The miracle of raising the dead is one of the most exceptional and sacred miracles. During his mortal ministry Jesus raised several people from the dead, including, the daughter of Jairus (Mark 5: 22-42), the widow’s son in Nain (Luke 7: 11-17), and Lazarus (John 11: 1-46). Of course, these miracles foreshadowed the greatest miracle of the universal resurrection.
Christ promised that his prophets, apostles, and servants would also have the power to raise the dead. (Matthew 10:8; 4 Nephi 1:5) Joseph Smith observed, “God can raise the dead, through man as an instrument.” (Teachings, p. 120) Elijah restored the widow’s son. (1 Kings 17:17-24) Elisha raised the son of a Shunammite woman. (2 Kings 4 18-37) Peter restored Tabitha. (Acts 9: 36-42) Paul raised Eutychus. (Acts 20: 7-12) Nephi restored his brother Timothy. (3 Nephi 7: 10; 19:4)
I am aware of five published accounts of such miracles taking place in the church in modern times. This is one of those accounts.
Modern Apostle Dallin H. Oaks, explained:
“The miracle of raising the dead is so exceptional and so sacred that those who have been privileged to see it should never speak of it publicly unless the Spirit specifically induces them to do so. Our published literature contains two [now five] such examples I can share. The first is from the [Apostle] Matthew Cowley talk that impressed me so deeply when I was a student at BYU. I quote:
“I was called to a home in a little village in New Zealand one day. There the Relief Society sisters were preparing the body of one of our saints. They had placed his body in front of the big house, as they call it, the house where the people come to wail and weep and mourn over the dead, when in rushed the dead man’s brother.
“He said, ‘Administer to him.’ And the young natives said, ‘Why, you shouldn’t do that; he’s dead.’ ‘You do it!”
“The younger native got down on his knees and he anointed this man. Then this great old sage got down and blessed him and commanded him to rise.
“You should have seen the Relief Society sisters scatter. He sat up and said, ‘Send for the elders; I don’t feel very well.’
“We told him he had just been administered to, and he said, ‘Oh, that was it.’ He said, ‘I was dead. I could feel life coming back into me just like a blanket unrolling.’ He outlived the brother that came in and told us to administer to him.”
(Sources: Dallin H. Oaks, talk given at a Church Educational System fireside in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on 7 May 2000; The Ensign, June 2001; Elder Matthew Cowley, Speeches of the Year, “Miracles,” February 18, 1953, p. 9; Mighty Miracles: Inspiring Stories of Elder Matthew Cowley, a Latter-Day Apostle, by Breanna Olaveson.)
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