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Why nobody–including you, former Mormon–will ever end up in Outer Darkness

By Eric Johnson For many years, those who have left The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints may have been told that they were now “Sons of Perdition” who were destined for “Outer Darkness.” Although this is an obvious scare tactic, it is not true according to important credible leaders in this religious organization. What […]

Crash Course Mormonism: Exaltation / Eternal Life / Eternal Increase

By Eric Johnson Exaltation, which is synonymous with eternal life, is godhood achieved through complete obedience to all the commandments of God as defined by the leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Those who are exalted earn the right to eternal life in the celestial kingdom with their families. Twelfth President Spencer […]

1 Corinthians 15:39-42

By Eric Johnson Note: This is taken from chapter 30 of Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson’s book Answering Mormons’ Questions (Kregel, 2013) The three heavens described in Doctrine and Covenants section 76 are called the celestial, terrestrial, and telestial kingdoms. First Corinthians 15:40–41 is used to support this idea. It reads, “There are also celestial bodies, […]

Crash Course Mormonism: Kingdoms of Glory

By Eric Johnson After a person dies and the millennium is complete, judgment will take place and humans will be assigned to one of three kingdoms of glory for eternity. Those kingdoms are the celestial, the terrestrial, and the telestial kingdoms. Telestial kingdom This is compared in D&C 76 to the glory is that of the lesser, even […]

Crash Course Mormonism: Judgment

By Eric Johnson In Mormonism, final judgment is something that takes place at the end of the millennium. The success in keeping the commandments is what determines one’s final destination: the Celestial Kingdom, the Terrestrial Kingdom, the Telestial Kingdom, or Outer Darkness. Seventeenth President Russell M. Nelson stated, One day we will meet our Maker and […]

Crash Course Mormonism: Baptism, Water

By Eric Johnson Mormonism teaches that baptism in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is vital for a person to not only join the membership but also to receive salvation. Getting immersed into water–typically at a local LDS building–is known as baptismal regeneration. Verses from the Bible are often cited to support this teaching, […]

Kingdoms of Glory

Kingdoms of Glory. The three possible eternal destinations of humankind known as the celestial, terrestrial  and telestial kingdoms. A common verse used to support this unique LDS teaching is 2 Corinthians 12:2. Return to dictionary here.