Celestial kingdom. The highest kingdom of glory in the LDS concept of heaven, available only to Mormons who exhibited complete obedience to LDS laws and ordinances during their entire lifetimes. This is the only kingdom of glory where one may enjoy the presence of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Within the Celestial kingdom there are three levels, the highest reserved for those who were married in the temple and subsequently obtain Godhood. Apostle James Talmage explained, “There is a Celestial Kingdom, into which shall enter all who have won not alone Salvation, but Exaltation” (The Vitality of Mormonism, p. 67). Sixteenth president Thomas S. Monson declared, “It the celestial glory which we seek. It is in the presence of God we desire to dwell. It is a forever family in which we want membership. Such blessings must be earned” (“An Invitation to Exaltation,” Thomas Monson, Ensign (Conference Edition), May 1988, p. 56).
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