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Soul

In scripture, the term soul is often used as a synonym for spirit. Soul is used to describe a person in premortal life—before birth. During earth life, the soul is joined with a physical body. At death, the soul leaves the body and goes to the spirit world to await resurrection. In the Resurrection, the body and soul are inseparably connected.

Overview

In scripture, the term soul is used as a synonym for spirit to describe a person in four different phases of his or her eternal existence. Soul is used to describe a person in premortal life—before birth (see Abraham 3:23). During earth life, the soul is joined with a physical body (see Abraham 5:7). At death, the soul leaves the body and goes to the spirit world to await resurrection (see Alma 40:11–14). In the Resurrection, the body and soul are inseparably connected, which is called “the redemption of the soul” (see Alma 40:23; Doctrine and Covenants 88:15–16).

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  • Topical Guide, “Soul

  • Guide to the Scriptures, “Soul

  • Index to the Triple Combination, “Soul

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