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Holy Week: Saturday

Holy Week: Saturday

Saturday was the day that Christ’s body lied in the tomb (Matthew 27:62-66), while His spirit ministered in the spirit world (D&C 138). Below are resources that discuss the significance of His body and His spirit ministering.  

“Saturday,” Eric Huntsman, blog
The only event the Gospels record for the day after the crucifixion is the posting of a guard at the tomb at the request of the chief priests and Pharisees (Matthew 27:62-66). Because this was ostensibly Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath, Jesus’ family and friends stayed away from the tomb that day.

“The Great World of the Spirits of the Death: Death, the Great War, and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic as Context for Doctrine and Covenants 138,” George S. Tate, BYU Studies 46, no. 1
In October 1918, Smith received a comforting vision of God’s love and of Christ and saints ministering and preaching the gospel among the spirits of the dead while his body lay in the tomb. The vision teaches that the dead who repent will be redeemed and become heirs of salvation.