This is what we had for breakfast at seminary. This has nothing to do with my post. Just information. =)
This is actually what has been on my mind. We've been studying Helaman 13-15, Samuel the Lamanite prophesying of the signs of the birth and death of Christ. If we were among the believers in Zarahemla, (as I'd like to think I would have been), these signs would have brought us peace and strengthened our faith. In Helaman 14:15-19, Samuel teaches us why it was necessary for Christ to die. This was the completion of his earthly mission to bring to pass our resurrection in order to enable us to overcome spiritual death. Samuel proceeds to give the Nephites the sign of his death, shown in the tumultuous earth and the absence of light, and then he speaks of righteous saints being resurrected. In verse 25 it reads: "And many graves shall be opened, and shall yield up many of their dead; and many saints shall appear unto many." We know that Christ was the first to be resurrected, but the Nephites wouldn't have been able to witness His resurrection with their physical eyes. The resurrection of the righteous on the American continent ministering to their own people would have been a sure testimony to them of His divinity; something they could "see" so they could "know" for themselves. The fulfillment of Samuel's prophecies, found in the book of 3 Nephi, testifies of the same.
This is a little of what I taught my class today. I didn't think they'd catch all of that by just reading the Book of Mormon cover to cover. So we ate green bagels and talked about Samuel. Just another day with my cool juniors and seniors at seminary.