An oft pondered aspect to the LDS Plan of Salvation is the question of whether or not there will be “Progression Between the Kingdoms”? (i.e. when someone is judged and assigned to the Terrestrial Kingdom, can they eventually move up to the Celestial Kingdom?)
I’ve heard arguments for both sides, but most seem to skirt the issue or approach it from a severely limited, mortal perspective. I will now put the issue to rest. You may print out the following and keep it in your scriptures for future reference:
Yes, there will be progression between the kingdoms. There has to be.
If God’s purpose is to “bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man”, what purpose would limiting progression serve from an eternal perspective?
The concept of a “deadline”, after which there is no change for all eternity, only makes sense from a mortal, linear perspective. From an eternal perspective, a “permanent” assignment is nonsensical.
If God is Eternal, and His true purpose is “to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man“, then there is no reason to not allow people to progress.Ten billion trillion years from now, if there is just one single soul in the Telestial Kingdom who wishes to have faith, repent, make covenants, and be obedient, what purpose would it serve to keep him there?
As we learn in D&C 19, sometimes we are told things from an earthly, linguistically twisted perspective because it is a useful motivation technique for God, not because it is the most accurate view of the eternal reality.
It might take some of the urgency out of our motivation to spread the good word here on Earth if we knew people could come around anytime they needed in the heavenly future. Thus, progression between the kingdoms isn’t a convenient teaching if you want people to get out and knock on doors and toss their 10% into the metaphorical pie tin. But that doesn’t make it false.