Why is it so important to develop our character here on Earth? If God will raise us all from the dead, giving us perfect bodies, doesn’t that mean that we’ll have a perfect mind and spirit, with no more desire to do evil? It doesn’t. Character is the result of our choices, good or evil. It’s the collection of our unique qualities, and it will not change without our own effort and willingness.
Developing good qualities is important because we will possess those same qualities in the life to come. The prophet Alma, in the Book of Mormon, warned…
Do not suppose, because it has been spoken concerning restoration, that ye shall be restored from sin to happiness. Behold, I say unto you, wickedness never was happiness. (Alma 41:10)
Death will not alter our desires or our personality. The things we enjoy, we will still enjoy. The things we dislike, we will still dislike. The things we are addicted to, we will still crave. If we are righteous, we will still be righteous. And if we are wicked, we will still be wicked. The prophets, including Alma, have warned us; this life is the time to prepare to meet God. This life is the time for us to perform our labors, to strive to be like Christ and obey God’s commandments.
If we want to have clean hands and a pure heart when we stand before the judgment bar of God, we need to develop them here and now. There will be no more time after our death. Now is the time to prepare ourselves.