Question: I was wondering what the Mormon view of donating organs after death was? Also, does the LDS Church accept the choice of cremation versus burial? Answer:
The decision donate needed organs (such as kidneys) to another person, or the decision to donate organs and tissues after death is left up to the individual church member after consulting with competent medical professionals. Although the church has no official policy for or against organ donation, it encourages church members to do good and help others whenever and wherever they can. One of our scriptures states:
"Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will and bring to pass much righteousness." (Doctrine & Covenants 58:27)
As a result, many Mormons, including myself, are organ donors.
Regarding your second question, Mormons believe that at death the spirits of all men and women continue to live after death (see Book of Mormon: Alma 40: 11-12). These individuals wait in the world of spirits for the resurrection (reuniting of body and spirit) which will come to all through the infinite power of the atonement of Jesus Christ. We believe that the resurrection will come to everyone, regardless of whether the person's body was buried, cremated, lost at sea, or any other circumstance of death. The scripture reassures us of these truths as follows:
"The spirit and the body shall be reunited again in its perfect form: both limb and joint shall be restored to its proper frame, even as we now are at this time . . . Now this restoration shall come to all, both old and young, both bond and free, both male and female, both the wicked and the righteous; and even there shall not be so much as a hair of their heads be lost; but everything shall be restored to its perfect frame, as it is now, or in the body." (Book of Mormon: Alma 11: 43-44)
Mormons respect and honor their deceased family members and do all that they can to make sure their final resting place is respectful and appropriate. While cremation is not encouraged, it is not forbidden. In some countries cremation is required by law or expected by custom. In these countries, most Mormons are cremated. But in most areas of the world, Mormons typically prefer burial.
Either way, funeral services are usually held to celebrate the life of the deceased, to offer help and comfort to the bereaved, and to rejoice in the marvelous promises of life and salvation offered by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If the deceased is to be buried, the burial plot may be dedicated as the final resting place of the deceased person by a family member or friend who holds the authority of the Melchizedek priesthood.