Treasures secured for any other reason than to serve God are cursed (and a curse upon those who secure the treasure without deference to God).
“…I will, saith the Lord, that they hide up their treasures unto me; and cursed be they who hide not their treasures unto me; for none hideth up their treasures unto me save it be the righteous; and he that hideth not up his treasures unto me, cursed is he, and also the treasure…” (Helaman 13:19)
-Is the following statement true? Part of the reason why those who, outside the intent to serve God, amass great wealth are cursed is because their tainted wealth also affects others negatively (often on a large scale due to the wide-ranging influence of their ungodly power and riches).
-Do the sophisticated, atheistic, and agnostic wealthy (i.e. those who have no deference to God) tend to see themselves as filling in for a God that they see as missing or non-existent?
-Is playing God with the lives of others, where the will of a few overrides the will and agency of the many, ever end up being a good thing?
-What does it look like when a righteous person amasses wealth to serve God?
-How likely is the above-mentioned righteous person to be a well-known influence peddler and high-profile benefactor rather than an anonymous or low-profile benefactor?
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)?