Jacob Teaches That the Bodies of the Dead Will Come Forth from the Grave

2 Nephi 9:13

13 O how great the plan of our God! For on the other hand, the paradise of God must deliver up the spirits of the righteous, and the grave deliver up the body of the righteous; and the spirit and the body is restored to itself again, and all men become incorruptible, and immortal, and they are living souls, having a perfect knowledge like unto us in the flesh, save it be that our knowledge shall be perfect.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf said:

“. . . [W]ith faith in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, you and I accepted, by our free will, Heavenly Father’s plan.

“That is why we are here on this beautiful planet earth—because God offered us the opportunity, and we chose to accept it. Our mortal life, however, is only temporary and will end with the death of our physical body. But the essence of who you and I are will not be destroyed. Our spirits will continue living and await the Resurrection—a free gift to all by our loving Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ [see John 5:28–29]. At the Resurrection, our spirits and bodies will be reunited, free from pain and physical imperfections.

“After the Resurrection, there will be a Day of Judgment. While all will eventually be saved and inherit a kingdom of glory, those who trust in God and seek to follow His laws and ordinances will inherit lives in the eternities that are unimaginable in glory and overwhelming in majesty.

“That Day of Judgment will be a day of mercy and love—a day when broken hearts are healed, when tears of grief are replaced with tears of gratitude, when all will be made right [see Revelation 21:4]. . . .

“Someday ‘every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess’ that God’s ways are just and His plan is perfect [Mosiah 27:31]. For you and me, let that day be today. Let us proclaim, with Jacob of old, ‘O how great the plan of our God!’ [2 Nephi 9:13; see also verses 8–12, 14–20].

“Of this I testify in deep gratitude to our Heavenly Father, as I leave you my blessing, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.”

(“O How Great the Plan of Our God!” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2016, 21, 22.)

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