"Now there must needs be a space betwixt the time of death and the time of the resurrection."- Alma 40:6
So what exactly happens after we die? Are we judged immediately then sent according to the verdict? Or do we entirely cease to exist? The answer to the question is precisely what Alma taught. Now concerning what exactly happens between the state of death and the state of resurrection is what I'll talk about today.
In 1 Peter 3:18-19 it sheds a little more light on exactly where Jesus Christ Himself went during those 3 days in between His resurrection and death. It says, "For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;"
Remember that in John 20:17 He told Mary after His resurrection "Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father..." But, in Luke 23:43 He told the thief on the cross before His death "..To day shalt thou be with me in paradise." Jesus went to what is called the spirit world.
So we know where He went, but what exactly did He do in the spirit world? Just what 1 Peter 3:19 says, He preached His gospel there. That is what continues to this day. In the spirit world there are two different spectrums; those who need to learn more about Jesus Christ and those who teach about Jesus Christ. If the acceptance of Jesus Christ and His suffering and death is a requirement for salvation, then what is to be said about those who have lived and died on the Earth and never received the opportunity to hear about Christianity? This is their opportunity to accept Christ and His teachings.