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The term heaven has two basic meanings in the scriptures.1 It is the place where God lives and the future home of the Saints (Gen. 28: 12; Ps. 11: 4; Matt. 6: 9).2 It is the expanse around the earth (Gen. 1: 1, 17; Ex. 24: 10). Heaven is clearly not paradise, which is the temporary place for the faithful spirits of those who have lived and died on this earth. Jesus visited paradise after his death on the cross, but on the third day, he informed Mary that he had not yet been to the Father (Luke 23: 39-44; John 20: 17; D&C 138: 11-37).
I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, Ps. 8: 3. By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, Ps. 33: 6. How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer! Isa. 14: 12 (2 Ne. 24: 12). The heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll, Isa. 34: 4. I create new heavens and a new earth, Isa. 65: 17. God will open the windows of heaven, Mal. 3: 10. Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, Matt. 6: 9 (3 Ne. 13: 9). Paul was caught up to the third heaven, 2 Cor. 12: 2. There was silence in heaven, Rev. 8: 1 (D&C 88: 95-98). If they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, Mosiah 2: 41. Ye may be the children of your Father who is in heaven, 3 Ne. 12: 45. I shall come in the clouds of heaven, D&C 45: 16. Elijah was taken to heaven without tasting death, D&C 110: 13. The rights of the priesthood are connected with the powers of heaven, D&C 121: 36. There are two kinds of beings in heaven, D&C 129: 1. Zion was taken up into heaven, Moses 7: 23.