Christ’s Death, “Hell”, and Resurrection


“And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; … ” – Alma 7:12

“Yea, even so he shall be led, crucified, and slain, the flesh becoming subject even unto death, the will of the Son being swallowed up in the will of the Father.” – Mosiah 15:7

(I don’t really think that Christ went to Hell, per se. At least not in the traditional way that we think of Hell. However, we have been blessed with Latter-day revelation that tells how Christ spent the 3 days between his death and resurrection.)

“…I saw the hosts of the dead, both small and great.

They were assembled awaiting the advent of the Son of God into the spirit world, to declare their redemption from the bands of death

While this vast multitude waited and conversed, rejoicing in the hour of their deliverance from the chains of death, the Son of God appeared, declaring liberty to the captives who had been faithful;

And there he preached to them the everlasting gospel, the doctrine of the resurrection and the redemption of mankind from the fall, and from individual sins on conditions of repentance.

But his ministry among those who were dead was limited to the brief time intervening between the crucifixion and his resurrection;” – Doctrine and Covenants 138:11, 16, 18-19, 27


“Behold, they will crucify him; and after he is laid in a sepulchre for the space of three days he shall rise from the dead, with healing in his wings;…” – 2 Nephi 25:13

I have to admit, I love doing these scripture chains. Of course, there are SO many scriptures that could be included here, but I just wanted to pick out a sampling.

Today’s topic is especially interesting. It is sad to think about Christ’s death, but even in His death, He brought so much hope and happiness to the Spirit World. Because of Christ’s death and His resurrection, those who had passed on before were excited and hopeful – as they would soon be able to also receive the gift of resurrection. It is hard to imagine what it would be like to have a Spirit with no Body, but we are told in the Doctrine and Covenants that when our body and spirit are separated, we cannot receive a fullness of joy. (see D&C 93:33-34).

I love the way that Nephi describes The Savior’s resurrection: with healing in His wings. The work of the Savior is done. He has come to earth, lived a perfect life, taken on our sins, died, descended below all things, and He has been resurrected. He lives again. And because of His choice to succumb to the Will of the Father, He has returned, able to heal all of us from spiritual and physical death. This is the good news. This is the gospel.

For the rest of the “If Handel had been a Mormon” scripture chain, please click here.


3 thoughts on “Christ’s Death, “Hell”, and Resurrection

  1. Pingback: If Handel had been a Mormon « thatgoodpart

  2. Angela

    Hmmm….I am not very savvy on this blog thing, but I’ll give it a whirl. First off, thank you for taking the time to do this blog. It is wonderful to have that gospel doctrine insight coupled with beautiful personal testimony. I love it! Anything that does some “good in the hood” I whole heartedly support. πŸ™‚ I am very passionate about the gospel, some might say I edge on the extreme but I have found that the ability to be obedient to the commandments has a direct correlation with capacity of light, truth and knowledge that one can be blessed with according to the will of the Father. There truly is no greater joy than can be found in the, as Elder Neal A. Maxwell put it, “Inexhaustible Gospel.”

    I am slowly going through your site. This is truly a feast to behold. I am looking forward to reading more of your site and especially this chain, since Handel’s “Messiah” is my favorite classical piece. May I be so bold as to say, what an incredible idea for a framework of study! This must be so fun for you and I can only imagine the insights that you are receiving coupling music denoting the life of the Savior, the Book of Mormon and the Gift of the Holy Ghost (aka personal revelation). Very happy stuff!

    There is one doctrinal point that I would like to comment on that I’m not sure if you were clear on or you were just trying to avoid having to write an extensive blog section on the difference between spirit prison and spirit paradise. But, the Lord, after he died, went to spirit paradise “declaring liberty to those who had been faithful.” He then organized them to go minister to those in spirit prison. (Elder Bruce R. McConkie) Quote below:

    “Until the death of Christ these two spirit abodes [paradise and hell] were separated by a great gulf, with the intermingling of their respective inhabitants strictly forbidden (Luke 16:19-31). After our Lord bridged the gulf between the two (1 Pet. 3:18-21; Moses 7:37-39), the affairs of his kingdom in the spirit world were so arranged that righteous spirits began teaching the gospel to wicked ones” (MD, p. 762).

    Now, I’m not sure if this long winded reply is truly what the comment section of you blog is for, but I do so enjoy talking about the gospel and I did not notice any word limit that if exceeded, exacted financial repercussions….and so I write. πŸ™‚

    1. Angela,
      Thanks for reading the blog, and for the kind comment. The blog has been a lot of fun for me to keep – it is a good way to verbalize what I’m trying to learn.

      I agree on your point about Christ’s visit to the Spirit World. I didn’t really delve into the topic much here, but it’s true that Christ only visited Spirit Paradise. It is important to remember that those who were in Paradise still didn’t experience a fullness of joy – as their spirits were still separated from their bodies. They, too, awaited the Advent of Christ – when He would overcome death. So, in that sense, they were experiencing a type of “hell” – as death had not yet been overcome. Of course, I don’t mean it in the traditional sense of hell, and it shouldn’t be confused with Spirit Prison, either. The Spirits in Paradise had been good, and were experiencing peace, but couldn’t experience a fullness of joy until the Savior had completed His mission. Anyways, I agree with what you said, and am glad that you brought it up.

      I love thinking about these concepts in the gospel, and I’m grateful for your comments – don’t worry if they’re long! πŸ™‚

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