Having just written a response to a thread entitled Kolob wherein the poster asked what a member of the LDS church thought about Kolob, the thread was removed. Not knowing the reason I have started a new thread and posted my response below
Joseph Smith during the course of his life learned more and more about heaven. As he read and pondered he realized that significant facts regarding man’s final state had been taken from the Bible. He says, “From sundry revelations which had been received, it was apparent that many important points touching the salvation of man had been taken from the Bible, or lost before it was compiled. It appeared self-evident from what truths were left, that if God rewarded every one according to the deeds done in the body, that term “Heaven,” as intended for the Saints’ eternal home, must include more kingdoms than one” (HC 1:245). Subsequently the Lord revealed that each man received a kingdom according to his works. Further, that there were three grand divisions in heaven, called the telestial, the terrestrial, and the celestial kingdoms. Each kingdom increased in glory until one approached the glory of the celestial kingdom where God ruled.
Toward the end of his life Joseph learned even more about the next life. He learned that there was a hierarchy of beings in heaven. The teaching in the book of Abraham began by considering the stars. If there are two stars, one will be more brilliant than another. If one was to continue to consider star after star and the brilliance of each one would eventually reach a star that was the greatest light of them all. This Abraham termed Kolob and compared this star to God who is the greatest of all. In such glory and light God dwells. This comparison of celestial bodies was setup to teach a truth. Just as the stars differ and increase in glory so also do heavenly beings. “Howbeit that he made the greater star; as, also, if there be two spirits, and one shall be more intelligent than the other… there shall be another more intelligent than they; I am the Lord thy God, I am more intelligent than they all” (Abraham 3:18, 19). Man in his resurrected state also receives a glory and is considered a part of this hierarchy. His great work is to progress along this path through the eternities.