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Unspeakable Things

By November 11, 2012

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When the Three Nephites visited heaven and went through the process of changing from humans to angels, they "saw and heard unspeakable things," the Book of Mormon says. But after they returned to Earth to minister to people, they couldn't tell anyone what they'd seen and heard, because they'd been forbidden to do so.

I've often wished that I could pop into heaven for a visit and then return to Earth with greater knowledge about what it's like. But there's that pesky problem that most of us have when it comes to visiting heaven: We have to die first. So, with that condition in mind, I'm happy to skip a heavenly trip for now.

It's interesting that the story of the Three Nephites mentions that "they were changed from this body of flesh into an immortal state, that they could behold the things of God." They weren't allowed to behold heaven while still in their earthly bodies; they had to change to another state of being in order to experience those "unspeakable things" that they couldn't reveal to others who were still alive on Earth after they returned.

Intellectually, I understand that God has good purposes for limiting our knowledge about heaven while we're still on Earth, because there's only so much we can comprehend about heaven from an earthly perspective. It's like we're babies who know what the womb is like but can't yet understand what incredible experiences await us outside the womb after we're born.

Still, not a day goes by when I don't long to know more about heaven's wonders, because that's our ultimate home, where we're meant to live forever with God and the angels -- and we won't be completely satisfied until get there.

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