“Perfection is an ultimate goal that can be achieved, as we draw upon the power of Christ.” That is how chapter 8 of “The Life and Teachings of Jesus & his Apostles’ begins. A little later it quotes Joseph Smith who compared the climb to perfection like climbing a ladder. After talking about our climb to perfection in this life, he continues by saying, “But it will be a great while after you have passed through the veil before you will have learned them. It is not all to be comprehended in this world; it will be a great work to learn our salvation and exaltation even beyond the grave.”
That raises the question: How long is that great while that Joseph Smith said it would take? I have had one Mormon leader tell me that it would take him ten thousand eternities. Others I’m sure would give different answers. I would invite LDS members to give their answers.
Here’s my answer. Through Christ, I am already perfect in God’s sight. All my sins have been separated for me as far as the East is from the West. (Psalm 103;12) But not only that. All of Christ’s perfection has already been credited to my account. (Isaiah 61:10) Therefore, right now, God sees me as perfect. And then, the moment I die, I will be taken into his presence where I will no longer be confirmed in righteousness and no longer even be able to sin. I will live perfectly in a perfect heaven. There’s no “great while” for me. There’s “no great work” for me. All because of Jesus. That is what is really great!