The People of Hell
“Now he’s back with all you Cath’lics and Jews”
Do Latter-day Saints believe that Catholics, Jews, and those of other religions are in hell? Of course not.
The final judgement has not yet taken place, so where do we go when we die? We go to a place called the Spirit World to await the Second Coming of Jesus Christ and the resurrection. In the Spirit World, the righteous who died with a knowledge of the truth have the opportunity to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ to those who did not live it while they were on the earth.
Do we believe Catholics and Jews are being taught the true gospel of Jesus Christ in the Spirit World? We do. But this is a far cry from being in hell, or being eternally damned.
When the Second Coming arrives, the Final Judgment will soon follow. Who are they who inherit the highest glories in the hereafter? The Lord tells us,
“They are they who received the testimony of Jesus, and believed on his name and were baptized after the manner of his burial, being buried in the water in his name, and this according to the commandment which he has given—
That by keeping the commandments they might be washed and cleansed from all their sins, and receive the Holy Spirit by the laying on of the hands of him who is ordained and sealed unto this power;
“And who overcome by faith, and are sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise, which the Father sheds forth upon all those who are just and true” (Doctrine and Covenants 76:51-53).
The Lord is the one who will judge, and I’m sure there will be Catholics, Jews, and an atheist or two who will inherit heavenly glory. Yet all who do must meet the conditions the Lord has set, the conditions mentioned above, including receiving a testimony of Jesus.