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Saturday, January 30, 2010

"The Resurrection and the Life"

In my reading of the New Testament this week, I was struck by a very short verse in the book of Acts (Acts 13:30), when Paul is telling the story of the Savior to Gentiles in Antioch. First he explains that the Jewish rulers slew Jesus, and laid him in a sepulcher. Then, Paul writes, in spite of death, “God raised him from the dead.”
Death is a bond that the Savior broke for each of us, as Paul wrote to the Corinthians in chapter 15 of the first book: Though “as in Adam all men die, shall all in Christ be made alive.” Through His own resurrection, he broke the shackles of death, which grants each person that had a body on earth to have a perfect, immortal body, prior our judgment. The way was paved through the blood of Christ for us to return to live with Him, His Father, and our families.
We all face challenges whether they be physical, emotional, or psychological. The promise of a perfect body and healthy mind is one of the most beautiful promises of the Plan of Salvation.
Neil L. Anderson told a story that I will quote:
“Hadley Peay is seven years old. Hadley was born with a very serious hearing impairment requiring extensive surgery to bring even limited hearing. Her parents followed with tireless training to help her learn to speak. Hadley and her family have cheerfully adapted to the challenge of her deafness.
Once, when Hadley was four, she was standing in the checkout line at the grocery store with her mother. She looked behind her and saw a little boy sitting in a wheelchair. She noticed that the boy did not have legs.
Although Hadley had learned to speak, she had difficulty controlling the volume of her voice. In her louder voice, she asked her mother why the little boy did not have legs.
Her mother quietly and simply explained to Hadley that “Heavenly Father makes all of His children different.” “OK,” Hadley replied.
Then, unexpectedly, Hadley turned to the little boy and said, “Did you know that when Heavenly Father made me, my ears did not work? That makes me special. He made you with no legs, and that makes you special. When Jesus comes, I will be able to hear and you will get your legs. Jesus will make everything all right.”
Furthermore, President Gordon B. Hinckley has taught:
“It isn’t as bad as you sometimes think it is. It all works out. Don’t worry. I say that to myself every morning. It will all work out. If you do your best, it will all work out. Put your trust in God, and move forward with faith and confidence in the future. The Lord will not forsake us. He will not forsake us. … If we will put our trust in Him, if we will pray to Him, if we will live worthy of His blessings, He will hear our prayers.”
I know that Jesus will make everything all right. And that it will all work out.

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