MG-24 – Will Families Be Together Forever in Heaven?
Mormons believe that after death, all good people will end up in one of three kingdoms of glory: the celestial kingdom, for the most faithful Mormons, the terrestrial, for good people who were not as worthy, and the telestial kingdom for people who refused the gospel.
When Lee and I were LDS, we strived hard to attain to the celestial glory because we were taught that if we were worthy enough, we would live together with our family forever in this kingdom. But when Lee began to have questions and doubts about Mormonism, my hopes for our family being together in eternity began to fall apart.
Lee was sitting right next to me when our Bishop said to me in his office, “Don’t worry if Lee leaves Mormonism, we can find a worthy priesthood holder for you.”
I was shocked! I didn’t want him to find a new husband for me. I wanted him to answer Lee’s questions so that we could stay together as a family in heaven. Eventually Lee’s questions became my questions and we learned that the reason our Bishop couldn’t answer our questions was because there are no good answers for the problems in Mormonism.
Since we’ve left the LDS Church, we’ve learned that heaven is not divided in to 3 Kingdoms that will separate unworthy family members from each other. The Bible teaches that all of us have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23), and it is by our faith in Jesus Christ that makes us all able to live together forever in one Kingdom of Heaven (Romans 6:23; Matthew 25:46).
When the Bible speaks of three Heavens, it is only referring to, the sky – one heaven (Genesis 1:20, Revelation 19:17), space – the second heaven (Psalm 19:1), and God’s Kingdom, the third heaven (2 Corinthians 12:2). By distorting the gospel, Mormonism cannot be consider Christian.
The Mormon idea that marriage can extend into eternity was disputed by the teachings of Christ. In Matthew 22:29-30, when Jesus was told about a woman who had been married to seven husbands on the earth, he was asked:
“Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her. Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.”