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7 Latter-day Saint resources that answer questions about death and the spirit world

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As Latter-day Saints, we know that death isn't the end. But do we know what awaits us after this life? Learn more about the spirit world and what happens after we die with this compilation of thought-provoking books, talks, and articles. All of the books included in this article can be read for free with a Bookshelf+ subscription.

The Gateway We Call Death

In The Gateway We Call Death, President Nelson, a surgeon by profession and now a special witness of the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, approaches the subject of death from both a medical and a theological point of view to discuss such topics as these:
• The purpose of life and of death
• The purpose of mourning
• When death comes without warning
• Factors of choice, such as suicide, euthanasia, and use of mechanical means to extend life
• Life after death

    5 Insights into the Spirit World from Those Who Have Seen It

    LDS Living Article

    Ever wonder what happens to our spirits after we die? This LDS Living article follows eye-witness accounts of where our spirits go after we die and what it looks like.

    Life after death: 6 insights into the spirit world

    LDS Living Article

    The restored gospel reveals many truths about life after death. This article from LDS Living, written by Brent L. Top, gives a few more insights about the afterlife that you may not have come across before.

    What's On the Other Side?

    The Prophet Joseph Smith observed that death and the spirit world are subjects "we ought to study more than any other. . . . If we have claim on our Heavenly Father for anything, it is for knowledge on this important subject."

    Brent Top, a professor of Church History and Doctrine at BYU, highlights the wealth of information the scriptures and latter-day prophets and apostles have provided to us about death and the spirit world—its location and conditions, the nature of departed spirits, and the work performed for and by those there. Removing much of the mystery and fear associated with dying, this book demonstrates that knowing what life will be like after death can help inspire us to live better lives here and now.

    Where Is the Spirit World? President Nelson Provides Fascinating Answers

    LDS Living Article

    President Nelson has recently said, "Each time I attend a funeral, I see tears of sadness occasioned by separation from a loved one. Often they ask questions pertaining to the whereabouts of their dear one. There seem to be more questions than answers. How thankful we are that the Lord has revealed important information to satisfy our yearnings to know more about the future."

    Understanding Death and the Resurrection

    Why is physical death necessary? How do spirits spend their time? What kind of communication is possible between the mortal world and the spirit world? When does the judgment occur? What are family relationships like in the resurrection? Since the beginning of time, people have sought answers to questions about our next sphere of existence. In Understanding Death and the Resurrection, Jay and Don Parry carefully examine many such questions, using the writings of prophets ancient and modern to provide answers.

    What Is This Thing That Men Call Death?

    BYU Education Week Talk 

    This talk, by Brent L. Top, explores the topic of death, what is to come in the spirit world, and how these teachings and doctrines affect our lives. 

    “I rejoice with you in knowing that there is indeed strength and peace beyond our tears. I rejoice in and bear testimony of the divinity of Jesus Christ. I know He lives. I know that because He lives there is no death but only change and 'better worlds and greater light.'”

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