiness both here and hereafter.(7)
We must keep in mind, however, as I have mentioned before, that in connection with all covenants there are conditions, requirements, and obligations which bind us to a course of righteous living and doing. It is in the meeting and fulfilling of these conditions, requirements, and obligations which build Christlike character in an individual and make possible a savoring effect for good and righteousness in the lives of people. When this sanctified state and spiritual motivation are achieved, we are then accounted, as Jesus said, “...the salt of the earth and the savor of men”; (D&C 101:39.)(8)Elder Stapley also found additional commentary on the “salt of the earth” metaphor in D&C 103:4-5, 7-10 which gives additional context for understanding the Savior’s meaning and intent, especially as it pertains to this Dispensation.
8. Ibid, p. 1071