What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?
Death is not the end. Death is really a beginning—another step forward in Heavenly Father’s plan for His children. Someday, like everyone else, your physical body will die. But your spirit does not die, it goes to the spirit world, where you will continue to learn and progress and may be with loved ones who have passed on.
Death is a necessary step in your progression, just as your birth was. Sometime after your death, your spirit and your body will be reunited—never to be separated again. This is called resurrection, and it was made possible by the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ (see 1 Corinthians 15:20-22).
I know that death is not the end. My son, Aaron, died suddenly at age 30. He came to me while I was in the Temple and told me that he was happy where he was at in heaven and to not grieve for him. It must be the happiest place ever because he left a baby son and a wife of 18 months behind here on earth,--for him to say that he was happy. We believe that we will be together after this life with our loved ones and that earth is a school for us to learn and grow. We are here to try to become more like our Savior, Jesus Christ and will continue to progress after we die. Show more
There is life after death. You are a spiritual being living a brief mortal existence. When you die, your spirit leaves your body and goes to a place called the spirit world. There you may see loved ones who passed on before you, and you will have the choice to learn the gospel of Jesus Christ if you didn't have the opportunity while on earth. After a period of waiting in the spirit world, your body will be re-united with your spirit, never to be separated again. This is made possible through Jesus Christ. Everyone who is born will receive a resurrected body because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. God revealed these teachings to a prophet who lived in ancient America and are found in the Book of Mormon. Through studying and prayer I know that we live after death. There is so much for us to look forward to. Our loved ones are not lost forever. This is true because of Jesus Christ. He is our Redeemer and loves us deeply. Show more
When we look back at our lives here on earth we remember different milestones. When we said our first word, took our first step, when we entered high school, learned how to drive and graduated from college. Each of these events is a part of life. By living through these experiences we learn and grow. If we remember to keep an eternal perspective death is really just another one of these milestones. A learning experience. As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints we know that life did not begin on this earth nor will it end as we leave it. At death our bodies and our spirits are separated and our spirits dwell in a place called the spirit world. The spirit world has two parts, paradise and prison. If we did our best to accept Christ and live by all of His commandments we dwell in a state of peace and happiness. If we chose to reject the teachings of Christ we will dwell in a state of regret and sorrow. (Alma 40:12,13. Book of Mormon) The spirit world however is not our final destination. In the spirit world we wait and we learn, we teach and we grow, though it is infinitely harder without the help of our bodies. Those who did not learn of Christ our understand His teachings have the chance to learn and accept them as they await the judgment and the resurrection, when our bodies and our spirits will be reunited in perfect form. Show more
We believe that everyone, regardless of the kind of life they live, will live again through resurrection just as Jesus Christ does. But our bodies will no longer be subject to death, disease and other infirmities that are challenges of this life. This is particularly important to our family because our youngest child is severely handicapped. He is a great blessing in our lives, but we look forward with hope to the day when he will be freed from his disability. This is what Christ meant when he said that all men would be saved -- saved from death and the conditions of this mortal life. We also believe that once resurrected, we will be accountable for how we lived our lives and be judged by the standard of His teachings -- which all men and women will eventually have the opportunity to accept or reject. Therefore, learning of Christ and developing faith in Him enough to follow Him leads to a salvation that depends both on our works and His grace. That salvation can ultimately mean living in His presence together with our families. Show more
The thing that I think is great about what we believe is that we believe that God loves all his children. Nobody gets 'thrown away' like it's talked about in so many churches. Nobody gets a ticket to a hot fiery furnace for eternity. We believe there is an equal chance for every person to get to learn about Christ and accept what He taught. If they never hear the words 'Jesus Christ' before they die, or if they die too young to learn for themselves, they aren't any worse off for it. It's just like a continuation of what goes on in this life. If you choose wrong, you'll get the miserable consequences. If you choose right, you'll gain eternal life through Jesus Christ's atonement. We believe there are many mansions in the Kingdom of God and that you will get exactly what will be best for you, if you chose to live closer to God, you'll move even closer to him still. If you chose to be distanced, you continue to be. Show more
Lee Hadley answered...
I cannot image anything but life after death. To believe as some believe that we simply cease to exist is outside my scope of thinking. I have always believed this and I believe that I always will. I have studied the attitudes of others, along with their perspective and this study has not moved me from my belief. We may have walked by faith in this life, but in our next life we will see all things clearly and reap the benefits we have achieved through our life, faith, and works of this life. Show more
We believe that death is not the end. When we die, our bodies and our spirits are separated until a later date when they are again reunited. This is what is called resurrection and it comes because of Jesus Christ. We believe that in the end we will be judged according to both our works, words, and thoughts, as well as the desires of our hearts. God will be perfectly fair and just, and judgment will come in light of His perfect love and His perfect knowledge. Ultimately, He wants us to be with Him and be with our families forever, and that's why the gospel is so important - it teaches us what we have to do to return to God, our Heavenly Father and also what we must do to enjoy our family relationships forever. Show more
Raewyn Maire answered...
We were so very sad when our very special eleven year old grandson died in 2009. He suffered from life threatening asthma from birth and was often in hospital. He caught a virus which attacked his heart causing it to go into a dangerous rhythm, which eventually stopped his heart. Every attempt was made to save him but to no avail. The night he died, I thought I might die too - I was so overcome with grief. I was grieving not only for him but for our daughter and her family too. I received enormous comfort from my family and friends, especially those in the church and the outpouring of love and support was indescribable. However, the most comfort I received was my knowledge that I absolutely knew that we would see him again in the next life and that our family would be together forever in the eternities. I was also comforted to know that our grandson would be free from his health problems and be able to have peace. Even though I miss him terribly, I know he is happy and with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I feel his spirit around me often. I know with total conviction that the Lord has unconditionally supported all of our family through this trial and continues to do so daily. Show more
When we die, it is not the end of who we are. Our spirit goes to the spirit world, where we continue to learn and progress. Death is NOT the end. In fact, it is a new beginning. There we will not be burdened with the pains and suffering we experienced while living on earth. The physical, mental, and emotional problems that are part of earth life will be over. I am grateful for the knowledge that life does not end. Recently, my sister died after suffering from the day of her birth with physical disabilities that became progressively more limiting. Because of covenants made in the temple sealing our family eternally, I know that if I am faithful, I will be with her again. I will be able to speak to her, enjoy her loving spirit, hear her jokes, and rejoice in the knowledge that we will never again be parted. One day, we will be resurrected. Our spirit and body will be reunited, just as a glove (the body) and a hand placed in the glove (the spirit) allow the glove to perform its function, we will be whole and complete. How grateful I am to my Savior, Jesus Christ, for breaking the bands of death, for His victory over the grave. In that day, I shall rejoice. Show more