“April 12. What Is the Resurrection? Easter,” Come, Follow Me—For Aaronic Priesthood Quorums and Young Women Classes: Doctrinal Topics 2020 (2020)
“April 12. What Is the Resurrection?” Come, Follow Me—For Aaronic Priesthood Quorums and Young Women Classes: Doctrinal Topics 2020
At the beginning of the meeting, repeat together the Aaronic Priesthood Quorum Theme or the Young Women Theme. Then, in addition to counseling together about specific quorum or class needs, you may want to discuss impressions and themes from general conference. The following questions may help:
Did a particular theme or message stand out to us?
Did we feel prompted to change something in our lives?
Is there anything we could do as a quorum or class to act on counsel we heard in general conference?
At the end of the lesson, as appropriate, do the following:
Testify of the principles taught.
Remind quorum or class members about the plans and invitations made during the meeting.
How has your understanding and testimony of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ given you hope? How has this knowledge given you perspective as you experience the challenges and triumphs of life? Jesus declared, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live” (John 11:25). Because of Jesus Christ, after we have died, our bodies and spirits will be reunited in a perfect, immortal state. How can you help your quorum or class understand this glorious truth? You can also find spiritual insights by reading Luke 24 and Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s message “Behold the Man!” (Ensign or Liahona, May 2018, 107–10).
How have quorum or class members remembered Easter this week? What have they learned and discussed in their families that has strengthened their testimonies of the reality of Christ’s triumph over death? Perhaps you could begin by reviewing some of the truths in this week’s outline in Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families. Which scriptures about the Resurrection in this week’s study of the Book of Mormon inspired quorum or class members, and why? The ideas below can help them gain a deeper understanding of the Resurrection of Christ.
Today is Easter—a day to celebrate the declaration made by the angel long ago: “He is not here: for he is risen” (Matthew 28:6). Since that first Easter morning, Christians throughout the world have celebrated the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and the knowledge that everyone will be resurrected. If anyone in the quorum or class has had an experience comforting someone who lost a loved one, consider inviting them to share that experience. What could we share about Jesus Christ in this situation? Encourage class or quorum members to search “Supporting Resources” to find other things they could share.
As they studied the scriptures at home this week, quorum or class members may have read about the resurrected Savior’s appearance in ancient America (see 3 Nephi 11; 17). In your meeting, they could make a list of other people in the scriptures who were witnesses of the Savior’s Resurrection. Quorum or class members could also search Elder D. Todd Christofferson’s message “The Resurrection of Jesus Christ” (Ensign or Liahona, May 2014, 111–14) to find more witnesses. Encourage them to find the testimonies of some of these witnesses in the scriptures (see Matthew 28:1–10; Luke 24:13–35; Luke 24:36–48; John 20:11–29; 1 Corinthians 15:3–8; 3 Nephi 11:1–15; Doctrine and Covenants 76:19–24). What do we learn about the Savior and His Resurrection from the accounts of these witnesses? Share your testimony of the Savior’s Resurrection, and invite a few others to share their testimonies.
Singing sacred hymns about the Savior can invite the Spirit to testify of the reality of the Savior’s Resurrection. Members of your quorum or class could sing together some hymns about the Resurrection. They could choose their favorites or look for some in the Topics index of the hymnbook. They could also read the scriptures associated with each hymn and discuss what they learn from the hymns and the scriptures. Invite quorum or class members to share their testimonies and feelings about the Savior’s Resurrection.
Encourage quorum or class members to ponder and record what they will do to act on the impressions they received today. How does today’s lesson relate to personal goals they have made? If they would like, quorum or class members could share their ideas.
Doctrine and Covenants 93:33–34 (The body and spirit united receive a fulness of joy)
“The Resurrection, Salvation, and Exaltation,” in chapter 3 of Preach My Gospel (2019), 53
Easter videos in Gospel Media, ChurchofJesusChrist.org/media-library/video/topics/easter