The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that there are several estates through which man must pass on his way to exaltation in the celestial kingdom. These estates consist of man as: (1) a pre-mortal spirit being, a literal offspring of God; (2) a mortal being having physical as well as spiritual parents; (3) a post-mortal spirit being, his spirit having withdrawn from his physical body at death; and (4) an immortal resurected personage over which physical death has no more power. The teachings concerning these estates form a goodly portion of the gospel plan as taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. God is desirous that man comprehend his future and the way he must go in order to again return to his presence. He has given man the Holy Spirit to guide and direct him on his journey.
Physical death is a reality from which mortals cannot escape. Everyone has friends and family who have passed into the Spirit World. The post-mortal Spirit World condition of man is one of the least understood of the estates of man. It is not uncommon to hear argumentation upon the subject when mentioned in classes of instruction within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is possible that much of the disagreement comes from a lack of study upon the subject.
In this thesis, the writer will examine data available relating to the spirit world.



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Religious Education; Ancient Scripture



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Mormon doctrine, Spirit world, Mormons, Spiritual experiences