The Four Stages of Earth's Existence

Joseph Fielding Smith

This earth is passing through four grand degrees or stages:

1. The creation and the condition antedating the fall.

2. The telestial condition which has prevailed since the fall of Adam.

3. The terrestrial condition that will prevail when the Savior comes and ushers in the millennial era.

4. The celestial or final state of the earth when it has obtained its exaltation. (Doctrines of Salvation, 1:82)