THE DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS

SECTION 137

Kirtland, Ohio, January 21, 1836

I saw the celestial kingdom, but I couldn't tell if I was in the body or out of it
Absurdity 137:1-4

1The heavens were opened upon us, and I beheld the celestial kingdom of God, and the glory thereof, whether in the body or out I cannot tell.

The heavens opened and I [Joseph Smith] saw the celestial kingdom.

I couldn't tell if I was in the body or out of the body.

2 I saw the transcendent beauty of the gate through which the heirs of that kingdom will enter, which was like unto circling flames of fire;

The gate looked like it was on fire.

3 Also the blazing throne of God, whereon was seated the Father and the Son.

Both the Father and the Son were sitting on the same throne, which was blazing with fire.

4 I saw the beautiful streets of that kingdom, which had the appearance of being paved with gold.

The streets were paved with gold.

I saw Alvin Smith in the celestial kingdom
Absurdity 137:5-10

5 I saw Father Adam and Abraham; and my father and my mother; my brother Alvin, that has long since slept;

I saw Adam and Abraham - and also my own father and mother, along with my long-dead brother Alvin. [1]

6 And marveled how it was that he had obtained an inheritance in that kingdom, seeing that he had departed this life before the Lord had set his hand to gather Israel the second time, and had not been baptized for the remission of sins.

I was surprised to see Alvin, since he wasn't baptized,

and died before the Lord gathered Israel for the second time. [2]

7Thus came the voice of the Lord unto me, saying: All who have died without a knowledge of this gospel, who would have received it if they had been permitted to tarry, shall be heirs of the celestial kingdom of God;

Then the Lord said to me,

Those who died without knowing the gospel, but would have believed it if they had lived longer, will enter the celestial kingdom.

8Also all that shall die henceforth without a knowledge of it, who would have received it with all their hearts, shall be heirs of that kingdom;

This also be true from now on.

9 For I, the Lord, will judge all men according to their works, according to the desire of their hearts.

I'll judge everyone according to their works and wants.

10 And I also beheld that all children who die before they arrive at the years of accountability are saved in the celestial kingdom of heaven.

I also saw that children who die before the age of accountablity will be go to the celestial kingdom.