Bodies Made Perfect

Reading: 2 Nephi 2:8, Alma 42:43, 1 Corinthians 15:52-53

One thing Latter Day Saints often talk about is looking forward to having a resurrected body.  Part of the Atonement is the promise that everyone is going to get their body back.  In 2 Nephi 2:8 it says:

…The Holy Messiah, who layeth down his life according to the flesh, and taketh it again by the power of the Spirit, that he may bring to pass the resurrection of the dead, being the first that should rise.

In Alma 42:23 it explains further that the resurrection comes through Christ because of the Atonement, and that when we are resurrected we will also be in the presence of God to be judged by him.  It says:

But God ceaseth not to be God, and mercy claimeth the penitent, and mercy cometh because of the atonement; and the atonement bringeth to pass the resurrection of the dead; and the resurrection of the dead bringeth back men into the presence of God; and thus they are restored into his presence, to be judged according to their works, according to the law and justice.

Once we are resurrected our bodies will be different in that they will be perfect and immortal.  In 1 Corinthians 15:52-53 it says:

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

A lot of the challenges we face have to do with our bodies.  Our bodies, in their current state, make us want to do things that we know we shouldn’t do.  These temptations range from simply being lazy to sexual sin.  When we are resurrected though, in addition to being cured of any ills that may plague us in this life, our bodies will also no longer want to do evil things.

Knowing this helps me to keep my appetites in check.  For example, I really really like good food.  Sometimes I am tempted to go out and buy delicious food that I know won’t be good for me, and won’t be good for our budget.  Knowing that someday food isn’t going to be so important a thing as it is now helps me to resist those temptations.

Today I am going to think about the different things I do or am tempted to do in relation to my body, that maybe aren’t so good for me.  Then I will write about these things in my journal.

What do you look forward to being different with a resurrected body?


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