I was reading this monthâ€™s Ensign magazine earlier today, and came upon an article by Dallin H. Oaks entitled â€œFundamental to Our Faithâ€. One paragraph in particular stood out.
Finally, our understanding of the purpose of mortal life includes some unique doctrines about what follows mortality. Like other Christians, we believe that when we leave this life, we go to a heaven (paradise) or a hell. But to us this two-part division of the righteous and the wicked is merely temporary while the spirits of the dead await their resurrection and Final Judgment (see Alma 40:11â€“14). The destinations that follow the Final Judgment are much more diverse, and they stand as evidence of the magnitude of Godâ€™s love for His childrenâ€”all of them.
Most of Christianity believes in a two-part afterlife: heaven and hell. Mormonism, on the other hand, generally believes in a more diverse afterlife: Celestial Kingdom, Terrestrial Kingdom, Telestial Kingdom, and Outer Darkness.
Elder Oaks, however, said something that made me wonder. He didnâ€™t just say that afterlife destinations weÂ believeÂ in are more diverse than mainstream Christianity; he specifically said the destinations we believe in are much more diverse.
To me, four is not much more diverse from two, so I wonder what Elder Oaks had in mind when he specifically chose these words.