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Gramps,

I always enjoy your information Thank you. I had a discussion with some of the brethren and there was a lot of hesitation. What were the events that took place after the Lord’s death on the cross? First He went to paradise with the thief. Then he saw Mary and He told her not to touch Him as He had not yet gone to our Father in Heaven. Then we got lost. The time frame as to when he went to America then when He came back and was resurrected etc. Sure hope you can help us out.

Thank you.

Wendell

 

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Dear Wendell,

The events seem to go like this as far as we can tell:

Christ dies and works to set things up in the spirit world

Christ resurrects.

The women go to finish the burial tasks only to find an empty tomb and an angel reminding them of Christ’s words

Mary tarries at the tomb where she meets Christ and He tells her not to touch him because he had not yet ascended.

Christ then teaches the two disciples on the road to Emmaus but they didn’t realize it until it was over.

Christ then appears to all the apostles but Thomas. Christ allows them to touch and feel him to know that he was real and not a ghost. Afterwards he commands them to go and preach.

Christ then re-appears to all the apostles including Thomas.

Forty days after Christ’s resurrection he has his ascension.

Now let’s go to the Book of Mormon:

3 Nephi 8:5 says:

“And it came to pass in the thirty and fourth year, in the first month, on the fourth day of the month, there arose a great storm, such an one as never had been known in all the land.”

This was the beginning of the three days of darkness and destruction that was the sign to be given of the death of Christ.

Then in 3 Nephi 10:18 Mormon tells us that according to the records from that time that Christ appeared to the remaining Nephites at the end of the thirty and fourth year. So he appears nearly a year after the destruction that was the sign of his death.

This is generally longer then most people might assume.

That is what the timeline looks like. Now on to what I think is the rest of your question.

The moment his body disappeared from the tomb, Christ was resurrected. Why he didn’t let Mary touch him but did let the apostles touch him a short while later as been the source of much speculation and debate, but we simply do not know beyond what the scriptures say on the subject.

 

Gramps

 

 

 

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