Alma 40: The Spirit World and the Resurrection

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 128


Has a friend ever asked you where we go after we die? How would you answer that question? In Alma 40 are Alma’s answers to several questions about life after death. Read what Alma taught and see if he answered any questions you have had about the afterlife.

Understanding the Scriptures

Alma 40

This corruption does not put on incorruption (v. 2)This mortal body will not be resurrected
Space betwixt (v. 6)Time between
Fiery indignation (v. 14)Intense righteous anger
Consignation, consigned (vv. 15, 17, 26)Assignment, judgment
Restored (v. 23)Brought back
Dregs (v. 26)The sediment and the foreign matter that settles at the bottom of a container of wine; to “drink the dregs” of something is to drink the worst part of it
family at graveside
Christ with man in embrace

© 1994 Jolynn M. Hegsted

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity C and activity A or B as you study Alma 40.

Activity A iconFinish the Sentence

Scan Alma 40:1–8 and find the words that complete each of the following sentences. Write the completed sentences in your notebook.

  1. 1.

    “There is no Resurrection … until

    ____________________
    .”

  2. 2.

    “There is a time appointed that

    ____________________
    .”

  3. 3.

    “There must needs be

    ____________________
    .”

Activity B iconParadise or Prison?

Alma 40:11–15 mentions two conditions in the spirit world. Read those verses and list some consequences following death for the righteous and for the wicked.

Activity C iconMatch the Statement to a Verse

From what you learn in Alma 40:15–26, write a doctrinal statement about the Resurrection for each of the following phrases:

  1. 1.

    The spirit and the body

  2. 2.

    At the time of Christ’s Resurrection

  3. 3.

    Between death and resurrection

  4. 4.

    A state of happiness or misery

  5. 5.

    Stand before God

  6. 6.

    All things restored