Life Everlasting: A Definitive Study of Life After Death (2018 Printing)

Life Everlasting is a fascinating examination of man’s future life from the time of death until his entry into the heavenly kingdom. The book reaches beyond the commonplace to give new insights into the nature of life after death and the blessings awaiting the righteous. It examines eyewitness accounts of more than 200 individuals who have ventured into the spirit world paradise and have then returned to tell of their experiences. Within these pages are numerous descriptions of life-after-death spirit world conditions including buildings, landscaping, wearing apparel, organization, occupations and Church callings. Many instructive descriptions of the amazing capabilities of spirit beings are provided. Of special interest are the vivid descriptions of Jesus Christ as he has appeared to many who have entered into Paradise. The numerous roles of spirit beings who visit the earth, as Guardian Angels and in other capacities, are described in detail. Life Everlasting is widely recognized as a carefully prepared, carefully documented, readable and reliable source that provides comfort to many anticipating their own life after death or have lost the companionship of beloved family members.

 

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    Life Everlasting: A Definitive Study of Life After Death (2018 Printing)

    by Duane S. Crowther

    Life Everlasting is a fascinating examination of man’s future life from the time of death until his entry into the heavenly kingdom. The book reaches beyond the commonplace to give profound new insights into the nature of life after death and the life to come! It examines eyewitness accounts of more than 200 individuals who have ventured into the spirit world paradise and have then returned to tell of their experiences and describe life-after-death environments. It also draws extensively from the scriptures and from the discourses of Latter-day Saint leaders. As the evidence of these accounts is analyzed, a host of new concepts and understandings are revealed to the reader. Within these pages are numerous descriptions of life-after-death conditions including buildings, landscaping, wearing apparel, organization, and occupations. The factors which govern man’s time of death are discussed, and the nature of man’s “new birth” into the life after death environment is described in detail by those who have experienced it. Also analyzed in LIfe Everlasting are numerous accounts of premortal life experiences, factors including man’s time of death, the amazing capabilities of life after death spirit-world beings, the quest for knowledge in the spirit world, and descriptions of Christ reported by many who have seen him beyond the veil.

    Life Everlasting also peers into the spirit prison and hell and reports conditions and activities there, clearly distinguishing between the two areas. Then it sweeps forward in time to analyze the nature of resurrections and final judgment. A careful consideration of the final rewards available to man is made, with detailed and specific coverage of the sons of perdition and the inhabitants of the telestial, terrestrial and celestial kingdoms. The final chapter is a penetrating explanation of the nature of godhood and exaltation.

    Few books have ever combined such a wealth of new concepts and interesting information with the careful presentation and scholarship of Life Everlasting. Latter-day Saints will find strong evidences which confirm their beliefs in the afterlife. Others, no matter what their religious orientation, will find Life Everlasting to be the most far-reaching, comprehensive presentation of life after death experiences in print. It is inevitable that this book will continue to be widely read and discussed for many years to come.

    Table of Contents

    Books By the Author, 5
    Cassette Talk Tapes By the Author, 7

    INTRODUCTION, 15
    Could You Gaze into Heaven, 15
    Purposes of this Book, 15
    The Law of Witnesses, 16
    Personal Revelation the Key to Knowledge of the Eternities, 17
    Not as Doctrine, 18
    How this Book was Written, 18
    Life Everlasting: A Significant Pioneering Work, 19
    Personal Testimonies and Confirmations of Truth, 20

    1: ENTRY INTO THE SPIRIT WORLD, 22
    Biblical Allusions to Spirit World Visits, 22
    Reception into the Spirit Realm, 24
    Entry into the Spirit World a Joyful Experience, 27
    Reunion with Departed Loved Ones, 30
    Location of the Spirit World, 31
    Increased Capacity of Spirit Beings, 33
    Limitations of Spirit Beings, 39
    Meaning of Returning to the Presence of God at Death, 40
    Many Know When Death Approaches, 42

    2: THE LIGHT, THE TUNNEL, AND MEETING THE SAVIOR, 50
    Near Death Experience Statistics, 50
    Two Types of Spirit-world Entry, 51
    The Spirit’s Departure from the Body, 53
    Emotions Felt When Entering the Spirit World, 57
    The Light, 58
    The Tunnel, 59
    Meeting Christ, 61
    Descriptions of Christ, 64
    The Life Review, 69
    Missions to be Completed on Earth, 74
    The Process of Re-entering the Mortal Body, 77

    3: PREMORTAL INFLUENCES ON EARTH LIFE, 81
    Mortal Inhabitants of Earth are Spirit Children of God the Father and Dwelt with Him Before this Earth’s Creation, 81
    Jesus Christ is God the Father’s Firstborn Son in the Premortal Spirit World, 83
    Jesus Chosen as Redeemer and Lucifer Rejected, 84
    Satan and a Third of God’s Spirit Children Cast Down to Earth, 85
    Mortal Life Designated a Probationary State, 86
    Worlds without Number Created and Inhabited, 87
    In the Beginning-Progressing from Intelligence to Spirit Being, 87
    Priesthood Authority in Premortal Environments, 89
    Visions of Premortal Events, 91
    Descriptions of Premortal Training for Mortality and Eternity, 98
    Premortal Choices Determine Earthly Experiences, 101
    Premortal Spirits Choose Mortal and Eternal Family Relationships, 104
    Some Commitments to Premortal Spirits are Made After Entering Mortality, 112
    Commitments Require Coming to Earth at a Certain Time, 114
    Departing from Heaven, 118
    Training in the Womb, 122

    4: FACTORS INFLUENClNG MAN’S TIME OF DEATH, 128
    Days and Bounds of Man Determined by God, 128
    A Time to Die, 129
    Appointed Time of Death Changed by Pleas of the Righteous, 130
    Appointed Time of Death Changed by Unrighteousness, 137
    Many Die to Fulfill Spirit World Responsibilities, 138
    Some Mortals Given Life or Death Option, 140
    Other Factors Affecting Time of Death, 145
    Observations Concerning When and Why Men Die, 147
    Dying unto the Lord, 151

    5: THE PARADISE OF THE RIGHTEOUS, 156
    Various Meanings of the Term “Paradise”, 156
    Descriptions of Paradise, 157
    Plants and Trees, 157
    Buildings, 161
    Music Emanating from Every Object, 164
    Animals in the Spirit World, 166
    Organized, Industrious People, 166
    Spirit World Fashions, 167
    Mortal Children Who Die are Adult Spirits, 172
    Different Spheres and Levels, 175
    The Church of this Dispensation in the Spirit World is Under the Direction of Joseph Smith, 177
    Paradise Visited by Jesus Christ, 184
    Freedom from Cares and Sorrows, 185
    Work Being Performed, 186

    6: THE AMAZING CAPABILITIES OF SPIRIT WORLD BEINGS, 194
    Spirit Beings Have Tangible Bodies, the Same Form as Humans, 194
    Spirit Bodies Weigh Less than Mortal Bodies, 195
    Spirits Can Touch and Feel One Another, and Sometimes Can Touch and Be Felt by Mortals, 195
    Spirits Can Smell, 196
    Spirit Beings Filled with Light, 197
    Telepathic Mind Communication, 198
    Floating–an Alternative to Walking, 200
    Long-distance Thought-guide Travel, 201
    Matter Exists at Different Vibrational Frequencies, 205
    Spirit World Age: Early Adulthood, 207
    A Different Concept of Time, 209

    7: THE QUEST FOR KNOWLEDGE IN THE SPIRIT WORLD, 213
    Preparation to Administer the Affairs of Father’s Kingdom, 213
    Increased Ability to Learn, 213
    Recalling Previously Learned Knowledge, 215
    Learning From All Parts of the Body and Other Senses, 216
    Knowledge is Light; Light is Knowledge, 217
    Learning Centers in the Spirit World, 218
    Advanced Methods of Learning, 221
    Many and Varied Lessons Learned, 222
    Some Knowledge is Forbidden or Forgotten if the Individual Returns to Earth, 226

    8: SPIRIT BEINGS VISIT THE EARTH, 229
    Spirits Observe and Participate in Earth Events, 229
    The Dead Concerned About Earth Conduct, 231
    Evil Spirits Sometimes Wander on Earth Indiscriminately; Righteous Spirits Return
    Only for a Purpose, 236
    Evil Spirits Can Possess Mortal Bodies, Prompt Evil Actions and Thoughts, 239
    Discerning Between Righteous and Evil Spirits, 242
    Types of Angels Who Minister on Earth, 244
    Righteous Spirits Return to Earth For Many Purposes, 248
    Spirits Return to Give Counsel, 250
    Spirits Return to Give Comfort, 252
    Spirits Return to Attend Funerals, Meetings and Other Activities, 257
    Spirits Return to Obtain or Give Information, 259
    Spirits Serve as Guardian Angels, 260
    Spirits Prepare Mortal Beings for Death, 265
    Spirits Call Mortals into the Spirit World, 267
    Spirits Escort the Dying Through the Veil of Death, 271

    9: THE SPIRIT PRISON–TEMPORARY REALM OF THE UNCOMMITTED, 275
    Three Uses of the Term Spirit Prison, 275
    Scriptural Passages Distinguish Between Hell and the Spirit Prison, 276
    A Chart of Thirteen Evidences that the Spirit Prison is a Different Area than Hell, 279
    Numerous Doctrinal Problems are Solved by Acknowledging Spirit Prison and Hell are Separate, 281
    The Varied Environment of the Spirit Prison, 282
    The Spirit Prison a Place for Teaching the Gospel, 283
    The Responsibility to Teach Family Members in the Spirit Prison, 286
    Other Skills Lead to Spirit Prison Mission Calls, 290
    Spirits from Hell Sometimes Tempt Those in Spirit Prison, 292
    Death Does Not Change One’s Attitude Concerning the Gospel, 293
    Many Forfeit the Opportunity to Accept the Gospel and Perform Exalting Ordinances While on Earth, 294

    10: ETERNAL FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS AND VICARIOUS WORK FOR THE DEAD, 299
    Everyone Must Have Opportunity to Accept the Gospel Plan, 299
    The Doctrine of Vicarious Work for the Dead, 300
    The Power of Family Genealogical Links, 305
    Spirit World Genealogical Research Centers, 307
    Ordinances Performed Vicariously on Earth Also are Performed by Recipients in the Spirit World, 308
    Spirit World Genealogical Records Confirm Records on Earth, 309
    Temple Work for Eligible Mortals Not to Be Procrastinated Till After Death, 310
    Unsealed Couples Must Live Separate and Apart in the Spirit World, 312
    Spirits in Prison Seek that Temple Work Be Done for Them, 312
    Spirits in Prison Know When Vicarious Work is Performed for Them, 316
    Spirits Sometimes are Present When Vicarious Temple Ordinances are Performed for Them, 317
    Spirits Take Actions to Correct Genealogical Errors and Omissions, 321

    11: HELL AND THE DOMINIONS OF SATAN, 327
    Meaning of Terms Hell, Hades, Sheol, Tartarus and Gehenna, 327
    Separation of the Righteous from the Wicked in Paradise and Hell, 328
    Outer Darkness, 331
    Descriptions of Outer Darkness and Hell, 335
    Spirits from Hell Attempt to Lure Spirits at Their Time of Death, 336
    The Potential Fates of Those Who Commit Suicide, 339
    A Scriptural Profile of Lucifer, 341
    Lucifer’s Character and Ambitions, 341
    Lucifer’s Techniques for Ensnaring Mankind, 343
    Premortal Spirits Who Followed Satan and Deceased Mortal Spirits in Hell are Together, 346
    Evil Spirits Return to Places of Earthly Sins, 347
    Evil Spirits in Hell Attempt to Thwart the Work of God, 348
    Sins Which Can Lead to Hell, 350
    The Nature of Suffering In Hell, 352
    Spirit World Hell Ends with Second Resurrection, 356

    12: THE RESURRECTIONS OF THE JUST AND UNJUST, 361
    All Men Will Resurrect, 361
    Resurrection is a Reunion of Spirit and Body, 362
    Resurrected Bodies Conform to Heavenly Kingdoms, 363
    Atonement of Christ Makes Resurrection Possible, 364
    Christ was First to Resurrect; Others Came Out of the Grave Then, 365
    The First and Second Resurrections: the Resurrections of the Just and the Unjust, 366
    The Earth to Be Resurrected, 369
    Animals Will Be Resurrected, 371
    Descriptions of Coming Forth from the Grave, 371
    The Process of Calling Men Forth from the Grave, 372
    The Resurrected Body Will Be Restored to its Perfect State, 376
    Resurrected Beings Eat and Drink, 379
    Men Will Come Forth as Laid in the Grave, Then Have Deformities Corrected, 380
    Status of Children Following the Resurrection, 381

    13: THE FINAL JUDGMENT, 389
    The Great Day of Judgment, 389
    All to Be Judged, 392
    Christ the Judge, 392
    Others to Serve as Judges under Christ, 393
    Purposes of the Final Judgment, 396
    Christ’s Law is the Norm for Judgment, 401
    Man to Judge Himself, 402
    Witnesses and Books Also Used in the Judgment, 404
    Mercy Cannot Rob Justice, 408

    14: THE SONS OF PERDITION-THEIR SINS AND THEIR FATE, 412
    The Resurrection and Kingdom of No Glory, 412
    Inhabitants of the Kingdom of No Glory are Sons of Perdition, 413
    The Unpardonable Sin–Sin Against the Holy Ghost, 413
    Those Capable of Committing the Unpardonable Sin, 415
    The Nature of Unpardonable Sin, 418
    Fate of the Sons of Perdition, 422

    15: THE THREE DEGREES OF GLORY, 429
    Worlds without Number Created by God, 429
    Man Inherits the Future Kingdoms According to the Law He Abides in Mortality, 433
    The Telestial Glory, 435
    The Terrestrial Glory, 437
    The Celestial Glory, 439
    Damnation Means a Limit to Progression, 444

    16: EXALTATION, 449
    Commandments to Seek and Achieve Perfection, 449
    The Rich Blessings of Exaltation, 450
    1. Godhood, 451
    2. Eternal Association with the Father and Christ, 451
    3. Membership in the Church of the Firstborn, 451
    4. Joint Inheritance with Christ, 452
    5. The Fulness and Glory of a Celestial Body, 452
    6. Priesthood Authority, 453
    7. Eternal Companionship of a Beloved Spouse, 453
    8. Eternal Powers of Procreation, 454
    9. Family Relationships with Progenitors and Descendants, 456
    The Patriarchal Order, 456
    The Line of Authority Following the Resurrection, 457
    Sealing the Family Unit Together, 459
    10. Thrones, Kingdoms, Principalities, Powers and Dominions, 460
    11. Admittance to the City of the Living God, 460
    Heads of Dispensations Will Verify Worthiness, 461
    Descriptions of the Celestial Kingdom and City, 462
    Descriptions of Buildings Within the Celestialized City, 466
    12. Inheritance on the Celestialized Earth, 467
    The “New” and “Holy” Jerusalems, 468
    Less-populated Areas in the Celestial Kingdom, 469
    13. Association with Celestial Beings, Resurrected Animals, 472
    14. Perfect Knowledge, 472
    15. Governing and Lawgiving Jurisdiction, 474
    16. The Powers of Godhood, 474
    The Plurality of Gods, 475
    God the Father was Once as Man is Now, 477
    The Gods in Grand Council, 478
    Christ Did on Earth What His Father Had Done Previously, 478
    As God Now is, Man May Be, 480

    BIBLIOGRAPHY, 485

    SCRIPTURES AND HISTORICAL SOURCES QUOTED, 491

    SUMMARY OF PERSONAL EXPERIENCES AND MANIFESTATIONS CITED, 501

    INDEX, 523

    6″ x 9″ paperback

    532 pages

     

    Topics: Life Everlasting, life after death, spirit world, near-death experiences, NDEs, life after death conditions, Paradise, spirit prison, hell, sons of perdition, telestial kingdom, terrestrial kingdom, celestial kingdom, exaltation, godhood, resurrection, final judgment, time of death, meeting Christ, Satan, evil spirits, outer darkness, premortal life, probation, plan of salvation, saved, exalted,  spirit beings visit earth, missionary work in spirit prison
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    Title

    Life Everlasting–A Definitive Study of Life After Death (2nd Revised Edition)

    Author

    Duane S. Crowther

    Pages

    532

    Size

    6" x 9"

    Binding

    Paperback

    ISBN

    0-88290-800-6

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