Celestial dating in a telestial world
Prefacing the record of this vision, Joseph Smith’s history states: "Upon my return from Amherst conference, I resumed the translation of the Scriptures.
From sundry revelations which had been received, it was apparent that many important points touching the salvation of man had been taken from the Bible, or lost before it was compiled. John's Gospel, myself and Elder Rigdon saw the following vision." At the time this vision was given, the Prophet [Smith] was translating John .
Jesus Christ, under direction of God the Father, was the creator of the earth and all things in it (John 1:1-3). "Subduing the Earth." In Nibley on the Timely and the Timeless, ed.
Creation was first a spirit creation followed by a physical creation of the planet and life on it.
Those in this kingdom will dwell forever in the presence of God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ.
This should be your goal: to inherit celestial glory and to help others receive that great blessing as well.
Latter-day scriptures also teach of a plurality of worlds. The scriptures do not say how old the earth is, and the Church has taken no official stand on this question (Old Testament, pp. Nor does the Church consider it to be a central issue for salvation. Joseph Smith wrote, "We believe that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory" (A of F 10).
Because God created the earth for these eternal purposes, Latter-day Saints view its natural resources and life forms as a sacred stewardship to be used in ways that will ensure their availability for all succeeding generations.
They also believe that this earth eventually will become a celestial, glorified world.
Latter-day Saints believe that God created this earth to provide his children, the human race, with the opportunity to receive physical bodies and to hear and accept his gospel that they might be prepared for life with him on a celestialized earth hereafter.
It will depend on the manner in which we have "received the testimony of Jesus" (D&C ; see also D&C , 79, 101).
The celestial kingdom is the highest of the three kingdoms of glory.