When my wife and I were sealed in the temple, the sealer said something that struck me. He said, "It is likely that all of us here today will be in the celestial kingdom someday. In fact, I think there will be more people who find the celestial kingdom than people who don't. Many, many more."
mackay11 wrote:Sometimes I've had moments of "what if..." but I don't believe that way any more. There are too many scriptures and even leader quotes to support a universalistic view of the human family.
Add the quote from my sealer above to your list mackay.
The existence of a celestial kingdom is a big IF
for me, and lately I tend to be more rooted in this existence than the next. Death will come; that much is certain, but all of the theories about what comes after death are just that, theories. Why not be hopeful for the more peaceful, inclusive theories?
I very much agree with Orson's sentiment that this life is much more of a learning experience than it is a pass/fail test. Even if it is a pass/fail test of sorts, some Eastern traditions suggest we continually get do-overs until we get it right. That actually doesn't seem ridiculous at all to me, though some may think it is.
I am amazed at how little a TR means to me personally now that it's gone. The only peace it really brought me was a lack of expectation-driven guilt from family and friends...the false comfort of conformity. The only part that really felt good was that I had the stamp of approval from someone else. Over the past few months as the shallow nature of that validation has come to light, it has melted away. It's been replaced by something deeper and much more meaningful. If I ever get a TR again, it will be because 1.
I regain the feeling that the temple offers something I need that I can't get elsewhere in life, and 2.
either my beliefs fall back in line with the TR questions or the TR process evolves into something that's more accepting of unorthodox views.
Great topic by the way!