I have come across many Mormons who seem to think we are saved by our works. Often, while discussing this idea with me, they use 2 Ne 25:23 as support for their position
For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we canÂ do.
I guess one interpretation of this could be that we partly save ourselves, then Jesus does the rest.
I came across Alma 22:14 the other day, which seems to paint a differnet picture:
since man had fallen he could not merit anything of himself; but the sufferings and death of Christ atone for their sins
Aaron teaches that it is impossible for us to do anything on our own, and the only redemption we can receive is through Christ.
I think Paul may have been onto something when he wrote in Ephesians 2 that it is “by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.”
Which brings us back to Nephi’s words in my first quote. What does he mean when he says we are saved by grace after all we can do if we can merit nothing of ourselves? What is “all we can do”?