Lesson 28: "Great Shall Be Their Reward and Eternal Shall Be Their Glory" (Doctrine and Covenants 76)

Episode #28: Published July 3, 2021

For this week’s lesson, you may want to buckle up because there’s a reason Doctrine and Covenants 76 is called “The Vision” with a capital “V.” This is the vision of the three degrees of glory. There is so much pivotal knowledge of the gospel in these verses, and it’s going to be quite a wild ride as dive into this section. So grab your scriptures and as many colored pencils as you can find, and let’s dig in to section 76.

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Tammy Uzelac Hall

Tamara Uzelac Hall grew up in Utah and Missouri fully intending to get married, raise her 12 children while putting her husband through medical school, God had other plans. She went to college and received both her bachelor's and master’s degrees from BYU. She served a mission in Fresno, California, and worked as a social worker until God steered her life in a completely different direction, becoming a full-time seminary and institute teacher instead. After buying a house and settling nicely into a family ward, she was set up on (another) blind date with a widower, which miraculously worked and catapulted her into married life and became an insta-mom to two little girls. Currently, she and her husband are the parents to four girls and live in Utah. She is a host for Time Out for Women, a featured speaker at Temple Square Youth Conferences, Retreat for Girls, girls’ camp, and has been a speaker at BYU Women’s Conference. She loves all things scripture and is a lifelong student of the Hebrew language. A good flash mob makes her cry, she is a (self-proclaimed) champion Oreo eater, and she believes that cheese is God’s way of saying, “Hey, everything is going to be OK.”

Jennifer Brinkerhoff Platt

Jennifer Brinkerhoff Platt is a wife and mother. A sister, daughter, friend, and teacher. Above all, she is a follower of Jesus Christ. Currently, she and her family live in Rexburg, Idaho where she is a religious educator at Brigham Young University-Idaho. When she has a few spare minutes, you might  find her reading a good book, cooking, stretching, or running. 

Laryssa Wilhelm Waldron

When Laryssa Wilhelm Waldron was young, she heard and believed President Benson’s quote that ”Men and women who turn their lives over to God will discover that He can make a lot more out of their lives than they can.” She decided to put that promise to the test and has not stopped moving since! 

Some of those adventures included a mission to Bulgaria, time in the US Army, becoming a Seminary teacher—she met and married the older brother of one of her students, an English professor—having three beautiful daughters, teaching as a BYU-Idaho Religion Professor, and is now a junior high Seminary Principal. 

Laryssa is a teacher, author, and speaker, who loves technical writing, web writing and design, entrepreneurship, and helping bring everyone as close to God as she possibly can!

Tammy's Favorite Doctrine and Covenants Resources

Doctrine and Covenants Section Titles

Glue Ins

Segment 1

Title for Section 76: "The Vision"

Quote: Fourth and finally, modern revelation teaches us that our progress need not conclude with the end of mortality. Little has been revealed about this important assurance (President Dallin H. Oaks, "The Great Plan," April 2020 general conference). 

Quote: “It was a great trial to many,” Brigham Young remembered. “Some apostatized because God … had a place of salvation, in due time, for all.”13 Young himself had difficulty accepting the idea: “My traditions were such, that when the Vision came first to me, it was directly contrary and opposed to my former education. I said, Wait a little. I did not reject it; but I could not understand it.”14 His brother Joseph Young also confessed, “I could not believe it at first. Why the Lord was going to save every body"15 (Matthew McBride, "'The Vision,'" Revelations in Context, ChurchofJesusChrist.org ).

Quote: Philo Dibble recorded: “Joseph sat firmly and calmly all the time in the midst of a magnificent glory; but Sidney sat limp and pale, apparently as limber as a rag. Observing which, Joseph remarked smilingly, ‘Sidney is not used to it as I am’” (Juvenile Instructor, May 15, 1892, 303-4).

13 Even those things which were from the beginning before the world was, which were ordained of the Father, through his Only Begotten Son, who was in the bosom of the Father, even from the abeginning; (Doctrine and Covenants 76:13). 

Quote: “I could explain a hundred fold more than I ever have of the glories of the kingdoms manifested to me in the vision, were I permitted, and were the people prepared to receive them.” Joseph Smith (History of the Church 5:402).

Segment 2

Vision 1: "The Son" (Verses 20–23)

aHear, O ye heavens, and give ear, O earth, and rejoice ye inhabitants thereof, for the Lord is bGod, and beside him there is cno dSavior (Doctrine and Covenants 76:1).

General Conference Talk: President Russell M. Nelson, "Let Us All On," April 2018 General Conference

Hymn: "How Great the Wisdom and the Love"

References to the Spirit:

10 For by my aSpirit will I benlighten them, and by my cpower will I make known unto them the dsecrets of my ewill—yea, even those things which feye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor yet entered into the heart of man (Doctrine and Covenants 76:10).

11 We, Joseph Smith, Jun., and Sidney Rigdon, being ain the Spirit on the sixteenth day of February, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty-two—(Doctrine and Covenants 76:11).

Cross Reference: Mosiah 5:2–3

And they all cried with one voice, saying: Yea, we believe all the words which thou hast spoken unto us; and also, we know of their surety and truth, because of the Spirit of the Lord Omnipotent, which has wrought a mighty achange in us, or in our hearts, that we have no more disposition to do bevil, but to do good continually.

And we, ourselves, also, through the infinite agoodness of God, and the manifestations of his Spirit, have great views of that which is to come; and were it expedient, we could prophesy of all things (Mosiah 5:2–3). 

18 Now this caused us to marvel, for it was given unto us of the Spirit (Doctrine and Covenants 76:18).

Result of these verses:

19 And while we ameditated upon these things, the Lord touched the eyes of our understandings and they were opened, and the bglory of the Lord shone round about.

20 And we beheld the aglory of the Son, on the bright hand of the cFather, and received of his fulness;

21 And saw the holy aangels, and them who are bsanctified before his throne, worshiping God, and the Lamb, who cworship him forever and ever.

22 And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the atestimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he blives!

23 For we asaw him, even on the bright hand of cGod; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the dOnly Begotten of the Father— (Doctrine and Covenants 76:19–23).

General Conference Talk: President Russell M. Nelson, "What We Are Learning and Will Never Forget," April 2021 general conference

Hebrew: Jesus = Yeshua/Y'shua, meaning to deliver; to rescue

41 And now, I would commend you to aseek this Jesus of whom the prophets and apostles have written, that the grace of God the Father, and also the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost, which beareth brecord of them, may be and abide in you forever. Amen (Ether 12:41). 

Segment 3

Vision 2: Premortal Life, Fall of Satan, Sufferings of Perdition (Verses 25–49)

What we know about Lucifer: 

25 And this we saw also, and bear record, that an aangel of God who was in authority in the presence of God, who brebelled against the Only Begotten cSon whom the Father dloved and who was in the bosom of the Father, was thrust down from the presence of God and the Son, (Doctrine and Covenants 76:25).

  • He was an angel of God and had authority in the presence of God
  • He rebelled against Jesus Christ
  • He was thrust down from the presence of God and the son

Lucifer: "The name means the “Shining One” or “Lightbearer.” He is also known as the Son of the Morning" (Study Helps, "Guide to the Scriptures," ChurchofJesusChrist.org ). 

Heaven's reaction to Lucifer's choice:

26 And was called aPerdition, for the heavens bwept over him—he was cLucifer, a son of the morning.

27 And we beheld, and lo, he is afallen! is fallen, even a son of the morning! (Doctrine and Covenants 76:26–27).

Lucifer's reaction to suffering:

Wo, wo, wo unto this people; wo unto the inhabitants of the whole earth except they shall arepent; for the devil blaugheth, and his angels rejoice, because of the slain of the fair sons and daughters of my people; and it is because of their iniquity and abominations that they are fallen! (3 Nephi 9:2). 

26 And he beheld Satan; and he had a great achain in his hand, and it veiled the whole face of the earth with bdarkness; and he looked up and claughed, and his dangels rejoiced (Moses 7:26). 

Joseph Smith's poem about section 76:

"And the heavens all wept, and the tears dropp'd like dew,
"That Lucifer, son of the morning, had fell!
"Yea, is fallen! is fallen and become, oh, alas!
"The son of perdition, the devil of hell!" (Joseph Smith, "The Vision," mldb.byu.edu ). 

None are lost but the Sons of Perdition:

12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and anone of them is blost, but the son of cperdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled (John 17:12). 

Damned: "In LDS doctrine, to be damned means to be stopped, blocked, or limited in one's progress" ("Damnation," The Encyclopedia of Mormonism, eom.byu.edu ). 

Joseph and Sidney were commanded to write about Lucifer being cast out:

28 And while we were yet in the Spirit, the Lord commanded us that we should write the vision; for we beheld Satan, that old aserpent, even the bdevil, who rebelled against God, and sought to take the kingdom of our cGod and his Christ (Doctrine and Covenants 76:28).

Verses 30–38 and 42–49 are about people who allowed themselves to be overcome by Satan

31 Thus saith the Lord concerning all those who know my power, and have been made partakers thereof, and asuffered themselves through the power of the devil to be overcome, and to deny the truth and defy my power.

32 They are they who are the asons of bperdition, of whom I say that it had been better for them never to have been born;

33 For they are avessels of wrath, doomed to suffer the wrath of God, with the devil and his angels in eternity; (Doctrine and Covenants 76:31–33).

Wrath Cross Reference:

20 For behold, at that day shall he arage in the bhearts of the children of men, and stir them up to anger against that which is good (2 Nephi 28:20). 

Hebrew: Satan = Adversary

Greek: Devil = One who separates

Who will be Sons of Perdition:

35 Having adenied the Holy Spirit after having received it, and having denied the Only Begotten Son of the Father, having bcrucified him unto themselves and put him to an open cshame (Doctrine and Covenants 76:35).

Quote: “The sin against the Holy Ghost requires such knowledge that it is manifestly impossible for the rank and file to commit such a sin” (Spencer W. Kimball, The Miracle of Forgiveness [1969], 123).

For it is impossible for those who were once aenlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,

And have atasted the good word of God, and the powers of the bworld to come

If they shall afall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they bcrucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open cshame. (Hebrew 6:4–6).

Scripture: Jacob's Wrestle with God (Genesis 32:22–32)

Segment 4

Vision 3: "Celestial Glory" (Verses 50–70;92–96)

50 And again we bear record—for we asaw and heard, and this is the btestimony of the cgospel of Christ concerning them who shall come forth in the resurrection of the djust (Doctrine and Covenants 76:50).

  • Resurrection of the just: To be like Jesus Christ

Cross Reference for Resurrection of the Just:

18 For Christ also hath once asuffered for sins, the just for the bunjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to cdeath in the flesh, but quickened by the dSpirit: (1 Peter 3:18).

Qualifications for Celestial Glory:

51 They are they who received the atestimony of Jesus, and bbelieved on his name and were cbaptized after the dmanner of his burial, being eburied in the water in his name, and this according to the commandment which he has given— 

52 That by akeeping the commandments they might be bwashed and ccleansed from all their sins, and receive the Holy Spirit by the laying on of the dhands of him who is eordained and sealed unto this power;

53 And who aovercome by faith, and are bsealed by the Holy Spirit of cpromise, which the Father dsheds forth upon all those who are just and true (Doctrine and Covenants 76:51–53).

  1. Received a testimony of Jesus Christ
  2. Believed on His name
  3. Baptized by water in his name
  4. Keep the commandments
  5. Receive the Holy Ghost
  6. Overcome by faith or endure to the end
  7. Sealed by the Holy Spirit of Promise

Holy Spirit of Promise: ". . . an act which is sealed by the Holy Spirit of Promise . . . is one which is approved by the Lord" (Elder Bruce R. McConkie, "Holy Spirit of Promise," ChurchofJesusChrist.org ).

Quote: "This name-title is used in connection with the sealing and ratifying power of the Holy Ghost, that is, the power given him to ratify and approve the righteous acts of men so that those acts will be binding on earth and in heaven" (Elder Bruce R. McConkie, "Holy Spirit of Promise," ChurchofJesusChrist.org ).

We believe that the first principles and aordinances of the Gospel are: first, bFaith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, cRepentance; third, dBaptism by eimmersion for the fremission of sins; fourth, Laying on of ghands for the hgift of the Holy Ghost (Articles of Faith 4). k

 Young Women Theme:

I am a beloved daughter of heavenly parents, with a divine nature and eternal destiny.

As a disciple of Jesus Christ, I strive to become like Him. I seek and act upon personal revelation and minister to others in His holy name.

I will stand as a witness of God at all times and in all things and in all places.

As I strive to qualify for exaltation, I cherish the gift of repentance and seek to improve each day. With faith, I will strengthen my home and family, make and keep sacred covenants, and receive the ordinances and blessings of the holy temple.

Link: Alma 32

What the Lord will give as we try to qualify for celestial kingdom:

This Comforter is the apromise which I give unto you of beternal life, even the cglory of the celestial kingdom; (Doctrine and Covenants 88:4). 

54 They are they who are the achurch of the bFirstborn (Doctrine and Covenants 76:54). 

  • Firstborn = Jesus Christ


55 They are they into whose hands the Father has given aall things—(Doctrine and Covenants 76:55).

56 They are they who are apriests and bkings, who have received of his fulness, and of his glory; (Doctrine and Covenants 76:56).

58 Wherefore, as it is written, they are agods, even the bsons of cGod (Doctrine and Covenants 76:58).

60 And they shall aovercome all things (Doctrine and Covenants 76:60).

57 And are apriests of the Most High, after the order of Melchizedek, which was after the order of bEnoch, which was after the corder of the Only Begotten Son (Doctrine and Covenants 76:57).

Cross Reference: Revelation 7:9–10

After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and akindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and bpalms in their hands;

10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

Segment 5

Vision 4: "The Terrestial Kingdom" (Verses 71–80)

Who will inherit terrestial glory?

"Generally speaking, individuals in the terrestrial kingdom will be honorable people 'who were blinded by the craftiness of men' (Doctrine and Covenants 76:75). This group will include members of the Church who were 'not valiant in the testimony of Jesus' (Doctrine and Covenants 76:79) ("Kingdoms of Glory," Gospel Topics, ChurchofJesusChrist.org ). 

References including "receive"

71 And again, we saw the aterrestrial world, and behold and lo, these are they who are of the terrestrial, whose glory differs from that of the church of the bFirstborn who have received the fulness of the Father, even as that of the cmoon differs from the sun in the firmament (Doctrine and Covenants 76:71).

74 Who areceived not the btestimony of Jesus in the flesh, but afterwards received it (Doctrine and Covenants 76:74).

76 These are they who receive of his glory, but not of his fulness (Doctrine and Covenants 76:76).

77 These are they who receive of the apresence of the Son, but not of the fulness of the Father (Doctrine and Covenants 76:77).

The Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood: Doctrine and Covenants 88:33–48

79 These are they who are not avaliant in the btestimony of Jesus; wherefore, they obtain not the crown over the kingdom of our God (Doctrine and Covenants 76:79).

The glory of the terrestrial kingdom is likened to the moon:

71 And again, we saw the aterrestrial world, and behold and lo, these are they who are of the terrestrial, whose glory differs from that of the church of the bFirstborn who have received the fulness of the Father, even as that of the cmoon differs from the sun in the firmament (Doctrine and Covenants 76:71).

41 There is one glory of the asun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the bstars: for one star cdiffereth from another star in dglory (1 Corinthians 15:41).

Receive: "Embrace, to allow, to hold or retain, to welcome, to be endowed with, to bear and suffer" (see Webster's 1828 Dictionary). 

General Conference Talk: Elder David A. Bednar, "Receive the Holy Ghost," October 2010 general conference

BYU Women's Talk: Sister Sharon Eubank, "To Women: 'Doing Better Doesn't Mean Doing More,'" BYU Women's Conference, May 2018

Segment 6

Vision 5: "Telestial Glory" (Verses 81–113, except verses 92–97)

81 And again, we asaw the glory of the btelestial, which glory is that of the lesser, even as the cglory of the stars differs from that of the glory of the moon in the firmament (Doctrine and Covenants 76:81). 

Quote: ". . . the Final Judgment is not just an evaluation of a sum total of good and evil acts—what we have done. It is an acknowledgment of the final effect of our acts and thoughts—what we have become. It is not enough for anyone just to go through the motions. The commandments, ordinances, and covenants of the gospel are not a list of deposits required to be made in some heavenly account. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a plan that shows us how to become what our Heavenly Father desires us to become" (President Dallin H. Oaks, "The Challenge to Become," October 2000 general conference). 

21 Verily, verily, I say unto you, except ye abide my alaw ye cannot attain to this glory (Doctrine and Covenants 132:23). 

Those who will receive telestial glory:

99 For these are they who are of aPaul, and of Apollos, and of Cephas.

100 These are they who say they are some of one and some of another—some of Christ and some of John, and some of Moses, and some of Elias, and some of aEsaias, and some of Isaiah, and some of Enoch;

101 But areceived not the gospel, neither the testimony of Jesus, neither the prophets, neither the beverlasting covenant (Doctrine and Covenants 76:99–101).

84 These are they who are thrust down to ahell.

85 These are they who shall not be redeemed from the adevil until the blast resurrection, until the Lord, even Christ the cLamb, shall have finished his work  (Doctrine and Covenants 76:84–85).

105 These are they who suffer the avengeance of eternal fire.

106 These are they who are cast down to ahell and bsuffer the wrath of cAlmighty God, until the dfulness of times, when Christ shall have esubdued all enemies under his ffeet, and shall have gperfected his work; (Doctrine and Covenants 76:105–106).

Spirit Prison

12 But I was racked with aeternal btorment, for my soul was charrowed up to the greatest degree and racked with all my sins (Alma 36:12). 

The Savior's Atonement:

16 For behold, I, God, have asuffered these things for all, that they bmight not suffer if they would crepent;  

;17 But if they would not repent they must asuffer even as I;

18 Which asuffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit—and would that I might bnot drink the bitter cup, and shrink(Doctrine and Covenants 19:16–18).

107 When he shall adeliver up the bkingdom, and present it unto the Father, spotless, saying: I have covercome and have dtrodden the ewine-press falone, even the wine-press of the fierceness of the wrath of Almighty God (Doctrine and Covenants 76:107). 

59 And after they have paid the apenalty of their transgressions, and are bwashed clean, shall receive a creward according to their dworks, for they are heirs of salvation (Doctrine and Covenants 138:59).

116 Neither is man acapable to make them known, for they are only to be bseen and cunderstood by the power of the Holy Spirit, which God bestows on those who dlove him, and purify themselves before him; (Doctrine and Covenants 76:116).