What Happens After We Die? 14 Answers to Common Questions

As Latter-day Saints, we can help bring hope into the lives of those living without God in the world by confidently bearing our witness of the truth about our existence: death is not the end. In addition, we can answer many questions about life after death because of the plain and precious truths of the restored gospel that have been revealed. Here are brief answers to a few such questions.

What happens to us right after we die?

At the time of death, our spirits separate from our bodies and then enter the spirit world (see James 2:26Alma 40:11).

What are our spirits like?

Our spirit bodies look like they did in premortal life: human bodies in a perfect adult form (see Ether 3:16Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph F. Smith [1998], 131–32). After death, our spirits will have the same attitudes, appetites, and desires we had at the time of our physical death on earth (see Alma 34:34).

What is spirit?

Spirit is a kind of matter, only “more fine or pure” (D&C 131:7).

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