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Special Feature Four Perspectives on the Trial and Resurrection of Jesus
John W. Welch
Central to any interpretation of the New Testament is an understanding of the trial and resurrection of Jesus. Everything in the Gospels builds to the concluding hours of his life, and virtually everything in Christianity turns on how one views these critical events.

The death of Jesus, however, is not easy to understand. From the beginning, it was difficult for many of his followers to understand and accept. Most messianic expectations assumed that the Anointed One would come in a glorious fashion, even though Isaiah 53 had prophesied otherwise; and the fact that Jesus was hung on a tree was scandal to many, who used this shameful execution in denigrating him.

In light of the . . .
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Seasonal Feature
April 16, 2014

"My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" (Ps. 22:1). This psalm is familiar and dear to all Christians as a prophecy that found fulfillment in Christ's grand atoning sacrifice. How could early Christians make sense of . . .

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Special Feature
April 15, 2014

Joseph Smith wrote to and received letters from a wide variety of people, including his wife Emma and other family members; church leaders and members; and politicians, attorneys, businessmen, and newspaper editors. A few of the outgoing letters are . . .

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Additional Features
On April 18, in the life of Joseph Smith
On this day in 1834

New Portage, Ohio. Joseph Smith left for New Portage with Sidney Rigdon, Oliver Cowdery, and Zebedee Coltrin to attend a conference.


On this day in 1842

Carthage, Illinois. Applications for bankruptcy were filed by Joseph Smith and Hyrum Smith, along with several other Church leaders.


On this day in 1842

Nauvoo, Illinois. Smith v. Hinkle: Nauvoo Mayor John C. Bennett was appointed to gather depositions from subpoenaed witnesses.


On this day in 1843

Nauvoo, Illinois. On the prairie, Joseph Smith talked with three Pottawattamie tribal chiefs concerning stolen horses and cattle.


On this day in 1844

Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith and other Church leaders excommunicated William, Jane, and Wilson Law and Robert D. Foster for "unchristianlike conduct."


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LDS FAQ Angle Moroni
Why is faith in Jesus Christ important to Latter-day Saints?

Willie Handcart
On this day in 1856:

View text of the company journal with an entry for every day of the journey here.

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