Though afflicted, Job bore witness of the resurrection

"If a man die, shall he live again?" (Job 14:14.)

"[This] question asked by Job has been asked by millions who have stood at the open bier of a loved one," said President Spencer W. Kimball in a general conference address in April 1969."And the question has been answered acceptably to numerous of them as a great, sweet peace settles down upon them like the dews of heaven. And innumerable times hearts that were weary in agonizing suffering have felt the kiss of that peace which knows not understanding.

"And when a deep tranquility of soul has brought a new warm assurance to minds that were troubled and hearts that were torn, those numerous could repeat with beloved Job: `For I know that my redeemer liveth. . . . Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, . . .' (Job 19:25-27.)

"Job had expressed the wish that his testimony could be printed in books and cut into stone for the generations following him to read. His wish was granted, for peace has come into many souls as they have read his strong testimony."

Brigham Young, in an address delivered in the Tabernacle in Salt Lake City on March 23, 1856, said:

"We put a ship in motion on the water, and have we created an empty space? No, we have only changed the position of matter. Men and animals move upon the earth, birds and fishes cleave to the elements they are organized to operate in, but do they leave a track of empty space? No, for all eternity is full of matter and life. True, element is capable of contraction and expansion but that does not by any means imply empty space.

"You see life in human beings and in the growing vegetation, and when that spirit of life departs, another condition of life at once begins to operate upon the organization which remains.

"By way of illustration, I will quote one passage from the book of Job, who, in his afflictions was visited by several friends, and after he had concluded that they were all miserable comforters, he exclaimed, `Though worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God.' To make this passage clearer to your comprehension, I will paraphrase it: though my spirit leave my body, and though worms destroy its present organization, yet in the morning of the resurrection I shall behold the face of my Saviour, in this same tabernacle. [That] is my understanding of the idea so briefly expressed by Job."

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