Adolf Hitler & The Plan of Salvation
Today is the 66th anniversary of Adolf Hitler’s death, and it got me thinking about how LDS theology views Hitler in its plan of salvation.
We are all well aware of the horrific monstrosities that were perpetrated by Hitler when he became the fascist leader of Nazi Germany during WWII, as well as his role in the events of the holocaust. To me, such a person as Hitler is beyond redemption or forgiveness. There is no evidence that, if given a chance, he would have changed his ways during his lifetime had he not completed suicide. But what of his next life?
The Plan of Salvation (An Overview)
Once upon a time (according to LDS theology), we were all little balls of light known as intelligences. Elohim (aka. God) & his wives, while hanging out near the planet Kolob, then started breeding by transforming these intelligences into spirit children of their very own – the first of which was Jehovah (aka. Jesus), another being Lucifer (aka. Satan). Our Heavenly Father then decided to gather his hundreds of billions (if not trillions) of children together and tell them how they can progress in their existence by following a plan. This plan, being similar to the one Elohim’s own god had put him through, was that all spirits require a physical body in order to procreate and grow. Therefore, he presented his plan of having all of his children be given a physical body and be tested as to how well they can behave themselves & follow his gospel after he erases their memory of the pre-existence. However, because humans are fallible, Elohim would need a volunteer to be a saviour, and suffer the atonement, die, and be resurrected in order to allow all the other spirit children to be able to repent and return home (this is obviously the ONLY way for the plan to work). Jehovah volunteered for that position.
Lucifer, on the other hand, decided it would be much better and more efficient if we were all forced to make good decisions so that no one would be ‘lost’, and he’d want all the praise and credit for it. God didn’t like that Lucifer’s plans restricted our free agency, nor that Lucifer wanted the credit (God’s a bit of a megalomaniac & jealous type, as can be seen from the Old Testament). So, since only 2 plans were presented among the countless spirits, God put it to a vote. One third decided they liked God’s plan, another third were rather undecided, and the final third preferred Lucifer’s plan. Because God is fair, loving, and respects free agency so much, he decided to ban Lucifer and his followers to Outer Darkness (aka. Hell). The remaining two-thirds would then be given a physical body and live on God’s new planet, named Earth, after passing through the veil of forgetfulness.
According to LDS theology, if you are reading this, you are one of the two-thirds who followed Elohim’s plan; if you’re white, you were of the one-third who actively chose to follow, but if you’re black, you were of the one-third who were undecided (more on this topic another time). You are now being tested to see how well you can fight your cognition, reason, rationality, logic, and all other “worldly” things, and to see how well you live up to Mormon standards. Don’t worry if LDS missionaries haven’t come knocking at your door, because those who hadn’t been given the opportunity to receive the ‘fullness’ and ‘truthfulness’ of the LDS gospel will have such an opportunity in the afterlife.
After death, Mormons believe that our spirits will be whisked away to the Spirit World, where we will be divided up into two groups: Mormons & non-Mormons. Mormons go to Spirit Paradise, for they have had sufficient opportunity to receive the gospel and embraced it. While Non-Mormons go to Spirit Prison (yes that’s right, there’s prison in the afterlife) for those who have not had sufficient opportunity to receive the gospel or who have rejected it. Here, these poor souls will suffer the unfortunate ordeal of having to sit through lectures on the ‘truthfulness’ of the gospel as taught by the Mormons who come down from Spirit Paradise to teach. Those who hadn’t received the gospel on Earth are given a second chance to accept it and be baptized (or accept the proxy baptism that has been done on their behalf in a LDS Temple) in order to move up to Paradise. At this point – being that they’ve already died and are still in some kind of existence – the decision is a bit of a no-brainer. However, those who had joined the Church in their earthly life and subsequently rejected it (such apostates as myself), we do not get this second chance to move into Spirit Paradise. Instead, we’re re-taught the gospel, and then given the choice to admit we were wrong or stick to our convictions and continue to deny the LDS gospel.
After everyone has been taught (or finished teaching) in the spirit world, it’s then time for the resurrection. Everyone who has ever lived gets resurrected, whether you’re Hitler, Mother Teresa, or Joseph Smith. There will be two days of resurrections, separated by a Millennium. The first day of resurrection is for those who made it into Spirit Paradise; The morning is for true believing Mormons (TBM), and the afternoon is for those who worked their way out of Prison and into Paradise. The Millennium will then let the day-1 ‘resurrectees’ spend a 1000 years hanging out with Christ in an orgy of bliss, while those who remain in Spirit Prison have to burn in ‘Hell’ for 1000 years as they wait for the second resurrection. The second day of resurrection will then let the charred souls of Spirit Prison get resurrected. After we’re all reunited with our perfected bodies (which of course, will be “white and delightsome” – no matter what ethnicity you were on Earth), we’ll then take a number and get in line for our final judgement.
On Judgement Day, God will direct us to the degree of glory he feels we deserve, based on both our faith and works. For TBMs, or those who accepted the gospel in the Spirit World (first ‘resurrectees’), they’ll go straight to the Celestial Kingdom. Here they’ll be further divided up based on whether they were simply baptized (lowest level), baptized & endowed in the temple (mid-level), or baptized, endowed, and sealed/married in the temple (highest level). For those who are from Spirit Prison (second ‘resurrectees’), they will be divided up based on how honourable they were in life. Good people who, even in the afterlife, have not accepted the gospel, will go to the Terrestrial Kingdom. Bad people who continue to reject God and the gospel will be sentenced to the Telestial Kingdom (side note: ‘Telestial’ is a made-up word only used by the LDS). Finally, sons of perdition (those who had a perfect knowledge of God & Christ, and still rebelled against them. ie: Cain) will experience a second death, and be tossed out to Outer Darkness to join with the 1/3 of the spirits who followed Lucifer and didn’t receive a body in the first place.
If you were so lucky as to have reached the highest level of the Celestial Kingdom, you get to become gods (or the wives of gods) like Elohim. You can then perpetuate the eternal progression by creating your own worlds on which to torture souls! If, however, you didn’t quite make it to Heaven’s elite, you get to be servants and angels for eternity! Doesn’t the idea of being a servant for eternity make you feel all warm and cozy inside? What a fantastic plan God has set up for us! (Please note the sarcasm.)
Now that you’ve been briefed on the workings of God, Heaven, and Earth, let’s take a look at how someone like Adolf Hitler fits into this plan.
Hitler was born on Earth, therefore we can assume that he was one of the spirits who hadn’t followed Lucifer. He was white, so we know he actively chose Elohim’s plan rather than being undecided. He was also born after Joseph Smith had ‘restored’ the gospel to the Earth, so Hitler must have been one of the most faithful of the spirits since he was sent here in these latter-days. As far as I know, Hitler hadn’t been baptized into the LDS Church during his lifetime, so we can assume his spirit has gone to Spirit Prison where he will be taught the gospel along with all his Third Reich buddies and all the Jews he murdered. Assuming Hitler then accepts the gospel, and repents, he will be quickly raised up to the Paradise section of the Spirit World. This is because good Mormons have already completed all of Adolf Hitler’s temple work on his behalf as of 1994. (Hitler, by proxy, was baptized on September 30, 1993, endowed on April 27, 1994, and sealed to his wife Eva Braun on June 14, 1994 – there are some slight discrepancies in the exact dates.)
This means when it comes to the first day of the resurrection, Hitler could be privileged enough to be counted among many Mormons and subsequently, he will then get to be in Jesus’s presence for the millennium. Meanwhile, I (being an apostate) will remain in Spirit Prison to burn and contemplate the consequences of my decisions for 1000 years. Then, after I get resurrected in round two, Hitler and I will line up for judgement. God will then take pity on Hitler for not having had the opportunity to see the light in his lifetime, and will see that he’s been a good follower ever since. Because all of Hitler’s temple ordinances have been taken care of, Hitler will be assigned to the highest level of the Celestial Kingdom, where he will then be able to literally create his own world full of superior white, blonde-haired, blue-eyed, antisemitic people! Of course, apostates like myself, will be the ever-helpful servants to these next-generation gods as we dwell in the Terrestrial or Telestial Kingdoms for all eternity.
Don’t you just love God’s wonderfully fair, just, and loving plan of salvation?
I realize that there are a few different (and contradictory) interpretations of the Plan of Salvation, and that some claim even apostates will be able to be forgiven in the Spirit World in order to gain Celestial glory. However, I don’t believe in this crap now, nor will I ever accept such a ‘god-awful’ plan as my way to salvation. Therefore, even if the Mormons are right and there is an afterlife as they’ve described, I will continue to reject such a prejudicial, limiting, and fixed plan. As with all Mormon thinking, choices always come down to either right or wrong, and so they don’t seem to ask, “Why did we only have the choice between Elohim’s and Lucifer’s plan?” or “Why would one-third be punished for exercising their ‘god-given’ right to choose?” If your only choice is to do ‘A’ with only positive consequences, or ‘B’ with only negative consequences, you’re not really being given much of a choice, are you?
As for Hitler being given the opportunity for Celestial glory, I find it funny that the most immoral and evil people will be given a second chance, while those who reject LDS mythology are threatened with eternal damnation.
So the USA has finally killed Osama bin Laden. He can easily be substituted for Hitler in my above description – something that YouTube user MormonGags has done brilliantly:
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