Resurrected Saints Will Dwell on Earth
“Mortals will inhabit the earth alongside immortals during the entirety of the 1,000 years,” Millet writes. These immortals will be Saints who died before the Millennium and were resurrected with Christ’s Second Coming.
These resurrected individuals will help Christ govern the earth (Teachings of the Prophets: Joseph Smith). They will help us accomplish the magnificent task of completing the temple work for every individual who has ever lived, and they will help us correct any mistakes we have made in trying to do our family history in the last days (Gospel Principles Ch. 45).
“This work of administering the ordinances of the dead . . .will require the whole of the Millennium, with Jesus at the head of the resurrected dead to attend to it,” President Woodruff taught, as quoted in Living in the Millennium.
You may wonder how the earth could accommodate so many people. Here are a couple of things we can consider:
- It is understood that resurrected beings will reside on the earth as visitors, coming and going as needed to help with our work. The prophet Joseph Smith said, “Christ and the resurrected Saints will reign over the earth during the 1,000 years. They will not probably dwell upon the earth, but will visit it when they please, or when it is necessary to govern it.” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 268.)
- The earth will be transfigured at the time of the Second Coming, changing from a telestial to a terrestrial state. Is it impossible that a transfigured earth could have a greater capacity than it does now? Elder Bruce R. McConkie speculates on such changes in The Millennial Messiah, referencing D&C 133:26-29: “After our Lord comes and the new heaven and the new earth are a reality, then the earth will bring forth bounteously to support the billions of our Father’s children who shall soon find lodgment on its surface. We do not know what changes will cause this to be.”