I have written for the sake of clarity some notes regarding the words of Amulek as he spoke to the apostate Zoramites. Some of these same false traditions exist today, and more:
Yea, I would that ye would come forth and harden not your hearts any longer; for behold, now is the time and the day of your salvation; [This is the moment for you.] and therefore, if ye will repent and harden not your hearts, immediately shall the great plan of redemption be brought about unto you. [The redemption shall come through baptism and the Holy Ghost.] For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; [Focus upon now, not later, to set the wheel in motion for you to come to the Lord.] yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors. [Mortality is where you prepare.] And now, as I said unto you before, as ye have had so many witnesses, therefore, I beseech of you that ye do not procrastinate the day of your repentance until the end; [Do not suppose you will take our words serious at a later time] for after this day of life, which is given us to prepare for eternity, behold, if we do not improve our time while in this life, then cometh the night of darkness wherein there can be no labor performed. [You cannot improve your situation outside of mortality.] Ye cannot say, when ye are brought to that awful crisis, that I will repent, that I will return to my God. Nay, ye cannot say this; for that same spirit which doth possess your bodies at the time that ye go out of this life, that same spirit will have power to possess your body in that eternal world. [We carry whatever level of glory we attain in this life to the next.] For behold, if ye have procrastinated the day of your repentance even until death, [This counsel is specific to their belief that they could seek wickedness and sin and then make it good before they die.] behold, ye have become subjected to the spirit of the devil, and he doth seal you his; therefore, the Spirit of the Lord hath withdrawn from you, and hath no place in you, and the devil hath all power over you; and this is the final state of the wicked. (Alma 34:31-35)
There is a great misconception amongst the followers of Christ, that simply do not see the importance of immediate repentance, that in the next life we can do all the polishing necessary to come to the Lord.
What is the purpose of this life? That purpose was decided before you were born. For some it is to experience the flesh. For others, because of previous covenants, it is to grow in grace from one glory to the next, as we come unto Christ (Everlasting Covenant). For others, it is to grow in darkness; as they too made a covenant to do so. The Lord’s desire is that we come unto Him and He has created that opportunity according to our desires.
When this life is over, depending upon the covenant made, you will continue on the path you have chosen. There are many complexities and mysteries associated with the covenants made; but as Amulek correctly stated, you cannot suppose that if you do not change now, that your trajectory will change after you have died.
If you seek the Lord with all your heart, laying everything upon the alter for Him, crying out to the Lord for mercy, you will receive the blessings of the New Covenant, and continue in grace until the perfect day.
There is a mystery contained in these passages, both the words of Amulek and the chapters written by Alma. Some of these scriptures allude to a multiple mortality scenario, and others imply that this is our one shot. Many things are not as they appear. The resurrection is not as it appears. Now, is the day of your salvation; and as you grow “grace for grace” you will find that life is a continuation of glory, or damnation, depending upon what you seek.