Section 76

Read Doctrine and Covenants section 76

Section 76
The Vision of the Kingdoms of Glory
and Perdition
These visions were received in the presence of witnesses
According to brother Philo Dibble, about 12 men were present, and the vision lasted for over one hour (read Student Manual, p.158)

The importance of meditation as a preparation for revelations  (19)

Notice the pattern in these examples: Nephi (1 Nephi 11:1); the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 14:23); President Joseph F. Smith (D&C 138:1,11)

The Vision of Father and the Son  (20-24)

. All things bow in humble reverence before the Father  (93)
. What insights can we gain out of this description?  How can we apply them in relation to the way we address the Lord in our prayers?  Or the way we behave in the houses of the Lord-both temples and chapels?  Or even the way we act and portray ourselves when representing the Lord while giving a talk or testimony, or while home or visiting teaching?

. Allow me to share my own imagination of how it would be like to see the Lord:

"If we, in our present mortal condition, would pierce the veil and see our Father in Heaven, we would see a man so indescribably perfect in appearance and manner that as mortal beings we would feel as less than nothing in his presence.  The power that would be radiating from his glorious person would be so magnificent that we would feel as if our very bones were about to melt completely.  Finally, we would be instantly struck and filled with a vivid and powerful sense of his perfect, incomprehensible, and infinite love for us, to the point that we would likely feel constrained to break forth in exclamations and songs of praise."  (Marcus H. Martins, 1995)
Recorded version of these visions is not complete (114-115)
The Prophet Joseph Smith stated that could say much more than what is currently recorded in the Doctrine & Covenants:

"Paul ascended into the third heavens, and he could understand the three principal rounds of Jacob's ladder -- the telestial, the terrestrial, and the celestial glories or kingdoms, where Paul saw and heard things which were not lawful for him to utter.

I could explain a hundred fold more than I ever have of the glories of the kingdoms manifested to me in the vision, were I permitted, and were the people prepared to receive them."(Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p.304)

These things are not secrets: it is just impossible for any human language to describe, or for the mortal mind to fully grasp the beauty and glory of what God has reserved for his faithful children

Consider the following statement attributed to the Prophet Joseph Smith:

"If the people knew what was behind the veil, they would try by every means to commit suicide that they might get there.  But the Lord in his wisdom ... implanted the fear of death in every person that they might cling to life and thus accomplish the designs of their Creator."  (Quoted by President Wilford Woodruff - 17 August 1877 - In Larson & Larson, "Diary of Charles Lowell Walker, 1:465-466)

At this point it is not quite clear what the Prophet meant when he used the expression "behind the veil."  Some authors believe that he could be referring to the telestial kingdom instead of the spirit world.

Characteristics of the Heirs of Outer Darkness, a.k.a. Perdition

Characteristics of the Heirs of the Celestial Glory

Characteristics of the Heirs of the Terrestrial Glory

Characteristics of the Heirs of the Telestial Glory

Questions for Review

1. How do people behave before the throne of God? (76:92-93)

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