Alma teaches his son that death is a necessary part of God’s plan for His children on Earth.
“…We see that the man had become as God, knowing good and evil; and lest he should put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat and live forever, the Lord God placed cherubim and the flaming sword, that he should not partake of the fruit—And thus we see, that there was a time granted unto man to repent, yea, a probationary time, a time to repent and serve God. For behold, if Adam had put forth his hand immediately, and partaken of the tree of life, he would have lived forever, according to the word of God, having no space for repentance; yea, and also the word of God would have been void, and the great plan of salvation would have been frustrated. But behold it was appointed unto man to die…” (Alma 42:2-6)
-How guarded, by God’s power, is mankind’s mortality?
-Why would obtaining immortality, separate from God’s plans and purposes, be a terrible tragedy?
-Will some of the greatest calamities in the last days be caused by mankind’s pursuit of immortality (an immortality which God will never allow to occur outside His own plan of salvation)?