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John the Beloved -- Mortal, Angel, or Both?


Joseph Antley

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The Book of Mormon and other modern-day revelation confirms that the Apostle John was transfigured so that he would not die until the Second Coming. Apparently after this he lived for several decades among the early Christians in the Roman Empire, performing missions and teaching disciples.

Latter-day Saints also believe that John appeared alongside his brother James and Peter in 1830 to Joseph Smith where they restored the Melchizedek Priesthood.

How did John appear to Joseph Smith? Did he walk up like a normal man, or did he appear angelically like Peter and James? If the former, why does this not stand out in the vague accounts? If the latter, how is John, who has never died, able to appear and disappear like an angel?

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The Book of Mormon and other modern-day revelation confirms that the Apostle John was transfigured so that he would not die until the Second Coming. Apparently after this he lived for several decades among the early Christians in the Roman Empire, performing missions and teaching disciples.

Latter-day Saints also believe that John appeared alongside his brother James and Peter in 1830 to Joseph Smith where they restored the Melchizedek Priesthood.

How did John appear to Joseph Smith? Did he walk up like a normal man, or did he appear angelically like Peter and James? If the former, why does this not stand out in the vague accounts? If the latter, how is John, who has never died, able to appear and disappear like an angel?

3 Nephi 28:

30 And they are as the angels of God, and if they shall pray unto the Father in the name of Jesus they can show themselves unto whatsoever man it seemeth them good.

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The Book of Mormon and other modern-day revelation confirms that the Apostle John was transfigured so that he would not die until the Second Coming. Apparently after this he lived for several decades among the early Christians in the Roman Empire, performing missions and teaching disciples.

Latter-day Saints also believe that John appeared alongside his brother James and Peter in 1830 to Joseph Smith where they restored the Melchizedek Priesthood.

How did John appear to Joseph Smith? Did he walk up like a normal man, or did he appear angelically like Peter and James? If the former, why does this not stand out in the vague accounts? If the latter, how is John, who has never died, able to appear and disappear like an angel?

If I remember correctly part of being transfigured or translated is the ability to appear and disappear, if one desires to and doing so is to the glory of the Lord.

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John and the Three Nephites were both translated - or whatever the term is for it - in likely a similar way. And zerinus' pointed out a good scripture on their nature. If it was like that for them, why not for John?

So I'd go with appearing angelically with Peter and James. But that's just my guess.

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