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Q & A ON LIFE AND DEATH

1. What is life after death?
2. What happens after we die? Where will we wake up?
3. What happens to babies and children who die?
4. What do the mansion worlds look like?
5. Where do we live while we are there?
6. Are there animals on the mansion worlds?
7. Who are our hosts while we are there?
8. What will we remember about my earth life?
9. What will our new bodies look like?
10. What is the purpose of our morontia life?
11. What will we do there?

1. What is life after death?

Death is the beginning of our endless career of adventure, our eternal voyage of discovery, and our ceaseless progression towards finding God. Our next stage of universe growth occurs on a group of planets called the mansion worlds. Life on the mansion worlds will not be much different than our life on earth. We will continue our evolutionary adventure; our endless quest for eternal values. This next stage of our life takes place on the first seven worlds of our local system called Jerusem. On each of these worlds we progress from a material being to a more intellectual and spiritual being.

There are two non-material parts of us that survive mortal death. Our Thought Adjuster, an actual fragment of God that lives within our mind and our soul (112:3.5-7). Our human bodies stay here on earth. (30:4.8) Our soul is the combined life and efforts of the human part of each of us with that divine part of us, our Thought Adjuster. We will awake on the first mansion world and work, progress, and play through all seven before we ascend to the next arena of our spiritual growth and continue until we reach Paradise, the dwelling place of the Universal Deity.

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2. What happens after we die? Where will we wake up?

We will awake in a place that truly approaches the status of heaven from our religious traditions, but it is just the beginning of an incredible evolutionary growth process for us. Upon our death we wake up in a new, less material, body in the resurrection halls of the first mansion world. We will be able to see our guardian angels for the first time. We will have seventy senses on these worlds and our lives will be greatly enriched by larger brains. (14:2.3-4), (154:3-4) When we are endowed with our new morontia eyes we will have an enlarged sensitivity to the reality of spiritual things. (9:8.11).

The resurrection hall is a gigantic structure where our fragment of God (our Thought Adjuster), our guardian angels, and the archangels of the resurrection await us to bring us back to life in a new body. (112:5.16-19) Our Thought Adjusters carry the transcripts of our minds, memory, and our personality. Our guardian angels safekeep our souls after we die until we are reassembled in the hall.

When we leave the resurrection halls we will be assigned a new residence and then have ten days of personal liberty. We will be able to explore the area where we live and find out about the program that lies in front of us. One wonderful experience that awaits us will be to look up in the registry and find out about our loved ones and friends who proceeded us to these worlds.

On this first mansion world our intellectual training and spiritual development will resume at the exact level when we died. (47:3.7) The experience on mansion world one is referred to as "deficiency ministry." Here we are corrected and cured from character defects and deficiencies of our mortal experience. On the remaining mansion worlds we will continue to erase the defects of a hereditary handicap, unfavorable environment, and conspiracy of circumstances that slowed down our soul growth. (45:7.1) If we are not to be detained on the first mansion world we will enter the transition sleep and proceed to mansion world number two and the process repeats itself until we arrive on the world of our assignment.

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3. What happens to babies and children who die?

Babies who die go to the probationary nursery also located in Jerusem, the capital of our local system. On this nursery world babies are grouped according to whether they have Thought Adjusters (here on earth children receive Thought Adjusters around their fifth birthday when they make their first moral decision). Babies who die before their parents are held in transit sleep and are awakened when one of their parents arrives on the first mansion world. These babies are personalized in their exact physical status at the time of death. Their earth parents are aware of their children's progress and frequently visit them as they grow up. (47:1-3)

Children, usually those under 6, without Thought Adjusters, are raised in families of five. Children who do have Thought Adjusters are also raised in families of five, ranging in ages from six to fourteen. When they reach sixteen they may transfer up to mansion world number one and begin their Paradise ascent. Mansion world parents are given every opportunity to collaborate with the Morontia custodians regarding their instruction and training. They may visit their children up to four times a year. (47:2.3)

None of us escapes the experience of raising children--our own or others--either on the material worlds or subsequently on the finaliter world or on Jerusem. (47:1.6)

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4. What do the mansion worlds look like?

Life on these worlds is still more material than spiritual but we will be filled with wonder when we see how magnificent they are. There are no rugged mountains, earthquakes, or rainfall, due to the fact that these are not evolutionary worlds, they are architectural worlds (space bodies constructed for a special purpose). (15:7.1) The grandeur of these worlds is quite beyond our imaginations. There are thousands of small lakes, no raging rivers, but it is not flat, there are beautiful highlands and a variety of landscapes. (46:2.1-2) There is daily precipitation for the incredible array of plant life. We use mechanical means of transport that vary in speed from two to five hundred miles per hour.

The mansion worlds, and the rest of the architectural worlds we will visit, have ten standard divisions of physical life. These worlds have double the number of elements, (we have 100, and there are 100 morontia elements) of evolved planets like earth. (48:1.3) There is no organic evolution, therefore no conflicting forms of life, and no struggle for existence, no survival of the fittest. "Rather is there a creative adaptation which foreshadows the beauty, the harmony, and the perfection of the eternal worlds of the central and divine universe." (46:2.5)

The plant life is also unique. It grows in both material and morontia varieties. The material plants have the characteristic green hue but the morontia equivalents have a violet or orchid tinge of varying hue and reflection. Morontia plants are pure energy and when we eat them, there is no residue. (43:6.6) (492:6)

There are no days or nights, no seasons of heat and cold. The full light temperature is about 70 degrees and falls to about 50 degrees when the light recedes in the evening. The light comes from above, is even and is described as having the intensity of our sunlight when the sun is shining overhead at ten o'clock in the morning. This light is maintained for 75% of the day and then gradually recedes until the light intensity is about that of our full moon. (46:1.4-7)

These worlds are described as a foretaste of paradisiacal glory and grandeur but it is explained that we will never have an adequate picture until we see them for ourselves.

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5. Where do we live while we are there?

The structures we will see on the mansion worlds reflect the divine beauty of the Paradise Creators. These structures would be outside our current short-range vision and are made of many materials that we have never seen. We will experience a glory and grandeur on these worlds that is beyond your human imagination. There are buildings material and morontia types all of which are exquisite and replete. We mortals live in buildings that have an open roof (since the climate is controlled); the buildings are in small groups with plenty of open space around them. The buildings on these worlds vary and crystals and precious metals abound. They are all open enclosures and are in the shapes of circles, squares, and triangles. They are described as "being enclosures of magnificent construction and exquisite embellishment." (48:3.15)

The changes in our sensory input from our 70 senses will afford us much greater opportunity to appreciate our new home. There are over ten thousand tones of harmonious color used, spirit waves of sound flow through these worlds, there are artists who specialize in making things smell exquisite and beautiful, there are artisans who arrange living musical notes, odors, sights, and blend them into what are called "anthems of glory." They explain that we must await "deliverance from our animal body before we can begin to conceive of the artistic glories and aesthetic beauties of the morontia and spirit worlds." (44:6)

Our experience on the mansion worlds is to help us become more Godlike--to help us blend eternal truth, universal beauty, and divine goodness through our unlimited self-expression and to become more unified with God. (44:7)

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6. Are there animals on the mansion worlds?

Yes. There are many types of animals there but they are far different from those on earth. "There are thousands upon thousands of living creatures which our imagination could not possibly picture." (43:6.5) These animals are intelligent, exquisitely serviceable, surprisingly gentle, and touchingly companionable. There are carnivores or animals that will not make you afraid on any of these worlds.

The architectural worlds we will live on and visit in our local universe are real physical creations with plants, huge gardens, and many structures. Their physical upkeep is the responsibility of the Spornagia. (The spornagia are the animal caretakers of the architectural spheres. They have traits similar to a horse, dog, and a chimpanzee and are beautiful. They will be companions to use and minister to the children in the probationary nursery.) They are involved with the care and culture of the material phases of the headquarters worlds. Spornagia are found on all seven mansion worlds and are the landscape gardeners. They are original and artistic in their treatment of the open spaces of Jerusem. They are neither spirits nor persons, they are a type of animal described as embracing the combined traits of a faithful horse, an affectionate dog, and are much more intelligent than the highest type of chimpanzee. (46:7.) And if we could see them we would think they are perfect animals.

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7. Who are our hosts while we are there?

Our hosts on the mansion worlds are the Morontia Companions. Morontia Companions are there to welcome us when we awaken in the resurrection halls and perform important services for us while we are on the mansion worlds. They entertain us when we are student visitors during our sojourn on the transition worlds, instruct us about social conduct, sponsor classes and other group activities for us, and act as translators and interpreters. They are an intelligent and loyal group of beings. They are not sex creatures but they "manifest a touchingly beautiful affection for one another." (48:3.4) They are charmingly social and possess distinct personalities. They will contribute a great deal to our mansion world experience. They are very close kin to us humans and are a personality luxury of your ascending career in the local universe. (48:3.4)

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8. What will we remember about my earth life?

At first your life on earth will feel like a vague dream. However our Thought Adjusters and our angels will help us connect our memories of our previous identity. (112:5.21) We will recognize and know all our friends and family as we evolve into more spiritual beings. We will remember everything from our earth life that has spiritual value. We will be conscious of our relationships with those we love and remember those things that add to the growth of our souls. On the mansion worlds we will "know and be known, and more, you will remember, and be remembered by, your onetime associates in the short but intriguing life on Urantia (earth)." (112:6.21)

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9. What will our new bodies look like?

We will continue to eat, drink, and rest. The food we eat is a form of living energy unknown to us on earth. And food and water are fully utilized by our morontia forms; there is no waste. (47:4.6) We will undergo 570 body changes by the time we leave the local universe. (48:1)

Here we will have a body that is more reflective of our inner beauty. Here on earth some people are "outwardly beautiful but inwardly unlovely" on the mansion worlds we will more resemble the inherent beauty of our personality. (112:6.3) And as we ascend onto higher levels this will be even more true. Our beauty will radiate from within.

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10. What is the purpose of our morontia life?

Our pursuit to become more Godlike--this is the eternal purpose of our lives--a "continuous effort before death and after." (103:5.7) The mansion worlds are where we bridge the material and the spiritual and help prepare us to grow into magnificent spiritual beings. The goal of our lives on the first few mansion worlds is to correct for biological deficiencies, defects of character, intellectual conflict, and mental disharmony from our first life in the flesh so that we can allow our true spiritual personalities to emerge.

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11. What will we do there?

The activities during our sojourn on the mansion worlds are in three areas of activity: work, progress, and play. They are also stated as service, study, and relaxation. In addition there will be times for social intercourse, group entertainment, and divine worship. (46:5.22) The economy described as a "necessary economy of mutual ministry and specialized division of labor." (44:2.3) The economy is based on manufacturing, called the laboratory sector which "has no smoking chimneys" but has an intricate material economy. It is said that "the perfection of mechanical technique and physical achievement which would astonish our most experienced chemists and inventors." (46:3.7)

"There is in the mind of God a plan which embraces every creature of all his vast domains, and this plan is an eternal purpose of boundless opportunity, unlimited progress, and endless life. And the infinite treasures of such a matchless career are yours for the striving!" (365)

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