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JON - When Cain killed Able he was banished to be a vagabond to only live by hunting and such. There was no mark of Black on Him. In the Apocrypha (Jasher) it describes Cain's Death. So Cain being alive and appearing to one of the apostles in a wagon trip to South Utah is wrong?

JOEL - We don't really know for sure what the mark was that was placed on Cain; many assume that it was the black skin; probably not, but the scriptures don't describe exactly what it was.
We do know that part of the curse that God put on Cain was, not that he could not die in his outcast state; but that the mark placed on him would reveal his identity so that no one would kill him. Our official canon of scriptures are silent on how or when he died, but I think we can assume that he may have lived a normal life span for that time, wandering as a vagabond as part of the curse, and eventually died of natural causes or perhaps by some kind of accident, as recorded in the Non-canonical Book of Jasher, which you mentioned.
David W. Patten called the person he met "a very strange personage" and apparently assumed him to be Cain, but maybe it wasn't. Sounded more like bigfoot to me. We would have to ask Patten to find out more about it. But if it really was a living Cain that Patten saw, where was he when the whole earth was covered by the flood and "every thing that is in the earth shall die", (Gen 6: 17)except those on the ark? Cain was not on the ark. Perhaps it was the spirit of Cain that was wandering the earth and he didn't know he was dead. I think of Patten's experience as more of a folk story that might not even be true.
This story was published in a biography of Patten written by Lycurgus Wilson in 1900. Wilson had a letter from Abraham Smoot giving his recollection of what Patten said. So this was a late, third-hand account, the accuracy of which could be in question.
People might speculate that Cain was a translated being when he appeared to Patten, but we have no evidence in scripture or latter-day revelation that any wicked person can or has ever been translated.

JON - When Cain killed Able he was banished to be a vagabond to only live by hunting and such. There was no mark of Black on Him. In the Apocrypha (Jasher) it describes Cain's Death. So Cain being alive and appearing to one of the apostles in a wagon trip to South Utah is wrong?

JOEL -This is all speculation. As far as I can tell there were no "pre-adamites" that were used to contain the spirits. There may have been creatures before that resembled human beings which Talmadge may have referred to as pre-adamites, but neither did Adam nor the rest of us evolve from them. Adam was the first and original father of all of God's children.

JON - My family is under the impression that when we die and are resurrected we all are turned white. There will be no pigment of skin.

JOEL - In Alma in the Book of Mormon we read:
"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." (Alma 40: 23)

Joseph Smith explained,
"As concerning the resurrection, I will merely say that all men will come from the grave as they lie down, whether old or young; there will not be 'added unto their stature one cubit,' neither taken from it," (TPJS, p. 199).
To restore means to bring something back to a state that it existed in before being destroyed. Logically, this would mean that an infant would be restored to an infant, an adult to an adult, a white person to a white person, and a black person to a black person. The only changes will be the elimination of any diseases, deformatives or disabilities that happened to us during life. The black skin is not an abnormal condition that needs to be restored to white.
Everyone through their faith will be "made white" in the sense that we will all be purified in order to abide a celestial glory (Dan. 12: 10, Rev. 7: 14), but I see no reason for black, red, or yellow skin to actually turn white at the resurrection. People of all races will maintain their unique physical ethnic characteristics. Those who make it to heaven will not care about such differences anyway.


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