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1 Peter 3:18–20 describes Christ’s descent into hades, the abode of the spirits of the dead. Christians throughout the centuries have acknowledged this truth. For more on this teaching, see David L. Paulsen, Roger D. Cook, and Kendel J. Christensen, “The Harrowing of Hell: Salvation for the Dead in Early Christianity,” Journal of the Book of Mormon and Other Restoration Scripture 19/1 (2010): 56–77.