Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Spirit World

At the end of our life here on earth we die, our bodies and our spirits are seperated.  We are the same person after death as we are in life.  We have the same desires, thoughts and feelings.

From the Book of Mormon we learn where our spirits go after death.  A prophet by the name of Alma taught his son about life after death. 
"Now, concerning the state of the soul between death and the resurrection—Behold, it has been made known unto me by an angel, that the spirits of all men, as soon as they are departed from this mortal body, yea, the spirits of all men, whether they be good or evil, are taken home to that God who gave them life."  (Alma 40:11)
The place where our spirits live while waiting for the resurrection is called the spirit world.  Alma explains that those who chose to obey God in this life are "received into a state of happiness... called paradise..."  In that state they have "rest from... troubles and... care, and sorrow." (Alma 40:12) Those who chose to disobey God live in a state of unhappiness.

The disobedient and those who did not have the opportunity to hear the gospel in this life will be taught while in the spirit world.

Eventually all will be resurrected and leave the spirit world.  Our spirits will be reunited with our bodies eternally.