LYNN - If the Earth is going to receive its Celestial glory, is the Celestial Kingdom going to be on Earth? If so where is the Telestial and the Terrestrial going to be?

JOEL - This earth will be the Celestial Kingdom for all those who have lived here and have become joint heirs to to all Christ has (Rom. 8: 17), after it has undergone the change described in the Doctrine and Covenants:

"The place where God resides is a great Urim and Thummim. This earth, in its sanctified and immortal state, will be made like unto crystal and will be a Urim and Thummim to the inhabitants who dwell thereon, whereby all things pertaining to an inferior kingdom, or all kingdoms of a lower order, will be manifest to those who dwell on it; and this earth will be Christís." (D&C 130:8-9)

"And the redemption of the soul is through him that quickeneth all things, in whose bosom it is decreed that the poor and the meek of the earth shall inherit it. Therefore, it must needs be sanctified from all unrighteousness, that it may be prepared for the celestial glory; For after it hath filled the measure of its creation, it shall be crowned with glory, even with the presence of God the Father; That bodies who are of the celestial kingdom may possess it forever and ever; for, for this intent was it made and created, and for this intent are they sanctified. And they who are not sanctified through the law which I have given unto you, even the law of Christ, must inherit another kingdom, even that of a terrestrial kingdom, or that of a telestial kingdom." (D&C 88: 17-21)

'Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth." (Matt. 5:5)

The conditions of each kingdom and the bodies of those who reside on each one, will differ according to their respective glories (D&C 76: 50-80). We don't know where the other kingdoms will be. Some have proposed that the earth will somehow be home to all three kingdoms. However President Joseph Fielding Smith said:

"It is not the fault of the earth that wickedness prevails upon her face, for she has been true to the law which she received and that law is the celestial law. Therefore the Lord says that the earth shall be sanctified from all unrighteousness, that bodies who are of the celestial kingdom may possess it forever and ever; for, for this intent was it made and created, and for this intent are they-the celestial beings-sanctified. It is very strange that members of the Church should fail to understand the plain meaning of this revelation. The Lord did not say this earth shall be one-third celestial, and one-third terrestrial, and one-third telestial, but that the earth was made and created to become a celestial body upon whose face the meek and the poor, who have received their part in the celestial kingdom, shall find their eternal abode. God himself shall make his abode upon it. Moreover, the revelation is very clear in the statement that all who cannot abide the celestial law, or the law of the Gospel, must abide another kingdom. They will have to be transplanted to some other sphere which, without doubt, has been given the law of a terrestrial kingdom, or of a telestial kingdom, in anticipation of a place where bodies who are of the terrestrial spirit or telestial spirit may find their eternal abode." (Church History and Modern Revelation. Joseph Fielding Smith. 2 vols., Salt Lake City: 1953, 1:367)

"This earth will become a celestial kingdom when it is sanctified. Those who enter the terrestrial kingdom will have to go to some other sphere which will be prepared for them. Those who enter the telestial kingdom, likewise will have to go to some earth which is prepared for them, and there will be another place which is hell where the devil and those who are punished to go with him will dwell." (Answers to Gospel Questions, 2:208-10)

Although we don't know exactly what or where the Tererestial and Telestial kingdoms will be, we do know that all three kingdoms will be in some sort of uniform proximity to each other in space, because we have been told that the lower kingdoms will be ministered to by those from the higher kingdoms. (D&C 76: 81-88)



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