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`None so great has ever walked the earth'

Published: Saturday, May 24, 1997

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In bearing his testimony of Jesus Christ, President Gordon B. Hinckley said during the October 1986 general conference: "None so great has ever walked the earth. None other has made a comparable sacrifice or granted a comparable blessing. He is the Savior and the Redeemer of the world. I believe in Him. I declare His divinity without equivocation or compromise. I love Him. I speak His name in reverence and wonder. I worship Him as I worship His Father, in spirit and in truth. I thank Him and kneel before His wounded feet and hands and side, amazed at the love He offers me.

"God be thanked for His Beloved Son who reached out long ago and said to each of us:" `Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

" `Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

" `For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.' (Matt. 11:28-30.)

"He lives, the firstfruits of the Resurrection. I know He lives today as really, as certainly, as individually, as He lived when, as the risen Lord, He beckoned His discouraged disciples to `come and dine. . . . '

" `And [He] taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise.' " (John 21:12-13.)

President Hinckley said that the scriptures tell of many to whom the Savior showed Himself and with whom He spoke, as the living, resurrected Son of God.

At Hiram, Ohio, on Feb. 16, 1832, while translating St. John's Gospel, Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon received a vision. They declared:

" `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!

" `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 -

" `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.' " (D&C 76:22-24.)