Elder D. Todd Christofferson: ‘The Resurrection of Jesus Christ’

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“The Savior makes all things right,” Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said during the Sunday afternoon session of general conference.

“No injustice in mortality is permanent, even death, for He restores life again. No injury, disability, betrayal, or abuse goes uncompensated in the end because of His ultimate justice and mercy.”

After describing a detailed account of the events surrounding the morning of the Savior’s resurrection, Elder Christofferson said that “Christ’s resurrection shows that His existence is independent and everlasting.”

“By His Atonement and Resurrection, Jesus Christ has overcome all aspects of the Fall,” said Elder Christofferson. “Physical death will be temporary, and even spiritual death has an end, in that all come back into the presence of God, at least temporarily, to be judged. We can have ultimate trust and confidence in His power to overcome all else and grant us everlasting life.”

Although all can be made right through the Savior’s Atonement, individuals are still accountable to Him for their lives, choices, actions and even thoughts. “Having redeemed us from the Fall, our lives are in reality His.”

Doubts about the omnipotence, omniscience and benevolence of God the Father — who gave His Only Begotten Son for the redemption of the world — are groundless, said Elder Christofferson.

“Doubts about the meaning and purpose of life are unfounded,” he said. “Jesus Christ is in fact the only name or way by which salvation can come to mankind. The grace of Christ is real, affording both forgiveness and cleansing to the repentant sinner.”

Faith truly is more than imagination or psychological invention, he said, adding that there is ultimate and universal truth, and there are objective and unchanging moral standards as taught by the Savior.

“Did the Lord in reality die and rise again?” he asked. “Yes, the fundamental principles of our religion are the testimony of the apostles and prophets, concerning Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended into heaven; and all other things which pertain to our religion are only appendages to it.”

Even today, some believe in the literal resurrection of Christ, and many doubt or disbelieve, he said. “But some know. In due course, all will see and all will know; indeed, ‘every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess before him.’

“Until then, I believe the many witnesses of the Savior’s Resurrection whose experiences and testimonies are found in the New Testament — Peter and his companions of the Twelve, and dear, pure Mary of Magdala, among others. I believe the testimonies found in the Book of Mormon — of Nephi the apostle with the unnamed multitude in the land Bountiful, among others. And I believe the testimony of Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon who, after many other testimonies proclaimed the great witness of this last dispensation. …

“Under the glance of His all-seeing eye, I stand myself as a witness that Jesus of Nazareth is the resurrected Redeemer, and I testify of all that follows from the fact of His Resurrection.”

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