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A vision given to Joseph Smith the Prophet, in the temple at Kirtland, Ohio, January 21, 1836. The occasion was the administration of ordinances in preparation for the dedication of the temple.
Can you guess what these are?
The vision of the Celestial Kingdom, which is now D&C 137, was not part of the Standard Works until 1976. During the April General Conference of that year, the Church voted unanimously to accept this vision and the vision for the Redemption of the Dead (D&C 138) as canonized scripture. (Church News, 2 June, 1979, 3)
Read verses 1-4. Describe the Celestial Kingdom
5-6 Who did Joseph Smith see in the Celestial Kingdom
Joseph Smith loved and admired his eldest brother, Alvin. In November 1823, when Alvin was 25 years old and Joseph was 17, Alvin suddenly became gravely ill. As his condition worsened and it became apparent that he would soon die, he counseled Joseph: “I want you to be a good boy and do everything that lies in your power to obtain the records. Be faithful in receiving instruction and keeping every commandment that is given you”
Alvin’s death brought great sorrow to the Smith family. A Presbyterian minister in Palmyra, New York, officiated at Alvin’s funeral. As Alvin had not been a member of the minister’s congregation, the clergyman asserted in his sermon that Alvin could not be saved. William Smith, Joseph’s younger brother, recalled: ‘[The minister] … intimated very strongly that [Alvin] had gone to hell, for Alvin was not a church member, but he was a good boy and my father did not like it’”
Why would Alvin be able to enter the celestial kingdom even though he had not been baptized during his lifetime?
Read verses 7-9 and find the doctrine
Read verse 10
Who else will be saved
in the Celestial kingdom
"Joseph Smith taught the doctrine that the infant child that was laid away in death would come up in the resurrection as a child; and, pointing to the mother of a lifeless child, he said to her: 'You will have the joy, the pleasure, and satisfaction of nurturing this child, after its resurrection, until it reaches the full stature of its spirit.' There is restitution, there is growth, there is development, after the resurrection from death. I love this truth. It speaks volumes of happiness, of joy and gratitude to my soul." Joseph F. Smith
“Truly it is one of the sweetest and most soul‑satisfying doctrines of the gospel! It is also one of the great evidences of the divine mission of the Prophet Joseph Smith. In his day the fiery evangelists of Christendom were thundering from their pulpits that the road to hell is paved with the skulls of infants because careless parents had neglected to have their offspring baptized. Joseph Smith's statements, as recorded in the Book of Mormon and latter‑day revelation, came as a refreshing breeze of pure truth: little children shall be saved. Thanks be to God for the revelations of his mind where these innocent and pure souls are concerned.” Bruce R. McConkie