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Resurrection of Jesus Christ


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When we die our spirit leaves our body and goes to dwell in the Spirit World until the resurrection. When we are resurrected our spirit is reunited with our body and is made perfectly whole. There are five other things to know about the resurrection: Life is Eternal; Jesus Christ Overcame Death; All Will be Resurrected; Resurrection Taught by Prophets; and Death is Not the End.

Life is Eternal:

We are eternal beings. We each have a spark of divinity in us and we want to do what is right. We lived as intelligent spirits before this mortal life and we are now living part of eternity. Our mortal birth was not the beginning and death is not the end. Jesus said:

"I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die" (John 11:25-26.)

Yes, life is eternal. We live on after this life.

Jesus Christ Overcame Death:

Through his resurrection the Lord, Jesus Christ, overcame the bonds of death. To the women at the tomb the angels said, "Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen" (Luke 24:5-6.)

All Will be Resurrected:

Everyone born on this earth will be resurrected. This is a priceless gift given to each of us by our Savior through the Atonement. When we die our spirit leaves our body and when we are resurrected our spirit is reunited with our body, becoming immortal, never to die again.

Resurrection Taught by Prophets:

In The Book of Mormon alone the word resurrection occurs 83 times, and the phrase, "rise from the grave" or "rise from the dead" occurs at least 26 times. (Robert J. Matthews, "Resurrection," Liahona, Apr. 1996, 13)

Death is Not the End:

There is no death - no permanent parting. The resurrection is a reality. Death is not the end. The resurrection brings joy to sorrow, and hope to fear. Abinadi, a prophet from The Book of Mormon said:

"And now if Christ had not come into the world, there could have been no redemption. And if Christ had not risen from the dead, or have broken the bands of death that the grave should have no victory, and that death should have no sting, there could have been no resurrection. But there is a resurrection, therefore the grave hath no victory, and the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ" (Mosiah 16:6-8.)

Also see the Plan of Salvation article, "Resurrection" to learn more including what our bodies will be like when resurrected, when the resurrection will occur, and if pets and other animals will also be resurrected.

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