True Freedom can only come to those who are without fear. Fear is a lever used by evil men to lead us away from our duties. The greatest fear men have is the fear of death. I am not sure if it is uncertainty they fear, or some other expectation. I think it varies from individual to individual.
As you can tell from my writings, I no longer share the common fears of mankind. God, in His infinite mercy, has shown me what lies beyond our mortal experience, therefore, I am unfettered to pursue the core truths of humanity. One of those core truths is that their is an afterlife, Just as there is a premortal life, for all of us. A man may be shown these things, but he always limitations on who and where he can share this knowledge, if at all.
In the next few articles I am going to focus on the reality of life after death, as much as I am permitted. I will start with a vision given to Heber Q. Hale in 1920.
"I passed but a short distance from my body through a film into the world of spirits. This was my first experience after going to sleep. I seemed to realize that I had passed through the change called death and I so referred to it in my conversation with the immortal beings with whom I immediately came into contact. I readily observed their displeasure at our use of the word death and the fear which we attach to it. They use there another word in referring to the transition from mortality to immortality, which word I don't recall and I can only approach its meaning and the impression which was left upon my mind, by calling it “the New Birth.”' (Source)
As you can see, for those that have experienced what is referred to as the "New Birth", their is no cold, hard grave for the part of man that matters. The elements that make up our mortal body simply return to their mother earth. The most important part of man, the Spirit, continues its journey. This is the part of man that had its previous existence with God before it came to this world.
Another big misconception is that the Spirit is merely pure energy that merges with "The Light" and loses its individual identity when it enters the Spirit World. This is both a Gnostic and Luciferian concept. The reality is that our Spirits are composed of both a finer matter and energy. This finer matter is usually not seen by the human eye, but there are exceptions, where men and women have seen the Spirits of the dead. Heber continues:
"My first visual impression was the nearness of the world of spirits to the world of mortality. The vastness of this heavenly sphere was bewildering to the eyes of the spirit-novice. Many enjoyed unrestricted vision, and unimpeded action, while many others were visibly restricted as to both vision and action. The vegetation and landscape were beautiful beyond description; not all green as here, but gold with varying shades of pink, orange, and lavender as the rainbow. A sweet calmness pervaded everything. The people I met there I did not think of as spirits, but as men and women, self-thinking and self-acting individuals, going about important business in a most orderly manner. There was perfect order there and everybody had something to do and seemed to be about their business." (Ibid)
The restrictions placed on some in that world are largely a result of their own doing. We are only limited by our willingness to accept truth. The greater a man or woman's willingness to embrace truth, the greater is "visions" in the next life. Damnation is nothing more or less than a man's failure to accept the core truths of this life and the eternities.
In my visions of the afterlife I saw that all living things have a song to sing in that world. Flowers, trees, animals and even people. This song is based on their Spiritual Development. The more developed a Spirit is, the more beautiful the song and the greater its influence.
"That the inhabitants of the spirit world are classified according to their lives of purity, and their subservience to the Father's will, was subsequently made apparent. Particularly was it observed that the wicked and unrepentant are confined to a certain district by themselves, the confines of which are as definitely determined and impassible as the line marking the division of the physical from the spiritual world. A mere film, but impassible until the person himself was changed.
The world of spirit is the temporary abode of all spirits pending the resurrection from the dead and the judgment. There was much activity within the different spheres, and appointed ministers of salvation were seen coming from the higher to the lower spheres in pursuit of their missionary appointments." (Ibid)
Our purpose in that life is to embrace all the truth we can physically possess, then we have a responsibility to share it with others according to their capacity to receive it. A beautiful plan that exalts all the participants, or condemns them.
"I had a very pronounced desire to meet certain of my kinsfolk and friends, but I was at once impressed with the fact that I had entered a tremendously great and extensive world, even greater than our earth and more abundantly inhabited. I could be in only one place at a time, could do only one thing at a time, could look only in one direction at a time, and accordingly it would require many, many years to search out and converse with all those I had known and those whom I desired to meet unless they were especially summoned to receive men."
Of course, since men are at different stages of development in that world, it would only make sense that the world they inhabit is totally dependant on the truths they have received.
"I was surprised to find there, no babies in arms. I met the infant son of Orson W. Rawlings, my first counselor. I immediately recognized him as the baby who died a few years ago, and yet he seemed to have the intelligence and, in certain respect, the appearance of an adult, and was engaged in matters pertaining to his family and its genealogy. My mind was quite contented upon the point that mothers will again receive into their arms their children who died in infancy and will be fully satisfied, but the fact remains that entrance into the world of spirits is not an inhibition of growth but the greatest opportunity of development. Babies are adult spirits in infant bodies."
This demonstrates my point of pre-earthly development in our Father's House for the Spirits of men. The fact that our Spirits were fully developed to their capacity before we came to mortality is evidenced by this portion of Hyrum's vision.