Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ by Elder Christofferson

In his talk "The Resurrection of Jesus Christ," Elder Christofferson spoke of the reality of the Resurrection and everything that flows from it.  

In the scriptures we read that many witnessed the facts of Christ's resurrection, some believed and some did not.  

"Even so today, some believe in the literal Resurrection of Christ, and many doubt or disbelieve.  But some know," says Elder Christofferson.

In this church, we are blessed to be lead by prophets who know!  

And those same prophets promise that each can and should seek their own personal witness of the Savior.

For "In due course, all will see and all will know; indeed, 'every knee shall bow and every tongue confess before him," (even those who currently will not believe.) 

I am reminded of Elder Neal A. Maxwell's 1974 quip, "If you sense that one day every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus is the Lord, why not do so now?  For in the coming of that collective confession, it will mean much less to kneel down when it is no longer possible to stand up!"

When I first heard Elder Christofferson's talk, I was immediately impressed by his train of logic.  He lists a great many things that follow, that are possible, that are true, and that we can count on "because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ."  

I thought it would help to put Elder Christofferson's "logic chain" into a paper chain for our kids to see "all that follows because of Christ's resurrection."

For our lesson, I wrote, "Because of the resurrection..." on a piece of paper and asked my kids to listen for all of the things that are true because of the resurrection as we watched the talk together.  

When they heard something that finished the sentence, they wrote it down on a piece of paper, which we later cut into strips and constructed into a paper chain.

I liked the paper chain, but it was hard to read all of things we listed.  My kids love paper chains and we usually use them to count down to something.  So they naturally started taking links off of our chain as we normally do, but instead of throwing them away, we taped them under our sign that read "Because of the Resurrection."  That way, every day we are reminded of something that is possible because of the resurrection.

Here are some of the things we listed from the talk:

We can trust Christ.
What he taught is true.
The miracles he performed were real.
He was the creator of the earth.
He will come again and reign upon the earth.
There is a resurrection and judgement for all.
The grace of Christ is real.
Our doubts in him are unfounded.
Jesus Christ is the only name by which salvation comes to mankind.
Death is not permanent.
No injustice in permanent.
Heaven and hell are real.
He is divine.
He lives forever.
His priesthood power is real.
He rescued us from extinction.

There are so many truths to be gleaned from this great talk.  What truth did you hear, that follows from the facts of the Resurrection that you especially liked?

Here are our most recent General Conference Lessons:

Following Up - Elder Ballard
Spiritual Whirlwinds - Elder Andersen
Roots and Branches - Elder Cook
I Have Given You an Example - Elder Scott
Grateful in Any Circumstances - President Uchtdorf
Let Your Faith Show - Elder Nelson
A Priceless Heritage of Hope - President Eyring

Check out the rest of them at our General Conference Lessons page.


  1. A wonderful post as usual; and I am sure it will be shared by many.
    Blessings for all that you do and share~

  2. Lovely. Where do you hang these things? Is this in your kitchen?