President Thomas S. Monson: 'He is risen!'

Published: Sunday, April 4 2010 12:00 a.m. MDT

The empty tomb that first Easter morning was the answer to Job's question, "If a man die, shall he live again?" President Thomas S. Monson said.

"To all within the sound of my voice I declare, 'if a man die, he shall live again.' We know, for we have the light of revealed truth."

Addressing Church members around the globe on Easter morning, President Monson spoke on the topic, "He is risen."

"Among all the facts of mortality, none is so certain as its end," he said Sunday morning. "Death comes to all; it is our universal heritage. It may claim its victims in infancy or youth; it may visit in the period of life's prime; or its summons may be deferred until the snows of age have gathered upon the head; it may befall as the result of accident or disease, or through natural causes; but come it must.

"It inevitably represents a painful loss of association and, particularly in the young a crushing blow to dreams unrealized, ambitions unfulfilled and hopes vanquished."

President Monson said every mortal being, faced with the loss of a loved one or standing himself on the threshold of infinity, has pondered what lies beyond the veil.

Centuries ago, the man Job, so long blessed with every material gift only to find himself sorely afflicted by all that can befall a human being, uttered a timeless, ageless question: "If a man die, shall he live again?" (Job 14:14), said President Monson.

"This glorious Easter morning, I'd like to consider Job's question ... and provide the answer, which comes not only from thoughtful consideration but also from the reveled word of God."

To do so, President Monson began with the essentials.

"If there is a design in this world in which we live, there must be a Designer. Who can behold the many wonders of the universe without believing that there is a design for all mankind? Who can doubt that there is a Designer?"

The Grand Designer created the heaven and the earth. He created the sun and the moon and the stars. He called for living creatures in the water and fowls in the air. He made cattle, beasts and creeping things.

"Last of all, He created man in His own image — male and female — with dominion over all other living things," President Monson said.

"Man alone received intelligence — a brain, a mind and a soul. Man alone, with these attributes, had the capacity for faith and hope, for inspiration and ambition."

President Monson said to understand the meaning of death, Latter-day Saints must appreciate the purpose of life.

"The dim light of belief must yield to the noonday sun of revelation, by which we know that we lived before our birth into mortality. In our pre-existent state, we were doubtless among the sons and daughters of God who shouted for joy because of the opportunity to come to this challenging yet necessary mortal existence.

"We knew that our purpose was to gain a physical body, to overcome trials and to prove that we would keep the commandments of God. Our Father knew that because of the nature of mortality, we would be tempted, would sin and would fall short. So that we might have every chance of success, He provided a Savior who should suffer and die for us. Not only would He atone for our sins, but as a part of that atonement He would also overcome the physical death to which we would be subject because of the Fall of Adam.

"Thus, more than 2,000 years ago, Christ, our Savior, was born to mortal life in a stable in Bethlehem. The long foretold Messiah had come."

The Savior was baptized. He called the Twelve Apostles. He blessed the sick and even raised the dead.

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