The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Resurrection

"As we remember the Savior, we remember an empty tomb, a symbol that the Lord had risen and a promise to all of the Resurrection and life after death."—Elder Robert D. Hales, In Remembrance of Jesus, General Conference, October 1997 

"Granted, there is not full correlation among the four Gospels about the events and participants at the empty garden tomb. (See Matt. 28:1-8; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-9; John 20:1-10.) Yet the important thing is that the tomb was empty, because Jesus had been resurrected! Essence, not tactical detail!"—Elder Neal A. Maxwell, Out of Obscurity, General Conference, October 1984 

"Since the day of resurrection when Jesus became the 'firstfruits of them that slept' (1 Corinthians 15:20), there have been those who disbelieve and scoff. They maintain there is no life beyond mortal existence. Some have even written books that contain their fanciful heresies to suggest how Jesus' disciples perpetrated the hoax of His resurrection. I give you my testimony: The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the greatest historical event in the world to date. He lives! He lives with a resurrected body. There is no truth or fact of which I am more assured than the truth of the literal resurrection of our Lord."—Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p.17-18 

"I do not believe we can be good Christians, regardless of the denomination, if we refuse to believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross. I do not believe anyone can be a good Christian, regardless of denomination, if he questions the reality of the literal, physical resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion."—Elder Mark E. Petersen, Conference Report, April 1953, p.84 

"That the literal resurrection from the grave was a reality to the disciples, who knew Christ intimately, is a certainty. In their minds there was absolutely no doubt. They were witnesses of the fact. They knew because their eyes beheld, their ears heard, their hands felt the corporeal presence of the risen Redeemer."—David O. McKay, Gospel Ideals, p.59 

"Resurrection is requisite for eternal perfection. Thanks to the atonement of Jesus Christ, our bodies, corruptible in mortality, will become incorruptible. Our physical frames, now subject to disease, death, and decay, will acquire immortal glory. (See Alma 11:45; D&C 76:64–70.) Presently sustained by the blood of life (See Lev. 17:11.) and ever aging, our bodies will be sustained by spirit and become changeless and beyond the bounds of death. (LDS Bible Dictionary, s.v. 'resurrection': 'A resurrection means to become immortal, without blood, yet with a body of flesh and bone.')" - Russell M. Nelson, "Perfection Pending," Ensign, November 1995, p. 87

"Jesus knew it was an astounding proposition-the doctrine of the resurrection. He told his disciples before the crucifixion that he had power to lay down his life and take it up again. But when he appeared to the Apostles in his risen body they were frightened, deeming him an apparition. 'It is I, be not afraid,' said he, 'for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.' He wished to convince them that he had actually come forth from the grave, and he succeeded in convincing them of that fact. One, however, was absent, and when he, Thomas, was told by his brethren that the Lord had arisen and had been with them, he replied, 'I will not believe it, unless I can feel the prints of the nails in his hands, and thrust my hand into his wounded side.' Now Thomas was one of the Twelve Special Witnesses whose mission was to proclaim the resurrection of Christ, and these men had to know what they were preaching. They could not go out into the world and say, 'We believe Christ has risen from the dead; it is our opinion that it is so; peradventure it happened, as he said it would.' What kind of a message would that have been to a waiting world, hungry for the words of eternal life? These men had to know, not merely believe, and that is why he allowed them to hear his voice, and even to touch him, that they might be convinced beyond a doubt. And so, when he condescended to come again-this time to Thomas-he said: 'Reach hither thy hand, feel of me, and see that it is I.' Thomas, no longer doubting, fell at his feet, exclaiming, 'O Lord, my God!' The Savior then said: 'Thomas, thou hast believed because thou has seen, but blessed are they who have believed and have not seen.' (See Luke 24:36-39; John 20:24-28.)" - Orson F. Whitney, "The Doctrine of the Resurrection," Improvement Era, April, 1952

"All our dear ones who have departed and whose bodies lie in the cemetery, or elsewhere-it does not matter where they are in this globe; they do not go away from it; they are part of it; they are under the control of him who is the Resurrection and the Life and he who brought order out of chaos in the beginning, and organized this globe on which we live, which is one of the small things that God has done and made, he who has that power can call together the particles which are eternal in their primitive nature, and the body can be raised from the dead, and the spirit and body be joined together like the body and the spirit of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, who was put to death on Calvary's Mount, who on the third day arose from the dead and showed himself in the body to his disciples, and told them: 'Handle me and see, for a spirit hath not flesh and bones as ye see me have.' (Luke 24:36-39.)" - Charles W. Penrose, "Christ is Risen," Improvement Era, May 1921

"Tomorrow is Easter! Christians everywhere will commemorate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though the anniversary date may not be accurate, the Easter season should inspire us to study and reflect upon the infinite and eternal atonement of Christ-'the firstfruits of them that slept' (1 Cor. 15:20). The resurrection of Jesus from the tomb is the most glorious of all messages to mankind." - David B. Haight, "Our Lord and Savior," Ensign, May 1988, p. 22

"He was buried in a borrowed tomb and on the third day rose from the grave. He came forth triumphant, in a victory over death, the firstfruits of all that slept. With his resurrection came the promise to all men that life is everlasting, that even as in Adam all die, in Christ all are made alive. (See 1 Cor. 15:20-22.) Nothing in all of human history equals the wonder, the splendor, the magnitude, or the fruits of the matchless life of the Son of God, who died for each of us. He is our Savior. He is our Redeemer. As Isaiah foretold, 'His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.' (Isa. 9:6.)" - Gordon B. Hinckley, "The Cornerstones of Our Faith," Ensign, November 1984, p. 51-52

"'By man came death,' the scripture says, 'For as in Adam all die.' (1 Cor. 15:21-22.) Each of us is a partaker of the experience called death. None escapes. Were we to remain unrescued, lost would be paradise. Lost would be family. Lost would be friends. Realizing this truth, we begin to appreciate the supreme joy that accompanied the birth of the Savior of the world. How glorious the pronouncement of the angel: Behold a virgin 'shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.' (Matt. 1:21.)" - Thomas S. Monson, "Lost Battalions," Ensign, April 1987, p. 6

"I testify that Jesus is the Christ. The tomb was empty on that third day, and 'as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive' (1 Cor. 15:22). Thus with gratitude for the sealing power within the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, we can confidently say with the poet, 'I shall but love thee better after death' (Elizabeth Barrett Browning, 'How Do I Love Thee?')." - Joe J. Christensen, "Marriage and the Great Plan of Happiness," Ensign, May 1995, p.44

"The greatest events of history are those that affect the greatest number for the longest periods. By this standard, no event could be more important to individuals or nations than the resurrection of the Master. The eventual resurrection of every soul who has lived and died on earth is a scriptural certainty, and surely there is no event for which one should make more careful preparation. A glorious resurrection should be the goal of every man and woman, for it is a reality. Nothing is more absolutely universal than the resurrection. Every living being will be resurrected. 'As in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.' (1 Cor. 15:22.)" - Ezra Taft Benson, "Because I Live, Ye Shall Live Also," Ensign, April 1993, p. 4

"For us our Heavenly Father gave his Son. For us our Elder Brother gave his life.

"At the last moment the Master could have turned back. But he did not. He passed beneath all things that he might save all things-the human race, the earth, and all the life that ever inhabited it.

"No words in Christendom mean more to me than those spoken by the angel to the weeping Mary Magdalene and the other Mary as they approached the tomb to care for the body of their Lord: 'Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen.' (Luke 24:5-6.)" - Thomas S. Monson, "Lost Battalions," Ensign, June 1971, p. 97

"As we contemplate the events leading to the death of Jesus Christ, we tend to grieve for the awful sufferings which He experienced at the hands of wicked men-the terrible rending by the lash, the dreadful nails placed in His hands and feet, the prolonged agony of the cross, and finally His tender heart breaking for the sins of all men.

"But stop! He is not dead! He is risen! He is the first fruit of the resurrection. Without Him, life for all men would end at death. All would be consigned to the grave, their bodies to molder in the dust forever. But because of Him, our Savior, even Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, we, every one of us, will live again-freed from the everlasting chains of death." - F. Melvin Hammond, "
The Resurrection
," Ensign, May 1990, p. 30

"These sacred bodies, for which we are so grateful, suffer from natural limitations. Some people are born with disabilities, and some suffer the pains of disease throughout their lives. All of us as we age experience our bodies gradually beginning to fail. When this happens, we long for the day when our bodies will be healed and whole. We look forward to the Resurrection that Jesus Christ made possible, when 'the soul shall be restored to the body, and the body to the soul; yea, and every limb and joint shall be restored to its body; yea, even a hair of the head shall not be lost; but all things shall be restored to their proper and perfect frame' (Alma 40:23). I know that through Christ we can experience a fulness of joy that is available only when spirit and element are inseparably connected (see  D&C 93:33).

"Our bodies are our temples. We are not less but more like Heavenly Father because we are embodied. I testify that we are His children, made in His image, with the potential to become like Him. Let us treat this divine gift of the body with great care." - Susan W. Tanner, "The Sanctity of the Body," Ensign (CR), November 2005, p. 15

"Men are born, they live for an hour of glory, and die. Most throughout their lives are teased by various hopes; and among all the hopes of men in all ages of time, none is so great as the hope of immortality.

"The empty tomb that first Easter morning brought the most comforting assurance that can come into man's heart. This was the affirmative answer to the ageless question raised by Job, 'If a man die, shall he live again?' (Job 14:14.)" - Gordon B. Hinckley, "Conference Report," April 1969, Second Day—Morning Meeting, p.59

What a tremendous point to have clearly in mind, that the Redeemer is alive. And that he is alive forevermore. During the last few hundred years, the world has been flooded with the crucifix. It pictures a dead Christ upon a cross of pain. But Christ did not remain upon the cross. Neither is the tomb his dwelling place. He is alive, and he has the keys of death and hell. He also has the keys of eternal life and celestial glory." - Sterling W. Sill, "Conference Report," April 1964, First Day—Morning Meeting, p.14

“One thing we must keep in mind: all persons will, as a gift of the Redeemer, be raised from mortality to immortality, with perfect bodies, no more subject to aches, or pains, or high blood pressure, or arthritis, or disease, or any kind of physical deformity. But, in order to have the fullness of joy and the fullness of opportunity, and that peace which passeth understanding, and all opportunities in the resurrection–in order to have these blessings, we must earn them through obedience to God and through service to others.” - Elray L. Christiansen, “Conference Report,” April 1967, Afternoon Meeting, p. 45

"No words in Christendom mean more to me than those spoken by the angel to the weeping Mary Magdalene and the other Mary when, on the first day of the week, they approached the tomb to care for the body of their Lord. Spoke the angel:

"'Why seek ye the living among the dead?

"'He is not here, but is risen.'" - Thomas S. Monson, "He Is Risen," Ensign (CR) May 2010

If we fall into transgression and wallow in iniquity, we lose our position and our claim on the goodness and protection of our Heavenly Father; but, by a faithful adherence to the principles of virtue and righteousness, we shall prepare ourselves to come forth in the resurrection of the just, and dwell with the sanctified. - Orson Pratt, "Journal of Discourses," 26 vols., 8:106

Miracles are “manifestations of divine or spiritual power” (Bible Dictionary, p. 732). They are not simply sleight-of-hand tricks or actions contrived by clever men. They are acts wrought by individuals with powers beyond those of mortals. What could possibly be greater than the act of laying one’s body down in death and picking it up again in a resurrected state as did Jesus? Only by the use of godly powers and only through the grace of God could such a marvelous thing occur. - Carlos E. Asay, “If a Man Die, Shall He Live Again?” Ensign (CR) May 1994

Many doubt the statements of the evangelists and say that the resurrection could not take place. Unbelievers have used arguments against belief in the resurrection of Christ. With us, however, there is no doubt concerning it. - Anthon H. Lund, Conference Report, April 1904, First Day, Morning Session, p.97

The assurance of immortality also helps us bear the mortal separations involved in the death of our loved ones. Every one of us has wept at a death, grieved through a funeral, or stood in pain at a graveside. I am surely one who has. We should all praise God for the assured resurrection that makes our mortal separations temporary and gives us the hope and strength to carry on. - Dallin H. Oaks, “Resurrection," Ensign (CR), May 2000, p.14

If only men would "do his will," instead of looking hopelessly at the dark and gloomy tomb, they would turn their eyes heavenward and know that Christ is risen! - David O. McKay, Conference Report, April 1966, Second Day-Morning Meeting, p.58

Each of us has physical, mental, and emotional limitations and weaknesses. These challenges, some of which seem so intractable now, will eventually be resolved. None of these problems will plague us after we are resurrected. [Our daughter] researched survival rates for persons with the type of cancer she had, and the numbers were not encouraging. She wrote: “But there is a cure, so I’m not scared. Jesus has already cured my cancer, and yours. ... I will be better. I’m glad I know this.” - Paul V. Johnson, “And There Shall Be No More Death,” Ensign (CR) May 2016

We rejoice, therefore, as do many, and as should all mankind, when we remember the most glorious, the most comforting, the most reassuring of all events of human history—the victory over death. -
Gordon B. Hinckley, “The Victory over Death,” Ensign (CR), May 1985, p.51

I have often thought that, to see a dead body, and to see that body laid in the grave and covered with earth, is one of the most gloomy things on earth; without the gospel it is like taking a leap in the dark. But as quick as we obtain the gospel, as soon as the spirit of man is enlightened by the inspiration of the Almighty, he can exclaim with one of old—"O grave, where is thy victory, O death, where is thy sting? The sting of death is sin, and the gift of God is eternal life, through our Lord Jesus Christ." The resurrection of the dead presents itself before the enlightened mind of man, and he has a foundation for his spirit to rest upon. - Wilford Woodruff, Journal of Discourses 18:33, June 24, 1875

Consider for a moment the significance of the Resurrection in resolving once and for all the true identity of Jesus of Nazareth and the great philosophical contests and questions of life. If Jesus was in fact literally resurrected, it necessarily follows that He is a divine being. No mere mortal has the power in himself to come to life again after dying. Because He was resurrected, Jesus cannot have been only a carpenter, a teacher, a rabbi, or a prophet. Because He was resurrected, Jesus had to have been a God, even the Only Begotten Son of the Father. – D. Todd Christofferson, “The Resurrection of Jesus Christ,” Ensign (CR) May 2014

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