Mormon Beliefs about Death and the Afterlife

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Mormons believe that all humans who die will live eternally. Their spirits will go to the spirit world, where they will undergo instruction and preparation. Then, "after a time," there will be the Resurrection, at which time the spirits will be reunited with their bodies forever. [1]

Mormons believe in heaven, which is defined as "the place where God lives and the future home of those who follow Him." Faithful Mormons and their families will live in the presence of God and be rewarded in accordance with what they have done during their lives. [2]

Joseph Smith also taught that families can live together forever in heaven if they are "sealed" through special temple ceremonies. [3]

What about non-Mormons? "Those who choose not to follow our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ will receive a reward according to what they have done in this life, but they will not enjoy the glory of living in the presence of God." [4]

Mormons do believe in hell. Those who did not repent while on Earth will experience a temporary hell after death (during the time that all spirits go to the spirit world before the Resurrection), but will have an opportunity to repent afterwards and avoid the eternal hell. Hell as an eternal place of misery it is inhabited only by Satan and those who explicitly reject "the Heavenly Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost" even after the period of instruction after death. [5]


  1. "Death is another beginning."
  2. "What is heaven like?" See also "Death is another beginning" at
  3. "What happens to families after death?"
  4. "What is heaven like?" See also "Death is another beginning" at
  5. "What does the Church teach about hell?"
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