When Jesus was crucified his followers were in deep despair, especially Mary Magdalene. She was a woman with a shady past, but was a devoted disciple of Jesus. After he rose from the dead the first person that he appeared to was Mary. Why not Peter, or John, or one of the other disciples? In this morning’s teaching, the focus is primarily on Mary’s journey of believing that Jesus rose from the dead and how that transformed her life and how it can transform yours.