While discussing 2 Ne 2 in Gospel Doctrine class today, we came across 2 Ne 2:4:
the way is prepared from the fall of man, and salvation is free.
The gospel doctrine instructor asked if salvation really is free. There was an audible, collective “no”. I disagreed with this. After all, did that make Lehi a liar?
I put forth that salvation from death is free. The instructor countered with asking if that was the salvation Lehi meant.
If we look at the footnote, we will see that the salvation mentioned here is what Jude referred to as “collective salvation” (see Jude 1:3). Harold B. Lee referred to this as a general salvation:
“Herein is defined ?¢‚Ç¨¬¶ individual salvation, which comes to each, dependent upon his own conduct and his own life. But we [also] have what we call ‘general’ [salvation], that which comes upon all mankind, whether they are good or bad, rich or poor, when they have lived?¢‚Ç¨‚Äùit makes no difference. All have the blessings of the Atonement and the blessings of the resurrection given to them as a free gift because of the Savior?¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s atoning sacrifice. . . .” (?¢‚Ç¨?ìChapter 3: The Lamb Slain from the Foundation of the World,?¢‚Ç¨¬ù Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Harold B. Lee, 18)
I argued that we must remember that the celestial, terrestrial, and telestial kingdoms are all kingdoms of glory, albeit of different levels. Those who are resurrected to one of those kingdoms are resurrected to glory, which in my opinion is a type of salvation. In that respect, salvation is free to all. Even Rick.