When Amulek taught the people in the city of Ammonihah what the Savior has done for us, he used four words that begin with the prefix “re-.” Here is his testimony:
He shall come into the world to redeem his people;
and he shall take upon him the transgressions of those who believe on his name….
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…
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….
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.
(Alma 11:40, 43-45, bold added)
All four of these words have Latin roots:
- Redeem comes from redimere, which means “to buy back.”
- Reunite comes from reunire: “to bring together again” or “to make one again.”
- Restore comes from restaurare: “to set up or establish again.”
- Resurrect comes from resurgere: “to rise again.”
The overall impression I get from these four terms is that Christ has the ability to fix things that aren’t right, including physical, emotional, and spiritual conditions.
President Dallin H. Oaks described the blessings of the resurrection:
We celebrate the reality of the Resurrection in this Easter season. This gives us the perspective and strength to endure the mortal challenges faced by each of us and those we love, such things as the physical, mental, or emotional deficiencies we acquire at birth or experience during our mortal lives. Because of the Resurrection, we know that these mortal deficiencies are only temporary!
He went on to describe the impact of the resurrection on our relationships:
The restored gospel assures us that the Resurrection can include the opportunity to be with our family members—husband, wife, children, and parents. This is a powerful encouragement for us to fulfill our family responsibilities in mortality. It helps us live together in love in this life in anticipation of joyful reunions and associations in the next.
(Dallin H. Oaks, “The Great Plan,” General Conference, April 2020)
Elder D. Todd Christofferson described the resurrection as the tangible evidence that Jesus can heal all of our infirmities, seen and unseen:
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the proof that He, in fact, possesses power to redeem all who will come unto Him—redeem them from sorrow, injustice, regret, sin, and even death….
Christ’s Resurrection makes His promises sure.
(D. Todd Christofferson, “Sharing the Message of the Restoration and the Resurrection,” General Conference, April 2020)
And Elder Gerrit W. Gong emphasized that the Savior’s restoration is not limited to giving us back what we have lost:
Because “God himself atoneth for the sins of the world,” the Lord’s Atonement can make whole not only what was but also what can be.
(Gerrit W. Gong, “Hosanna and Hallelujah,” General Conference, April 2020)
I learned today that the Wycliffe Bible (the earliest English edition of the Bible) uses the term “again-rising” where later editions use the term “resurrection.” I like the sound of it in the following passages:
- John 11:25 “Jesus saith to her, I am again-rising and life; he that believeth in me, yea, though he be dead, he shall live”
- 1 Corinthians 15:21 – “for soothly by a man came death, and by a man the again-rising of the dead.”
Today, I will remember the breadth of the Savior’s gift to all people. Because He died and rose again, we will all live again after death. Because He took upon Himself our sins, we can overcome them. Because of Him, we will return to the presence of our Heavenly Father, and we can be reunited with our families. Because of Him, we can overcome every sorrow, every limitation, and every affliction. Today, I will be grateful that, through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can be redeemed, reunited, restored, and resurrected.