Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints view the resurrection of Jesus Christ as the most glorious event of all time. Having the power to lay down his life and to “take it again,” the Son of God overcame death not just for himself, but for all mankind.
Latter-day Saints accept as true and accurate the New Testament accounts of a literal, physical resurrection in which Jesus arose from the dead, left his rock tomb, and resumed his ministry among the faithful of that day.
The New Testament accounts of the resurrection of Christ are well known, but many people do not realize that the Book of Mormon contains an extensive, detailed account which both verifies and extends the Resurrection story contained in the Bible.
Kept and handed down by a long line of Christian prophets and historians, the Book of Mormon describes a visit of Jesus Christ to the suffering remnant of a great nation in ancient America. Included are a description of his dramatic descent through the sky in full view of several thousand people, the voice of God the Father audibly affirming that the person they see is His Beloved Son, and Christ’s own proclamation that He is “the light and the life of the world” and that He has taken upon Himself the sins of the world.
The Book of Mormon narrative also tells of the Savior’s invitation to those present to observe and feel the still-visible wounds in His hands, feet and side; His bestowal of healing blessings upon great numbers of sick and injured; the ordination of priesthood leaders among the people, and His instructions on the administration of baptism and other sacramental rites. Christ expresses his love for the people, tells them they are the “other sheep” He referred to in earlier times, and declares His intent to visit other pockets of the ancient House of Israel, by then scattered throughout the world.
In the following short video, the appearance of a resurrected Jesus Christ to an ancient American people is depicted, along with selected scenes from his ministry among them. These unusual images are the work of professional photographer Mark Mabry, whose Reflections of Christ project includes two photographic fine-art exhibits which have been shown at numerous locations in North America since 2008. See more of his work at www.reflectionsofchrist.org.
Read the account of the appearance of Jesus Christ to people in ancient America here, in The Book of Mormon.
A short article about the resurrection of Christ can be found in the Encyclopedia of Mormonism.
In the following passage from the Book of Mormon, the literal reality of the resurrection is described — a wondrous gift the Savior of Mankind will extend to every member of the human family.
Now…the death of Christ shall loose the bands of this temporal death, that all shall be raised from this temporal death. 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, knowing even as we know now, and have a bright recollection of all our guilt. [T]his 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, as it is now, or in the body, and shall be brought…before the bar of Christ…to be judged according to their works, whether they be good or whether they be evil.