Date: January 09, 2019 03:41AM
Thank you, Done & Done, for answering my questions! And using such entertaining analogies! You must have been a Sunday school teacher in your former life! LOL!
A close relative of mine was a high-ranking GA, and he told us kids that no one--not even Joseph Smith--knew anything about the Hereafter. He would laugh and say, "No one has ever died and gone there, and then returned back to tell about it." My parents deliberately didn't talk about the kingdoms and three degrees and all that junk.
They certainly did NOT tell me that only polygamists would be in the highest degree of the Celestial Kingdom!
I was told, after my divorce, that I was still sealed to my temple ex, and because of that, my children who were fathered by my second husband were sealed to me, through that eternal sealing. Well--I didn't want to be "eternally sealed" to a horribly brute who almost killed me, much less my innocent children be sealed as his possessions. The bishopric and the stake presidency, who visited me when I was trying to get a temple divorce, all told me that I was lucky! They said that If I was a very, very good Mormon, I might possibly earn the position of "ministering angel" in the hereafter!
I went to the temple a few times after that, and I remember filing through the hallway and up the stairs, behind the three single-woman friends I went with--all of us in identical robes and veils--and the words kept repeating in my head: "ministering angels, ministering angels." It was a depressing, hopeless, thought. My friends gave up. One is on antidepressants, and they aren't working at all. Two tried re-marriages that were disasters. I was lucky, I escaped the cult, and discovered there is no such thing as "ministering angels" or the Mormon "celestial kingdom." I'm not terrified of dying, anymore.