I am confident that our Heavenly Father’s arms are constantly extended, ever ready to embrace each one of us and say to each one with that quiet, piercing voice, ‘I love you.’
Okay, so to make sure I didn’t butcher this explanation I read what LDS.org said about this ha.
Your friend is correct but let me explain it better. The kingdoms of glory are 3 levels to heaven. The highest level is called the Celestial Kingdom. This is where our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ live and is where we all want to live. The second level is called the Terrestrial Kingdom and the third is called Telestial Kingdom. These are the lower levels of heaven but still wonderful. I don’t know what apostle said this but they said even the lowest level of heaven is so unbelievably wonderful, nothing on earth can compare.
And yes, we don’t believe in the usual “hell”. We believe in outer darkness, where only a very small select number of people will go. When I was learning about the Kingdoms of Heaven from the missionaries, it just made sense. Why would a merciful and loving God send people to hell? What about all those people who have never heard of Christianity? What happens to them?
We believe that if you didn’t get the opportunity to hear of the Gospel on earth, that you will after you pass. Everyone has the chance to live with our Father in Heaven and their loved ones forever.
This is why I love this Gospel.
If you look at the fact that you have a roof over your head, food to eat, that you are young and beautiful and live in a peaceful land, then no, you have nothing to be sad about. But the fact is, we are not only a physical body, we have souls too, and sometimes our souls get sick. If you break a leg you don’t just say ‘I have no reason to have a broken leg’ and ignore it; you seek help. It’s the same when your soul gets hurt. Don’t apologize for being sad.