What did Joseph Smith teach about death and resurrection?
April 2021

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What did Joseph Smith teach about death and resurrection?


March 29–April 4

article on death and resurrection

Joseph Smith learned through revelation that everyone who dies will be resurrected and live again because of Jesus Christ (see Doctrine and Covenants 29:26). Here are some of the hopeful doctrines he shared.

There is hope even in mourning.

“My heart mourns for those who have been taken from us, but not without hope, for I shall see them again and be with them.”1

Death is part of God’s plan.

“It has been hard for me to live on earth and see [my brothers Alvin and Don Carlos] … taken from us in the midst of their youth. … Yet I know we ought to be still and know it is of God, and be reconciled to His will; all is right.”2

Death is temporary.

“[Our] relatives and friends are only separated from their bodies for a short season.”3

The righteous need not fear.

“We have reason to have the greatest hope and consolation for our dead of any people on the earth.”4


How do the promises of the Resurrection give you hope and peace? How will you share these truths with others?


  1. Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith (2007), 179; see also “The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” ChurchofJesusChrist.org.

  2. Teachings: Joseph Smith, 178.

  3. Teachings: Joseph Smith, 174.

  4. Teachings: Joseph Smith, 174.