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THE BOOK OF ALMA
Concerning The Resurrection
Alma explains the Resurrection to his son Corianton.
Version - Chapter 30: Alma Counsels His Sons
|40:1 Now my son, here is somewhat more I would say unto thee; for I
perceive that thy mind is worried concerning the resurrection of the dead. ||
(40:1) Here is somewhat more I would say|
In this chapter, Alma continues his speech to his third son, Corianton. Unfortunately (as it was bound to do eventually) it takes a turn for the boring.
He devotes the chapter to explaining the resurrection to Corianton.
|40:2 Behold, I say unto you, that
there is no resurrection -- or, I would say, in other words, that
this mortal does not put on immortality, this corruption does not put on incorruption --
until after the coming
of Christ. ||
(40:2) There is no resurrection ... until after the coming of Christ. |
Alma tells Corianton all about the resurrection of the dead. It will happen, but only after the Christ is born. (Alma is speaking here in 73 BCE, according to the official LDS footnote.)
|40:3 Behold, he bringeth to pass the resurrection of the dead. But behold, my son, the resurrection
is not yet. Now, I unfold unto you a mystery; nevertheless, there are many mysteries which are kept, that no one knoweth them save God himself. But I show unto you one thing which I have inquired diligently of God that I
might know -- that is concerning the resurrection. ||
(40:3) The resurrection is not yet.|
It hasn't started yet.
|40:4 Behold, there is a time appointed that all shall come forth from the dead.
Now when this time
cometh no one knows; but God knoweth the time which is appointed. ||
(40:4) Only God knows when it's going to happen.|
Now when this time cometh no one knows; but God knoweth.
|40:5 Now, whether there shall be one time, or a second time, or a third time, that men shall come
forth from the dead, it mattereth not; for God knoweth all these things; and it sufficeth me to know that this
is the case -- that there is a time appointed that all shall rise from the dead. ||
(40:5) There might be two or three resurrections.|
Whether there shall be one time, or a second time, or a third time, that men shall come forth from the dead, it mattereth not.
|40:6 Now there must needs be a space betwixt the time of death and the time of the resurrection. ||
|40:7 And now I would inquire what becometh of the souls of men from this time of death to the time
appointed for the resurrection? ||
|40:8 Now whether there is more than one time appointed for men to rise it mattereth not; for all do
not die at once, and this mattereth not; all is as one day with God, and time only is measured unto men. ||
|40:9 Therefore, there is a time appointed unto men that they shall rise from the dead; and there is a
space between the time of death and the resurrection. And now, concerning this space of time, what becometh of
the souls of men is the thing which I have inquired diligently of the Lord to know; and this is the thing of
which I do know. ||
|40:10 And when the time cometh when all shall rise, then shall they know that God knoweth all the
times which are appointed unto man. ||
|40:11 Now, concerning the state of the soul between death and the resurrection -- Behold, it has
been made known unto me by an angel, that the spirits of all men, as soon as they are departed from this mortal
body, yea, the spirits of all men, whether they be good or evil, are taken home to that God who gave them life. ||
(40:6-14) Concerning the state of the soul between death and the resurrection -- Behold, it has been made known unto me by an angel.|
In the meantime, though, a lot of people are going to die. So God came up with a sort of pre-heaven and pre-hell for people who haven't yet been resurrected.
Good people go to a state of happiness, which is called paradise. Bad people are cast into outer
darkness, where there shall be weeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth. Everyone stays in their designated muster station until the resurrection.
|40:12 And then shall it come to pass, that the spirits of those who are righteous are received into a
state of happiness, which is called paradise, a state of rest, a state of peace, where they shall rest from all
their troubles and from all care, and sorrow.
|40:13 And then shall it come to pass, that the spirits of the wicked, yea, who are evil -- for behold,
they have no part nor portion of the Spirit of the Lord for behold, they chose evil works rather than good;
therefore the spirit of the devil did enter into them, and take possession of their house -- and these
shall be cast out into outer darkness; there shall be weeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth,
and this because of their own iniquity, being led captive by the will of the devil. ||
|40:14 Now this is the state of the souls of the wicked, yea, in darkness, and a state
of awful, fearful looking for the fiery indignation of the wrath of God upon them; thus they remain in this state, as
well as the righteous in paradise, until the time of their resurrection. ||
|40:15 Now, there are some that have understood that this state of happiness and this state of
misery of the soul, before the resurrection, was a first resurrection.
Yea, I admit it may be termed a
resurrection, the raising of the spirit or the soul and their consignation to happiness or misery, according
to the words which have been spoken. ||
(40:15-18) There is a first resurrection ... Yea, I admit it may be termed a resurrection.|
Some people call this a "first resurrection". In the middle of the speech, Alma sort of says "Yeah, that makes sense. Let's go with that. First Resurrection". But then he changes his mind.
"Aw, jeez, though... there has to be more to a resurrection than just being in a happy holding cell for a while... you have to be reunited with everyone, Adam and Eve and everybody who died before..."
|40:16 And behold, again it hath been spoken, that there is a first resurrection, a resurrection
of all those who have been, or who are, or who shall be, down to the resurrection of Christ from the dead.
|40:17 Now, we do not suppose that this first resurrection, which is spoken of in this manner, can be
the resurrection of the souls and their consignation to happiness or misery. Ye cannot suppose that this is what
it meaneth. ||
|40:18 Behold, I say unto you, Nay; but it meaneth the reuniting of the soul with the
body, of those from the days of Adam down to the resurrection of Christ. ||
|40:19 Now, whether the souls and the bodies of those of whom has been spoken shall all be reunited at
once, the wicked as well as the righteous, I do not say; let it suffice; that I say that they all come forth; or
in other words, their resurrection cometh to pass before the resurrection of those who die after the
resurrection of Christ. ||
|40:20 Now, my son, I do not say that their resurrection cometh at the resurrection of Christ; but
behold, I give it as my opinion, that the souls and the bodies are reunited, of the righteous, at the
resurrection of Christ, and his ascension into heaven. ||
(40:20) I do not say that their resurrection cometh at the resurrection of Christ.|
Alma continuues this way for a while, saying that going to paradise or outer darkness is not
really a true resurrection, and that the true resurrection is when Christ comes. I'm sure Corianton was like, "Okay, Dad. Whatever you say."
So now you know all about the resurrection!
1. There is going to be a resurrection, but only after Christ comes.
2. We don't know when it might happen, or how many resurrections there might be. But, luckily, God knows when, and how many he plans on doing.
3. In the meantime, people are going to die. The good ones go to paradise, and the bad ones go to a scary place called "outer darkness".
4. Some people call this process of deciding who goes to which place the "First Resurrection". Alma was almost convinced but he decided, after careful study,
that this isn't a bona fide resurrection, because it doesn't meet all of his criteria.
|40:21 But whether it be at his resurrection or after, I do not say; but this much I say, that there
is a space between death and the resurrection of the body, and a state of the soul in happiness or in misery
until the time which is appointed of God that the dead shall come forth, and be reunited, both soul and body,
and be brought to stand before God, and be judged according to their works.
|40:22 Yea, this bringeth about the restoration of those things of which has been spoken by the
mouths of the prophets.
|40:23 The soul shall be restored to the body, and the body to the
soul; yea, and every limb and joint shall be restored to its body; yea, even a hair of the head shall not be lost;
but all things shall be restored to their proper and perfect frame.
|40:24 And now, my son, this is the restoration of which has been spoken by the mouths of the
|40:25 And then shall the righteous shine forth in the kingdom of God.
|40:26 But Behold, an awful death cometh upon the wicked; for they die as to things pertaining to things
of righteousness; for they are unclean, and no unclean thing can inherit the kingdom of God; but they are cast out,
and consigned to partake of the fruits of their labors or their works, which have been evil; and they drink the
dregs of a bitter cup. ||
And it came to pass (40:12, 13)
Behold [40:2, 3(2), 4, 11, 13(2), 16, 18, 20, 26]
Yea [40:11, 13, 14, 15, 22, 23(2)]
(40:2) For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 1 Corinthians 15:53
(40:13) Cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 22:13
(40:14) Fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation Hebrews 10:27
(40:25) Then shall the righteous shine forth Matthew 13:43
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