Delving further into 2nd Nephi there are many references to the atonement satisfying "the demands of his justice upon all those who have not the law given to them." (9:26) Also in chapter 10 verse 21 we read "But great are the promises of the Lord unto them who are upon the isles of the sea."  As the Lord knows each of us, even if we have never even heard of Him, he has a plan wherein the atonement is as far-reaching as possible to His children who don't willfully rebel against him.  Even so, in 10:2 Jacob tells us "...it has been shown unto me that many of our children shall perish in the flesh because of unbelief, nevertheless, God will be merciful unto many; and our children shall be restored, that they may come to that which will give them the true knowledge of their Redeemer." 
    To me the hope in this verse comes in the phrase "that they may come to that."  I am a firm believer that the experiences we have are for our good.  I believe that many of our trials are tailor-made for each of us so that we may grow and develop and reach our full potential.  The problem comes in not garnishing the intended lesson.  Anyway from this verse it seems to me that eventually all of us will have the experiences we need to be able to come unto Christ; however, i don't know that all will take advantage of those experiences.
 


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