Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Latter-Day Prophets on the Resurrection

“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 the keys of the resurrection….They will be ordained, by those who hold the keys of the resurrection, to go forth and resurrect the Saints, just as we receive the ordinance of baptism… This is one of the ordinances we cannot receive here, and there are many more.” (President Spencer W Kimball quoted these words of Brigham Young at the re-dedication of the Mesa Arizona Temple).

“The Lord Jesus, who was the firstfruits of the dead, the firstfruits of them that sleep, and who holds the keys of the resurrections, will bring to pass the resurrection of the [righteous], and will set them to work in bringing about the resurrection of their brethren as He has set them to work in all the other branches of the labor from the beginning…

            “True, we have, in our limited understandings, perhaps imagined, many of us, that this glorious resurrection was to come upon us and upon the whole world suddenly, like the rising of the sun. But you must remember the sun does not rise the same hour and the same moment upon all the earth. It is twenty-four hours in rising and twenty-four hours in setting. So with the resurrection. There is a day appointed for the resurrection of the righteous. And it is sealed upon the heads of many that if they are faithful and true, they shall come forth ‘in the morning of the first resurrection’; but the morning lasts from the first hour of the day until mid-day, and the day lasts till night…

            “But this ‘morning of the first resurrection’ is nigh at hand, and blessed are those who, through their faithfulness, shall be counted worthy to have part in it; for they shall be crowned kings and priests with God and the Lamb—they shall reign with Christ and in the midst of his people, and carry on the work of redemption and resurrection of the saints of God.  (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, vol. 25, pp 33-34).

 “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, and he will seal this authority upon others, and they will hunt up their friends and resurrect them when they shall have been officiated for [meaning when all the ordinances of salvation and exaltation have been performed for them vicariously or otherwise in the temples], and bring them up.” (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, vol. 15, pp 137-139).

“[Joseph’s] spirit is waiting for the resurrection of the body, which will soon be. But has he the power to resurrect that body? He has not. Who has this power? 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 just as you Elders have been with regard to your authority to baptize. You have not the power to baptize yourselves, neither have you power to resurrect yourselves…” (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, vol. 6, p 275).

“Some person holding the keys of the resurrection, having previously passed through that ordeal, will be delegated to resurrect our bodies, and our spirits will be there and prepared to enter into their bodies. We want a house, and when we get it and our spirits enter into it, then we can begin to look forth, for what? For our friends. We want them resurrected. Here is this friend and that friend, until by-and-by all are resurrected. (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, vol. 9, pp 139-140).

“The body will come forth as it is laid to rest, for there is no growth or development in the grave. As it is laid down, so will it arise, and changes to perfection will come by the laws of restitution. But the spirit will continue to expand and develop, and the body, after the resurrection will develop to the full stature of man” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, section 4, footnote #4, p 200).

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