Come Follow Me


Both Sides of the Veil

Reinforces this week’s “Come Follow Me” study: Doctrine & Covenants 137-138
“The Vision of the Redemption of the Dead”


Doctrine and Covenants 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.


I Lived in Heaven, Children’s Songbook page 4


In January of 1836, Joseph Smith saw a vision of his father, his mother, and his brother Alvin in the celestial kingdom of God. Joseph knew that his brother had not been baptized and wondered how it was possible that he was there. Alvin had died before the priesthood had been restored. Joseph learned that “all those who have died without a knowledge of this gospel, who would have received it if they had been permitted to tarry, shall be heirs of the celestial kingdom of God (D&C 137:7)”. 

Over 80 years later, after praying to understand a passage of scripture, Joseph F. Smith received a revelation describing Jesus Christ’s visit to the spirit world after He had been crucified, but before He was resurrected. Jesus Christ taught the gospel to the righteous spirits there and appointed messengers to teach the gospel to the unrighteous and those who had died without a knowledge of the truth. Missionary work is taking place on both sides of the veil so all may have the opportunity to choose to be redeemed through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.


“Our message to the world is simple and sincere: we invite all of God’s children on both sides of the veil to come unto their Savior, receive the blessings of the holy temple, have enduring joy, and qualify for eternal life.”  Russell M. Nelson


  • What do you think the celestial kingdom will be like?
  • How can we prepare ourselves to live in the celestial kingdom?
  • What did the Savior do when He visited the spirit world?
  • Why is it important to know that missionary work is being done on both sides of the veil?

Activity idea:

Gathering the Family of God

All of us belong to God's family! Discuss ways we can help to gather the family of God on both sides of the veil and help it to grow, like a paper chain grows as it's unfolded.

Treat idea:

Fruit Leather Family

Whether you buy commercial fruit leather or make your own using our Fruit Leather recipe your family will share enthusiasm over this fun treat! Unfolding this fun and yummy fruit leather treat will help your children visualize how they can help gather the family of God as they share the gospel with others and do temple and family history work for their ancestors.

These lessons are perfect for: Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, to recap the following Sunday or to enhance your family scripture study.

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