Selected Teachings on
The Necessity of Death & Resurrection

Joseph Smith (President)

Perhaps there are principles here that few men have thought of. No person can have this salvation except through a tabernacle. (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p.297)

Brigham Young (President)

The next state of existence is the paradisiacal state of the spirit, a state of waiting until the body shall pass through the purification and refinement given to it by passing through death and the grave; then cometh the resurrection which bringeth to pass the reunion of the body and the spirit. (Journal of Discourses, 10:24)


The resurrection from the dead may also, with propriety, be called a birth. (Discourses of Brigham Young, p.374)


The only true riches in existence are for you and me to secure for ourselves a holy resurrection. (Discourses of Brigham Young, p.372)


Yes, we will lay down these bodies in the grave. What for? That the dust, our mother earth, that composes the house of the spirit, may be purified by passing through this ordeal, and be prepared to be called up and united with the intelligent heavenly body that God has prepared. This is nothing but a change. It is not the dissolution of the creature; it is merely putting off the flesh that pertains to this world. (Discourses of Brigham Young, p.373)

Joseph Fielding Smith (President)

Death is a purifying process as far as the body is concerned. (Answers to Gospel Questions, 4:185)

Spencer W. Kimball (President)

The meaning of death has not changed. It releases a spirit for growth and development and places a body in the repair shop of Mother Earth, there to be recast, remolded into a perfect body, an immortal glorious temple, clean, whole, perfected, and ready for its occupant for eternity. (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, p.45)