The Mormons Got Grandma!

posted Jun 23, 2012, 1:43 AM by Professor Katz   [ updated Jun 12, 2016, 8:39 AM ]
In 1832, the Mormons abandoned the conventional Christian idea of a dual Heaven / Hell, and instead posited the concept of three heavens with a hierarchical pantheon of gods:
  • a celestial kingdom for Mormons who had become gods
  • a terrestrial kingdom for non-Mormons
  • a telestial kingdom for bad people
So everyone gets into some class of heaven, except for the 'sons of perdition' who had accepted and then rejected the Holy Spirit.

It's an attractive concept: Mormon theology promised universal salvation for all of humankind, and divinity for the Mormon faithful.  Sadly, it meant that anyone born before 1830, when the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was established, would never make it into first-class Heaven.

But good news was on the way.  In August 1840, Joseph Smith announced the doctrine of baptizing the dead, codified in a revelation of 1842.  The Mormons were not the first to invent the idea -- the German Pietist mystics at Ephrata, Pennsylvania had been doing it since the 1740s -- but baptizing the dead is a practice that has turned their Church into the foremost centre of world genealogy today.

Log on to FamilySearch and see who in your family is going first-class.  The Mormons don't wait for you to apply, and they are working as we speak to induct as many humans as possible into the celestial kingdom.  A quick search reveals that they got Grandma, now to be found serving up kugel, tzimes and chopped liver (her speciality: with hard-boiled eggs) to Abraham, Isaac, and Joseph Smith.
not your typical Mormon

They seem to know a lot about her:
gender:Female
marital status:Married
race:White
birthplace:Russia
estimated birth year:1899
relationship to head of household:Wife
father's birthplace:Russia
mother's birthplace:Russia

Have a look at
FamilySearch and see if they have you.  If they don't, you're destined to fly tourist class for all eternity.  I hope you get an exit row: more room for your wings.
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