We all know I am a nerd. This much has been established. I embrace it. Being the nerd that I am, undoubtedly I love love love Harry Potter. What nerd doesn't? Well, a few months before my mission my friend and I came up with the greatest Gospel-Harry Potter analogy ever! Here it comes.
Let's begin with the sorting hat. When students enter Hogwarts, they need to be sorted into a house. The Hat sorts by judging each student's qualities and placing them in the most appropriate house. When we come to the judgement bar before God, we too will be sorted into the appropriate Kingdom. "1And it is requisite with the justice of God that men should be judged according to their works; and if their works were good in this life, and the desires of their hearts were good, that they should also, at the last day, be restored unto that which is good." Not everyone lives the same sort of life. None of us live a strictly black or white life. Ergo, we aren't going to either point A or point B (aka, Heaven or Hell). So, where do we go? Well, just like Hogwarts, you can go to one of four places.
"The House of Godric Gryffindor has commanded the respect of the wizarding world for nearly ten centuries (Professor McGonagall)." For all true Harry Potter lovers, you know which house we all aspire to be in. Hands down it would have to be Gryffindor. Brave and true and always there to fight for good. Greatness always seems to come from those in Gryffindor. So too should we all strive to reach the highest Kingdom, the Celestial Kingdom. Those in this kingdom will dwell forever in the presence of God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. "6They are they who received the testimony of Jesus, and believed on his name and were baptized after the manner of his burial, being buried in the water in his name, and this according to the commandment which he has given...These are they who are just men made perfect through Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, who wrought out this perfect atonement through the shedding of his own blood." The Celestial Kingdom is the reward and promise to those that have spent a lifetime in righteousness.