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JACKSON - Is baptism necessary for the Terrestrial and Telestial kingdoms?
JOEL - No. President Joseph Fielding said:
"The scriptures are very clear in declaring that baptism is for the celestial kingdom only. For a place in the terrestrial or the telestial kingdom, baptism is not required.
The Prophet Joseph Smith said:
. . . A man may be saved, after the judgment, in the terrestrial kingdom, or in the telestial kingdom, but he can never see the celestial kingdom of God, without being born of water and the Spirit. (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 12.)
The kingdom of God mentioned by the Savior in his conversation with Nicodemus (John 3) points clearly to the fact that it is the celestial kingdom that is meant. This is also implied in the instructions given by our Savior to his apostles when he left them. They were to go into all the world and preach the gospel, all who accepted and were baptized should enter the celestial kingdom, but all others would be damned, or be assigned to one of the other kingdoms." (Joesph Fielding Smith ANSWERS TO GOSPEL QUESTIONS, VOL. 5)
Then there are of course those who have had all the ordinances but could end up in any of the lower kingdoms due to unfaithfulness and sin.
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