Where Will You Be in 10,000 Years?

A stake patriarch, a prophet, in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had a dream or vision[1] of the divine inheritance he could or would receive in ten thousand years. In the dream, he saw and felt where he would be after this life and the blessings that would be his if he held out faithful to the end of his life. He urged everyone, but especially the youth, during a special youth fireside at the ward level, to make correct and righteous choices.

After learning about this experience of his, I wrote a poem. I then changed it a little and submitted it to the Church when they were calling for new hymns.[2] Here’s the version I submitted allowing them to change it however they choose.

Study the word of God.
Hold to the iron rod.
When we sin, as we sometimes do,
Repent. Be clean. Stay true.

Live by the word of God.
Touch not the unclean thing.
“O be wise; what can I say more?”
Return. Repent. Stay true.

Where will you be in ten thousand years?
Where do you think you’ll be?
The decisions we make today
Will determine our destiny.

I don’t write music, but I realized that because the following lines didn’t have rhythm like the lines above, I keep these words out:

Choose each minute, each day
Of what you’ll do and say.
Be kind, forgive each other.
Give all your sins away.

This life is the time “to prepare to meet God.”[3] This is the probationary state that will prepare us for eternity.[4]

In the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, Amulek declared words that are just as applicable today as when he said them. He urged the people to come unto Christ. He said, “come forth and bring fruit unto repentance. …come forth and harden not your hearts any longer.”[5] He taught that if the people would “repent and not harden your hearts, [then] immediately shall the great plan of redemption be brought about unto you.”[6]

There are kingdoms of glory to inherit after this life. The Apostle Paul compared the celestial kingdom to the sun and the terrestrial kingdom to the moon.[7] He did not name the lowest kingdom comparable to stars. Joseph Smith revealed the name of that kingdom, the telestial glory.[8]

Joseph Smith received this revelation in 1833:

For he who is not able to abide the law of a celestial kingdom cannot abide a celestial glory. And he who cannot abide the law of a terrestrial kingdom cannot abide a terrestrial glory. And he who cannot abide the law of a telestial kingdom cannot abide a telestial glory; therefore he is not meet for a kingdom of glory. Therefore he must abide a kingdom which is not a kingdom of glory.[9]

Our prophet today, President Russell M. Nelson has said:

Mortal lifetime is hardly a nanosecond compared with eternity. But, my dear brothers and sisters, what a crucial nanosecond it is! During this life we get to choose which laws we are willing to obey—those of the celestial kingdom, or the terrestrial, or the telestial—and, therefore, in which kingdom of glory we will live forever.[10]

James E. Faust (1920-2007) said, “Every moment demands that we choose, over and over again … As tiny drops of water shape a landscape, so our minute-by-minute choices shape our character.”[11]

Life is made up of choices. Little choices truly make a large difference. Alma wrote the this to his son Helaman:

By small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise. And the Lord God doth work by means to bring about his great and eternal purposes; and by very small means the Lord doth confound the wise and bringeth about the salvation of many souls.[12]

We must concentrate on the small decisions we make every day just as much as we do on the larger decisions, and maybe even more.

If we are faithful and endure to the end, if we repent quickly when we make mistakes, if we do what the Lord requires of us, we can inherit all the blessings reserved to the faithful—kingdoms, principalities, dominions, exaltations, and eternal lives.[13] If we follow the Savior Jesus Christ and heed the words of the His prophet, keeping the covenants we have made, we will be blessed.[14] If we could see and feel and understand what blessings could be ours, we would not do anything to keep us from receiving eternal glory and abide in the Lord’s presence forever and ever. 

Where will you be in ten thousand years?
Where do you think you’ll be?
The decisions we make today
Will determine our destiny.

[1] “Revelations often come in dreams, also, and who is there to say when a dream ends and a vision begins?” Spencer W. Kimball, Faith Precedes the Miracle, 1972, 24.

[2] Submitted in 2019. I titled it, “Where Will You Be?” The quote comes from Jacob 6:12.

[3] Alma 12:24; Alma 34:32.

[4] Alma 12:24; Alma 34:31-34

[5] Alma 34:30-31

[6] Alma 34:31, emphasis added.

[7] 1 Corinthians 15:40-41

[8] Dallin H. Oaks, “Kingdoms of Glory,” Oct. 2023. https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/2023/10/17oaks?lang=eng#p13

[9] Doctrine and Covenants 88:22-24

[10] Russell M. Nelson, “Choices for Eternity,” worldwide devotional for young adults, May 15, 2022. https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/broadcasts/worldwide-devotional-for-young-adults/2022/05/12nelson?lang=eng#p59

[11] James E. Faust, “The Voice of the Spirit,” Sept. 5, 1993, BYU Speeches, https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/james-e-faust/voice-spirit/

[12] Alma 37:6-7

[13] Doctrine and Covenants 132:19

[14] Russell M. Nelson, “Rejoice in the Gift of Priesthood Keys,” April 2024. https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/2024/04/57nelson?lang=eng#p25

Jeffrey Denning

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