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JOHNNIE - Will we need doctors during the millennium?
JOEL - Probably not. When the millennium comes doctors and anyone associated with health care will be out of a
job. We won't need any morticians, funeral homes, hospitals, pharmacies, and because all will live in
peace and harmony we probably won't need prisons, law enforcement, military or lawyers anymore either.
At the beginning of the Millennium the earth and all things upon it will be transformed from a telestial
to a terrestrial glory, to the paradisiacal condition that the scriptures and the prophets speak that
prevailed in Eden before the Fall (Articles of Faith 1:10). In Eden, Adam and Eve lived in a perfect
physical and spiritual immortal state with no disease or other afflictions that we suffer now after the
fall. In the millennium we will return to that condition.
The Millennium will be the long hoped for age of peace when Christ will reign personally upon the earth
when the earth will be renewed; when corruption, death, and disease will cease; and when the kingdom of
God on earth will be fully established in all its glory, beauty, and perfection.
Children will still be born, grow up, marry, advance to old age, and pass through something equivalent
to death. Crops will be planted, harvested, and eaten; industries will be expanded, cities built, and
education fostered; men will continue to care for their own needs, handle their own affairs, and enjoy
free agency to live out their time under the direct leadership of Jesus(Isa. 65:20-25, D. & C. 101:23-
31, 3 Nephi 28: 30-40)
President Joseph Fielding Smith said:
"Men shall live free from sin and free from the ravages of disease and death until they reach the age of
100 years. Infants shall not die, they shall live until they have filled the measure of their mortal
creation. In fact, mortality shall be reduced to a minimum." (Doctrines of Salvation, 3:58)
One might wonder that, while it might be true that the body will not be plagued by disease or the
maladies of old age or hunger, what happens if someone were to fall and break a leg? I don't know.
Perhaps because of our immortal condition the bone won't break or it will be mended through faith and
the priesthood without the need of mediacl attention. We will have to wait and see.