DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS
OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
A vision given to Joseph Smith the Prophet and Sidney Rigdon, at Hiram, Ohio, February 16, 1832. HC 1: 245–252. Prefacing his record of this vision the Prophet wrote: “Upon my return from Amherst conference, I resumed the translation of the Scriptures. From sundry revelations which had been received, it was apparent that many important points touching the salvation of man had been taken from the Bible, or lost before it was compiled. It appeared self-evident from what truths were left, that if God rewarded every one according to the deeds done in the body, the term ‘Heaven,’ as intended for the Saints’ eternal home, must include more kingdoms than one. Accordingly, while translating St. John’s Gospel, myself and Elder Rigdon saw the following vision.” It was after the Prophet had translated John 5: 29
that this vision was given.
, The Lord is God; 5–10
, Mysteries of the kingdom will be revealed to all the faithful; 11–17
, All shall come forth in the resurrection of the just or the unjust; 18–24
, Inhabitants of many worlds are begotten sons and daughters unto God through the atonement of Jesus Christ; 25–29
, An angel of God fell and became the devil; 30–49
, Sons of perdition suffer eternal damnation; all others gain some degree of salvation; 50–70
, The glory and reward of exalted beings in the celestial kingdom; 71–80
, Those who shall inherit the terrestrial kingdom; 81–113
, Status of those in the telestial, terrestrial, and celestial glories; 114–119
, All the faithful may see the vision of the degrees of glory.
, O ye heavens, and give ear, O earth, and rejoice ye inhabitants thereof, for the Lord is bGod
, and beside him there is cno dSavior
is his wisdom, bmarvelous
are his ways, and the extent of his doings none can find out.
fail not, neither are there any who can stay his hand.
From eternity to eternity he is the asame
, and his years never bfail
For thus saith the Lord—I, the Lord, am amerciful
and gracious unto those who bfear
me, and delight to honor those who cserve
me in righteousness and in truth unto the end.
Great shall be their reward and eternal shall be their aglory
And to them will I areveal
, yea, all the hidden mysteries of my kingdom from days of old, and for ages to come, will I make known unto them the good pleasure of my will concerning all things pertaining to my kingdom.
Yea, even the wonders of aeternity
shall they know, and things to come will I show them, even the things of many generations.
And their awisdom
shall be great, and their bunderstanding
reach to heaven; and before them the wisdom of the wise shall cperish
, and the understanding of the dprudent
shall come to naught.
For by my aSpirit
will I benlighten
them, and by my cpower
will I make known unto them the dsecrets
of my ewill
—yea, even those things which feye
has not seen, nor ear heard, nor yet entered into the heart of man.
We, Joseph Smith, Jun., and Sidney Rigdon, being ain
the Spirit on the sixteenth day of February, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty-two—
By the power of the aSpirit
were opened and our understandings were enlightened, so as to see and understand the things of God—
Even those things which were from the beginning before the world was, which were ordained of the Father, through his Only Begotten Son, who was in the bosom of the Father, even from the abeginning
Of whom we bear record; and the record which we bear is the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ, who is the Son, whom we saw and with whom we aconversed
in the heavenly bvision
For while we were doing the work of atranslation
, which the Lord had appointed unto us, we came to the twenty-ninth verse of the fifth chapter of John, which was given unto us as follows—
Speaking of the resurrection of the dead, concerning those who shall ahear
the voice of the bSon
And shall come forth; athey
who have done bgood
, in the cresurrection
of the djust
; and they who have done evil, in the resurrection of the unjust.
Now this caused us to marvel, for it was given unto us of the Spirit.
And while we ameditated
upon these things, the Lord touched the eyes of our understandings and they were opened, and the bglory
of the Lord shone round about.
And we beheld the aglory
of the Son, on the bright
hand of the cFather
, and received of his fulness;
And saw the holy aangels
, and them who are bsanctified
before his throne, worshiping God, and the Lamb, who cworship
him forever and ever.
And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the atestimony
, last of all, which we give of him: That he blives
For we asaw
him, even on the bright
hand of cGod
; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only dBegotten
of the Father—
That by ahim
, and through him, and of him, the bworlds
are and were created, and the cinhabitants
thereof are begotten dsons
and daughters unto God.
And this we saw also, and bear record, that an aangel
of God who was in authority in the presence of God, who brebelled
against the Only Begotten cSon
whom the Father dloved
and who was in the bosom of the Father, was thrust down from the presence of God and the Son,
And we beheld, and lo, he is afallen
! is fallen, even a son of the morning!
And while we were yet in the Spirit, the Lord commanded us that we should write the vision; for we beheld Satan, that old aserpent
, even the bdevil
, who rebelled against God, and sought to take the kingdom of our cGod
and his Christ—
Wherefore, he maketh awar
with the saints of God, and encompasseth them round about.
And we saw a vision of the asufferings
of those with whom he made war and overcame, for thus came the voice of the Lord unto us:
Thus saith the Lord concerning all those who know my power, and have been made partakers thereof, and asuffered
themselves through the power of the devil to be overcome, and to deny the truth and defy my power—
They are they who are the asons
, of whom I say that it had been better for them never to have been born;
For they are avessels
of wrath, doomed to suffer the wrath of God, with the devil and his angels in eternity;
Concerning whom I have said there is ano bforgiveness
in this world nor in the world to come—
the Holy Spirit after having received it, and having denied the Only Begotten Son of the Father, having bcrucified
him unto themselves and put him to an open cshame
These are they who shall go away into the alake
of fire and brimstone, with the devil and his angels—
Yea, verily, the only ones who shall anot
be redeemed in the due time of the Lord, after the sufferings of his wrath.
For all the rest shall be abrought
forth by the resurrection of the dead, through the btriumph
and the glory of the Lamb, who was slain, who was in the bosom of the Father cbefore
the worlds were made.
And this is the agospel
, the glad btidings
, which the voice out of the heavens bore record unto us—
That he acame
into the world, even Jesus, to be bcrucified
for the world, and to cbear
the sins of the dworld
, and to esanctify
the world, and to fcleanse
it from all unrighteousness;
That through him all might be asaved
whom the Father had put into his bpower
and made by him;
the Father, and saves all the works of his hands, except those sons of bperdition
who deny the Son after the Father has revealed him.
Wherefore, he saves all aexcept
them—they shall go away into beverlasting cpunishment
, which is endless punishment, which is eternal punishment, to dreign
with the edevil
and his angels in eternity, where their fworm
dieth not, and the fire is not quenched, which is their torment—
And the aend
thereof, neither the place thereof, nor their torment, no man knows;
Neither was it revealed, neither is, neither will be revealed unto man, except to them who are made partakers thereof;
Nevertheless, I, the Lord, show it by avision
unto many, but straightway shut it up again;
Wherefore, the end, the width, the height, the adepth
, and the misery thereof, they understand not, neither any man except those who are bordained
unto this ccondemnation
And we heard the voice, saying: aWrite
the vision, for lo, this is the end of the vision of the sufferings of the ungodly.
And again we bear record—for we asaw
and heard, and this is the btestimony
of the cgospel
of Christ concerning them who shall come forth in the resurrection of the djust
They are they who received the atestimony
of Jesus, and bbelieved
on his name and were cbaptized
after the dmanner
of his burial, being eburied
in the water in his name, and this according to the commandment which he has given—
That by akeeping
the commandments they might be bwashed
from all their sins, and receive the Holy Spirit by the laying on of the dhands
of him who is eordained
and sealed unto this power;
And who aovercome
by faith, and are bsealed
by the Holy Spirit of cpromise
, which the Father dsheds
forth upon all those who are just and true.
They are they into whose hands the Father has given aall
They are they who are apriests
, who have received of his fulness, and of his glory;
And are apriests
of the Most High, after the order of Melchizedek, which was after the order of bEnoch
, which was after the corder
of the Only Begotten Son.
Wherefore, as it is written, they are agods
, even the bsons
things are theirs, whether life or death, or things present, or things to come, all are theirs and they are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.
Wherefore, let no man aglory
in man, but rather let him bglory
in God, who shall csubdue
all enemies under his feet.
These shall adwell
in the bpresence
of God and his Christ forever and ever.
These are they whom he shall bring with him, when he shall acome
in the bclouds
of heaven to creign
on the earth over his people.
These are they who shall have part in the afirst
These are they who shall come forth in the resurrection of the ajust
These are they who are come unto aMount bZion
, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly place, the holiest of all.
These are they who have come to an innumerable company of aangels
, to the general assembly and church of bEnoch
, and of the cFirstborn
These are they whose names are awritten
in heaven, where God and Christ are the bjudge
These are they who are ajust
men made bperfect
through Jesus the mediator of the new ccovenant
, who wrought out this perfect datonement
through the shedding of his own eblood
These are they whose bodies are acelestial
, whose bglory
is that of the csun
, even the glory of God, the dhighest
of all, whose glory the sun of the firmament is written of as being typical.
And again, we saw the aterrestrial
world, and behold and lo, these are they who are of the terrestrial, whose glory differs from that of the church of the bFirstborn
who have received the fulness of the Father, even as that of the cmoon
differs from the sun in the firmament.
And also they who are the aspirits
of men kept in bprison
, whom the Son visited, and cpreached
unto them, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh;
not the btestimony
of Jesus in the flesh, but afterwards received it.
These are they who are ahonorable
men of the earth, who were bblinded
by the craftiness of men.
These are they who receive of his glory, but not of his fulness.
These are they who receive of the apresence
of the Son, but not of the fulness of the Father.
Wherefore, they are abodies
terrestrial, and not bodies celestial, and differ in glory as the moon differs from the sun.
These are they who are not avaliant
in the btestimony
of Jesus; wherefore, they obtain not the crown over the kingdom of our God.
And now this is the end of the avision
which we saw of the terrestrial, that the Lord commanded us to bwrite
while we were yet in the Spirit.
And again, we asaw
the glory of the btelestial
, which glory is that of the lesser, even as the cglory
of the stars differs from that of the glory of the moon in the firmament.
These are they who received not the gospel of Christ, neither the atestimony
These are they who adeny
not the Holy Spirit.
These are they who are thrust down to ahell
These are they who shall not be redeemed from the adevil
until the blast
resurrection, until the Lord, even Christ the cLamb
, shall have finished his work.
These are they who receive not of his fulness in the eternal world, but of the Holy Spirit through the ministration of the terrestrial;
And the terrestrial through the aministration
of the celestial.
And also the telestial receive it of the administering of angels who are appointed to minister for them, or who are appointed to be aministering
spirits for them; for they shall be bheirs
And thus we saw, in the heavenly vision, the glory of the atelestial
, which surpasses all understanding;
And no man knows it except him to whom God has revealed it.
And thus we saw the glory of the aterrestrial
which excels in all things the glory of the telestial, even in glory, and in power, and in might, and in dominion.
And thus we saw the aglory
of the celestial, which bexcels
in all things—where God, even the Father, reigns upon his cthrone
forever and ever;
Before whose throne all things bow in humble areverence
, and give him glory forever and ever.
They who dwell in his apresence
are the church of the bFirstborn
; and they see as they are seen, and cknow
as they are known, having received of his fulness and of his dgrace
And he makes them aequal
in power, and in might, and in dominion.
And the glory of the celestial is one, even as the glory of the asun
And the glory of the terrestrial is one, even as the glory of the moon is one.
And the glory of the telestial is one, even as the glory of the stars is one; for as one star differs from another star in glory, even so differs one from another in glory in the telestial world;
For these are they who are of aPaul
, and of Apollos, and of Cephas.
These are they who say they are some of one and some of another—some of Christ and some of John, and some of Moses, and some of Elias, and some of aEsaias
, and some of Isaiah, and some of Enoch;
not the gospel, neither the testimony of Jesus, neither the prophets, neither the beverlasting
Last of all, these all are they who will not be agathered
with the saints, to be bcaught
up unto the cchurch
of the Firstborn, and received into the cloud.
These are they who suffer the awrath
of God on earth.
These are they who suffer the avengeance
of eternal fire.
When he shall adeliver
up the bkingdom
, and present it unto the Father, spotless, saying: I have covercome
and have dtrodden
, even the wine-press of the fierceness of the wrath of Almighty God.
Then shall he be acrowned
with the crown of his glory, to sit on the bthrone
of his power to reign forever and ever.
But behold, and lo, we saw the glory and the inhabitants of the telestial world, that they were as ainnumerable
as the stars in the firmament of heaven, or as the sand upon the seashore;
And heard the voice of the Lord saying: These all shall bow the knee, and every tongue shall aconfess
to him who sits upon the throne forever and ever;
For they shall be judged according to their aworks
, and every man shall receive according to his own bworks
, his own cdominion
, in the dmansions
which are prepared;
This is the end of the vision which we saw, which we were commanded to write while we were yet in the Spirit.
and marvelous are the works of the Lord, and the bmysteries
of his kingdom which he showed unto us, which surpass all understanding in glory, and in might, and in dominion;
Which he commanded us we should not write while we were yet in the Spirit, and are not alawful
for man to utter;
Neither is man acapable
to make them known, for they are only to be bseen
by the power of the Holy Spirit, which God bestows on those who dlove
him, and purify themselves before him;
To whom he grants this privilege of aseeing
and knowing for themselves;
That through the power and manifestation of the Spirit, while in the flesh, they may be able to abear
in the world of glory.
And to God and the Lamb be aglory
, and honor, and dominion forever and ever. Amen.