In this part of the Plan of Salvation
we will learn about the resurrection of mankind including who will be resurrected, when the resurrection will occur, and the resurrection of animals.
What is Resurrection?:
To accurately define the resurrection we must define death
which is the separation of the body and the spirit. Thus, resurrection is the reuniting of the body and spirit into a perfect being. The body and mind will be perfect; there will be no diseases, illnesses, deformities, or other disabilities. The body and spirit will never again be separated- and die.
"Resurrected beings have bodies of flesh and bones, tangible, corporeal bodies, bodies that occupy space, digest food, and have power, outwardly, to appear as mortal bodies do" (Mormon Doctrine
, "Resurrection," 637.)
Who Was Resurrected First?:
was the first person to be resurrected. He rose from the grave three days after he was crucified, and his resurrection was the culminating factor of the Atonement
. The righteous dead who lived from the day of Adam to the time when Christ broke the bands of death "were with Christ in his resurrection" (D&C 133:55
.) To learn more see, "Resurrection of Jesus Christ
," and "What is Easter?
Who Will Be Resurrected?:
Every person who has been born (and thus died) on Earth will be resurrected. It is a free gift to all and is not the result of good works or faith. (See the FAQ, "Saved by Works or Faith?
") Jesus Christ made the resurrection possible when he himself broke the bands of death:
"As in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive" (1 Corinthians 15:22
When Will the Resurrection Occur?:
Although every person will receive a resurrected body, not all will receive this gift at the same time. Jesus Christ was the first to break the bands of death. At the time of His resurrection, all the righteous dead who had lived from the day of Adam were also resurrected. To those who lived before the resurrection of Christ, this was known as the first resurrection. (See Matthew 27:52-53
However, for all those who lived after Christ's resurrection until the time of his Second Coming, the first resurrection is yet to happen. The four times appointed for the resurrection are as follows:
Morning of the First Resurrection
: All those who lived righteously and are destined to receive a full inheritance in the kingdom of God, will be resurrected at the time of Christ's second coming. They shall be caught up to meet the Lord at this time and will descend with him to reign during the millennial era. (See D&C 88:97-98
)Afternoon of the First Resurrection
: All those who lived, are Christ's, but are not worthy to receive a full inheritance in God's kingdom. They will receive a portion of Christ's glory but not a fullness. This resurrection will happen after Christ has ushered in the millennium. (See D&C 88:99
: All those who were wicked in this life and who have suffered the wrath of God while in spirit prison
, will come forth in this resurrection which will not happen until the end of the millennium. (See D&C 88:100-101
)Resurrection of Damnation
: The last to be resurrected are the sons of perdition who, in this life, gained a perfect
knowledge of the divinity of Christ through the Holy Ghost
but then chose Satan and came out in open rebellion against Christ. They will be cast out with the devil and his angels and receive no portion of Christ's glory. (See Hell in Three Kingdoms of Glory
and D&C 88:102
Death During the Millennium:
Those who live and die during Christ's millennial reign will not suffer death but will be changed in the "twinkling of an eye".
"Wherefore, children shall grow up until they become old; old men shall die; but they shall not sleep in the dust, but they shall be changed in the twinkling of an eye" (D&C 63:51
Resurrection of Earth and Beasts:
Christ's redemption is infinite and extends beyond the salvation of man. The earth, as well as all life found upon the earth, will also come forth in the resurrection. (See Pet Loss
to learn about the resurrection of pets.)
"And the end shall come, and the heaven and the earth shall be consumed and pass away, and there shall be a new heaven and a new earth.
"For all old things shall pass away, and all things shall become new, even the heaven and the earth, and all the fulness thereof, both men and beasts, the fowls of the air, and the fishes of the sea;
"And not one hair, neither mote, shall be lost, for it is the workmanship of mine hand" (D&C 29:23-25
Next in God's Plan of Salvation
is His Judgment
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