11 Now, concerning the state of the soul between death and the resurrection—Behold, it has been made known unto me by an angel, that the spirits of all men, as soon as they are departed from this mortal body, yea, the spirits of all men, whether they be good or evil, are taken home to that God who gave them life.
12 And then shall it come to pass, that the spirits of those who are righteous are received into a state of happiness, which is called paradise, a state of rest, a state of peace, where they shall rest from all their troubles and from all care, and sorrow.
13 And then shall it come to pass, that the spirits of the wicked, yea, who are evil—for behold, they have no part nor portion of the Spirit of the Lord; for behold, they chose evil works rather than good; therefore the spirit of the devil did enter into them, and take possession of their house—and these shall be cast out into outer darkness; there shall be weeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth, and this because of their own iniquity, being led captive by the will of the devil.
- We lived with God before we were born.
- Heavenly Father established a plan before the world was created. The most important part of that plan was the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
- We were foreordained to fulfill specific responsibilities in this life. Our ability to fulfill those assignments depends upon our faithfulness.
- We may be “received into a state of happiness, which is called paradise, a state of rest, a state of peace.”
- We may “be cast into outer darkness, [where] there shall be weeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth.” We commonly refer to this state as spirit prison (see 1 Peter 3:19).