Thursday, June 14, 2012

Doctrine and Covenants 76:89-92

"And thus we saw, in the heavenly vision, the glory of the telestial, which surpasses all understanding;
And no man knows it except him to whom God has revealed it.
And thus we saw the glory of the terrestrial which excels in all things the glory of the telestial, even in glory, and in power, and in might, and in dominion.
And thus we saw the glory of the celestial, which excels in all things--where God, even the Father, reigns upon his throne forever and ever;"
Doctrine and Covenants 76:89-92

This is cool for a lot of reasons, but the one that struck me this morning is that the glory of the telestial, which as explained earlier in this chapter is basically the same as hell (see verse 84), surpasses all understanding.  ... That almost everyone will be so much better off after this life than they are now.  Even the ones going to hell. :)  (Outer darkness is a whole other matter of course, but hopefully that will be very very few people.)  I think it is really cool that almost everyone is going to be better off for having lived.  Obviously, I am not saying that we should give up and settle for the telestial... the verses also show that the terrestrial and celestial are way cooler, and personally, I really want to be able to hang out with God, where he lives.  But I think that it is really amazing of God to provide such a mind-blowingly cool place in the eternities even for the baddies.  And if he is so loving and forgiving and good, how much more should we be generous and kind to our brothers and sisters who might be making bad choices?  Learning to love as God does goes way beyond the people we agree with, or the people who like us.  Today, let's work on loving the people around us... even the ones who are hard to love, or who we completely disagree with.

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