Church of the firstborn 

Summary

A term describing those who receive the fullness and glory of God the Father in the afterlife.1 According to an 1832 revelation, those who belong to the church of the firstborn dwell in the Father’s presence, become like him, and receive “all things” from him.2 They are those who “received the testimony of Jesus, and believed on his name, and were baptized” and “are just men made perfect through Jesus the mediator of the new covenant.”3 At the time of Christ’s second coming, members of the church of the firstborn will “have part in the first resurrection” and will reign with Christ in the millennium.4 Another 1832 revelation specified that “the glory of the celestial kingdom . . . is that of the church of the first born.”5 Other revelations and writings described those individuals who were residents of Zion in the days of the biblical figure Enoch as belonging to the church of the firstborn.6 See also “Celestial kingdom.”