"He Shall Rise … with Healing in His Wings”

by Scott Hansen

He Is Risen by Del Parson, ChurchofJesusChrist.org

Each year, the coming of spring connotes a time of rebirth. Snow melts, plants grow, and flowers bloom. It’s no coincidence that we celebrate the rebirth of our Savior during the spring. Malachi prophesied that after death, our Savior would “arise with healing in his wings” (Malachi 4:2). The beauty of the resurrection is found in the promise that because of Jesus Christ, we all will live again someday. This truth was confirmed to Wilford Woodruff in a conversation with an angel: Wilford “saw armies of men in the first resurrection, clothed with the robes of the Holy Priesthood.” 

Through a revelatory experience, Wilford’s faith and hope in the doctrine of resurrection became knowledge. He saw for himself the promised blessings of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. He knew that the grave would have no victory (see Mosiah 16:7–9). If you are struggling with your faith in Jesus Christ this Easter season, find refuge in the experiences of others. Through continued diligent seeking, you, too, can turn your faith into knowledge that because of our Savior, we will all live again.

Scott Hansen is an intern for the Wilford Woodruff Papers Project. Busy completing his second semester at BYU, Scott enjoys reading the firsthand accounts of early Church leaders. His work on the Project has strengthened his testimony of the Restoration and has helped bring early Church figures to life.


1. Discourse by Wilford Woodruff, March 3, 1889, p. 2, The Wilford Woodruff Papers, wilfordwoodruffpapers.org/discourse/1889-03-03.