From: President Alan R. Neefe
Church of Jesus Christ LDS
Of all the words that may be spoken when the death of a loved one occurs, perhaps none have more meaning than those spoken centuries ago in an empty tomb: “He is risen” (Mark 16:6).
Anciently the prophet Job asked: “If a man die, shall he live again?” (Job 14:14)
Many believe that when we die, it is the end to our existence. Even science today is postulating that the near death experiences that many people have had are simply their nervous system’s way of lessening the impact of death. I have read, and I believe the accounts of those who witnessed Christ’s sufferings, His crucifixion, and His glorious resurrection. I believe that through His suffering in the garden of Gethsemane and on the cross of Calvary all the wrongs that we experience in our lives, may be made right. All the injustices, all suffering and sicknesses, sorrows, and even death itself shall be made right.
“Surely he hath born our griefs and carried our sorrows… and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53: 4-5)
I believe that when we die, it is not the end of our existence but a continuation of our journey that we began long before our mortal birth, “When [he] laid the foundations of the earth… [and] the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy.” (Job 38:4,7). I believe that Christ, the Lamb slain from before the foundation of the world, came to redeem us from our sins and to break the bands of death. Also that He intended for us to again enjoy the same sociality we would enjoy here as father, mother, husband, wife, son and daughter, brother and sister, there in His mansions on high, never to die again but live with Him and His Father that sent Him, in eternal glory. I believe in the witness of a living prophet, who testified of the living reality of the resurrected Lord: “And now after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, that we give of him: That he lives! For we saw him even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father - That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants there of are begotten sons and daughters unto God. (Doctrine and Covenants 76:22-24) If a man, or women, or child die shall they live again?
They shall. “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes: and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, no crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” (Revelation 20:4) May we at this Easter season remember the risen Lord, “And be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh [us] a reason of the hope that is in [us]” (1 Peter 3:15). “He is not here: for he is risen” (Matthew 28:6)