The Resurrection Test Answers

Here are the answers to the Resurrection Test:


  1. What is the resurrection? (Alma 11:43, 45; MD 637)

The body and spirit inseparably connected, perfect and eternal.

  1. Who was the first person resurrected? (I Corinthians 15:23; 2 Nephi 2:8; DBY 374)

Jesus was the first person resurrected, he is the first fruits.

  1. What happens to those brought back to life before Christ’s resurrection (Lazarus)?(DBY 374)

They are still mortal. They must die again, then be resurrected.

  1. What caused men to die? Why do we need the resurrection? (DS 2:258)

Because of the fall of Adam, all men will die.

  1. What ordinance is symbolic of the resurrection? (GD 101)

Baptism (we are buried in water, then brought up out of the water).

  1. Does everyone get resurrected? (2 Nephi 9:22; Alma 11:42, 44; AGQ 1:38)

Yes. Everyone, good and bad will be resurrected.

  1. What would happen to us if we were not resurrected? (DS283)

We would become devils (spirits without bodies), angels to a devil.

  1. Are even the wicked Sons of Perdition resurrected? (DS 2:25)

Yes. Everyone who had a mortal body will be resurrected.

  1. What if they don’t want to be resurrected? (DS 2:10)

Everyone will die and be resurrected, whether they want to or not.

  1. Do translated beings (i.e., Moses, Elijah, Enoch, etc.) need to be resurrected?

(AGC 2:47; DS 2:300)

They are mortal, but changed so that their lives are extended. However, they must die and be resurrected, although it will occur in a ‘twinkling of an eye’.

  1. How did Christ overcome death? (AGQ 3:207)

Christ had the power to overcome death because he was the literal Son of the Father in the flesh. From Mary Christ gained the power to die, from Heavenly Father he gained the power to live again.

  1. Why did Christ have to shed His blood? (AGQ 3:207)

Christ shed his blood, reversing the consequences of the fall of Adam.

Question: “Why did Christ have to shed his blood in the atonement to relieve us of the

responsibility of the fall?”

Answer: The reason that the blood of Christ had to be shed is because Adam was without blood before the fall. The blood came into his body afterwards. Therefore, it was  necessary that the blood which came by the fall should be shed in the atonement. For the    life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an            atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.            (Joseph Fielding Smith, Answers to Gospel Questions, Vol. 3, p.207)

  1. How did Christ obtain power over death? (DS 2:259)

Christ obtained his power over death from his Father.

  1. Will our resurrected body still look like us? (DBY 372)

Yes. It will look exactly like we look now, only without the imperfections.

  1. Will our resurrected bodies be perfect? (Alma 11:43, 45; AGQ 1:42)

Yes. However, if we choose, we may keep some marks received in this life (Christ kept the marks   of his crucifixion after he was resurrected and appeared to the Nephites)

  1. Are resurrected bodies perfect the moment they come out of the grave? (DS 2:292)

No. Bodies come up out of the grave exactly as they were laid down, then they are perfected.

  1. If the body is perfect, and will never die, will we have use for the organs of the body?

(DBY 375)

We will need all of our organs, just as we do now. Their use may change and/or be ‘enhanced’ after the resurrection, for our benefit. For example:

Eating: we will not need to eat in order to exist; but eating food will permit us to retain our ‘glory’ (like the sun, our glory gives off physical matter that will need to be replaced)

Digestive organs: eating corrupted food on other ‘lesser’ worlds

Lungs: talking

Eyes: sight

Ears: hearing

Touch: senses

Reproductive organs:  The ability to have spirit-children

  1. Is a resurrected body a physical or spiritual body? (I Corinthians 15:44; DS 2:284)

It is considered a ‘spiritual’ body. Though made of flesh and bones, because it has spirit fluid running in its veins rather than mortal blood, it is considered spiritual.

  1. What is the difference between a mortal body and a resurrected body? (DS 2:284)

A mortal body has blood. A resurrected body has spirit-fluid running in its veins.

  1. Is a person who dies as a child, resurrected as a child or an adult? (AGQ 1:59; GD 24;

DS 2:54, 293)

As a child. The body comes out of the grave exactly as it was laid down (a body cannot grow in the grave). Then the child will grow to its adult stature. Many righteous parents will be needed to raise these children during the millennium!

  1. Who raises the children after they are resurrected? (GD 247)

The child’s parents, if they are worthy. Children without righteous parents will be raised by righteous people while their unworthy parents wait in spirit prison.

  1. What kingdom do children obtain? (DS 2:54)

They automatically obtain the Celestial Kingdom.

  1. Do children automatically obtain the highest degree in that kingdom? (DS 2:54)

No. Children must make the same choices we do in order to progress to the highest kingdom.

  1. Do animals have a spirit? Are animals resurrected? (AGQ 2:48; DS !:62)

Yes. All animals have a spirit. All animals will be resurrected.

  1. Do plants have a spirit? Will plants and trees, etc., be resurrected? (AGQ 4:129; DS 2:281; MD 642)

Yes. All living things have a spirit, so all living things will be resurrected.

  1. Is the earth itself alive? Will the earth die and be resurrected? (AGQ 2:106; DS 1:77, 88; DBY 375)

The earth is alive, and has a spirit. It was baptized (in the flood), will die, and be resurrected.

  1. Do we gain or lose intelligence in the resurrection? Why? (D&C 130:18-19; AGQ 2:74)

Neither. Our minds/intelligence will be exactly the same after we are resurrected. The only   difference will be that we will be able to remember our pre-mortal life.

  1. Do we continue to learn and progress after the resurrection? (DS 1:300; DBY 397)

Yes. Though resurrected, we have not obtained the intelligence to become Gods. There is much more to learn and even more ordinances that must be performed before we become exactly like our Father in Heaven.

  1. Can resurrected beings have children? (AGQ 4:146)

Yes. All of our physical characteristics will function after the resurrection.

  1. Do all resurrected beings have the ability to have children? (DS 2:287)

No. Only those who have obtained the highest degree in the Celestial Kingdom will be able to have children.

  1. What type of children do resurrected beings have? (DS 2:68)

They have spirit children. They will be born with spirit bodies like we had prior to coming to the earth to obtain our mortal bodies.

  1. Do all resurrected beings have families? (DS 2:287)

No. Only those in the highest degree of the Celestial Kingdom will live as families. However, those of a higher order can visit those of a lesser order.

  1. What is the path the spirit travels from pre-mortal life to the resurrection? (GD 241)

1) The pre-mortal spirit receives a mortal, physical body; 2) At death the body and spirit separate and the spirit goes to the spirit world (either Paradise or Hell); 3) The spirit is reunited with the body in the resurrection, never to die again.

  1. What #3 judgments do all spirits go through? (Abraham 3:25-26; Alma 40:11-13; Rev. 20:12)

            Pre-mortal (determines what time and place we are born)

At death (to determine whether our spirits go to Hell or Paradise after death)

The final judgment (when we receive a Kingdom: Celestial, Terrestrial, or Telestial)

  1. Where is the spirit world? (DBY 377)

The spirit world is a part of this earth. It is here, all around us.

  1. Who resides in paradise and who resides in hell? (D&C 76:73, 84; TPJS 366)

The Telestial reside in hell. The Celestial and Terrestrial reside in Paradise (all who will be worthy to live during the millennium are in Paradise).

  1. Who holds the keys of resurrection? (DS 1:128)

Christ, and those to whom that power is delegated.

  1. Who will raise our bodies in the resurrection? (DBY 373)

Christ will raise the Celestial. All others by those delegated to resurrect the others.

  1. Are there “classes” or types of resurrected bodies? (DS 2:287; MD 641)

Yes. Celestial, Terrestrial, Telestial, plus many other types, classes and levels.

  1. What are these types of bodies based on? (D&C 88:28-32; DS 2:287)

Our bodies will be resurrected based upon the level our spirit has obtained.

  1. Can a resurrected being travel through solid objects? (DS 2:288)

Yes. Christ appeared in the upper room. Moroni appeared in Joseph’s room.

  1. How many resurrections are there? (John 5:29; DS 2:297; MD 640)

There are two main resurrections: the just and the unjust, the righteous and the wicked.

  1. When is the 1st Resurrection? (D&C 88:96-97; DS 2:297)

At the Second Coming of Christ.

  1. Who is ‘caught up’ to meet Christ first? (I Thessalonians 4:16; D&C 29:26)

The Celestial spirits living in Paradise will be resurrected and will greet Christ first. Then those still living in mortality will also be taken up to meet Him.

  1. When is the 2nd Resurrection? (DS 2:297)

At the end of the millennium.

  1. What is the timetable for the resurrection? Which kingdom is resurrected first?            (D&C 88:96-102; DS 2:296)

Celestial:          Morning of the 1st resurrection (MD 640) Church of the Firstborn (those who already have their temple ordinances completed)

Terrestrial:       Afternoon of the 1st resurrection (MD 640)

Telestial:          Evening: the end of the millennium and beginning of 2nd resurrection (MD 640) The wicked are resurrected and Satan is loosed!

  1. What is the ‘Church of the Firstborn’? (DS 2:297)

Those who have their Calling and Election Made Sure and will enter the highest degree in the Celestial Kingdom.

  1. What are temple ordinances for? (DS 2:176; DBY 397)

To prepare people to enter the Celestial Kingdom.

  1. Can someone who is worthy to enter the Celestial Kingdom be resurrected without having their temple ordinances performed? (DS 2:176; DBY 397)

No. Everyone who will enter the Celestial Kingdom must have their temple ordinances performed before they are resurrected. That is why there is an urgency to completing temple work now!  Those who merit a Celestial body and don’t have their work done will have to wait to be resurrected until their work is done!

  1. Will everyone have their temple ordinances performed? (DS 2:176; DBY 397)

No. Only those who are worthy to enter the Celestial Kingdom will need their temple work done.

  1. Do our pain and sufferings in this life give us claim to a better afterlife? (Hebrews 11:35, 40)

Yes. Without the pain and suffering we endure in this life, we could not be made perfect!

  1. When people die in the millennium, will they go to the Spirit World? (D&C 43:32; 101:31)

No. They will be changed, or resurrected, in a ‘twinkling of an eye’

Source abbreviations:

MD = Mormon Doctrine, Bruce R. McConkie

DBY = Discourses of Brigham Young

DS = Doctrines of Salvation, Joseph Fielding Smith

GD = Gospel Doctrine, Joseph F. Smith

AGQ = Answers to Gospel Questions, Joseph Fielding Smith

TPJS = Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith


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2 Responses to The Resurrection Test Answers

  1. LaWren Booth says:

    Excellent compilation of information on this subject! Merci! Soeur Booth Sent from my iPad


  2. says:

    Well done!!!


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