February 8, 2013 by FHElessons
A while ago I was asked to substitute in Relief Society, and the lesson was on The Post Mortal Spirit World. I wanted to jazz it up a little, so I created this game in the style of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.” Since the youth lessons for Sunday School and Young Women’s and Young Men’s this month are on the Plan of Salvation, I thought I would post this game/lesson here in case anyone wanted to use it. Of course, it would also make a fun Family Home Evening to complement what the kids are learning at church this month!
On the TV show for “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” contestants play individually, answering questions for increasing amounts of money and hoping to work their way up to win a million dollars. For my lesson, I asked the Relief Society class to work as a group. I reasoned that we are a team, and we work together. We help each other to obtain Eternal Life. You can do the same thing if you use this game with your family.
The Set-Up: I wrote the title of the game across the top of the chalk board. Below that, in a column, I wrote all the monetary levels that we would be playing for:
I also wrote the “lifelines” that could be used across the board:
- Ask the audience
- Call an expert (My husband was teaching this lesson in Priesthood at the same time, so I set him up to be the expert.)
- Ask a friend
- Consult the scriptures
Set your prize out on the table for viewing. I used a jar full of snack sized 100 Grand bars. When your group wins the million dollars, they can all share the prize.
How to Play: Download the FREE PRINTABLE GAME PAGES HERE and print them out. Assign a volunteer for each of the above monetary levels. Begin with the lowest monetary level ($100). Tape the first two pages of the document to the board (the ones that have the question and possible answers for level 100). Have your volunteer for that level come to the front of the room and attempt to answer the question. If she does not know the answer, she can use one of the lifelines listed on the board. Remind your class/family that all the questions must be answered correctly in order for you to obtain the million dollars.
In the TV game show, lifelines can be used only once. When I played with my class, I let them use the lifelines as many times as they needed. You can play however you want. If you choose to let them use the lifelines only once, you can cross them off or erase them once they are used. Once a question has been answered correctly, cross off the money for it listed on the board and move on to the next question. When your group achieves the million dollars, pass out the prize to be shared.
Between game questions, I read some quotes or scriptures that related to that question, and we talked a little about the concept learned from each question. Doing this made the game/lesson take the whole time period allotted (maybe 40 minutes or so). I have included the questions and answers below and underlined the correct answer for each question. In between the questions, I have included the quotes/scriptures/lesson which I used. Feel free to do the same or just play the game – it’s up to you! Hope you enjoy it!
The Post Mortal Spirit World
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
100 – Where do we go immediately after we die?
A. Heaven or Hell
B. Celestial Kingdom or Terrestrial Kingdom or Telestial Kingdom or Outer Darkness
C. The Spirit World
D. A cold, dark grave
Bruce R McConkie: “Death is merely a change from one status or sphere of existence to another…This death consists in the separation of the eternal spirit from the mortal body so that the body is left to go back to the dust or element from which it was created (meaning organized), and the spirit is left to sojourn in a world of waiting spirits until the day of resurrection.”
200 -Where is the Spirit World?
A. On the earth all around us
B. Up in the heavens
C. On a planet called Kolob
D. In another dimension
President Ezra Taft Benson: “Sometimes the veil between this life and the life beyond becomes very thin. Our loved ones who have passed on are not far from us.”
Joseph Smith: The spirits of righteous people who have died “are not far from us, and know and understand our thoughts, feelings, and motions, and are often pained therewith.”
Lorenzo Snow: (recounting an experience of a sister who had visited the spirit world and been recalled to mortality): Some inquired about their friends and relatives on the earth. Among the number was my cousin. He asked me how the folks were getting along and said it grieved him to hear that some of the boys were using tobacco, liquor, and many things that were injurious to them.”
Joseph F. Smith: “Indeed, our deceased loved ones are greatly concerned about our well-being and happiness and can be appointed when there is need, to bring messages of warning, reproof, or instruction to us.”
Here I told a story that my grandmother used to often relate about how her sister appeared to her mother in a vision after her sister had died. The sister counseled her mother to still hold a birthday party for her other sister even though everyone was sad because of the recent death. This let my grandmother know that those in the Spirit World are concerned for those of us still here on earth, even when it comes to something as trivial as a birthday party. If you have your own experiences that relate to any of the questions during the game, you should, of course, share them as prompted by the Spirit.
300 – What do our spirits look like?
A. see-through and ethereal
B. the same form as our bodies but perfected and in adult form
C. like our bodies at the moment of our death
Ether 3:16: Behold, this body, which ye now behold, is the body of my spirit; and man have I created after the body of my spirit; and even as I appear unto thee to be in the spirit will I appear unto my people in the flesh.
Apparently, there are no infants or children in the spirit world. All who reside there possess the stature of adult men and women, the same appearance they possessed prior to mortal birth. If infants or children die, their spirits immediately resume their former adult stature while in the spirit world. However, when they regain their bodies during the resurrection, they naturally come forth as children to be raised to maturity by righteous and worthy parents. President Joseph F. Smith explained this concept: “The spirits of our children are immortal before they come to us, and their spirits, after bodily death, are like they were before they came. They are as they would have appeared if they had lived in the flesh, to grow to maturity, or to develop their physical bodies to the full stature of their spirits. If you see one of your children that has passed away it may appear to you in the form in which you would recognize it, the form of childhood; but if it came to you as a messenger bearing some important truth, it would perhaps come as the spirit of Bishop Edward Hunter’s son (who died when a little child) came to him, in the stature of full-grown manhood, and revealed himself to his father, and said: ‘I am your son.’
500 – What is the nature of our spirits?
B. changed from how we were on earth to now believe in God
C. possessing the same attitudes and desires as we did when on Earth
D. we forget everything that happened on Earth
Alma 34:34: Ye cannot say, when ye are brought to that awful crisis, that I will repent, that I will return to my God. Nay, ye cannot say this; for that same spirit which doth possess your bodies at the time that ye go out of this life, that same spirit will have power to possess your body in that eternal world.
The whole world shifted for me when I realized that “eternity” is all time. It is not something in the future, it includes the past and even more importantly “now”. I think about that with my “eternal family” or my “eternal marriage”. It is now. Do I have a happy family now, or a happy marriage now? Because if I don’t now – it’s not going to happen later. (I have no idea where I found this quote. I tried to Google it and nothing came up, and it doesn’t appear to be from the manual.)
This gets at an underlying truth, which is that living the gospel isn’t something we make ourselves suffer through now so that we can be happy later. Living the gospel is supposed to bring us joy now, and that the same way we experience that joy now we will continue to experience it after our death. And conversely, those who are unhappy and suffering because of their poor choices or sins will continue to suffer
1,000 – What are the divisions of the Spirit World?
A. old people and young people
B. the good, the bad, and the ugly
C. heaven and hell
D. Paradise and Spirit Prison
Alma 40:12-14: And then shall it come to pass, that the spirits of those who 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. And then shall it come to pass, that the spirits of the wicked, yea, who 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—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. Now this is the state of the souls of the wicked, yea, in darkness, and a state of awful, fearful looking for 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.
2,000 – Who dwells in the Spirit World?
A. everyone who has died
B. God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the rest of us
C. those who await resurrection
D. resurrected beings
2 Nephi 9:10-15: O how great the goodness of our God, who prepareth a way for our escape from the grasp of this awful monster; yea, that monster, death and hell, which I call the death of the body, and also the death of the spirit. And because of the way of deliverance of our God, the Holy One of Israel, this death, of which I have spoken, which is the temporal, shall deliver up its dead; which death is the grave. And this death of which I have spoken, which is the spiritual death, shall deliver up its dead; which spiritual death is hell; wherefore, death and hell must deliver up their dead, and hell must deliver up its captive spirits, and the grave must deliver up its captive bodies, and the bodies and the spirits of men will be restored one to the other; and it is by the power of the resurrection of the Holy One of Israel. O how great the plan of our God! For on the other hand, the paradise of God must deliver up the spirits of the righteous, and the grave deliver up the body of the righteous; and the spirit and the body is restored to itself again, and all men become incorruptible, and immortal, and they are living souls, having a perfect knowledge like unto us in the flesh, save it be that our knowledge shall be perfect. Wherefore, we shall have a perfect knowledge of all our guilt, and our uncleanness, and our nakedness; and the righteous shall have a perfect knowledge of their enjoyment, and their righteousness, being clothed with purity, yea, even with the robe of righteousness. And it shall come to pass that when all men shall have passed from this first death unto life, insomuch as they have become immortal, they must appear before the judgment–seat of the Holy One of Israel; and then cometh the judgment, and then must they be judged according to the holy judgment of God.
4,000 – How is the Spirit World organized?
A. with the same organization as the church here on Earth, including the priesthood
B. with the righteous people lording it over the wicked people
C. all families are together no matter their behavior when on Earth
D. the Mormons talk to the Mormons, the Baptists talk to the Baptists, the Catholics with the Catholics, etc.
Wilford Woodruff: “The same Priesthood exists on the other side of the veil…Every Apostle, every Seventy, every Elder, etc, who has died in the faith as soon as he passes to the other side of the veil, enters into the work of the ministry.”
Pres Jedediah M Grant (counselor to Brigham Young) saw the spirit world and described what exists there: “The people there are organized in family capacities…When I looked at families, there was a deficiency in some, …for I saw families that would not be permitted to come and dwell together, because they had not honored their calling here.”
8,000 – What is the condition of those in Spirit Prison?
A. they are in grimy cells closed in by iron bars
B. they have lost their free agency
C. they may never leave Spirit Prison
D. they are allowed an opportunity to repent and to receive the gospel of Jesus Christ
Lesson Manual: “In the spirit prison are the spirits of those who have not yet received the gospel of Jesus Christ. These spirits have agency and may be enticed by both good and evil. If they accept the gospel and the ordinances performed for them in the temples, they may leave the spirit prison and dwell in paradise”
16,000 – Who is in Spirit Prison?
A. only murderers, thieves, and rapists
B. good people who have not yet received the gospel of Jesus Christ or have rejected it as well as sinners
C. church members who didn’t attend weekday meetings
D. people who sinned and refused to repent
Dale C Mouritsen: “According to Latter-day Saint doctrine, the post earthly spirit world is the place of residence for all those who have died and are awaiting the resurrection’s inseparable connection of their spirits and bodies. Thus, it is not the place where God the Father, the resurrected Lord, and other resurrected beings dwell. Rather, it is an intermediate condition or state where people await the resurrection—a tangible sphere where disembodied spirits live in one of several conditions according to what their mortal lives have merited.”
D&C 19:16-18: For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent; But if they would not repent they must suffer even as I; Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit
Lesson Manual: “Also in the spirit prison are those who rejected the gospel after it was preached to them either on earth or in the spirit prison. These spirits suffer in a condition known as hell. They have removed themselves from the mercy of Jesus Christ. After suffering for their sins, they will be allowed, through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, to inherit the lowest degree of glory, which is the telestial kingdom.”
32,000 – Is it possible to leave Spirit Prison and cross over to Paradise?
A. Yes, if you repent and accept the gospel of Jesus Christ
B. No, why do you think it’s called prison?
C. Only if you get special permission from your bishop or someone higher
D. Only if your family loves you enough to come and break you out of prison
See lesson manual quote from above.
Bruce R McConkie: “The spirits are classified according to the purity of their lives and their obedience to the will of the Lord while on earth. The righteous and the wicked are separated, but the spirits may progress from one level to another as they learn gospel principles and live in accordance with them.”
64,000 – What is daily life like in Spirit Prison?
A. it is a place of learning and waiting
B. it is a place where you burn in unquenchable fire
C. you have to do chores for those in Paradise
D. you are there to be punished and to suffer
Conference talk by Dale C Mouritsen: “Peter refers to the spirit world as prison, and it is for some. However, it is chiefly a place of learning and waiting, not a place of suffering. Here those who did not have an opportunity in mortality to receive the gospel, and those who had a partial opportunity but rejected it will be taught.”
125,000 – What are the activities of those in Paradise?
A. Laying out by the pool and reading romance novels or playing golf
B. Resting from earthly care and sorrow
C. Being busy doing missionary work and whatever else the Lord requires of them
D. both B and C
Brigham Young: “We shall turn round and look upon the valley of death and think, when we have crossed it, why this is the greatest advantage of my whole existence, for I have passed from a state of sorrow, grief, mourning, woe, misery, pain, anguish and disappointment into a state of existence, where I can enjoy life to the fullest extent as far as that can be done without a body. My spirit is set free, I thirst no more, I want to sleep no more, I hunger no more, I tire no more, I run, I walk, I labor, I go, I come, I do this, I do that, whatever is required of me, nothing like pain or weariness, I am full of life, full of vigor, and I enjoy the presence of my heavenly father.”
Bruce R McConkie: “Paradise – the abode of righteous spirits, as they await the day of their resurrection; paradise – a place of peace and rest where the sorrows and trials of this life have been shuffled off, and where the saints continue to prepare for a celestial heaven; paradise – not the Lord’s eternal kingdom, but a way station along the course leading to eternal life, a place where the final preparation is made for that fullness of joy which comes only when body and spirit are inseparably connected in immortal glory.”
D&C 138:30: But behold, from among the righteous, he organized his forces and appointed messengers, clothed with power and authority, and commissioned them to go forth and carry the light of the gospel to them that were in darkness, even to all the spirits of men; and thus was the gospel preached to the dead.
Lorenzo Snow: “When the Gospel is preached to the spirits in prison, the success attending that preaching will be far greater than that attending the preaching of our Elders in this life. I believe there will be very few indeed of those spirits who will not gladly receive the Gospel when it is carried to them. The circumstances there will be a thousand times more favorable.”
250,000 – How long will we remain in the Spirit World?
A. as long as we want
B. until we are re-united with our bodies in the resurrection
C. until we are ready to move on with our lives
D. until everyone else leaves
Joseph Smith: “And in this space between death and resurrection of the body, the two classes of souls remain, in happiness or in misery, until the time which is appointed of God that the dead shall come forth and be reunited both spirit and body, and be brought to stand before God, and be judged according to their works. This is the final judgment.”
Lesson Manual: “The hell in the spirit world will not continue forever. Even the spirits who have committed the greatest sins will have suffered sufficiently by the end of the Millennium. They will then be resurrected.”
Dale C Mouritsen (conference address): “We have a right, then to understand the true nature of our existence. We also have a responsibility to search it out, for the more aware we become that the spirit world is a real extension of our mortal existence, the less likely we are to fasten our hearts on the treasures of this world.”
500,000 – How many of those who lived on Earth will receive Eternal glory in the end?
A. only a very few who are super righteous and fulfill every single one of the commandments perfectly
B. maybe about 10%
C. the righteous half
D. most of us
Imagine that before you came to earth, God came to you and said, “Here’s the deal: You can go down to earth to be tried and tested, but it’s extremely unlikely you will return to live with me or be with your families again. In fact, only a very select few are going to make it back. The rest of you will suffer for eternity.” Do you imagine you would have taken that deal? You would have agreed to it? NO. God’s plan is that most of His children will make it back to Him again. He set us up to succeed, not to fail.
Joseph Smith: “The Lord has arranged his plan of redemption that all who have died without this opportunity shall be given it in the spirit world. There the elders of the Church who have died are proclaiming the gospel to the dead. All those who did not have an opportunity here to receive it, who there repent and receive the gospel shall be heirs of the celestial kingdom of God.”
1,000,000 – What makes it possible for us to leave the Spirit World (including Spirit Prison)?
A. our own good works and choices
C. The Atonement of Jesus Christ
Joseph Smith: “All fear of this death has been removed from the Latter-day Saints. They have no dread of the temporal death, because they know that as death came upon them by the transgression of Adam, so by the righteousness of Jesus Christ shall life come unto them, and though they die, they shall live again. Possessing this knowledge, they have joy even in death, for they know that they shall rise again and shall meet again beyond the grave. They know that the spirit dies not at all; that it passes through no change, except the change from imprisonment in this mortal clay to freedom and to the sphere in which it acted before it came to this earth.”
Alma 42:14-15, 23: And thus we see that all mankind were fallen, and they were in the grasp of justice; yea, the justice of God, which consigned them forever to be cut off from his presence. And now, the plan of mercy could not be brought about except an atonement should be made; therefore God himself atoneth for the sins of the world, to bring about the plan of mercy, to appease the demands of justice, that God might be a perfect, just God, and a merciful God also. But God ceaseth not to be God, and mercy claimeth the penitent, and mercy cometh because of the atonement; and the atonement bringeth to pass the resurrection of the dead; and the resurrection of the dead bringeth back men into the presence of God; and thus they are restored into his presence, to be judged according to their works, according to the law and justice.
Helaman 5:9: yea, remember that there is no other way nor means whereby man can be saved, only through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ, who shall come; yea, remember that he cometh to redeem the world.
Be sure to end your lesson with your testimony of the Savior! And then:
You win a million dollars! Time for your prize! Woohoo!
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