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When we are resurrected, what will be our age? If I died old will I be brought back at that age or younger like in the prime of life? Will physical defects such as a deformity be done away with? Thank you.

Jim

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Jim,

This is a great question. Let’s first discuss what we do know in order to completely answer your question.

The meaning of our soul, “And the spirit and the body are the soul of man.”

In scripture we are also informed, Alma 40:23, “The soul shall be restored to the body, and the body to the soul; yea, and every limb and joint shall be restored to its body; yea, even a hair of the head shall not be lost; but all things shall be restored to their proper and perfect frame.”

In light of these two verses our soul will be resurrected unto its perfect frame. In other words, any deformity a person may have had will be done away with, otherwise they would not have what would constitute a “perfect frame” like unto God.

As pertaining to the age of our spirits, I recommend the words of Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles who declared, “Many living witnesses resurrection from the deadcan testify to the literal fulfillment of these scriptural assurances of the resurrection. Many, including some in my own extended family, have seen a departed loved one in vision or personal appearance and have witnessed their restoration in “proper and perfect frame” in the prime of life. Whether these were manifestations of persons already resurrected or of righteous spirits awaiting an assured resurrection, the reality and nature of the resurrection of mortals is evident. What a comfort to know that all who have been disadvantaged in life from birth defects, from mortal injuries, from disease, or from the natural deterioration of old age will be resurrected in “proper and perfect frame.”

In relation to children Joseph Fielding Smith had this to say, “Children resurrected as children. Of course, children who die do not grow in the grave. They will come forth with their bodies as they were laid down, and then they will grow to the full stature of manhood or womanhood after the resurrection, but all will have their bodies fully restored” (Doctrines of Salvation, Book 2, pg. 293).

Gramps

 

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