He is risen!
following is Bruce R. McConkie
s commentary of the parallel passages covered in the
above chapter of the student manual.
The page numbers constitute where the text can be found
in the actual book.
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Pharisees Place Guard At Jesus' Tomb
62. Next day] From sunset Thursday to sunset Friday was the day of preparation for the
Sabbath; "the next day that followed" was the Sabbath and it began with sunset Friday. Hence by
personally arranging for the watch and sealing the tomb, the chief priests and Pharisees,
according to their own tradition, suffered defilement.
63. After three days I will rise again] Jesus' doctrines and claims were known to the
people. He had spoken openly of his resurrection after three days (Matt. 12:40 John 2:19), and
had also announced the doctrine to his disciples (Matt. 16:21; 17:22-23; 20:18-19), from whom
it would have been taught to others.
Two Angels Open Jesus' Tomb
I. V. Matt. 28:2. Angels of the Lord] Angels are ministers of Christ. They might be
resurrected personages, as was Moroni when he came to Joseph Smith (Jos. Smith 2:30-47); or
translated beings, as were Moses and Elijah when they appeared on the Mount of
Transfiguration to confer keys of the priesthood upon Peter, James, and John (Matt. 17:1-13); or
"the spirits of just men made perfect, they who are not resurrected, but inherit the same glory"
(D. & C. 129:3); or spirits from pre-existence, as in the case of the angel who visited Adam in a
day when no one had as yet died, been translated, or resurrected. (Moses 5:6-8.)
The work of angels is to represent the Lord and do his bidding in the realms of spirits
and of immortal souls, even as the Lord's mortal ministers are called to act for Deity in their
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3. Their countenance was like lightning, and their raiment white as snow] The most
detailed scriptural description of an angelic ministrant is that given of Moroni by Joseph Smith:
"A personage appeared at my bedside," he said, "standing in the air, for his feet did not touch the
floor. He had on a loose robe of most exquisite whiteness. It was a whiteness beyond anything
earthly I had ever seen; nor do I believe that any earthly thing could be made to appear so
exceedingly white and brilliant. His hands were naked, and his arms also, a little above the wrist;
so, also were his feet naked, as were his legs, a little above the ankles. His head and neck were