For me, the scariest verse in all of scripture has always been D&C 103:2: “And that same sociality which exists among us here will exist among us there…” It’s hard enough to be a shy introvert now without having to be surrounded by people throughout eternity, too! But there’s an important lesson in that truth about the nature of real spirituality, and it’s one that I’ve long been trying to learn.
Other teachings in the Doctrine and Covenants affirm that being sealed in the temple is necessary to qualify for exaltation, the highest salvation with which anyone can be blessed. For example, D&C 131:1-2 reads, “In the celestial glory there are three heavens or degrees; and in order to obtain the highest, a man must enter into this order of the priesthood [meaning the new and everlasting covenant of marriage],” and the very next section contains this even more explicit promise: “And again, verily I say unto you, if a man marry a wife by my word, which is my law, and by the new and everlasting covenant…they shall pass by the angels, and the gods, which are set there, to their exaltation and glory in all things…” (D&C 132:19).
The point is that nobody can be exalted alone. This supreme gift can only be bestowed on those who have successfully grounded their lives in the service of others–a family. (I hasten to add here that the Church has clearly taught that nobody will suffer any loss of blessings because of any opportunity that they just didn’t have here on Earth–see, for example, Dallin H. Oaks: “The Lord has promised that in the eternities no blessing will be denied his sons and daughters who keep the commandments, are true tho their covenants, and desire what is right.”)
Just as exaltation cannot be achieved by a lone individual, neither can Zion be established by such. There is no such thing as a marriage of one; similarly, there is no such thing as a Zion of one. Continue reading