, comments on D&C 132:19 I mentioned in above post for you are in this post.
I wanted to mention a few points on D&C 132:15-19.
Verse 15: If a man and woman get married in the world (I take this to mean mortality) and that marriage is not according to God's instruction and authority, they will not be considered married after they die.
Verse 16: Such individuals as outlined in verse 15 will not be married in the next world but will be angels.
Verse 17: Such individuals as outlined in verse 15 did not abide the law of eternal marriage and cannot have offspring ("be enlarged"), and will remain separate and single FOR EVER and will be be angels, not gods.
Now, note that if you read just these three verses literally and with no further context or doctrinal understanding, one can mistakely claim that no provision is made for them to be exalted, for it categoricaly states they will not be married but will remain single "without exaltation, in their saved condition, to all eternity...."
However, we know that there is a condition not mentioned in 132: proxy temple ordinances. When someone as described in verse 15 dies and is able to and does in fact accept the ordinances that have been performed by proxy for them, then in God's eyes they are treated as they if they were married for eternity while alive.
When non-temple sealed couples who are dead hear the gospel preached unto them in spirit prison, and when they receive the gospel gladly, and when their ordinances are performed for them by proxy, they no longer meet the requirements eternal singlehood
as outlined in D&C 132:15-17 becasue they have then obeyed God's law of marriage.
You have interjected your own understanding or interpretation of D&C 132 by saying that it refers to a time after the final judgement√?¬Ę√Ę?¬¨√Ę?¬Ěthat once you are judged you cannot change.
To be technical, once you are resurrected you are judged; you will receive a body of glory that corresponds with the kingdom you will inherit. Thus, if you lived before the Second Coming and are NOT resurrected in the morning of the first resurrection, you would have to conclude that you will be an angel and never have the chance to be exalted.
So, for instance, what happens to a man or woman who is married in mortality by some earthly government or religion, who dies of cancer 6 days before the Second Coming, and who with a few hundred years of teaching and learning and obedience in the spirit world accpets the Gospel? What is the cutoff date for a Celestial resurrection for those who lived before the Second Coming? Is it 200 years into the Millenium? Is it the instant before the earth is celestialized? You have said it is when the final judgment starts, or I guess technically the last possible instant before it starts.
Then there is the issue of when a person who fits the conditions of 132:15-18√?¬Ę√Ę?¬¨√Ę?¬Ěone who neither marries in mortality by the correct authority nor accepts the doctrine of proxy ordinances after this life. When are they resurrected? You have seemed to imply that such individuals could be in either the first or second resurrection, and will go into either the Terrestrial or Telestial kindoms, or outer darkness. But what if D&C 132:14-18 refers to only the second resurrection? Or only to those of the second and those who have been resurrected into the Terrestrial but then choose to reject the doctrines and ordinances? It is not clear from the passage itself; we have to superimpose a pre-conceived idea upon the text.
I see nothing in 132 that prevents progression from any and all kingdoms after the resurrection. I do see 132 the doctrine in it Alma 12:9-11√?¬Ę√Ę?¬¨√Ę?¬Ěthere are only two ultimate, possible, glorious outcomes in the resurrection (outer darkness is not glorious): exaltation to godhood or resurrection to become an angel.
I think that to categorically declare that there is no progression between kingdoms, based on an undeclared but generally accepted notion that the resurrection√?¬Ę√Ę?¬¨√Ę?¬Ěto any kingdom other than the highest heaven or degree of the celestial kingdom√?¬Ę√Ę?¬¨√Ę?¬Ěmakes your future permanent, fixed, and unalterable for all eternity, is the real error.
Then there is D&C 132:19, which McConkie states is the most misunderstood of all passages in the scriptures. Without a long discussion of what it truly means, I will simply say that if a man and woman are sealed up unto eternal life (which is not the same as being sealed in a temple marriage) they may then desend to the lowest height, short of becoming a son of perdition, and still they can be forgiven and be exalted to the highest kingdom. That's how I interpret this verse.
Now consider: if a person can ascend so high as to be sealed up unto eternal life as outlined in D&C 132:19 and D&C 131:5, and then descend to any sinful state short of denying the Holy Ghost, and then re-ascend, at what point do you say that a person of lesser obedience swings or lesser spiritual achievement in this life will be cut off from exaltation? At the resurrection? At the final judgement? So, if you are too slow in your eternal progress your time really will run out? Only the cyclically fast or progressively quick can be exalted? Again, you would have to say that a person who can quickly ascend to the promise of exaltation and then fall, and then reascend before the final judgement are the only ones to whom D&C 132:19 apply; the less spiritually rushed among us√?¬Ę√Ę?¬¨√Ę?¬Ěto say nothing of those who seem to flounder so in the lower levels of sin which the very intelligent can descend to and then be exalted from√?¬Ę√Ę?¬¨√Ę?¬Ěwill simply not meet the deadline.
Well, to the Christian world the dead line is indeed the line of death; most Latter-day Saints buck against this primitive thinking and place the dead line back a few dozen to a few thousand years in the resurrection or at the latest the final judgement; what if we still have not collectively come to a full understanding?
I say let Alma, and Joseph, and Hyrum, and Brigham be your guide.
Edited by stn9, 07 March 2005 - 12:59 PM.