Quotes on Celestial Kingdom

See: D&C 35:1; 76:53; 130; 132:22

Any person can enter the highest degree of the Celestial Kingdom when their actions are such that they will feel at home there. — President Ezra Taft Benson

“The God of heaven, who created this earth and placed His children upon it, gave unto them a law whereby they might be exalted and saved in a kingdom of glory.  For there is a law given unto all kingdoms, and all things are governed by law throughout the whole universe.  Whatever law anyone keeps he is preserved by that law, and he receives whatever reward that law guarantees unto him.  It is the will of God that all His children should obey the highest law, that they may receive the highest glory that is ordained for all immortal beings” (President Wilford Woodruff, Millennial Star, 20 Dec. 1886, p. 801). — Relief Society Study Guide 2, p. 71

I have always said and believed, and I believe today, that it will pay you and me and all the sons and all the daughters of Adam to abide the celestial law, for celestial glory is worth all we possess; if it calls for every dollar we own and our lives into the bargain, if we obtain an entrance into the celestial kingdom of God it will amply repay us.  The Latter-day Saints have started out for celestial glory, and if we can only manage to be faithful enough to obtain an inheritance in the kingdom, where God and Christ dwell, we shall rejoice through the endless ages of eternity.  (Wilford Woodruff, Journal of Discourses, 17:250) — Relief Society Study Guide 2, p. 71

When the Lord’s work is complete and Satan and his followers are cast out for the final time, the earth will finally become what it was meant to be – a celestial sphere.  “God has said if we will honor Him and keep His commandments – if we will observe His laws He will fight our battles and destroy the wicked, and when the time comes He will come down in heaven – not from heaven – but He will bring heaven with Him – and this earth upon which we dwell, will be the celestial kingdom” (George Albert Smith, Conference Report, October 1942, p. 49). — Relief Society Study Guide 2, p. 70

God has more expansive views; his works are without beginning, and without end; they are one eternal round.  What kind of works are they?  They are to make creations, and people them with living beings, and place them in a condition to prove themselves; and to exercise the kingly and priestly office to redeem them after they have suffered pain, and sorrow, and distress; and to bring them up into the presence of God; that they, in their turn, may become kings and priests for other creations that shall be made, and that shall be governed and ruled over by those possessing the proper authority.  — Elder Orson Pratt, Journal of Discourses, 1:291, 25 July 1852

We lose our life by serving and lifting others.  By so doing we experience the only true and lasting happiness.  Service is not something we endure on this earth so we can earn the right to live in the celestial kingdom.  Service is the very fiber of which an exalted life in the celestial kingdom is made. — Elder Marion G. Romney, Ensign, November 1982, p. 93

Elder James E. Talmage said that “any man may enter the highest degree of the celestial kingdom when his actions have been such that he can feel at home there”  (Hugh B. Brown, Seek to Know the Shepherd [Brigham Young University Speeches of the Year, 9 Dec. 1959], p. 5). Doctrine and Covenants Student Manual, p. 300

President Marion G. Romney added: “I can think of no blessings to be more fervently desired than those promised to the pure and the virtuous.  Jesus spoke of specific rewards for different virtues but reserved the greatest, so it seems to me, for the pure in heart, ‘for they,’ said he, ‘shall see God’ (Matt. 5:8).  And not only shall they see the Lord, but they shall feel at home in his presence.”  (In Conference Report, Apr. 1979, p. 60; or Ensign, 1979, p. 42.) Doctrine and Covenants Student Manual, p. 300

Those who die before reaching the age of accountability are saved in the celestial kingdom (see D&C 137:10).  Those who have died without knowledge of the gospel and would have received it if they had been given the opportunity will also be heirs of the celestial kingdom (see D&C 137:7).  In addition, even those whose lives have been less than valiant will in time be blessed with an existence superior to this life (see D&C 76:89). — Elder Quentin L. Cook, “The Songs They Could Not Sing,” Ensign, Nov. 2011, p. 107

We consider that God has created man with a mind capable of instruction, and a faculty which may be enlarged in proportion to the heed and diligence given to the light communicated from heaven to the intellect; and that the nearer man approaches perfection, the clearer are his views, and the greater his enjoyments, till he has overcome the evils of his life and lost every desire for sin; and like the ancients, arrives at that point of faith where he is wrapped in the power and glory of his Maker and is caught up to dwell with Him.  But we consider that this is a station to which no man ever arrived in a moment: he must have been instructed in the government and laws of that kingdom by proper degrees, until his mind is capable in some measure of comprehending the propriety, justice, equality, and consistency of the same. . . . It is necessary for men to receive an understanding concerning the laws of the heavenly kingdom, before they are permitted to enter it: we mean the celestial glory. . . . The conditions of God’s kingdom are such, that all who are made partakers of that glory, are under the necessity of learning something respecting it previous to their entering into it. Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, January 22, 1834, p. 51

“Man,” said Jesus Christ, “should not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God.”  That is the celestial law.  When we do that we are living the celestial law and we shall gain celestial glory if we continue to abide in it, for by abiding in these things we sanctify our nature, we make our bodies and our spirits serve God, and come in subjection to his law and his influence and Spirit, which proceed from him, and our bodies become so sanctified that they are capable of being quickened in the resurrection by a celestial glory, and if we do not live in accordance with such law we cannot gain a celestial glory.  That should be in our minds, and we should teach it to our children. — Elder Charles W. Penrose, Conference Report, October 1921

In principle and in essence the same thing applies to celestial marriage.  We enter into that order of the priesthood, which is a patriarchal order, and the door is again opened to eternal life – the door to the highest heaven within the celestial world, that being the only place where the family unit continues.  And so, we get married in the temple, we become husband and wife for eternity, we are married by the sealing power that Elijah the prophet restored, and again, we have the promise given of eternal life.  We are assured again of exaltation, but it is given in terms and in essence as it was with baptism.  The Lord says to us in effect:

“Son, thou shalt be exalted, if you now keep the terms and conditions of this everlasting covenant of marriage.”

We get conditional promises in baptism!  We get conditional promises in celestial marriage! — Elder Bruce R. McConkie, “Making Our Calling and Election Sure,” BYU Devotional, March 25, 1969

This is a world in which we are to prove ourselves.  The lifetime of man is a day of trial, wherein we may prove to God, in our darkness, in our weakness, and where the enemy reigns, that we are our Father’s friends, and that we receive light from him and are worthy to be leaders of our children – to become lords of lords, and kings of kings – to have perfect dominion over that portion of our families that will be crowned in the celestial kingdom with glory, immortality, and eternal lives. Teachings of Presidents of the Church, Brigham Young, p. 85

Brethren and sisters, the glory of the whole matter is, that when we get through we are going to have our families with us – our fathers and our mothers, our brothers and our sisters, our wives and our children – in the morning of the resurrection, in the family organization of the celestial world, to dwell forever and forever.  This is worth all you or I can sacrifice the few years we have to spend here in the flesh. — Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Wilford Woodruff, p. 177

 We read in the Bible that there is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars. . . . These are worlds, different departments, or mansions, in our Father’s house.  Now those men, or those women, who know no more about the power of God, and the influences of the Holy Spirit, than to be led entirely by another person, suspending their own understanding and pinning their faith upon another’s sleeve, will never be capable of entering into the celestial glory, to be crowned as they anticipate; they will never be capable of becoming Gods. . . . Who will?  Those who are valiant and inspired with the true independence of heaven, who will go forth boldly in the service of their God, leaving others to do as they please, determined to do right, though all mankind besides should take the opposite course. — Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 1:312

All heaven is anxious that the people should be saved.  The heavens weep over the people, because of their hard-heartedness, unbelief, and slowness to believe and act. Discourses of Brigham Young, 388-89

The kingdom that this people are in pertains to the Celestial kingdom; it is a kingdom in which we can prepare to go into the presence of the Father and the Son.  Then let us live to inherit that glory.  God has promised you, Jesus has promised you, and the apostles and prophets of old and of our day have promised you that you shall be rewarded according to all you can desire in righteousness before the Lord, if you live for that reward. — Deseret News, Salt Lake City: 1854, 1860

A perfect oneness will save a people, because intelligent beings cannot become perfectly one, only by acting upon principles that pertain to eternal life.  Wicked men may be partially united in evil; but, in the very nature of things, such a union is of short duration.  The very principle upon which they are partially united will itself breed contention and disunion to destroy the temporary compact.  Only the line of truth and righteousness can secure to any kingdom or people, either of earthly or heavenly existence, an eternal continuation of perfect union; for only truth and those who are sanctified by it can dwell in celestial glory. — Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 7:277

This, then, without amplifying, without saying more, is the doctrine that is involved. It is a true doctrine; it is a sound doctrine.  What does it mean to us?  It is not something that is beyond us; it is not outside the realm of our capabilities. The Lord would not offer baptism to a people and say, “Be baptized and you can be saved in my kingdom,” unless he knew that the people had it within their power to enter into baptism and to do the things that will result in the promised salvation.  And the Lord would not offer to a people celestial marriage and say to them, “Now enter this order of matrimony and keep the covenant and you will have eternal life,” unless he knew that the people had the talent and the spiritual capacity and ability to gain the promised reward.  And the same thing applies to making our calling and election sure.  The Lord would not say to us, “Make your calling and election sure,” unless he knew it was within our spiritual potential – unless we had the capacity and ability to press forward in steadfastness and devotion until that desired eventuality occurred.

Now, I am suggesting that this is within the realm of possibility and of probability for the members of the Church today.  Many in this dispensation have obtained such a status. This ought to cause us to make a firm and unshakable determination to gain the blessings and benefits of baptism; to gain the blessings and benefits of celestial marriage; and in each instance those blessings accrue on condition that we keep the covenants that we make in connection with those holy ordinances.  And then we ought to press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, keeping the commandments and living by every word that proceedeth forth from the mouth of God, so that our calling and election shall be made sure.  In one manner of speaking, this is the most glorious doctrine that there is in the Church.  It is the doctrine that assures people of eternal reward in the kingdom of God.  By the grace and glory and goodness of a merciful Father, he has restored in this, our day, the knowledge, the doctrine, the keys, the priesthood, the powers – everything that is needed to seal men up unto eternal life.  Our objective, our goal, our aim, our determination in this life is to press forward with that steadfastness and devotion which will give us complete peace and satisfaction and joy in this life and assure us of eternal life in the world to come.

“. . . He who doeth the works of righteousness shall receive his reward, even peace in this world, and eternal life in the world to come.”  (D&C 59:23) — Elder Bruce R. McConkie, “Making Our Calling and Election Sure,” BYU Devotional, March 25, 1969