What are resurrected bodies like?

“What are resurrected bodies like?” New Era, August 2019

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What are resurrected bodies like?

City Eternal, The

The Eternal City, by D. Keith Larson

According to the scriptures and modern prophets, resurrected bodies are:

Physical. A resurrected body has flesh and bones (see Luke 24:36–39).

Immortal. “This mortal body is raised to an immortal body, … that they can die no more” (Alma 11:45).

Perfect. “The spirit and the body shall be reunited again in its perfect form” (Alma 11:43). “Deformity will be removed; defects will be eliminated, and men and women shall attain to the perfection of their spirits, to the perfection that God designed in the beginning” (Joseph F. Smith, Gospel Doctrine, 5th ed. [1939], 23).

Beautiful. “There is nothing more beautiful to look upon than a resurrected man or woman” (The Teachings of Lorenzo Snow, ed. Clyde J. Williams [1996], 99).

Beyond Satan’s power. “If the flesh should rise no more our spirits must become subject to … the devil, … to remain with the father of lies, in misery, like unto himself” (2 Nephi 9:8–9). But because Jesus Christ brought about the resurrection of our bodies, this will not happen.*

Capable of receiving a fulness of joy. Without resurrection, the joy of celestial glory is not possible. “Spirit and element, inseparably connected, receive a fulness of joy” (Doctrine and Covenants 93:33).