The actual derivation of the word is ultimately insignificant.
What may be more significant is the idea that this world is a telestial kingdom.
“And he who cannot abide the law of a telestial kingdom cannot abide a telestial glory; therefore he is not meet for a kingdom of glory. Therefore he must abide a kingdom which is not a kingdom of glory. . . . And I give unto you, who are the first laborers in this last kingdom, a commandment that you assemble yourselves together, and organize yourselves, and prepare yourselves, and sanctify yourselves” (D&C 88:24, 74).
“These are they who are liars, and sorcerers, and adulterers, and whoremongers, and whosoever loves and makes a lie” (D&C 76:103). Certainly those types of people are on this earth.
“These are they who suffer the wrath of God on earth. These are they who suffer the vengeance of eternal fire. These are they who are cast down to hell and suffer the wrath of Almighty God, until the fulness of times, when Christ shall have subdued all enemies under his feet, and shall have perfected his work; When he shall deliver up the kingdom, and present it unto the Father, spotless, saying: I have overcome and have trodden the wine-press alone, even the wine-press of the fierceness of the wrath of Almighty God” (D&C 76:104-7).
James E. Talmage wrote about a World Room, Terrestrial Room, and Celestial Room being in the temple (The House of the Lord, 157-9).
“At times we ask in desperation, ‘How can I keep my sights firmly fixed on the celestial as I navigate through this telestial world?’” (Thomas S. Monson, “We Never Walk Alone,” October 2013 General Conference).
“When Adam and Eve willingly stepped into mortality, they knew this telestial world would contain thorns and thistles and troubles of every kind” (Jeffrey R. Holland, “The Ministry of Angels,” October 2008 General Conference).
“He knows that ‘the gate of heaven is open unto all,’ but that the Man of Galilee will finally judge each of us on the basis of a rigorous celestial theology, instead of the popular ‘no-fault theology’ of this telestial world” (Neal A. Maxwell, “The Man of Christ,” April 1975 General Conference).
“We must remember this world is a telestial environment” (Ezra Taft Benson, “Great Things Required of Their Fathers,” April 1981 General Conference).
It is significant that this world is a telestial kingdom, because it should be noted that this telestial kingdom has physical death in it.
Telestial beings will be in a world subject to a repeating cycle of eternal deaths.
“And also the telestial receive [present tense] it of the administering of angels who are appointed to minister for them, or who are appointed to be ministering spirits for them; for they shall be [future tense] heirs of salvation” (D&C 76:88).
For someone in the telestial kingdom to someday be an heir of salvation, he or she must be able to separate from the telestial kingdom in some way.
As mentioned in my previous post, “it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed” (Romans 13:11).
Last night’s dream
I had an interesting dream last night:
A colleague showed me an article in a magazine.
For some reason I felt like this was some article about an organization in heaven, perhaps in a library. The article was addressing how to improve the organization’s performance. Vaguely, I had the thought that an organization in heaven would be perfect and wondered why this article was necessary.
The article suggested we ask ourselves at least 3 questions. The first one was, “What do you want to do?”
I commented that having the ultimate goal or purpose in mind would be helpful for problem solving in an organization, including a family.Applying the dream to this post, one thing people in the telestial kingdom could ask themselves is, “What do you want to do?” What is your purpose?
Perhaps an answer that might help someone start moving in the right direction would be, “Wake up and get out of here!”