According to this article on lds.org, LDS believe John the Baptist appeared to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery as angel/resurrected being:

When Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery were translating the Book of Mormon, they came across a passage concerning baptism. On May 15, 1829, they went into the woods to pray to understand this principle. In answer to their prayers, the resurrected John the Baptist appeared to them. He laid his hands upon their heads and ordained them to the Aaronic Priesthood,[...]

If John the Baptist did indeed appear to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery as a resurrected being, when was he resurrected?

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Some time between Jesus resurrection and the appearance as angel.

The First Resurrection is not starting after the Second Coming, it has already started with Christs resurrection, and is ongoing.

Matthew 27:52-53

52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,

53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.

Mosiah 15:21-22

21 And there cometh a resurrection, even a first resurrection; yea, even a resurrection of those that have been, and who are, and who shall be, even until the resurrection of Christ—for so shall he be called.

22 And now, the resurrection of all the prophets, and all those that have believed in their words, or all those that have kept the commandments of God, shall come forth in the first resurrection; therefore, they are the first resurrection.

D&C 138:50-52

50 For the dead had looked upon the long absence of their spirits from their bodies as a bondage.

51 These the Lord taught, and gave them power to come forth, after his resurrection from the dead, to enter into his Father’s kingdom, there to be crowned with immortality and eternal life,

52 And continue thenceforth their labor as had been promised by the Lord, and be partakers of all blessings which were held in reserve for them that love him.

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