Authentic Joseph Smith (No. 10)

Part of the Joseph Smith, Jr. Series

All blue quotes by Joseph Smith (unless otherwise noted).

From Wilford Woodruff’s diary (April 1844)

What about our babies who have already gone to the abode of God? Most of us have either lost a young child or know someone whose heart was broken to pieces over the death of someone far too young. Those children are in paradise waiting for us, and there is a bit of comfort in that thought – but what is their state, and what are they doing?

Joseph Smith parts the veil and gives us an idea of what happens with babies in heaven. This is a fantastic glimpse.

A question – will Mothers have their children in Eternity? yes, yes, you will have the children But as [the child] falls so it will rise, It will never grow. It will be in its precise form as it fell in its mothers arms. Eternity is full of thrones upon which dwell thousands of children reigning on thrones of glory not one cubit added to their stature.

William Clayton also records joseph Smith to say that departed children have lots of intelligence and understanding.

We shall receive them precisely in the same state as they died ie no larger. They will have as much intelligence as we…

(20 March 1842 ~ Words of Joseph Smith)

This unique piece of revelation is quite comforting. Because of Joseph Smith, we know they are loved, in a state of bliss, fulfillment, and well taken care of. We shall meet them again in a joyful embrace full of wonder.

Author’s Notes

The Joseph Smith Series comes from, in part, a book called “The Words of Joseph Smith.”

Note: usually, the book costs a small fortune ($150-$250) because it is out of print. But I found it for free at the BYU Religious Studies Center. (Thank you, BYU)

(P.S. I receive no compensation for any recommendations – I like sharing.)

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