Elder D. Todd Christofferson: The resurrection of Jesus Christ

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Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve focused on the grandness of Christ’s resurrection and what it means for all of God’s children.

Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks at the Afternoon Session of the 184th Annual General Conference April 6, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Mormon Newsroom).
Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve speaks at the afternoon session of the 184th Annual General Conference April 6, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Mormon Newsroom)

“The Savior is not dependent on food or water or oxygen or any other substance, power or person for life,” he said. “Both as Jehovah and Messiah, He is the great I Am, the self-existing God. He simply is and ever will be.”

He said because Christ overcame all aspects of the Fall through the Atonement and the Resurrection, we can have ultimate trust in His power to help us overcome all things and give us everlasting life.

He quoted Elder Neal A. Maxwell, saying, “Christ’s victory over death ended the human predicament. Now there are only personal predicaments, and from these too we may be rescued by following the teachings of him who rescued us from general extinction.”

The Savior is both justice and mercy, he said. He “makes all things right.” He said because of the Savior, no injustice, injury, disability, betrayal or abuse is ever permanent or will ever go uncompensated in the end.

In addition to the power they bring us, the Atonement and Resurrection also affirm that Jesus is the Son of God.

“Because He was resurrected, Jesus cannot have been only a carpenter, a teacher, a rabbi or a prophet,” he said. “Because he was resurrected, Jesus had to have been a God, even the Only Begotten Son of the Father.”

He said if one believes in the resurrection of Christ, doubts about his omnipotence are groundless.

“The grace of Christ is real, affording both forgiveness and cleansing to the repentant sinner,” he said.┬áChrist’s miracles were real, His priesthood power is real, and faith in Him is not imaginary.

Elder Christofferson said although many doubt or disbelieve Christ’s resurrection, in due course all will come to know the truth.

He closed with his testimony of Jesus Christ as the Redeemer.

“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. May you receive the conviction and comfort of that same witness.”

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