Quotes on Translated Beings

See also: 2 Kings 2:11

Translated beings are still mortal and will have to pass through the experience of death, or the separation of the spirit and the body, although this will be instantaneous, for the people of the City of Enoch, Elijah, and others who received this great blessing in ancient times, before the coming of our Lord, could not have received the resurrection, or the change from mortality to immortality, because our Lord had not yet paid the debt which frees us from mortality and grants to us the resurrection.  (President Joseph Fielding Smith, Answers to Gospel Questions, 1:165). The Pearl of Great Price Student Manual, p. 22

Many have supposed that the doctrine of translation was a doctrine whereby men were taken immediately into the presence of God, and into an eternal fullness, but this is a mistaken idea.  Their place of habitation is that of the terrestrial order, and a place prepared for such characters He held in reserve to be ministering angels unto many planets, and who as yet have not entered into so great a fullness as those who are resurrected from the dead (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 170). The Pearl of Great Price Student Manual, p. 22

From the days of Enoch to the flood, new converts and true believers, except those needed to carry out the Lord’s purposes among mortals, were translated” (Bruce R. McConkie, The Millennial Messiah, 284). The Pearl of Great Price Student Manual, p. 23

Translated beings are “held in reserve to be ministering angels unto many planets” and are messengers of specific tasks [See 3 Nephi. 28: 26-28 for example of activity] requiring mortal bodies. Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 171, 191

 

Elijah was taken from this earth as a translated being, but not into celestial glory. The Prophet Joseph Smith taught:

“Many have supposed that the doctrine of translation was a doctrine whereby men were taken immediately into the presence of God, and into an eternal fullness, but this is a mistaken idea.  Their place of habitation is that of the terrestrial order, and a place prepared for such characters He held in reserve to be ministering angels unto many planets, and who as yet have not entered into so great a fullness as those who are resurrected from the dead.  ‘Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection.’  (See Hebrews 11:35.)

“Now it was evident that there was a better resurrection, or else God would not have revealed it unto Paul.  Wherein then, can it be said a better resurrection.  This distinction is made between the doctrine of the actual resurrection and translation:  translation obtains deliverance from the tortures and sufferings of the body, but their existence will prolong as to the labors and toils of the ministry, before they can enter into so great a rest and glory.”  (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 170-71) Old Testament Student Manual, p. 64