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O death where is thy sting

  1. 1. 1 Corinthians 15
  2. 2.  54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.  55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?  …57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
  3. 3. • We are close very close, to the spirit world at the time of death. There are tender feelings, spiritual communications really, which may easily be lost if there is not a spirit of reverence. –At the funeral of his brother, General Leon Claron Packer, he said: “I saw Mother once since she passed away.
  4. 4. Lucile Tate, Boyd K. Packer-A Watchman on the Tower, p. 286 • I saw her as clearly as I see any of you. There was nothing said. For a time I didn’t understand why I had been permitted to see her. And then president Kimball told us in the temple that he had seen his father…whom he knew had come to say that he approved of what was happening to his son. Then I knew why my mother had come. It was to say she approved of my life. She was glorious, as others have been who have come to visit.
  5. 5.  1 MOREOVER, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;  2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
  6. 6.  3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;  4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:  5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
  7. 7.  6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.  7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.  8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
  8. 8.  9 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.  10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
  9. 9. Witnesses of the Lord’s Resurrection • Other Women • Two Disciples • Simon Peter • 10 of 11 Apostles • 11 of 12 Apostles • 7 of 12 Apostles • 11 of 12 Apostles • 500+ • James • 11 at Ascension • Paul • Matt.28:1-9 • Mark 16:12-13; Luke 24:13-32 • Luke 24:34; 1 Cor. 15:5 • Luke 24:36, John 20:19-24 • John 20:26-31; Mark 16:14 • John 21:1-14 • Matt. 28:16-20 • 1 Cor. 15:6 • 1 Cor. 15:7 • Acts 1:3-11; Mark 16:19; Luke 24:50-51 • 1 Cor. 9:1; 15:8
  10. 10. Oliver Cowdery- HC 2:194-198 • ...it is necessary that you receive a testimony from heaven for yourselves; so that you can bear testimony to the truth of the Book of Mormon, and that you have seen the face of God. That is more than the testimony an angel... Never cease striving until you have seen God face to face. Strengthen your faith: cast off your doubts, your sins, and all your unbelief; and nothing can prevent you from coming to God. Your ordination is not complete till God has laid His hands upon you.
  11. 11. George Q. Cannnon -Deseret Weekly, 6 October 1896, in Gospel Truth, 1:134 • • I know God lives. I know Jesus lives; for I have seen Him.
  12. 12. Hugh B. Brown, CR April 1967 • We bear witness to these New Testament insights, the newest of which is His present touch. To be in touch with Christ means today what it meant to John and Peter and Paul: to see, to receive, and to prize the actual ministrations. We witness that His voice, His person, has been manifested today in our times…Union and communion—real kinship are the sharing of all levels of experience.
  13. 13. David O. Mckay, CR 1968 • My testimony of the risen Lord is as real as Tomas. I know He lives.
  14. 14. Harold B. Lee - MIA Conference, 29 June 1969 as cited in Living Prophets For A Living Church, p.119 • • I know that this is the Lord’s work . I know that Jesus Christ lives and that He is closer to this Church and appears more often in Holy places than any of us realize excepting sometimes to those to whom he makes personal appearances.
  15. 15. • President Spencer W. Kimball, while serving as acting President of the Council of the Twelve Apostles, in the April Conference of 1970, welcomed newly called Elder Boyd K. Packer as an apostle and said: • “May I extend to Elder Boyd K. Packer a warm welcome personally • and for the quorum of the Twelve Apostles. We have watched him grow since • his first days as an Assistant to this day of highest call. Here he will find true • fraternity in its highest reach.”
  16. 16. Elder Boyd K. Packer CR, Oct. 1970, p. 122 • Six months later in the October 1970 Conference, Elder Packer said while bearing his testimony: • • “I come to you now as one of the Twelve, each ordained as a special witness. • I affirm to you that I have that witness. I know that God lives, that Jesus is • the Christ. I know that though the world “seeth him not, neither knoweth him; • that he lives.”
  17. 17. Boyd K. Packer - Eternal Marriage, BYU Speeches of the Year, 14 April 1970, p. 2 (5 Days after his ordination on 9 April 1970) • I come to you this morning from an experience! A testing that I am sure one would not want to experience more than once in a lifetime... I know for sure that Jesus is the Christ.
  18. 18. • Personal witness • Now, I wonder with you why one such as I should be called to the holy apostleship. There are so many qualifications that I lack. There is so much in my effort to serve that is wanting. As I have pondered on it, I have come to only one single thing, one qualification in which there may be cause, and that is, I have that witness. • I declare to you that I know that Jesus is the Christ. I know that he lives. He was born in the meridian of time. He taught his people, was tried, was crucified. He rose on the third day. He was the first fruits of the resurrection. He has a body of flesh and bone. Of this I bear testimony. Of him I am a witness. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen. • CR, April 71, p. 125
  19. 19. • I thank God for a church where you, our little children, are precious above all things. I thank God for our Savior who suffered the little children to come unto him. • You sang these words, just a few minutes ago: • “I think when I read that sweet story of old. • When Jesus was here among men. • How he called little children like lambs to his fold. • I should like to have been with him then. • “I wish that his hands had been placed on my head, • That his arms had been thrown around me, • That I might have seen his kind look when he said, • ‘Let the little ones come unto me.’” • -Sing with Me. No. B-59
  20. 20. Boyd K. Packer, CR 1973 • My little brothers and sisters, my little children, I know something of how it feels to have his hands put upon you to call you to his service.
  21. 21. David B. Haight, BYU Speeches, 1977 • I had the opportunity to be all alone in that upper room of the temple, to get onto my knees and to pour out my heart and soul to Heavenly Father. I had an event happen to me at that time that I may witness and testify to you that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, that He lives—that He lives— that He is Real.
  22. 22. Marion G. Romney, CR Oct. 1978 • I want to leave you with my witness. I know as I live that Jesus lives. I shall not know this better in the not-too-distant future when I shall stand before the Lord to give an account of my work in mortality.
  23. 23. James E. Faust, CR Oct. 1978 • I understand that the chief requirement for the holy apostleship is to be a personal witness of Jesus Christ. Perhaps on that basis alone, I can qualify.
  24. 24. Boyd K. Packer-CR April 1978, p. 72 • I said that there was a question that could not be taken lightly nor answered at all without the prompting of the Spirit. I have not asked that question of others, but I have heard them answer it- but not when they were asked...I have heard one of my brethren declare, ‘I know from experiences too sacred to relate, that Jesus is the Christ.’ I have heard another testify: ‘I know that God lives; I know that the Lord lives; and more than that, I know the Lord.’
  25. 25. Spencer W. Kimball - CR April 1978, p. 72 • I know that God lives. I know Jesus Christ lives, said John Taylor, my predecessor, “‘for I have seen’” . I bear testimony to you brethren in the name of Jesus Christ Amen.
  26. 26. Ezra Taft Benson Dec. 1980 New Era • There is no truth or fact of which I am more assured, or to know better by personal experience, than the truth of the literal resurrection of our Lord.
  27. 27. Elder Boyd K. Packer, CR Apr. 1980 • We do not talk of those sacred interviews that qualify the servants of the Lord to bear witness of Him, for we have been commanded not to do so.
  28. 28. Bruce R. McConkie- CR April 1985 p.12 • ...This I know of myself independent of any other person. I am one of His witnesses, and in a coming day, I shall feel the nail marks in His hands and His feet and shall wet His feet with my tears. But I shall not know any better then than I know now that He is God’s Almighty Son, that He is our Savior and Redeemer...
  29. 29. • 19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. • 20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. • 21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. • 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. • 23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. (1 Cor. 15)
  30. 30. The Father Raised up the Son (Acts 2:24; Acts 2:32, 3:15,26; 4:10; 5:30; 10:40; Acts 13:30,33,34,37; Romans 4:24; 8:11; 10:9; 1 Cor. 6:14; 15:15; Gal. 1:1)
  31. 31. • 15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. • 16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. • 17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. • 18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her. (John 20:1-18)
  32. 32. Witnesses of the Lord’s Resurrection • Other Women • Two Disciples • Simon Peter • 10 of 11 Apostles • 11 of 12 Apostles • 7 of 12 Apostles • 11 of 12 Apostles • 500+ • James • 11 at Ascension • Paul • Matt.28:1-9 • Mark 16:12-13; Luke 24:13-32 • Luke 24:34; 1 Cor. 15:5 • Luke 24:36, John 20:19-24 • John 20:26-31; Mark 16:14 • John 21:1-14 • Matt. 28:16-20 • 1 Cor. 15:6 • 1 Cor. 15:7 • Acts 1:3-11; Mark 16:19; Luke 24:50-51 • 1 Cor. 9:1; 15:8
  33. 33. 1 Corinthians 15 • 29 Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?
  34. 34. Baptism for the Dead • When President Wilford Woodruff dedicated the Salt Lake Temple in 1893, he prayed for the Lord to help us as we do family history work. Read the following excerpt from his dedicatory prayer:
  35. 35. Baptism for the Dead • “We praise thee that our fathers, from last to first, from now back to the beginning, can be united with us in indissoluble links, welded by the holy Priesthood. . . . Wilt thou also permit holy messengers to visit us
  36. 36. Baptism for the Dead • . . . and make known unto us with regard to the work we should perform in behalf of our dead. And . . . furthermore, we ask thee to open before [us] new avenues of information, and place in [our] hands the records of the past, that [our] work may not only be correct but complete also” (in James H. Anderson, “The Salt Lake Temple,” Contributor, Apr. 1893, 296).
  37. 37. Bridging the Gulf • From that time forth this gulf is bridged so that the captives, after they have paid the full penalty of their misdeeds, satisfied justice, and have accepted the gospel of Christ, having the ordinances attended to in their behalf by their living relatives or friends, receive the passport that entitles them to cross the gulf. (DS 2:158.) • After spirits in prison accept the gospel and the ordinances performed for them in the temples, they may prepare themselves to leave the spirit prison and dwell in paradise. (Gospel Principles, 1979, p. 280.)
  38. 38. Logan Temple Elder Ballard • Elder Melvin J. Ballard told of an incident from his boyhood in the late 1800s: • “I recall an incident in my own father’s experience. How we looked forward to the completion of the Logan Temple [in 1884]. It was about to be dedicated. My father had labored on that house from its very beginning and my earliest recollection was carrying his dinner each day as he brought the rock down from the quarry.
  39. 39. Logan Temple Elder Ballard • How we looked forward to that great event! I remember how in the meantime father made every effort to obtain all the data and information he could concerning his relatives. It was the theme of his prayer night and morning that the Lord would open the way whereby he could get information concerning his dead.
  40. 40. Logan Temple Elder Ballard • “The day before the dedication while [he was] writing recommends to the members of his ward who were to be present at the first service, two elderly gentlemen walked down the streets of Logan, approached my two younger sisters, and, coming to the older one of the two placed in her hands a newspaper and said: • “‘Take this to your father. Give it to no one else. Go quickly with it. Don’t lose it.’
  41. 41. Logan Temple Elder Ballard • “The child responded and when she met her mother, her mother wanted the paper. The child said, ‘No, I must give it to father and no one else.’ • “She was admitted into the room and told her story. We looked in vain for these travelers. They were not to be seen. No one else saw them. Then we turned to the paper. The newspaper, The Newbury Weekly News, was printed in my father’s old English home,
  42. 42. Logan Temple Elder Ballard • Thursday, May 15th, 1884, and reached our hands May 18th, 1884, three days after its publication. We were astonished, for by no earthly means could it have reached us, so that our curiosity increased as we examined it. Then we discovered one page devoted to the writings of a reporter of the paper, who had gone on his vacation, and among other places had visited an old cemetery. The curious inscriptions led him to write what he found on the tombstones, including the verses.
  43. 43. Logan Temple Elder Ballard • He also added the names, date of birth, death, etc., filling nearly an entire page. • “It was the old cemetery where the Ballard family had been buried for generations and very many of my father’s immediate relatives and other intimate friends were mentioned.
  44. 44. Logan Temple Elder Ballard • “When the matter was presented to President Merrill of the Logan Temple he said, ‘You are authorized to do the work for those because you received it through messengers of the Lord.’ • “There is no doubt but that the dead who had received the Gospel in the spirit world had put it into the heart of that reporter to write these things, and thus the way was prepared for my father to obtain the information he sought” ( Three Degrees of Glory, 30–32).
  45. 45. Logan Baptismal Font • “Elder Ballard sat at our baptismal font [in the Logan Utah Temple] one Saturday while nearly a thousand baptisms were performed for the dead. As he sat there, he contemplated on how great the temple ceremonies were, and how we are bringing special blessings to the living and the dead. His thoughts turned to the spirit world, and he wondered if the people there would accept the work we were doing for them.
  46. 46. Logan Baptismal Font • “Brother Ballard said: ‘All at once a vision opened to me, and I beheld a great congregation of people gathered in the east end of the font room. One by one, as each name was baptized for, one of these people climbed a stairway over the font to the west end of the room. Not one soul was missing, but there was a person for every one of the thousand names done that day.’
  47. 47. Logan Baptismal Font • “Brother Ballard said that he had never seen such happy people in all his life, and the whole congregation rejoiced at what was [being] done for them. • “For the rest of his life, Apostle Ballard preached to the Church in all his travels, that the work we do in the temples is accepted, and that the people themselves are permitted to attend and receive the blessings personally” (Nolan Porter Olsen, Logan Temple: The First 100 Years [1978], 170).
  48. 48. Gratitude in the resurrection • Concerning the work of the dead, the prophet Joseph Smith said, that in the resurrection those who had been worked for would fall at the feet of those who had done their work, kiss their feet. Embrace their knees and manifest the most exquisite gratitude. I believe our youth will rescue an entire generation. (WW - CR, 1898; as quoted by Vaughn J. Featherstone - En. 11- 87)
  49. 49. Crossing the Veil • Bishop Roskelley, of Smithfield, Cache Valley: On one occasion he was suddenly taken very sick — near to death’s door. While he lay in this condition, President Peter Maughan, who was dead, came to him and said: “Brother Roskelley, we held a council on the other side of the veil. I have had a great deal to do, and I have the privilege of coming here to appoint one man to come and help. I have three names give to me in council, and you are one of them. I want to inquire into your circumstances.”
  50. 50. • The Bishop told him what he had to do, and they conversed together as one man would converse with another. President Maughan then said to him: “I think I will not call you. I think you are wanted here more than perhaps one of the others. • Bishop Roskelley got well from that hour. Very soon after, the second man was taken sick...by and by this man recovered, and on meeting Brother Rosekelley , he said “Brother Maughan came to me the other night and told me he was sent to call one man from the ward,” and he named two men as had been done to Brother Rosekelley. A few days afterwards the third man was taken sick and died. (The Discourses of Wilford Woodruff, pp. 290-91.)
  51. 51. Returning Spirits Are Allowed to Smile and Laugh-• • While working with Heber C. Kimball in the Endowment house Mary was told, “Sister Lightner, you will see Joseph before you die.” sometime between mid 1868, when Heber died and 1905, when she told the story, Mary had a spiritual experience she felt fulfilled this prophecy. She was sitting on her porch humming a pioneer hymn “All is Well”, and musing: suddenly I saw just outside the door three men. They stood about two feet from the ground. These men were the prophet Joseph, his brother Hyrum and Heber C. Kimball.
  52. 52. • Joseph stood in the middle with an arm around each of their shoulders. They were bowing and smiling at me.. Now I was looking into those clear blue penetrating eyes as I had done years ago when he had answered my many questions about the gospel...I looked around, Pinched my arm to see if I was dreaming. As they were still smiling and bowing... thought I would shake hands with them. They saw my confusion and understood it and laughed, and I thought brother Kimball would kill himself laughing. I had no fear trembling with joy, I arose took a step forward and extended my hand, they began fading away as the going down of the sun...(In Sacred Loneliness, Todd Compton, p. 227)
  53. 53. The Spirit World (D&C 138;1 Peter 3:18-19, 4:6 Gen. 25:8,25:17,35:29,49:33) General Conditions of the Spirit World
  54. 54. Naked in Death (Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, 8:100) • President Taylor said when we go to the spirit world we go naked as we came into the world, and if we got the clothing we shall be dependent on somebody for it as we were when born in the flesh. So if we get a mansion in our fathers kingdom we shall be dependent upon him.
  55. 55. Memory Will Be Quickened (George Q. Cannon Stated That Once the Spirit Has Departed This Mortal Tabernacle the Memory Will Be Quickened- • Memory will be quickened to a wonderful extent. Every deed that we have done will be brought to our recollection. Every acquaintance made will be remembered. There will be no scenes or incidents in our lives that will be forgotten by us in the world to come...our memories will stretch back to the life we had before we came here, with the associations we had with our Father and God and with those bright spirits that stand around His throne and with the righteous and Holy ones. Deseret Weekly, Vol. 38, April 7, 1889, P.677; Moses 7:63-64)
  56. 56. Jedediah M. Grant’s Visit to the World of Spirits… • I went to see him (Brother Jedediah M. Grant) one day last week, and he reached out his hand and shook hands with me ... He said to me, "Brother Heber, I have been into the spirit world two nights in succession, and, of all the dreads that ever came across me, the worst was to have to again return to my body, though I had to do it. He would mention one item after another and say, "Why it is just as Brother Brigham says it is; it is just as • he has told us many a time."
  57. 57. Beautiful Architecture • That is a testimony as to the truth of what Brother Brigham teaches us, and I know it is true, from what little light I have... • He also spoke of the buildings he saw there, remarking that the lord gave Solomon wisdom and poured gold and silver into his hands that he might display his skill and ability, and said that the temple erected by Solomon was much inferior to the most ordinary buildings he saw in the spirit world. "In regard to gardens," says Brother Grant,
  58. 58. Gardens and Flowers… • "I have seen good gardens on this earth, but I never saw any to compare with those that were there; I saw flowers of numerous kinds, and some with fifty to a hundred different colored flowers growing upon one stalk." We have many kinds of flowers on the earth, and I suppose those very articles came from heaven, or they would not be here. (JD 4:135-36, President Heber C. Kimball was speaking at the funeral services of President Jedediah M. Grant.)
  59. 59. The Grandeur of Paradise • What we do here is so vital, but is actually a preparation for our labors in paradise in the spirit world. The scope in that spirit world is ten times as large as are the demographics of this world. It is though a place of peace a place of intense devotion... (An Evening with a General Authority-Elder Neil A. Maxwell, Feb. 2, 2001, p.7)
  60. 60. Satan’s Power Ceases • Satan has power here over us to a certain extent. He can afflict us ; he can tempt us; he can annoy us in many ways. These are the consequences of the fall and for a wise purpose belong to our probation here in the flesh. But if we listen to the Lord, if we strive to keep his commandments, if we seek to be governed by His spirit, when death comes, Satan’s power ceases. (Sept. 1, 1885, JI 20:264, Compiled by Jerreld L. Newquist, Gospel Truth Vol. 1, p.77 (Jedediah M. Grant, JD,4:133)
  61. 61. Satan’s Power Ceases • He can no more afflict or torment of tempt or annoy those who are thus faithful. His power over them ceases forever. But not so for those who disobey God, who keep not His commandments, who yield to the power of the spirit of Satan. They are his servants; they are under his influence . He takes possession of them when they pass from this mortal existence, and they experience the torments of hell. But when the spirit is unlocked from the body it is free from the power of death and Satan....
  62. 62. Where is the Spirit world? • There is a veil drawn between them and us. There is a temporal world and a spiritual world on this same sphere. Brigham Young, JD 3:368-9, Ezra Taft Benson, Come unto Christ, p. 119; Discourses of Brigham Young, pp. 376-80; Parley P. Pratt, Key to the Science of Theology, pp. 126-7; Joseph Smith HC 6:52,
  63. 63. They are not far from us… • Ezra Taft Benson • The spirit world is not far away. From the Lord's point of view, it is all one great program on both sides of the veil. Sometimes the veil between this life and the life beyond becomes very thin. This I know! Our loved ones who have passed on are not far from us. One Church president asked, "Where is the spirit world?" and then answered his own question: "It is right here ... Do [spirits] go beyond the boundaries of this organized earth? No, they do not.
  64. 64. Where is the Spirit World? • They are brought forth upon this earth, for the express purpose of inhabiting it to all eternity." He also said, "When the spirits leave their bodies they are in the presence of our Father and God; they are prepared then to see, hear and understand spiritual things ... If the Lord would permit it, and it was His will that it should be done, you could see all the spirits that have departed from this world, as plainly as you now see bodies with your natural eyes." (Brigham Young, JD 3:369,368.)(Come Unto Christ, p. II 9.)
  65. 65. Beauty of a resurrected body • Nothing is more beautiful than a resurrected being. We know that in the future, after we have passed through this life, we will then have our wives and our children with us. We will have our bodies glorified, made free from every sickness and distress, and rendered most beautiful. There is nothing more beautiful to look upon than a resurrected man or woman. There is nothing grander that I can imagine that a man can possess than a resurrected body. There is no latter-day saint within the sound of my voice but that certainly has this prospect of coming forth in the morning of the first resurrection and being glorified, exalted in the presence of God, having the privilege of talking with our Father as we talk to our earthly father. (LS - 5 Oct. 1900, CR,
  66. 66. Resurrected Beings Dwell in Everlasting Burnings • God himself dwells in eternal fire; flesh and blood can not go there , for all corruption is devoured by the fire . “Our God is a consuming fire”. When our flesh is quickened by the spirit, there will be no blood in this tabernacle. Some dwell in higher glory than others...all men who are immortal dwell in everlasting burnings...they must rise just as they die; we can there hail our lovely infants with the same glory--they differ in stature and size...p.62 • All your losses will be made up to you in the resurrection provided you remain faithful • (TPJS - )
  67. 67. Who Can Resurrect ? • Those that have already passed through the resurrection. Who have been resurrected in their time and season by some person else, and have been appointed to that authority...You have not power to baptize yourselves neither have you power to resurrect yourselves...(JD - Brigham Young, vol. 6 p. 275) •
  68. 68. Resurrection Is an Ordinance • We are in possession of all the ordinances that can be administered in the flesh; But there are other ordinances and administrations that must be administered beyond this world. I know you would ask what they are. I will mention one, we have not neither can we receive here, the ordinance and keys of the resurrection. They will be given to those who have passed off this stage of action and have received their bodies again,...They will be ordained , by those who hold the keys of resurrection, to go forth and resurrect the saints... • (JD - Brigham young, vol. 15 p. 137).
  69. 69. Universal Resurrection • Just as the creative and redemptive powers of Christ extend to the earth and all things thereon, as also to the infinite expanse of worlds in immensity, so the power of the resurrection is infinite in scope. Man, the earth and all life thereon will come forth in the resurrection. And resurrection applies to and is going on in other worlds and galaxies.(BRM -IE - Nov.1968, p.46-49)
  70. 70. Resurrected Bodies can walk through walls • Thus we know that resurrected beings, containing their glory within themselves, can walk as mortals do on earth; that they can converse and reason and teach as they once did in mortality; that they can both withhold and manifest their true identities; that they can pass with their corporeal bodies through solid walls; that they have bodies of flesh and bones that can be felt and handled; that if need be, and at special times, they can retain the scars and wounds of the flesh ; that they can eat and digest food ; that they can vanish from mortal eyes and transport themselves by means unknown to us. (Mortal Messiah, Vol. ,p.285) •
  71. 71. Wives Will Not Even Be Dissatisfied With Their Husbands • I think it has been taught by some that as we lay our bodies down, they will so rise again in the resurrection with all the impediments and imperfections that they had here; and if a wife does not love her husband in this state she can not love him in the next. This is not so. Those who attain to the blessings of the first or the celestial resurrection will be pure and Holy, and perfect in body. Every man and woman that reaches to this unspeakable attainment will be as beautiful as the angels that surround the throne of God.
  72. 72. • If you can by faithfulness in this life, obtain the right to come up in the morning of the resurrection, you need entertain no fears that the wife will be dissatisfied with her husband, or the husband with the wife....And as we have born the image of the earthly, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. (Brigham young, JD-10:24- 25, Oct. 6, 1862)
  73. 73. The Chain of the Resurrection • In the millennium... The saints of god will have the privilege of building their temples... And officiate for their dead. Then we will see our friends come up, and perhaps some that we have been acquainted with here. If we ask who will stand at the head of the resurrection in this last dispensation , the answer is Joseph smith, junior, the prophet of god. He is the man who will be resurrected and receive the keys of the resurrection
  74. 74. The Chain of the Resurrection And he will seal his authority on others, and they will hunt up their friends and resurrect them when they shall have been officiated for, and bring them up. And we will have revelations to know our forefathers clear back to father Adam and mother eve, and we will enter the temples of our god and officiate for them. Then man will be sealed to man until the chain is made perfect back to Adam, so that there will be a perfect chain of priesthood from Adam to the winding up scene. This will be the work of the latter-day saints in the millennium.(JD-15:139, BY, Aug. 24, 1872)
  75. 75. Resurrected Bodies Can Move Like Lighting and Go Anywhere in Time or Space • The brightness and glory of the next apartment is inexpressible. It is not encumbered with this clog of dirt we are carrying around here so that when we advance in years we have to be stumbling along and be careful lest we fall down. We se our youth frequently stubbing their toes and falling down. But yonder how different! They move with ease and like lightning. If we want to visit Jerusalem, or this that or the other place--and I presume that we will be permitted if we desire-- there we are looking at its streets.
  76. 76. • If we want to behold Jerusalem as it was in the days of the Savior; or if we want to see the Garden of Eden as it was when created, there we are, and we see it as it existed spiritually, for it was created first spiritually and then temporally, and spiritually it still remains. And when there we may behold the earth as at the dawn of creation, or we may visit any city we please that exists upon its surface. If we wish to understand how they are living here on these western Islands, or in China, we are there ; in fact we are like the light of the morning,...
  77. 77. • this is what the faithful saints are coming to; they will possess this power and if they wish to visit different planets, they will be there. If the Lord wish to visit His children here, He is here. • (Brigham Young, JD-14:230-231)
  78. 78. The Book of Life • The book of life is the record of the acts of men as such is written on their own bodies. It is the record engraven on the very bones, sinews and flesh of the mortal body. That is every thought word and deed has an effect on the human body; All these leave their marks, marks which can be read by him who is eternal as easy as the words in a book can be read. • By obedience to Telestial law men obtain telestial bodies; Terrestrial law leads to terrestrial bodies; And conformity to celestial law--because this law includes the sanctifying power of the holy ghost--results in the creation of a body which is clean, pure, and spotless, a celestial body. • (D&C 88:16-32, Mormon doctrine p.97).
  79. 79. • March 5, 1972 at BYU • The body is a step up in the scales of progression, not a step down. God is God because He is gloriously embodied; and were He not so, He would be less than God. The privilege of the House of God is in effect to have our physical beings brought into harmony with our spirit personalities. And I have read, but cannot quote perfectly, only paraphrase, the testimony of President Lorenzo Snow to the effect that this is the only way -
  80. 80. • I repeat, the only way - that the knowledge locked in our spirit can become part of this flesh; Thus occurs that inseparable union, that blending, which makes possible celestial resurrection. It is as if, if I may mix the figure, we are given in the house of god a patriarchal blessing to every organ and attribute and power of our being, a blessing that is to be fulfilled in this world and the next, keys and insights that can enable us to live a godly life in a very worldly world, protected-yes, even insulated from the poisons and distortions that are everywhere. • That is the temple. And the glory of god, his ultimate perfection, is in his house duplicated in us provided we go susceptible. • Truman G. Madsen, “house of glory”