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An old belief harbored by some that suicide automatically leads to a permanent place in hell is “totally false” and shames people with suicidal thoughts, an LDS Church apostle said in a video released Monday.
The statement was made by Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in one of eight videos on suicide prevention released Monday by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on suicide.lds.org.
“There’s an old sectarian notion that suicide is a sin and that someone who commits suicide is banished to hell forever. That is totally false,” Elder Renlund said. “I believe the vast majority of cases will find that these individuals have lived heroic lives and that that suicide will not be a defining characteristic of their eternities.”
The videos encouraged members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to reach out to, listen to and love those considering suicide.
To watch more of the Church’s new suicide prevention videos and to read the full article, click here.