They Who Tarry: The Doctrine of Translated Beings
by R. Clayton Brough
In They Who Tarry, the author has brought together in a scholarly and interesting manner a major portion of what has been said in the scriptures and by Church authorities on this important theme.
Since the time of Adam, faithful members of the Lord’s Church have been permitted in various dispensations of time to either prolong their existence upon this earth, free from any physical suffering, or to be take into heavenly realms without immediately tasting death. In a term familiar to most Latter-day Saints, these people are said to have been “translated”
The nature of translated beings is first considered in detail—their characteristics, purposes and callings, and their relationships to the death process. Then the book devotes chapters to the translation of Enoch and his city, John the Revelator, and the Three Nephites. Others who may have been translated are also considered: saints between the time of Enoch and Melchizedek, Moses, Elijah, Alma the Younger, Nephi the son of Helaman, saints during the early Christian era, and others.
A final chapter records many of the documented accounts of visitations by John the Revelator and the Three Nephites.
They Who Tarry carefully treats a subject that some regard as controversial, considering it with an objective viewpoint and using appropriate sources to clarify many teachings. With this approach, the book is a valuable addition to doctrinal understanding. Horizon Publishers takes pleasure in its release, knowing that it will be widely read and will accomplish much good.