“I Know That He Lives”

The Life and Teachings of Jesus and his Apostles, Instructor’s Guide (Rel 211–12), (2000), 63–64


Theme

The testimony of all the prophets of all the ages is that Jesus is our living Savior; all Saints share that witness.

Theme Analysis

  • A.

    The Lord has provided many witnesses to the reality of Christ’s resurrection.

    1. 1.

      Many people in Jesus’ day saw his resurrected body and bore witness of him.

    2. 2.

      The testimonies of Joseph Smith, of all the modern prophets, and of the Book of Mormon prophets stand today as witnesses for the living Christ.

    3. 3.

      The Holy Ghost bears witness to the honest in heart of the resurrection.

  • B.

    A testimony of the living Savior may be received by all of those who will meet the requirements.

    1. 1.

      Study, prayer, and fasting are aids to receiving this testimony.

    2. 2.

      Service in the work of the Master is also essential.

Study Sources

Course Manual

Chapter 28, “I Know That He Lives”

Basic Library

Teachings, p. 62. Who bears witness of the Savior?

DS, 2:1. What has the Lord given men to help them discover the truth?

Discourses, p. 429. A testimony of the Lord enables one to discern what?

Boyd K. Packer in CR, Apr. 1971, pp. 123-24. How do we know our testimonies are true?

Harold B. Lee in CR, Apr. 1973, pp. 178-79. Why must we be what we ask others to be?

DS, 1:294. The best evidence that we have (of any doctrine) comes by what two means?

Marion G. Romney in CR, Apr. 1975, p.122. The reality of the resurrection.

Marion G. Romney in CR, Apr. 1976, p. 119. Will we receive different bodies in the resurrection?

Thomas S. Monson in CR, Apr. 1969, pp. 126-29. “Mrs. Patton, Arthur Lives!”

Additional Sources

David O. McKay in CR, Apr. 1944, p. 122. A strong evidence for the resurrection was the dramatic change that occurred in the apostles.

Media Suggestions

Cassette tapes

(Elder Thomas S. Monson) Mrs. Patton, Arthur Lives! (7:10) (President David O. McKay) Make Jesus Your Ideal (1:15)

Transparency, With What Bodies Do They Come?

Some Suggestions for Presentation

(Ideas Other Teachers Have Used)

Witnesses of the Living Christ (Lesson Motivation)

Lesson 28, which follows the lesson on the resurrection, is essentially a testimonial of the risen Lord.

The teacher may wish to have the students consider all of the witnesses that we have of the resurrection.

The following ideas could be used as desired:

  1. 1.

    In the days of the Savior. The filmstrip entitled The Witnesses could be shown and handout [19], Witnesses of the Resurrected Lord, used.

  2. 2.

    In our day. Modern testimonies, as that of Joseph Smith (Joseph Smith 2; D&C 76:20-22) and other prophets, could be shared. The following are but representative of what could be used:

Testimony of David O. McKay

“My testimony of the risen Lord is just as real as Thomas’, who said to the resurrected Christ when he appeared to his disciples: ‛My Lord and my God.’ (John 20:28.) I know that he lives. He is God made manifest in the flesh; and I know that ‛there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.’ (Acts 4:12.)

“I know that he will confer with his servants who seek him in humility and in righteousness. I know because I have heard his voice, and I have received his guidance in matters pertaining to his kingdom here on earth.

“I know that his Father, our Creator, lives. I know that they appeared to the Prophet Joseph Smith and revealed to him the revelations which we now have recorded in the Doctrine and Covenants and in other Church works. This knowledge is as real to me as that which occurs in our daily lives.” (David O. McKay in CR, Apr. 1968, pp. 9-10.)

Testimony of President Harold B. Lee

“The Lord is nearer to us than we have any idea. Keep in mind that the Holy Ghost is one of the Godhead. “The Lord said about His nearness, ‛Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you, ask me diligently and ye shall find me, ask and ye shall receive, knock and it shall be opened unto you.’ Now this means that the Lord isn’t keeping Himself away from us, it’s we who keep ourselves away from Him.

“When I think of the sweetness that is in this audience, the wonderful radiation of spirit, how do we know but what the Master with His influence is here with us. We may not always see Him, but He promises, ‛I will be in your midst.’ This is His Church, you belong to Him. I am serving today as one who, at this time, has been named to preside over His Church. Keep in mind whom we serve, “President Lee said. …

“With all sincerity I bear my witness to you that by a witness of the spirit, more powerful than I have ever experienced before, I know that the Savior lives. As I have sought to live as close as I know how, to know His mind the will concerning matters, and to take the first steps during this last change in the presidency of the Church, I need your faith and prayers. (Harold B. Lee, “Pres. Lee Speaks,” Church News, 19 Aug. 1972, p. 5.)

Testimony of President Spencer W. Kimball

“Brethren and sisters, I want to add to these testimonies of these prophets my testimony that I know that He lives. And I know that we may see him, and that we may be with him, and that we may enjoy his presence always if we will live the commandments of the Lord and do the things which we have been commanded by him to do and reminded by the Brethren to do.” (Spencer W. Kimball, “The Cause Is Just and Worthy,” Ensign, May 1974, p. 119.)

May Even the Least Saint Have This Same Testimony?

“… God hath not revealed anything to Joseph, but what He will make known unto the Twelve, and even the least Saint may know all things as he is able to bear them, for the day must come when no man need say to his neighbor, Know ye the Lord; for all shall know Him (who remain) from the least to the greatest.” (Joseph Smith, Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 149.)