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What is the resurrection?

Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, all people will be resurrected. Our bodies and our spirits will be reunited in a perfect, immortal state. An understanding and testimony of the resurrection can give us hope and perspective as we experience the challenges and triumphs of life.

Prepare yourself spiritually

What scriptures or other resources could you use to help teach the young women about the resurrection? What are you impressed to share?

Luke 24 (The Resurrection of Jesus Christ)

1 Corinthians 15 (Because the Savior overcame death, we will all be resurrected)

Alma 11:41–45 (When we are resurrected, our spirits and bodies are reunited, and we are judged)

Alma 40–41 (Alma explains the resurrection to his son Corianton)

Thomas S. Monson, “He Is Risen!Ensign or Liahona, May 2010, 87–90

Thomas S. Monson, “Mrs. Patton—the Story Continues,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2007, 21–24

Dallin H. Oaks, “Resurrection,” Ensign, May 2000, 14–16; Liahona, July 2000, 16–19

Video: “He Is Risen”

Share experiences

At the beginning of each class, invite the young women to share, teach, and testify about the experiences they have had applying what they learned in the previous week’s lesson. This will encourage personal conversion and help the young women see the relevance of the gospel in their daily lives.

Introduce the doctrine

Choose from these ideas or think of your own to introduce this week’s lesson:

  • Show a picture of the resurrected Savior (for example, Gospel Art Book, 59–60). Ask the young women how they would explain what the resurrection is to someone who is unfamiliar with it.
  • Ask the young women what they celebrate at Easter. What are some of the symbols of Easter? What do these symbols teach about the resurrection?

Learn together

Each of the activities below can help the young women understand the resurrection. Following the guidance of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your class:

  • Select some passages from 1 Corinthians 15 about the resurrection. Invite the young women to read the passages, in small groups or individually, and create a summary statement of what they learn about the resurrection (for example, verses 1–8 could be summarized as “There are witnesses of the resurrection”). Why do the young women feel it is important for them to know these truths about the resurrection?
  • Ask the young women to imagine that a friend who is not a member of the Church has lost a loved one. Invite half of the young women to read Alma 40 and the other half to read Alma 41. Ask them to make a list of teachings about the resurrection in these chapters that they could share with their friend. Then have them share their lists with the rest of the class.
  • Invite the young women to write down some questions they have about the resurrection (or prepare some yourself). Give each young woman a section of Elder Dallin H. Oaks’s talk “Resurrection,” and ask her to look for answers to these questions. Invite the young women to share what they learn, and ask them how their lives are blessed because they know these things about the resurrection.
  • Invite the young women to read the stories President Thomas S. Monson tells in his talks “He Is Risen!” and “Mrs. Patton—the Story Continues.” Ask them to summarize these stories in their own words and share what the stories teach them about the resurrection. What else impresses them about these stories?
  • Hand out several of the Teachings of Presidents of the Church books (or make copies of selected chapters), and invite the young women to find teachings from latter-day prophets about the resurrection. Ask them to share what they find with the class.
  • Invite the young women to find hymns about the resurrection. Sing a few of these as a class. Encourage the young women to read the scriptures at the end of each hymn, and discuss what they learn from the hymns and the scriptures. Invite them to share their testimonies and feelings about the resurrection.

Ask the young women to share what they learned today. Do they understand the resurrection better? What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be worthwhile to spend more time on this doctrine?

Live what we are learning

Invite the young women to consider how they will live by what they have learned today. For example, they could:

  • Share their testimonies of the resurrection. Who can they share their testimonies with in the coming days or weeks? How could they teach what they have learned to someone else?
  • Find answers to any questions they still have about the resurrection.