"But behold, from among the righteous, he organized his forces and appointed messengers, clothed with power and authority, and commissioned them to go forth and carry the light of the gospel to them that were in darkness, even to all the spirits of men; and thus was the gospel preached to the dead. And the chosen messengers went forth to declare the acceptable day of the Lord and proclaim liberty to the captives who were bound, even unto all who would repent of their sins and receive the gospel. Thus was the gospel preached to those who had died in their sins, without a knowledge of the truth, or in transgression, having rejected the prophets. These were taught faith in God, repentance from sin, vicarious baptism for the remission of sins, the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands. And all other principles of the gospel that were necessary for them to know in order to qualify themselves that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit." - D&C 138:30-34
- He had this vision roughly 4-6 weeks before his death (at 80 years of age).Could it be influenced by his impending death from pleurisy/pneumonia?
- He had 5 plural wives and 50 children (5 of them were adopted). He grew up among and taking care of family.Could this be tied into his vision of humanity as part of the family of God?
- He was one of the participants in the exodus from Nauvoo and settling Utah - both of which were largely communal efforts. It makes sense to me that salvation would be a communal endeavor as well - which is a theme of this section of the D&C actually.
Why do we want to believe his version of "heaven" - of life after this one?