A Hierarchy of Heavens

Although the basic contours of Mormon doctrine on the fate of the soul after death have remained stable since the 1830s, the question of movement between kingdoms has been more difficult to settle. In the 19th century, some leading Mormon thinkers held that a soul might have the opportunity to move up from one kingdom to another over the course of the eternities. Since the middle of the 20th century, however, Mormons have taught that there is no movement from kingdom to kingdom after the final judgment is rendered.

Steven Taysom is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Cleveland State University. His research has appeared in a variety of professional journals.  Some of his research has included various topics related to American Religious History, Mormon Studies, Shaker Studies, Ritual, and New Religious Movements.

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