Is resurrection supposed to happen after the “second coming” on earth or is it going on all the time? Either way, where are all those resurrected bodies supposed to live?.
Jeanne, from Placentia, California
There was a general resurrection at the time that the Savior was resurrected. We read in Matthew 27:52-53, that at the time of the Savior’s resurrection—
…the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
In addition, others who lived after the time of the Savior have also been resurrected in order to deliver the plates of the Book of Mormon to the prophet Joseph Smith and to enable them to restore priesthood keys to the earth. Among those that we know of who lived after the Savior’s resurrection and have been resurrected are Moroni, the last Nephite prophet, who delivered the Book of Mormon plates to Joseph Smith; John the Baptist, who restored the Aaronic priesthood to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery on May 15, 1829 and Peter, James and John, who restored the Melchizedek priesthood to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery later in the year 1829.
Where do resurrected beings live? Up until now, only the pure have been resurrected, and they live in heaven in the presence of the Father and the Son—
There are two kinds of beings in heaven, namely: Angels, who are resurrected personages, having bodies of flesh and bones– For instance, Jesus said: Handle me and see, for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have Secondly: the spirits of just men made perfect, they who are not resurrected, but inherit the same glory (D&C 129:1-3).