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The Doctrine of the Resurrection as Taught in the Book of Mormon

TitleThe Doctrine of the Resurrection as Taught in the Book of Mormon
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1990
AuthorsMatthews, Robert J.
JournalBYU Studies Quarterly
KeywordsEnoch (Prophet); Fall of Adam; Redemption; Repentance; Resurrection

The frequency with which the subject of resurrection is discussed, the wide range of details, and the high level of agreement among the many testimonies all show that the doctrine of the resurrection is a major teaching of the Book of Mormon. The extent of these teachings is in keeping with the prophecy of Enoch in Moses 7:62, which says that the record will come out of the earth, "to bear testimony of the Only Begotten, his resurrection from the dead, and also the resurrection of all men." The Book of Mormon shows that the prophets regarded the resurrection of the physical body as a reality that would unconditionally occur to every person regardless of individual worthiness. It is declared to have coverage as broad as death. The major effort of the prophets was to get people prepared spiritually. Redemption from the spiritual death that results from one's own sins received serious attention. The Book of Mormon declares that redemption from the effects of Adam's fall (both the physical and spiritual death) is absolute, unconditional, and automatically assured to all mankind by Jesus Christ without man's effort. Man's redemption from sins is available because of the atonement of Jesus Christ but requires individual repentance and obedience. Perhaps because of this individual responsibility the Book of Mormon does not teach how to perform a resurrection, but does teach how to repent.