22 And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives!
23 For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father—
24 That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God.
Many testimonies had been given of the resurrected Christ before this revelation. Here are some examples:
Mary Magdalene (see John 20:11–18)
The two disciples on the road to Emmaus (see Luke 24:13–35)
Stephen (see Acts 7:55–56)
Paul (see Acts 9:1–6)
The Nephites (see 3 Nephi 11–28)
Moroni (see Ether 12:39)
Worlds Are and Were Created
“How many planets are there in the universe with people on them? We don’t know, but we are not alone in the universe! God is not the God of only one planet!”
Elder Neal A. Maxwell (1926–2004) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, in “Special Witnesses of Christ,” Ensign, Apr. 2001, 6.
“I have read—and I believe—the testimonies of those who experienced the grief of Christ’s Crucifixion and the joy of His Resurrection. I have read—and I believe—the testimonies of those in the New World who were visited by the same risen Lord.
“I believe the testimony of one who, in this dispensation, spoke with the Father and the Son in a grove now called sacred and who gave his life, sealing that testimony with his blood.”
President Thomas S. Monson, “He Is Risen!” Ensign, May 2010, 89.
Begotten Sons and Daughters unto God
“You are no ordinary beings, my beloved young friends all around the world. You are glorious and eternal. …
“It is my prayer and blessing that when you look at your reflection, you will be able to see beyond imperfections and self-doubts and recognize who you truly are: glorious sons and daughters of the Almighty God.”
Editors’ note: This page is not meant to be a comprehensive explanation of the selected scripture verse, only a starting point for your own study.
Detail from He Is Risen, by Del Parson