Telestial kingdom 

Summary

The lowest of three kingdoms, or degrees, of glory in the afterlife; symbolically represented by the stars.1 According to JS and Sidney Rigdon’s account of a 16 February 1832 vision, those “who received not the gospel of Christ, neither the testimony of Jesus,” along with “liars, and sorcerers, and adulterers, and whoremongers,” would inherit the telestial kingdom.2 Although such individuals were considered “saved” in Christ and inheritors of a kingdom of glory, they could “never see the Celestial kingdom of God” where God and Jesus Christ dwell.3 However, the account of the vision explained that the glory of the telestial kingdom still “surpasses all understanding” and is comparable to that of the stars.4 Those who inhabit the telestial kingdom are “as innumerable as the stars in the firmament of heaven, or as the sand upon the sea shore.”5 See also “Celestial kingdom” and “Terrestrial kingdom.”