“All Lay There As Though They Were Dead”

Joseph F. McConkie, Robert L. Millet
It appears that the suspension of normal body functions is so complete that there is no observable difference between this state of spiritual repose and that of death.

“I Will Spare Him”

It is within the power of that God who gave us life to lengthen or shorten our sojourn in mortality. The righteous are not taken before their time. As the Lord revealed to Joseph the Seer:

“Thy days are known, and thy years shall not be numbered less; therefore, fear not what man can do, for God shall be with you forever and ever”(D&C 122:9).

Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 3