(November 30, 2014)
I have always looked at the number of people here in Bountiful (~2,500) and considered that in light of the statement at Christ’s first appearance that the people did go forth (one by one) and thrust their hands in His side and felt the prints of the nails in His hands and feet. The sheer volume of people, the sheer consumption of time, that this must have required was awe-inspiring. I don’t think that line moved like a receiving line at a wedding reception – I imagine that at the point anyone knelt before the risen Christ they would probably not quickly feel and move on.
If each person took only a minute, that would still require 42 hours to complete. My expectation is that it was less than that, but it was almost certainly hours that the Savior received those who were there – taking them one by one, making time for them the way that He makes time for each of us. What the Savior did here is one of the most touching examples of His love for us as individuals that we have in the scriptures.