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A thought from the scriptures

Published: Saturday, March 22, 1997

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For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. - 1 Cor. 15:22

"There is nothing more universal than death, and nothing brighter with hope and faith than the assurance of immortality," said President Gordon B. Hinckley during the April 1996 general conference. "The abject sorrow that comes with death, the bereavement that follows the passing of a loved one are mitigated only by the certainty of the Resurrection of the Son of God that first Easter morning.

"What meaning would life have without the reality of immortality? Otherwise life would become only a dismal journey of getting and spending only to end in utter and hopeless oblivion. . . .

"The pain of death is swallowed up in the peace of eternal life. Of all the events of the chronicles of humanity, none is of such consequence as this. . . .

"Whenever the cold hand of death strikes, there shines through the gloom and the darkness of that hour the triumphant figure of the Lord Jesus Christ, He, the Son of God, who by His matchless and eternal power overcame death. He is the Redeemer of the World. He gave His life for each of us. He took it up again and became the first fruits of them that slept. He, as King of Kings, stands triumphant above all other kings. He, as the Omnipotent One, stands above all rulers. He is our comfort, our only true comfort, when the dark shroud of earthly night closes about us as the spirit departs the human form.

"Towering above all mankind stands Jesus the Christ, the King of glory, the unblemished Messiah, the Lord Emmanuel. In the hour of deepest sorrow we draw hope and peace and certitude from the words of the angel that Easter morning, `He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.' "