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CINDY - Is it true that a husband will use the priesthood to cause the resurrection of his wife?
JOEL - Past church leaders have suggested the the act of resurrection is a priesthood ordinance:
Elder Dallin H. Oaks said:
"The scriptures teach that “this same Priesthood, which was in the beginning, shall be in the end of the world also” (Moses 6:7). Thus, the priesthood is the power by which we will be resurrected and proceed to eternal life." (Dallin H. Oaks, 2014 The Keys and Authority of the Priesthood)
Brigham Young said:
"It is supposed by this people that we have all the ordinances in our possession for life and salvation, and exaltation, and that we are administering in these ordinances. This is not the case.
We are in possession of all the ordinances that can be administered in the flesh; but there are other ordinances and administrations that must be administered beyond this world. I know you would ask what they are.
I will mention one. We have not, neither can we receive here, the ordinance and the keys of the resurrection. They will be given to those who have passed off this stage of action and have received their bodies again, as many have already done and many more will. They will be ordained, by those who hold the keys of the resurrection, to go forth and resurrect the Saints, just as we receive the ordinance of baptism, then the keys of authority to baptize others for the remission of their sins. This is one of the ordinances we can not receive here, and there are many more." (Aug. 24, 1872, Journal of Discourses 15:137, See also 6:275, 25:34)
Wilford Woodruff's journal contains the following:
"Joseph has got to receive the keys of the resurrection for you and I. After he is resurrected he will go and resurrect Brother Brigham, Brother Heber, and Brother Carloss, and when that is done then He will say, "now go Brother Brigham and resurrect your wives and children and gather them together. While this is done, the wicked will know nothing of it, though they will be in our midst and they will be struck with fear. This is the way the resurrection will be. All will not be raised at once but will continue in this way until all the righteous are resurrected." (The Diaries of Wilford Woodruff, pp.168-169)
There is a moment in the temple before a husband and wife are sealed that seems to be representative of this idea of a husband resurrecting his wife, but we can't be certain as to how accurate these comments are by past church leaders. They may be just speculation on their part. There's no official church doctrine on the subject. The fact that all mortals will be resurrected would suggest that it is God Himself who will initiate the process by the power of His priesthood. Perhaps He might use worthy priesthood holders to help out in the process.
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