Q: D&C 25:15 says that unless a person keeps the commandments “continually,” he cannot go where God is. Do you keep the commandments continually? If not, where do Mormons like you go when they die?
A: Is God saying here that we need to be 100% perfect right now or else go to hell? Of course not. No more than when Christ says in Matt 5:48 “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” But God doesn’t ever say “I know you’re not perfect so keep the commandments as best you can” because he wants us to strive for the ideal, which is perfection. That said, he does know that we will make mistakes and that’s why we have a Savior. We may stumble, we may fall as we try to keep the commandments perfectly, but the important thing is that we keep picking ourselves up and moving in the right direction. When we get into dangerous territory is when we ignore the commandments and don’t even try to keep them, and that’s what I believe God was warning Emma Smith about. Here’s a great article about this very topic – http://www.lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=2354fccf2b7db010VgnVCM1000004d82620aRCRD&locale=0&sourceId=453c6e9ce9b1c010VgnVCM1000004d82620a____.