“The Spirit and the Body Are the Soul of Man”

Doctrine and Covenants 88:14–16

14 Now, verily I say unto you, that through the redemption which is made for you is brought to pass the resurrection from the dead.
15 And the spirit and the body are the soul of man.
16 And the resurrection from the dead is the redemption of the soul.

President Russell M. Nelson said:

“We are dual beings. Each soul is comprised of body and spirit [see D&C 88:15], both of which emanate from God. A firm understanding of body and spirit will shape our thoughts and deeds for good. . . .

“Spirit and body, when joined together, become a living soul of supernal worth. Indeed, we are children of God—physically and spiritually.

“. . . The gift of a physical body is priceless. Without it, we cannot attain a fulness of joy [see D&C 138:17]. . . .

“How should these truths influence our personal behavior? . . .

“We will regard our body as a temple of our very own [see 1 Corinthians 3:16]. . . . We will control our diet and exercise for physical fitness.

“Should not equal attention be paid to spiritual fitness? [See 1 Corinthians 9:24–27; Hebrews 12:9.] Just as physical strength requires exercise, so spiritual strength requires effort. . . .

“Who are we? We are children of God. Our potential is unlimited. Our inheritance is sacred.”

(“We Are Children of God,” Ensign, Nov. 1998, 85–87.)

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