EILEEN - I have been told by our leaders that we do not cremate people. I would like an explanation why and the scriptures that pertain to it.

JOEL - It does not really matter how the body is layed to rest after death. According to the official policy of the Church cremation is not encouraged. However, In some countries, the law requires cremation. The family of the deceased must decide whether to cremate the body, taking into account any laws governing burial or cremation. The body of a deceased member who has been endowed should be dressed in temple clothing when it is cremated. A funeral service may be held if the ashes are buried or deposited in a mausoleum. (1985)
Since the organization of the Church in 1830, Latter-day Saints have been encouraged by their leaders to avoid cremation, unless it is required by law, and, wherever possible, to consign the body to burial in the earth and leave the dissolution of the body to nature, "for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return" (Gen. 3:19).
President Spencer W. Kimball wrote, "The meaning of death has not changed. It releases a spirit for growth and development and places a body in . . . Mother Earth". In due time the mortal body returns to native element, and whether it is laid away in a family-selected site or buried in the depths of the sea, every essential part will be restored in the Resurrection: "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).

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