Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, 4 vols. [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1987-1992], 1:234; “…Christ’s rise to the throne of exaltation was preceded by his descent below all things. Only by submitting to the powers of demons and death and hell could he, in the resurrection, serve as our exemplar of a saved being, one who had placed all things beneath his feet. “I am Alpha and Omega,” he said, “Christ the Lord; yea, even I am he, the beginning and the end, the Redeemer of the world. I, having accomplished and finished the will of him whose I am, even the Father, concerning me- having done this that I might subdue all things unto myself- retaining all power, even to the destroying of Satan and his works at the end of the world, and the last great day of judgment.” (D&C 19:1-2.)” – Joseph Fielding McConkie and Robert L. Millet
1 Peter 3:18-22; “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: 19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; 20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. 21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: 22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.”
Wow, oh wow. Some of the things the Church says are quite sad because of how shocking they are. Let’s take a look at what these two men wrote about the Lord, and compare it with what our Heavenly Father has said.
1.Never, ever, ever, would Jesus ever submit to the powers of demons! To entertain such a thought is blasphemous indeed. If there ever was a time this had a chance of happening was when He was tempted by Satan (Matthew 4:1-11), and He certainly didn’t submit to Satan then!
2.Jesus is not, nor was He ever, a ‘saved being’. Why would Jesus, of all people, need to be saved? What was He being saved from? Jesus is God incarnate, thus the name Emmanuel. Jesus came to earth to redeem sinful man, and proclaim the kingdom of God!
3.If these two men were giving their interpretation of 1 Peter 3:18-22, it was a false teaching.
In the three days between Jesus’ death and resurrection, Peter tells us Jesus descended below all things, but the Bible never refers to this incident as Jesus visiting hell, or being in hell. The word hell used in Acts 2:31, is the Greek word ‘hades’, and hades is not hell.
Hades is a broad term used to describe a temporary place where the dead are awaiting resurrection, and ultimately, final judgment in the lake of fire, as it says in Revelation 20:11–15.
The place Jesus went to in those three days was obviously not here on earth. Paul tells us in Ephesians 4:8–10 that while He was there He proclaimed victory, and took the OT saints with Him to their permanent home in heaven. The Bible doesn’t come right out and give specifics on where Jesus was for those three days, but we know from studying the Greek, it wasn’t hell.