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Elder Paul V. Johnson of the Seventy speaks April 3 during the Sunday afternoon session of the 186th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

"The Resurrection is brought to pass by the Atonement of Jesus Christ and is pivotal to the great plan of salvation," Elder Paul V. Johnson of the Seventy said in his Sunday afternoon general conference address.

While many turned their thoughts to the Savior's atoning sacrifice and Resurrection during Easter last week, Elder Johnson's thoughts turned to his daughter, Alisa, who died nearly a year ago after struggling with cancer for eight years.

"Easter is a reminder of all that I hope for myself," Elder Johnson's daughter wrote a little over a month before she died. "That someday I will be healed and someday I will be whole. ... I am not praying that this happens soon, but I am so glad I truly believe in a beautiful afterlife."

"The Resurrection of Jesus Christ ensures the very things Alisa hoped for, and instills in each of us 'a reason for the hope that is in [us],'" Elder Johnson said (1 Peter 3:15).

Resurrection is when a person's spirit and immortal body are reunited and inseparably connected. Every physical, mental and emotional limitation and weakness will be gone, Elder Johnson said. "The miracle of resurrection, the ultimate cure, is beyond the power of modern medicine. But it's not beyond the power of God. We know it can be done because the Savior is resurrected and will bring to pass the resurrection of each of us too."

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Christ's Resurrection and the testimonies of those who witnessed the Resurrected Lord prove that He is the Son of God, Elder Johnson said. "The reality of the Resurrection of the Savior overwhelms our heartbreak with hope, because with it comes the assurance that all of the other promises of the gospel are just as real — promises that are no less miraculous than the Resurrection," he said.

Elder Johnson said that he is grateful for the blessings of the Atonement and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. "For all who have laid a child in a grave or wept over the casket of a spouse or grieved over the death of a parent or someone they loved, the Resurrection is a source of great hope," he said.

"I testify of the reality of the Resurrection," Elder Johnson said in closing. "Jesus Christ lives, and because of Him, we will all live again."

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