Today’s Reading: Alma 40:14- 26
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.
I am so grateful for this promise of perfection through the resurrection. I have been blessed with a capable and healthy body (so far) in this life, but I know that in this temporal world disease and/or accident could take that away in an instant. The promise that we ALL will be whole after the resurrection, that “all things shall be restored to their proper and perfect frame” is such a profound blessing.
I can imagine that individuals who have suffered from disability and disease are even more overjoyed at the news that those discomforts end at the grave. When our spirits and our bodies are reunited, they will be perfect in every way because of the atonement of Christ. He not only overcame sin, but all earthly suffering.
It’s easy to think about how unfair life is sometimes, especially when you are suffering and see others who are not. The gospel of Jesus Christ brings so much joy and hope to the world because it balances the scales. It takes away disadvantage and misfortune, it fulfills justice with purely given mercy. It is miraculous and all-encompassing and I love that this scripture specifically points out that infinite sacrifice working to restore our physical bodies as well as our spiritual.
“What a comfort to know that all who have been disadvantaged in life from birth defects, from mortal injuries, from disease, or from the natural deterioration of old age will be resurrected in ‘proper and perfect frame.’ …
“The assurance of resurrection gives us the strength and perspective to endure the mortal challenges faced by each of us and by those we love, such things as the physical, mental, or emotional deficiencies we bring with us at birth or acquire during mortal life. Because of the resurrection, we know that these mortal deficiencies are only temporary!” – Dallin H. Oaks (in Conference Report, Apr. 2000, 16–17; or Ensign, May 2000, 14).