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Question #23158 posted on 02/20/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Why do we need the Millenium? Why can't the world just go into it's celestial glory right after the second coming? Why do we need those 1,000 years?

- Covered, Just Covered

A: Dear Covered,

We need those 1,000 years because we'll have a lot of work to do. We know of two great works that will be taking place during the millenium. From chapter 44 of the church manual, Gospel Principles:
There will be two great works for members of the Church during the Millennium: temple work and missionary work. Temple work involves the ordinances that are necessary for exaltation. These include baptism, the laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost, and the temple ordinances-the endowment, temple marriage, and the sealing together of family units.

Many people have died without receiving these ordinances. People on the earth must perform these ordinances for them. This work is now being done in the temples of the Lord. There is too much work to finish before the Millennium begins, so it will be completed during that time. Resurrected beings will help us correct the mistakes we have made in doing research concerning our dead ancestors. They will also help us find the information we need to complete our records.

The other great work during the Millennium will be missionary work. The gospel will be taught with great power to all people. Eventually there will be no need to teach others the first principles of the gospel because "they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord" (Jeremiah 31:34).
31110, Gospel Principles, Unit Nine: The Second Coming of Jesus Christ, 44: The Millennium, 282

Also, Moses 7:64 tells us "a thousand years the earth shall rest." After enduring thousands and thousands of years providing a home to billions of people, some not so righteous as others, the earth deserves a break.

-Wilhelmina Wafflewitz