Sister Reyna Isabel Aburto: ‘The Grave Has No Victory’

Of the Relief Society general presidency

Notable quotes:

“I imagine that the Lord may have allowed Mary Magdalene to grieve and to express her pain.”
“I now know that ‘[my] brother shall rise again’ at that magnificent moment when, because of Jesus Christ’s Resurrection, we will all be resurrected.”
“I testify that through the redeeming Atonement and glorious Resurrection of Jesus Christ, broken hearts can be healed, anguish can become peace and distress can become hope.”

Summary points:

  • At some point in our lives, all will have felt heartbroken after losing someone they dearly love. 
  • The Resurrection of the Savior brought Mary Magdalene comfort in her pain, just as it can for others. 
  • “The grave hath no victory, and the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ” (Mosiah 16:8).

Talk summary:

A few days after the tragic death of her friend and Master, Mary Magdalene wept at His empty tomb. The resurrected Savior came to her and asked why she was weeping. Thinking He was the gardener, she asked if he had taken the Lord’s body and where it was. He then called her by name, and she recognized Him.  

Many can relate to the anguish felt by Mary Magdalene and her friends as they grieved the Lord’s death. Because of the Savior, all will be resurrected. He has also made it possible for all to be reunited as families and have eternal joy in God’s presence if they make and keep covenants with Him. 

As President Russell M. Nelson has taught: “Death is a necessary component of our eternal existence. … For sorrowing loved ones left behind … the sting of death is soothed by a steadfast faith in Christ, a perfect brightness of hope, a love of God and of all men, and a deep desire to serve them.” 

Through the redeeming Atonement and glorious Resurrection of Jesus Christ, “broken hearts can be healed, anguish can become peace, and distress can become hope. He can embrace us in His arms of mercy, comforting, empowering and healing each of us.”

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Recently on social:

  • Sister Aburto invited her social media followers on March 29 to take time to pause and reflect on where they have been, where they are and where they can be. She also invited them to think about someone they could invite to listen to general conference.
  • On March 17, Sister Aburto posted about Emma Smith and how she courageously protected the gold plates. “It was a beautiful reminder to me that each of us has an active role to play in the work of the Lord,” she wrote.
  • To those going through family trials, struggling with depression or feeling alone, Sister Aburto said remembering the Savior and His peace and healing can give assurance of His love. “Focusing on helping others instead of our own sadness has given us the comfort and the strength to find peace and joy, even amidst tribulation,” she wrote on Dec. 23, 2020.