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It is 10:03 pm on a Sunday night and I have been sitting here in my friend’s suite for the past two hours reading about the Mormons and studying for my upcoming mid-term exam in Science and the Bible.

The former was an okay experience. For the particular segment of my assignment I had to read the first 35 pages of the book Building The Kingdom: A History of Mormons in America. The whole reading was mostly a brief history of how the Mormon faith was founded and ended with the mormons leaving Nauvoo because of threats and attacks.

In this reading there were a number of things I found the need to highlight that dealt with their beliefs. First of these was the concept of the Three Kingdoms of Heaven.

Those who believed in Christ and lived according to the commandments went to the highest or “celestial” kingdom. People of good will who did not accept the gospel went to the “terrestrial” kingdom. And the wicked-liars, adulturers, whoremongers- headed to the third kingdom, the “telestial.” …

… Even wicked persons had a place in heaven… Only those who denied the Holy Spirit and chose to give themselves to Lucifer rather than Christ went to the true hell…

The idea that anyone who accepts the Holy Spirit can still go to some sort of positive afterlife is a comforting thought. For those who would be condemned in the eyes of other christian denominations this ideal must seem so forgiving and welcoming.

My only question that may go against the positive feel of this concept would be:

Do other faiths fall under the category of a person accepting the Holy Spirit?

I would like to think so. To me the Holy Spirit is more related to holy energy that is all encompassing than belonging to one faith. I feel that the Holy Spirit is experienced by all peoples, just in different forms.

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