For the past few months, we have looked at the Plan of Salvation. We have learned about a bit about our premortal life, how the earth was created, the truths about The Fall, the purpose behind our mortal existence, and how the Atonement of Jesus Christ blesses our lives. I now move on to discussing the next part of the Plan of Salvation, and that is, what happens to us after we leave mortality.
Death is something which we all must face. It is an unquestionable fact of life, and it is an essential element in Heavenly Father's plan for us. "... (D)eath is part of the process by which we are transformed from mortality to immortality" (Preach My Gospel, pp. 52). When we die, our spirit becomes separated from our physical body, and goes to a place which is called the Spirit World. The Spirit World is a place where we wait until we have the opportunity to be resurrected. This is possible through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, because the Atonement helps us to overcome physical death and receive a resurrected body.
In the Spirit World, our thoughts, intentions, passions and desires do not change. If we have chosen to do good in our mortal lives, we will live in a state of happiness in the Spirit World. If we have chosen to do evil in or mortal lives, we will live in a state of misery.
Those who have died without having had the chance to hear about the Gospel will have the chance to hear it in the Spirit World. They will have the opportunity to accept or reject what is being taught to them, just as we have the opportunity to accept or reject the Gospel here on earth.
For a more detailed description about the Spirit World, please click here to learn what President Brigham Young has to say on the topic.