By Duane S. Crowther
Information about the audio download Exaltation and the Kingdoms of Glory
This thought-provoking talk on Exaltation and the Kingdoms of Glory is based on latter-day revelations which contain profound insights concerning “heaven” and man’s final rewards. The discussion explores many of those concepts as it explains the existence of three distinct kingdoms of glory and man’s potential to be exalted. The author tells how worlds without number have been created by God and explains that man inherits his eternal status in one of the future heavenly kingdoms according to the level of his obedience to divine commandments and precepts while here on earth. According to the Lord’s revealed word, even the lowest kingdom—the telestial glory, will be inhabited by those who failed to accept Christ and live righteously during their mortal probation—yet the future glory of that kingdom surpasses man’s mortal comprehension. The terrestrial glory, or the middle-level kingdom, is described as the reward for those who were followers of Christ but who only serve him without valor here on earth. The highest, the celestial glory, receives even more detailed coverage. The character, future experiences, and potential rewards to those who achieve each of these degrees of glory are explained. Exaltation—or Godhood—reserved for those who achieve the highest level of the celestial kingdom, is defined. The rich blessings of exaltation described include eternal association with the Father and Christ, the glory of a celestial body, eternal companionship of a beloved spouse, eternal family relationships, power and dominions, and perfect knowledge. Of special interest are detailed reports of visions which describe the beauties of celestial glories. According to the scriptures, salvation is an individual matter. In contrast, the highest level of exaltation in the celestial glory is based on the blessings of eternal family relationships. To attain exaltation, one must make and fulfill sacred covenants in a Latter-day Saint temple, and be sealed, in a temple, in a family relationship by one who holds priesthood authority to perform sealing ordinances.
(Talk length: 85 minutes)