My goal is to write about those things that will help each of us draw nearer to the lord. The Lord said, “draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you.” With that purpose in mind I would like to explore the following scripture.
They who are of a celestial spirit shall receive the same body which was a natural body; even ye shall receive your bodies, and your glory shall be that glory by which your bodies are quickened.
Ye who are quickened by a portion of the celestial glory shall then receive of the same, even a fulness.
And they who are quickened by a portion of the terrestrial glory shall then receive of the same, even a fulness.
And also they who are quickened by a portion of the telestial glory shall then receive of the same, even a fulness. D&C 88:28 – 31
I read this as teaching that when we’re resurrected we will receive the same body we had in mortality; except in a glorified state. We learn in these verses that while in mortality we are “quickened” by a portion of either the celestial, terrestrial, or telestial glory and when we’re resurrected we will receive a fullness of that same glory.
In other words, in the resurrection there will be differences—significant differences—in the appearance and function of those possessing a celestial, terrestrial, or telestial body. Everyone will be able to see the difference and know what kind of being they are observing. 1
This is what Joseph Smith meant when he said: “In the resurrection, some are raised to be angels, others are raised to become Gods.” Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 312.
The kind of glorified body we receive in the resurrection depends on which glory we are being quickened by in mortality; the celestial, terrestrial, or telestial. Following the apostles and prophets does make a difference. Especially in the long run.
1. “Some will gain celestial bodies with all the powers of exaltation and eternal increase. These bodies will shine like the sun as our Savior’s does. . . . Those who enter the terrestrial kingdom will have terrestrial bodies, and they will not shine like the sun, but they will be more glorious than the bodies of those who receive the telestial glory.
In both of these kingdoms there will be changes in the bodies and limitations. They will not have the power of increase, neither the power or nature to live as husbands and wives, for this will be denied them and they cannot increase.” Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, 2:287–88.