- what each of us have felt and experienced — He will champion our case before our Father in Heaven.
- There are three potential kingdoms we can inherit for eternity: the Celestial, the Terrestrial, and the Telestial. The Celestial Kingdom is where Almighty God and Jesus Christ dwell. It governs all lower kingdoms. The Terrestrial Kingdom is the second, and the Telestial is the lowest. In the scriptures, the glories of these three kingdoms are described as relative to the light of the sun, the moon and the stars, respectively 1. Outside of these three kingdoms is a place referred to as Outer Darkness. This is where Lucifer and his followers will eventually be banished to. Additionally, Cain and any others who had obtained a perfect understanding of Almighty God and Jesus Christ, but who at some point later whole-heartedly rejected Them and sided with Lucifer (referred to in scripture as “denying the Holy Ghost”), will also be banished to Outer Darkness.
Some Christian sects believe and preach a smattering of these doctrines. Many have either no understanding of these matters, or their understanding is murky at best. Some of these doctrines are considered heresy by them. Undeniably, however, these canonized LDS doctrines are neither ambiguous nor murky.
No other religious organization, save The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, believes in and preaches all of these direct, clear-cut doctrines concerning the origin of life, the purpose of life, and the glorious destiny of all mankind — not merely the “elite,” or the most intelligent or special of them — from the least to the greatest. Whether or not these doctrines may seem ridiculously fantastic to some, they are nevertheless straightforward and understandable to all. In the words of Nephi in the Book of Mormon, they are “the plain and most precious parts of the gospel of the Lamb [Jesus Christ].” 2
The Most Abominable of Doctrines
If there is any one doctrinal thread that ties together and unites nearly every religion on the face of the earth (save orthodox Judaism, fundamental Christianity, traditional Islam, and Mormonism), it is an acceptance of one form or another of the doctrine of reincarnation. It is generally summarized as such:
“Reincarnation best describes the concept where the soul or spirit, after the death of the body, is believed to return to live in a new human body,