[Edited because I first got confused from the answers about for whom should "hell" be a permanent place (I had assumed that the SE answers meant that it was not a permanent place for anyone).]
This is related to this other StackExchange question about who ends in hell according to LDS doctrine.
In this other question, the topmost of two current answers state about hell:
Instead of a place of suffering and torment, it's a temporary prison where they will get a chance to learn about the Truth, and if they are willing, repent and embrace the Truth.
Those who reject it are cast into outer darkness with Satan and his angels, and the "sons of Perdition".
The second answer states that:
While some refer to spirit prison as 'hell' it is not actually referred to as that in any official church teaching. It is as @David said a temporary place where people have a chance to accept the gospel of Christ. See: 1 Peter 3: 18-20
In all actuality no place in LDS teachings is actually called hell. The 'Sons of Perdition' are relegated to outer darkness, after the final judgment (as opposed to right when you die) So after the second coming of Christ.
However the page at lds.org (quoted in the first answer) says that:
Latter-day revelations speak of hell in at least two ways. First, it is another name for spirit prison, a temporary place in the postmortal world for those who died without a knowledge of the truth or those who were disobedient in mortality. Second, it is the permanent location of Satan and his followers and the sons of perdition, who are not redeemed by the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
I am not intending to nitpick on answers, but I probably need some clarification.
On one hand the official lds.org answer refers to hell as a permanent place for Satan, his followers, and the sons of perdition.
On other hand the answers here refer to hell as a temporary place where people can learn about God.
The questions I wanted to ask about this:
- Is the hell that is a spirit prison in the lds.org answer, or the place were people learn the truth about God, the same as the hell that is a permanent place for Satan and the sons of perdition?
- What is the "outer darkness" referred to in both answers?
- Is anyone tortured in hell or in the "outer darkness", by God or because of the will of God, according to LDS beliefs?
Please indicate whether your answer is the official church answer (or if that is what you have been taught in church) or if it is your own interpretation.