Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter

Happy Easter!

Today is one of my favorite days of the year. I love Easter Sunday. Easter baskets, eggs, gifts, and more are all part of the days events. Perhaps one of my favorite Easter traditions is that of getting a new Easter dress. Maybe it's because I'm the only girl, or maybe it's because my mama just loves me a whole bunch, but every year since I can remember, I have gotten a new Easter dress. This year was no exception. Tonight we have family coming over for an Easter dinner. I just love how the holidays make me feel.

But, as we all know, Easter isn't just about the eggs and chocolates and bunnies. It is about Christ and His resurrection. Really, it is a wonderful time to reflect on His whole ministry. President Thomas S. Monson said of His death and resurrection,

"For us our Heavenly Father gave His Son. For us our Elder Brother gave His life... At the last moment the Master could have turned back. But He did not. He passed beneath all things that He might save all things: the human race, the earth, and all the life that ever inhabited it.

As the result of Christ’s victory over the grave, we shall all be resurrected. This is the redemption of the soul. It is the celestial glory that we seek. It is in the presence of God that we desire to dwell. It is a forever family in which we want membership.

Of Him who delivered each of us from endless death, I testify He is a teacher of truth—but He is more than a teacher. He is the exemplar of the perfect life—but He is more than an exemplar. He is the great physician—but He is more than a physician. He is the literal Savior of the world, the Son of God, the Prince of Peace, the Holy One of Israel, even the risen Lord, who declared, “I am the first and the last; I am he who liveth, I am he who was slain; I am your advocate with the Father” (D&C 110:4).

Oh, sweet the joy this sentence gives: ‘I know that my Redeemer lives!' Of this I testify."

May we all remember the true meaning of Easter, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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