43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in aparadise.
Some interpret this to mean that the thief was forgiven and went to Heaven. John 20: 17 states
It would appear as though on the day he spoke to the thief he had not gone to Heaven, or where the Father is.
Alma gives us some clarification on this in Alma 40: 21
21 But whether it be at his resurrection or after, I do not say; but this much I say, that there is a aspace between death and the resurrection of the body, and a state of the soul in bhappiness or in cmisery until the time which is appointed of God that the dead shall come forth, and be reunited, both soul and body, and be dbrought to stand before God, and be judged according to their works.
Other scriptures that talk about this:
1 Peter 3
1 Peter 4
6 aFor for this cause was the bgospel cpreached also to them that are ddead, that they might be ejudged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.