DEGREES OF GLORY (Teachings of Joseph Smith)

Self-Evident That the Term “Heaven” in Bible Refers to More than One Kingdom — History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 (January 25–February 16, 1832)

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.

History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834], p. 183, The Joseph Smith Papers.

Everything Manifests the Perfection of the Three Degrees of Glory — History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 (January 25–February 16, 1832)

Nothing could be more pleasing to the Saint, upon the order of the kingdom of the Lord, than the light which burst upon the world, through the foregoing vision [of the three degrees of glory, D&C 76]. Every law, every commandment, every promise, every truth, and every point, touching the destiny of man, from Genesis to Revelation, where the purity of either remains unsullied from the wisdom of men, goes to shew the perfection of the theory, and witnesses the fact that that document is a transcript from the Records of the eternal world. The sublimity of the ideas; the purity of the language; the scope for action; the continued duration for completion, in order that the heirs of salvation, may confess the Lord and bow the knee; The rewards for faithfulnes. & the punishments for sins, are so much beyond the narrow mindedness of men, that every honest man is constrained to exclaim; It came from God.

History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834], p. 192, The Joseph Smith Papers.

Other Kingdoms Besides Heaven and Hell — Wilford Woodruff (June 11, 1843)

Their has been Also much said about the word Hell & the sectarian world have preached much about it but what is hell, it is annother modern term it is takan from hades the greek or shaole, the (hebrew) & the true signification is a world of spirits, Hades shaole paradise, spirits in prision is all one it is a world of spirits, the righteous & the wicked all go to the same world of spirits but says one I believe in one hell & one heaven all are equally miserable or equally happy, but St Paul informs us of three glories & three heavens he knew a man caught up to the third heavens, & Jesus said their were many mansions in my Fathers Kingdom.

Discourse, 11 June 1843–A, as Reported by Wilford Woodruff, pp. 44-45, The Joseph Smith Papers.
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