GP: MGSP Study Resurrection

Resurrection; Missionary Gospel Study Program (1988)

"[Easter] is the day when we.  .  .  celebrate the most significant event in human history - the resurrection from the grave, the return to the life from death, of the Son of God" (Gordon B. Hinckley, "The Victory over Death," Ensign, May 1985 p. 51

"Christ's resurrection ushers in the blessings of immortality and the possibility of eternal life.  His empty tomb proclaims to all the world, "he is not here, but is risen" (Luke 24:6).  These words contain all the hope, assurance, and belief necessary to sustain us in our challenging and sometimes grief - filled lives.

"Easter is the celebration of the free gifts of immortality given to all men, restoring life and healing all wounds" (Howard W. Hunter, "An Apostle's Witness of the Resurrection," Ensign, May 1986, pp. 15-16).

Resources:
Jesus the Christ, chapter 37
The Articles of Faith, chapter 21
A Marvelous Work and a Wonder, chapter 22


Scriptures:

2 Nephi 9:8-16
  "8 O the wisdom of God, his mercy and grace! For behold, if the flesh should rise no more our spirits must become subject to that angel who fell from before the presence of the Eternal God, and became the devil, to rise no more. 
  9 And our spirits must have become like unto him, and we become devils, angels to a devil, to be shut out from the presence of our God, and to remain with the father of lies, in misery, like unto himself; yea, to that being who beguiled our first parents, who transformeth himself nigh unto an angel of light, and stirreth up the children of men unto secret combinations of murder and all manner of secret works of darkness.
  10 O how great the goodness of our God, who prepareth a way for our escape from the grasp of this awful monster; yea, that monster, death and hell, which I call the death of the body, and also the death of the spirit.
  11 And because of the way of deliverance of our God, the Holy One of Israel, this death, of which I have spoken, which is the temporal, shall deliver up its dead; which death is the grave. 
  12 And this death of which I have spoken, which is the spiritual death, shall deliver up its dead; which spiritual death is hell; wherefore, death and hell must deliver up their dead, and hell must deliver up its captive spirits, and the grave must deliver up its captive bodies, and the bodies and the spirits of men will be restored one to the other; and it is by the power of the resurrection of the Holy One of Israel.
  13 O how great the plan of our God! For on the other hand, the paradise of God must deliver up the spirits of the righteous, and the grave deliver up the body of the righteous; and the spirit and the body is restored to itself again, and all men become incorruptible, and immortal, and they are living souls, having a perfect knowledge like unto us in the flesh, save it be that our knowledge shall be perfect.
  14 Wherefore, we shall have a perfect knowledge of all our guilt, and our uncleanness, and our nakedness; and the righteous shall have a perfect knowledge of their enjoyment, and their righteousness, being clothed with purity, yea, even with the robe of righteousness.
  15 And it shall come to pass that when all men shall have passed from this first death unto life, insomuch as they have become immortal, they must appear before the judgment-seat of the Holy One of Israel; and then cometh the judgment, and then must they be judged according to the holy judgment of God.
  16 And assuredly, as the Lord liveth, for the Lord God hath spoken it, and it is his eternal word, which cannot pass away, that they who are righteous shall be righteous still, and they who are filthy shall be filthy still; wherefore, they who are filthy are the devil and his angels; and they shall go away into everlasting fire, prepared for them; and their torment is as a lake of fire and brimstone, whose flame ascendeth up forever and ever and has no end."

Alma 11:42-45
  "42 Now, there is a death which is called a temporal death; and the death of Christ shall loose the bands of this temporal death, that all shall be raised from this temporal death. 
  43 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; and we shall be brought to stand before God, knowing even as we know now, and have a bright recollection of all our guilt.
  44 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 so much as a hair of their heads be lost; but every thing shall be restored to its perfect frame, as it is now, or in the body, and shall be brought and be arraigned before the bar of Christ the Son, and God the Father, and the Holy Spirit, which is one Eternal God, to be judged according to their works, whether they be good or whether they be evil.
  45 Now, behold, I have spoken unto you concerning the death of the mortal body, and also concerning the resurrection of the mortal body.  I say unto you that this mortal body is raised to an immortal body, that is from death, even from the first death unto life, that they can die no more; their spirits uniting with their bodies, never to be divided; thus the whole becoming spiritual and immortal, that they can no more see corruption."

3 Nephi 11:13-17
  "13 And it came to pass that the Lord spake unto them saying:
  14 Arise and come forth unto me, that ye may thrust your hands into my side, and also that ye may feel the prints of the nails in my hands and in my feet, that ye may know that I am the God of Israel, and the God of the whole earth, and have been slain for the sins of the world.
  15 And it came to pass that the multitude went forth, and thrust their hands into his side, and did feel the prints of the nails in his hands and in his feet; and this they did do, going forth one by one until they had all gone forth, and did see with their eyes and did feel with their hands, and did know of a surety and did bear record, that it was he, of whom it was written by the prophets, that should come. 
  16 And when they had all gone forth and had witnessed for themselves, they did cry out with one accord, saying:
  17 Hosanna! Blessed be the name of the Most High God! And they did fall down at the feet of Jesus, and did worship him."

D&C 138   "A vision, given to President Joseph F. Smith in Salt Lake City, Utah, on October 3, 1918. In his opening address at the eighty-ninth Semiannual General Conference of the Church, on October 4, 1918, President Smith declared that he had received several divine communications during the previous months.  One of these, concerning the Savior s visit to the spirits of the dead while his body was in the tomb, he had received the previous day.  It was written immediately following the close of the conference; on October 31, 1918, it was submitted to the counselors in the First Presidency, the Council of the Twelve, and the Patriarch, and it was unanimously accepted by them.
1-10, President Joseph F. Smith ponders upon the writings of Peter and our Lord's visit to the spirit world; 11-24, He sees the righteous dead assembled in paradise and Christ's ministry among them; 25-37, How the preaching of the gospel was organized among the spirits; 38-52, President Smith sees Adam, Eve, and many of the holy prophets in the spirit world who considered their spirit state before their resurrection as a bondage; 53-60, The righteous dead of this day continue their labors in the world of spirits."

Ezekiel 37:11-17
  "11 ¶ Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.
  12 Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.
  13 And ye shall know that I am the Lord , when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves,
  14 And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the Lord have spoken it, and performed it, saith the Lord .
  15 ¶ The word of the Lord came again unto me, saying,
  16 Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions:
  17 And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand."

Luke 24   "Angels announce resurrection of Christ He walks on Emmaus road He appears with a body of flesh and bones, eats food, testifies of his divinity, and promises the Holy Ghost His ascension."

John 20   "Mary Magdalene, Peter, John find empty tomb The Risen Christ appears to Mary Magdalene in the garden He appears to disciples and shows his resurrected body Thomas feels the wounds in Jesus hands, feet, and side Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God."

1 Corinthians 15   "Christ died for our sins He rose from the dead and was seen by many All men will be resurrected Paul speaks of baptism for the dead The three degrees of glory Victory over death comes through Christ."

Topical Guide:
                            Death
                            Death, Power over
                            Immortality, Immortal
                            Jesus Christ, Atonement through
                            Jesus Christ, Appearances, Postmortal
                            Jesus Christ, Resurrection
                            Resurrection
                            Spirits, Disembodied

Bible Dictionary:
                                Easter
                                Lord's Day
                                Restitution, Restoration
                                Resurrection
                                Spirit

Guide to the Scriptures:
                                             Resurrection
                                             Atone, Atonement
                                             Body
                                             Death, Physical
                                             Immortal, Immortality
                                             Jesus Christ
                                             Spirit

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Moroni 10:4-5
  "4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
  5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things."

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