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I was curious to know, from an LDS understanding/teaching, what happens when we die? I have read of different levels of heaven(?). What are the criteria for each level. Where would someone like me end up? I am a Christ follower who is not from the LDS tradition. What is my standing before God? Where does baptism for the dead come in? Is that for LDS family members only, or for all people.
I have no desire to debate perspectives. I am here to learn and seek understanding. This is something I have been wondering about. Maybe others think about this too? Do you ever worry about standing before God in judgement? Do you ever wonder if your understanding of God and truth could be wrong?
Perhaps this was discussed somewhere else. If so, feel free to direct message me or post the link.
I have read Bushman, Compton, and I have ordered a three volume set from Brian Hales (though exerps are on FAIR I believe) on Joseph Smith's marriages. If there are any other good sources please let me know.
The reason for this topic is to try and understand the different types of marriages then and now (including the OT). I am trying to establish a model to follow the marriages performed when plural marriage was introduced again in 1831.
Monogamous Marriage for Time (consummated) - most of the world follows this kind
Monogamous Marriage for Eternity (no sexual intimacy needed) - I don't know any examples of these
Monogamous Marriage for Time and Eternity (consummated) - typical temple marriages today
Plural Marriage for Time (consummated) - such as the marriage of Joseph to Fanny Alger and Abraham to Hagar (though in Fanny's case it has been referred to as a sealing by some sources)
Plural Marriage for Eternity (no sexual intimacy needed) - I believe these are the marriages of Joseph Smith to Zina Jacob and Orson Hyde's wife and others with active husbands.
Plural Marriage for Time and Eternity (consummation optional) - such as with Helen Kimball where most likely there was no comsummation and the Lawrence sisters where intimacy may have occured.
I have categorized these, but the actual differences may have been blurred in practice as Joseph Smith tried to understand the revelation and apply it.
As for the Old testament, and reading John Tvednes book on the priesthood of the Old Testament, I am not sure how the marriages then would have been administered. Would there have been sealings for eternity as in Joseph's time? I think so because this was a restoration.
By Questing Beast
Sometimes, more often and lasting longer, I experience feelings of ennui that seem to extend into life beyond the grave. Even my 'satiable imagination quails at the prospect of learning and discovering, FOREVER. What could there possibly be "out there" that would arrest my immortal attention, or engage me in a thirst or hunger for more? That angst and discontent seems mirrored in the here and now, when I realize yet again how little I actually know about anything, yet that realization does not galvanize me into further study, or awaken a desire to know more. Instead, what I feel is a lassitude that seems based on a feeling of, "Why bother? It will just end up being more of the same ol' same ol', and I already know enough about THAT to know it does not matter. 'There is nothing new under the sun'. And that surely means any sun." Etc. and etc.
I imagine being immortal, literally having the capacity to zip all over the world of humans and visit anywhere and "collect" anything, be anything, have the power to build, own and control anything, etc and etc. Just like "God". And it's all too much of the same thing.
So instead, I come "here", and while "being there", I can shut out all of that infinite, eternal stuff, and pretend to be a simple mortal human who FORGETS, who has a leaky brain that refuses to hold onto anything for very long or very well. And that insular (albeit temporary) existence is a relief from the terrible light of BEING GOD. It feels "cozy" and small and intimate and pleasantly "dark", like curling up in a closet of old stored clothes that belonged to dead ancestors, and just sitting way back against a far wall and taking a long, old nap....
http://www.ldsmag.com/youtube/in-reverence-of-holy-places I love this vid! I also like the video montages of individual temples at http://www.ldschurchtemples.com/. What is it about the temple that makes you ponder the things of eternity? What about it makes you long for Home?