I think I got the term “space doctrine” from our family’s long-suffering home teacher (imagine the patience of a man who would faithfully home teach a family like mine for literally decades), who once in response to a rather wacky lesson being taught, put his head on the pew in front of him and said, “once they get into space doctrine, it’s all over.”
Anyway, these are some of the more, ummm, exciting things I’ve heard over the years.
The Lost Ten Tribes are either in the center of the earth, or on the moon.
You can see the image of Jesus in the Arctic Ice Floes. (My sister Eve got to study the image in seminary, I believe. What this was meant to prove, I cannot say.)
Before the Crucifixion, God controlled the water and the devil controlled the land. (Thus, the Flood.) Afterward it reversed, and now the devil controls the water (that’s why missionaries can’t swim.) (My sister Kiskilili learned that in seminary.)
People of different races come from different Heavenly Mothers. (Another rather horrifying gem from Kiskilili’s seminary experience).
In the premortal life, spirits opted for differing levels of accountability. Those who didn’t want too much accountability chose to come to earth as animals, or even plants. (My mom reported that this was taught by a speaker at BYU Education Week, a speaker who was not invited back. I guess even Ed Week had its limits.)
At the Final Judgment, there will be a movie of everyone’s life in which all your unrepented sins will be revealed to the entirety of humanity. (That kind of freaked me out, but I held on to the hope that they’d go chronologically, and by the time they got to the Last Days, people would be tuning out and not paying much attention anymore.)
You should think hard about getting your patriarchal blessing, based on stories about 1) people who went to get them and the patriarch was unable to pronounce the blessing because the people were such wretched sinners, and 2) people who got strikingly short blessings and were then killed in car accidents on the way home.
What we learn from the story of the council in heaven is that it takes a two-thirds vote to form a new universe. (My brother Ziff reported recently hearing that one in Sunday school.)
Jesus is the Savior of all the worlds, but he came to our Earth because it’s the only planet that was wicked enough to kill him. (I learned that in seminary. Maybe extrapolating from the jarringly anti-Semitic BoM passage about how only Jews were evil enough to crucify their God?)
The devil can’t read the written word, or read our thoughts, but he can hear spoken language. So you’re safe writing in your journal, but you should be careful about praying out loud.
From a blog post years ago: Mormons don’t have art or music because those are just for churches that don’t actually have the Spirit and thus need a substitute. Even better, one of the comments stated quite sincerely that Mormons don’t have friends the way other people do, because they are such good friends with Jesus that they don’t need other friends.
Dinosaur bones exist despite the young age of the Earth because the Earth is made out of recycled planets. (To be fair, B.H. Roberts did teach this.)
Speaking of recycling, the spirits that go to Outer Darkness will get recycled eventually into—new spirits? new bodies? I’m not totally sure how it works. (I’ve heard that Brigham Young taught this, though I don’t have a source.)
My generation, the most chosen of all generations, were generals in the war in heaven. (I heard that one all the time as a teenager, though I believe the church at one point finally issued a statement officially refuting it.)
There was a little girl whose parents were killed in a car accident who had a vision of Jesus, and then identified the red-robed Jesus painting as being accurate. (Evidently that one’s not uniquely Mormon, at least the car accident part of the story, as I’ve heard it in other contexts, and country singer John Michael Montgomery has a similarly-themed song, though in his version the girl watches her parents get killed in her house.) I also heard that some apostle who’d had a vision of Jesus also identified the red-robed painting as accurate.
Women are too righteous to go to Outer Darkness; thus Sons of Perdition actually just means “sons.” (Alternately, women can’t have the same level of light and knowledge that a priesthood-holding male can, so they are never qualified to commit the unpardonable sin.)
Children born with disabilities were those who personally escorted Satan out of heaven. The devil vowed revenge, so they were born in a state in which he couldn’t get to them. (I’ve heard a lot of versions of patriarchal blessing stories which revealed this.)
The gospel isn’t actually for everyone, but only for those with “believing blood” (i.e., members of the House of Israel.) I don’t know much about the history of this, but my impression is that it used to be a bit more mainstream, though it seems to have faded in recent decades. Relatedly, baptism literally changes people’s blood who aren’t literal descendants but who are getting “adopted” into the House of Israel.
I know I’ve learned a lot more fun things, but I’ve forgotten so much. So please chime in with your own space doctrine experiences!