Mormonism has a rather complicated cosmology. There isn’t just one heaven —there are three. Kind of. There is the paradise of the afterlife, similar to what we normally think of heaven. There is also the spirit prison, equated to hell.
After the final judgment, however, there are four options. There is the Celestial Kingdom, which is where God and the members of the faith will reside; the Terrestrial Kingdom, for the ones who followed the laws of Moses but not those of Smith; and there is the Telestial Kingdom, those that lived moral lives but weren’t Christians. Finally, there is the outer darkness, where you’ll find the outright evil people who rebel against God or love satan and follow him.
Jesus Will be Back to Rule Crystal Earth
To Mormons, God's eternal plan has a couple of twists to it. But what plan doesn't, honestly? The LDS Church teaches that eventually, the Earth will be “baptized by fire” and then ruled over by Jesus Christ himself.
In addition, the deceased will be resurrected with healthy bodies and those that survived the whole experience will never be the same. But honestly, who can ever be the same after a fiery baptism? Well, we don't know.
It's possible that Joseph Smith included this information because he had previously been put on trial for practicing folk magic and being a “stone gazer.”
Under fear of further litigation, he included information that would increase the acceptability of such practices, though, at the same time, he removed allusions to his early life's folk magic elements, such as treasure-seeking activities, divining rods, magic circles, and seer stones in order to remove any pressure from himself. This knowledge, though not a secret, isn't very common now.
Special Programs for Mormons
For a number of reasons, Mormons are recruited more often into groups such as the CIA and the FBI than the rest of America's demographics. The main reason is that their strict sense of morals, as well as their abstinence from potentially harmful substances, makes them ideal candidates for careers in law enforcement.
In order to help reach the LDS community, these groups have set up special Mormon recruitment programs to help bolster their numbers. There have even been some FBI agents who have also acted as Mormon bishops.
Where Is the Seat of Power?
Everybody seems to think that Utah is the center of the Mormon world, and with sixty-eight percent of the state's population as part of the religion, it's no surprise. However, the seat of power is actually Missouri.
Joseph Smith stated that the righteous would come together in Independence, Missouri, during the second coming of Jesus Christ. They even believe that the Garden of Eden is in Missouri. Unfortunately, the residents of Missouri weren't happy about all these revelations, and a majority of the LDS Church packed up and moved to Utah.