In his book, Doctrine and Covenants, Smith described the three-tiered heaven to which Mormons say all people will go after death. The Celestial Kingdom (top tier reserved for good Mormons) is also divided into three levels, the highest of which is godhood and possession of a kingdom for one’s family. They believe their “celestial marriages” are eternal and able to produce children in heaven. This is one reason they used to promote the practice of polygamy - to have as many children as possible. They believe the gods’ “spirit children” need to be born to mortal parents so they can earn their way to heaven. Jesus refutes the idea of earning a level in heaven by stating that He is the only way to the Father. He also debunks the idea that the marriage relationship continues in heaven.
1. How do you imagine eternity in God’s presence?
2. What will our resurrected bodies be like?
Challenge: Do some research on what the bible says about heaven, the resurrection, and eternal life so you can be sure your beliefs are rooted in truth.
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