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FHE Lesson on Heaven – Where Do We Go When We Die?

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This FHE lesson on heaven answers the question, where do we go when we die? 



Alma 40:11

Now, concerning the state of the soul between death and the resurrection—Behold, it has 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.



O My Father | Hymn #292

1. O my Father, thou that dwellest
In the high and glorious place,
When shall I regain thy presence
And again behold thy face?
In thy holy habitation,
Did my spirit once reside?
In my first primeval childhood
Was I nurtured near thy side?

2. For a wise and glorious purpose
Thou hast placed me here on earth
And withheld the recollection
Of my former friends and birth;
Yet ofttimes a secret something
Whispered, “You’re a stranger here,”
And I felt that I had wandered
From a more exalted sphere.

3. I had learned to call thee Father,
Thru thy Spirit from on high,
But, until the key of knowledge
Was restored, I knew not why.
In the heav’ns are parents single?
No, the thought makes reason stare!
Truth is reason; truth eternal
Tells me I’ve a mother there.

4. When I leave this frail existence,
When I lay this mortal by,
Father, Mother, may I meet you
In your royal courts on high?
Then, at length, when I’ve completed
All you sent me forth to do,
With your mutual approbation
Let me come and dwell with you.




Begin by watching the following video. Before pressing play, ask the children to think about what in this video makes them feel sad and what makes them feel happy.

Ask: What is sad about this video? What is happy?

Read aloud: We feel sad when loved ones die. When someone dies, we do not get to see them anymore. We miss talking with them, laughing with them, and loving them. This is normal. Heavenly Father understands we will miss each other so much.

However, Heavenly Father wants us to find hope in the truth we return to heaven when we die.

Ask: What do you know about heaven?

Read aloud: Heaven is a beautiful word. It can mean a few different things. When we look up into a beautiful night sky, we say we are looking into heaven. Heaven is the place where God lives and where we can live someday. Heaven can also mean paradise, the part of the spirit world where righteous souls live until judgement day.

The spirit world is where our spirits go after we die. The scriptures tell us we will be in paradise if we were righteous and spirit prison if we were wicked. For everyone, the spirit world is a time to continue to learn and love Jesus Christ.

Ask: How does it make you feel knowing there is something after this life?

Share how a knowledge of the spirit world has blessed your life.

Ask: What questions do you have about heaven?

Finish the lesson with your testimony.


Begin the lesson by having someone read Alma 40:11:

Now, concerning the state of the soul between death and the resurrection—Behold, it has 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.

Ask: What do you think of the phrase “take home” in this scripture? How is the idea of being with God like going home?

Read aloud: Understand what happens after we die can bring us comfort and clarity about God’s plan for us. Though we will all eventually be saved from physical death because of Jesus Christ, we will all die one day. According to Preach My Gospel:

At death our spirits go to the spirit world. Death does not change our personality or our desires for good or evil. Those who chose to obey God in this life live in a state of happiness, peace, and rest from troubles and care. Those who chose not to obey in this life and did not repent live in a state of unhappiness.

Ask: How does knowledge of the spirit world affect your choices here in mortality?

Read aloud: After the resurrection, we will face God to be judged. Our bodies and spirits will reunite. We will be rewarded with a degree of glory. We have the opportunity to live with God forever in his physical presence. The place where God resides is called heaven.

Ask: Why do you want to go home to God?

Finish the lesson by bearing your testimony.


Read through the Plan of Salvation in Preach My Gospel, reading specifically through the sections on the Spirit World. Write down your feelings and promptings as you go.

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FHE Lesson on Heaven - Where Do We Go When We Die?

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