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Passage: Alma 19:35 - Alma 19:55
35 Now whether there shall be one time or a second time or a third time that men shall come forth from the dead, it mattereth not, For God knoweth all these things; And it sufficeth me to know that this is the case, that there is a time appointed that all shall rise from the dead.
36 Now there must needs be a space betwixt the time of death and the time of the resurrection;
37 And now I would inquire, what becometh of the souls of men from this time of death to the time appointed for the resurrection?
38 Now whether there is more than one time appointed for men to rise, it mattereth not, For all do not die at once, and this mattereth not; All is as one day with God and time only is measured unto man;
39 Therefore, there is a time appointed unto men that they shall rise from the dead, And there is a space between the time of death and the resurrection.
40 And now concerning this space of time- What becometh of the souls of men is the thing which I have inquired diligently of the Lord to know, And this is the thing of which I do know;
41 And when the time cometh when all shall rise, then shall they know that God knoweth all the times which are appointed unto man.
42 Now concerning the state of the soul between death and the resurrection-
43 Behold, it hath 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.
44 And then shall it come to pass that the spirits of those which 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, etc.
45 And then shall it come to pass that the spirits of the wicked, yea, which 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-
46 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.
47 Now this is the state of the souls of the wicked, yea, in darkness, And a state of awful, fearful, looking for, of the fiery indignation of the wrath of God upon them; Thus they remain in this state, as well as the righteous in paradise, until the time of their resurrection.
48 Now there are some that have understood that this state of happiness and this state of misery of the soul before the resurrection was a first resurrection;
49 Yea, I admit it may be termed a resurrection-the raising of the spirit or the soul and their consignation to happiness or misery-according to the words which have been spoken.
50 And behold, again it hath been spoken that there is a first resurrection- A resurrection of all those which have been, or which are, or which shall be, down to the resurrection of Christ from the dead.
51 Now we do not suppose that this first resurrection which has been spoken of in this manner can be the resurrection of the souls and their consignation to happiness or misery- Ye cannot suppose that this is what it meaneth;
52 Behold, I say unto you, Nay, But it meaneth the reuniting of the soul with the body of those from the days of Adam down to the resurrection of Christ.
53 Now whether the souls and the bodies of those of which have been spoken shall all be reunited at once, the wicked as well as the righteous, I do not say;
54 Let it suffice that I say that they all come forth, Or in other words, their resurrection cometh to pass before the resurrection of those which die after the resurrection of Christ.
55 Now my son, I do not say that their resurrection cometh at the resurrection of Christ, But behold, I give it as my opinion that the souls and the bodies are reunited of the righteous at the resurrection of Christ and His ascension into heaven;
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