I was thinking of the kind of man who abandons his family for another "interest." Even if he comes back, is perfectly clean, accepted, and the family forgives the act, there is still some of the consequences of the act to play out. Only in the next life can we fully recover, which is the way it’s supposed to be, after all, the effects of the atonement even if you haven’t sinned, aren't in full effect until you die and are resurrected and judged. They play out through eternity. The Atonement reaches into the past and projects itself into the future.
Just thinking, there is no such thing as an idea that is “iron-clad protected”, well, no such thing as a political idea that is, and there are very few scientific ideas that are. Even our scientific ideas break down at some level (the mapping analogy again), as of yet there is no theory of everything, reconciling quantum mechanics and general relativity. Well, even in the gospel, which is the problem I have with my liberal and conservative friends.
I believe there is a God, I have a few ideas of his characteristic and attributes. I make covenants in the Temple which help me through the Priesthood to take on those attributes. I believe He had a Son, who reconciles me to the God, closes the gaps. I believe that through the atonement (the gap closing) of Christ, and keeping my covenants, I can one day “know Him” because I’m at least enough like Him to recognize the similarities. Someday, I believe that my Father and I will perhaps embrace and then see face to face. Everything else is a great mystery to me. It’s not that I can’t think about it, but I have no illusions that I’m absolutely correct.