A recent comment from the Lectures on Faith post stated,

I think some assume that in a vision one can distinguish a spirit from a flesh and bone body. Having never had a vision, I don’t know if that is true. (Perhaps a wheat and tares poll would shed some light.)

Actually, if you take it seriously (which is difficult for me to do, admittedly) there is evidence that in LDS theology a spirit body is visually indistinguishable from a physical body, otherwise the handshake test in d&c 129 would be different.

D&C 129

1 There are two kinds of beings in heaven, namely:Angels, who are resurrected personages, having bodies of flesh and bones—

2 For instance, Jesus said: Handle me and see, for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.

3 Secondly: the spirits of just men made perfect, they who are not resurrected, but inherit the same glory.

4 When a messenger comes saying he has a message from God, offer him your hand and request him to shake hands with you.

5 If he be an angel he will do so, and you will feel his hand.

6 If he be the spirit of a just man made perfect he will come in his glory; for that is the only way he can appear—

7 Ask him to shake hands with you, but he will not move, because it is contrary to the order of heaven for a just man to deceive; but he will still deliver his message.

8 If it be the devil as an angel of light, when you ask him to shake hands he will offer you his hand, and you will not feel anything; you may therefore detect him.

9 These are three grand keys whereby you may know whether any administration is from God.

That brings up our poll questions.

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