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Gramps,

Are there also 3 degrees of kingdoms within the Terrestrial Kingdom?

Ray

 

Answer

 

Dear Ray,

The best thing I can say about that is ‘we don’t know.’  I know that isn’t the answer you were hoping for, but it’s the best we can do right now.  I hesitate to even try to guess.  On the one hand, one could say it hasn’t been mentioned so the answer must be no, but on the other hand one could say it hasn’t been mentioned so we don’t know.  Either way, I hope that all of us will strive for the Celestial Kingdom and reach that goal . . . that is what truly matters.

What we do know about the three kingdoms (Celestial, Terrestial and Telestial) comes mostly from Doctrine and Covenants 76 from Joseph Smith’s vision. In this section we are given much information about the kingdoms and who will inherit each.  While there is much we still don’t know, I find a great deal of comfort in what has been revealed.  Consider for example what others throughout the centuries and the world have believed about the after life.  These beliefs range from nothingness, to burning damnation and other terrifying scenarios.

And while not everyone will be able to return to live with Heavenly Father, we must remember that not everyone would want to do so.  Consider this story by Brad Wilcox:

“I know a young man who just got out of prison—again. Each time two roads diverge in a yellow wood, he takes the wrong one—every time. When he was a teenager dealing with every bad habit a teenage boy can have, I said to his father, “We need to get him to EFY.” I have worked with that program since 1985. I know the good it can do.

 

His dad said, “I can’t afford that.”

 

I said, “I can’t afford it either, but you put some in, and I’ll put some in, and then we’ll go to my mom, because she is a real softy.”

 

We finally got the kid to EFY, but how long do you think he lasted? Not even a day. By the end of the first day he called his mother and said, “Get me out of here!” Heaven will not be heaven for those who have not chosen to be heavenly.  His Grace is Sufficient

So you see Ray, the real question before us does not concern the division (or lack of) within the kingdoms, but are we living now so that we will want to be in the Lord’s presence after we die?

 

Gramps

 

 

 

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