As Holy Week continues, and we reflect on the sacred holiday that is Easter, and we also reflect on the effects of the Savior’s eternal and infinite Atoning sacrifice in our behalf.
Thanks to the Church’s “Because of Him” campaign, people across the world are reflecting on how their lives are impacted because of Him. Here are excerpts from Twitter:
“I can be with my family forever!” -@JessicaJaeger97
“I know I will see my loved ones again, even after they’ve passed” -@mormongirl101
“I know the importance of empathy” -@Grayismyname
“I am happy and have hope for the future.” -@cmajorb
“…there are never happy endings, but always eternal beginnings.” -@HardingAsh
“…even I can be forgiven” -@LDSFFJHSem
“I can choose faith over fear.” -@janaecnorman
“…we do not have to stand completely alone.” -@beccavalletta
“I can strive for grace and perfection.” -@BertaThomason
“I can be happy” -@thatmormon_girl
“…my mistakes are lessons.” -@tajenelson
“I can keep trying.” -@condiekimby
“I am free.” -@MormonLife1
Do Mormons (members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) celebrate the Easter holiday?
Absolutely we do!
“And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.” –Matthew 28:5-6
Easter is a time to celebrate the miraculous resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Because of the Savior’s resurrection, each of us will receive immortal, resurrected bodies after we die. The Book of Mormon adds a clear perspective of this truth:
“Now, this restoration shall come to all, both old and young, both bond and free, both male and female, both the wicked and the righteous; and even there shall not so much as a hair of their heads be lost; but every thing shall be restored to its perfect frame, as it is now, or in the body, and shall be brought and be arraigned before the bar of Christ the Son, and God the Father, and the Holy Spirit, which is one Eternal God, to be judged according to their works, whether they be good or whether they be evil.” –Alma 11:44
Easter is special because it reminds us of a new beginning to be had after we depart from this life. Though only celebrated annually, we should thank God our Father for the gift of His Son daily. Without Him, there would be no purpose to life.
For more please visit http://easter.mormon.org/?cid=HPTU041514694
Recently during a nap I found myself in a dream. Within that dream my wife and I had a newborn baby boy. Later in the dream I noticed that he had an older sister.
As we anxiously await the doctors appointment wherein we find out the gender of our first child, I can’t help but wonder if God is telling us now if we will welcome one of his daughters into our family?
I believe God is involved in our lives on a very personal level. There have been instances in times past where God has taught His will to people in dreams. In the LDS Guide to the Scriptures, it says that dreams are “One way that God reveals his will to men and women on earth. Not all dreams are revelations, however. Inspired dreams are the fruit of faith.”
So what does it all mean?
I suppose it could mean a number of things. It could mean that deep down, both of us really want a girl, and because that’s what is on our minds, that is what I dreamed about. Or, it could be the influence of the One who knows all things, giving us a “heads up” so we can not only bask in the excitement, but also be completely prepared for her arrival.
We are excited to welcome our first child into the world. We believe that “Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. “Children are an heritage of the Lord” (Psalm 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives-mothers and fathers-will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.” (The Family: A Proclamation to the World)
As we look forward to the future, we take faith in the fact that God will provide and that His will will be made known, and that as we raise this child, His child, He will help us every step of the way.
This was a fantastic General Conference. I feel the Lord really heard my prayers to help me prepare to hear His words through His servants as I feel completely fed. Following are popular topics that I picked up on, and some favorite quotes that I feel will have a major impact.
Standing Up For/Defending Your Beliefs
Natural Disasters/Times of Trial
Family History/Temple Work
Knowing/Understanding Right vs. Wrong
Saturday Morning Session
“It is a characteristic of our age, that if people want any gods at all, they want them to be gods who don’t demand much.” –Elder Jeffrey R. Holland (Quorum of Twelve Apostles)
“The bumper sticker question, “What would Jesus do?” will not always bring a popular response.” –Elder Jeffrey R. Holland (Quorum of Twelve Apostles)
“Families are the treasure of heaven.” –Elder Neil. L. Anderson (Quorum of Twelve Apostles)
“Even if everyone is doing it, wrong is never right.” –Elder Russell M. Nelson (Quorum of Twelve Apostles)
“Courage, not compromise, will bring the smile of God’s approval.” –Elder Russell M. Nelson (Quorum of Twelve Apostles)
“Obedience brings blessings.” Elder Robert D. Hales (Quorum of Twelve Apostles)
“The works and purposes of God cannot be frustrated.” Claudio D. Zivic (Quorum of Seventy)
“Women and men are equal in the Church and family with different responsibilities.” –Elder Dallin H. Oaks (Quorum of Twelve Apostles)
“Do not give up your ability to change by saying, “that’s just the way I am.” Who we are is not who we can become.” –Elder Donald L. Hallstrom (Presidency of Seventy)
“Be where you are when you are there.” –Randall L. Ridd (Young Men’s Presidency)
“We are laying the foundation of a great work, even laying the foundation for the return of the Savior.” –President Dieter F. Uchtdorf (First Presidency)
“Don’t seek recognition. Just give service.” –President Henry B. Eyring (First Presidency)
“If you ever find yourself where you shouldn’t be…Get out!” –President Thomas S. Monson (President of the Church)
“There seems to be something inside of us that resists endings…We are made of the stuff of eternity. We are eternal beings.” –President Dieter F. Uchtdorf (First Presidency)
“The gospel is not weight. It’s wings. It carries us.” –Jean A Stevens (Primary Presidency)
“Don’t haul around things that distract form what matters most.” –Elder David A. Bednar (Quorum of Twelve Apostles)
“We cannot truly love God if we do not love our fellow travelers on this mortal journey.” –President Thomas S. Monson (President of the Church)
“Do all within [your] power to live the gospel of Jesus Christ.” –Boyd K. Packer (Quorum of Twelve Apostles)
“We are all standing on the shoulders of giants.” –William R. Walker (Quorum of Seventy)
“Obedience is a choice between our limited knowledge and power and God’s unlimited power and omnipotence.” –Elder L. Tom Perry (Quorum of Twelve Apostles)
“Can it be that simple? Ask God and He will answer? Yes.” –Elder Lawrence E. Corbridge (Quorum of Seventy)
“Faith gives us hope that everything will work out eventually.” –Elder Michael John U. Teh (Quorum of Seventy)
“Christ’s victory over death ended the human predicament. Now there are only personal predicaments.” –Elder D. Todd Christofferson (Quorum of Twelve Apostles)
“May we ever be found doing the work of the Lord.” –President Thomas S. Monson (President of the Church)
Conducting: Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Opening Hymn: Sweet is the Work (147)
Boyd K. Packer (Quorum of Twelve Apostles)
“Embers of testimony” are still testimony.
Much of what I have come to know falls in the category of what cannot be taught, but what can be learned.
God lives. He is our Father. We are His children.
Of all the titles, He chose to be called Father.
Parenthood is a sacred privilege and can be an eternal blessing.
No blessing will be denied you.
The Holy Ghost is real.
Everyone can come to know the reality of Moroni’s promise (Moroni 10:5)
Every prayer, blessing, ordinance, is done in the name of Jesus Christ.
In the Church we know who He is-Jesus Christ the Son of God.
We must build our foundation on Christ.
Each must come to an own personal testimony of Christ and share it with family and others.
Always remember there is an adversary.
We must choose who to follow.
Do all within our power to live the teachings of Christ.
This is the testimony last of all…that He lives! -Their words are my words
I know the Lord.
William R. Walker (Quorum of Seventy)
Live true to the faith.
Know the conversion stories of your forefathers.
Many hear the gospel message and immediately know it’s true.
Carry on. Stay true to the faith.
We must know that we are lead by a prophet of God.
Do not forget your experiences in the temple of the Lord.
Each of us will be blessed to know that sacrifices of our forefathers that joined the Lord’s Church.
No sacrifice is too great in order to receive the blessings of the temple.
We are all standing on the shoulders of giants.
Do not forget the promises and blessings that come to us from the temple.
Honor the legacy of our righteous forefathers.
L Tom Perry (Quorum of the Twelve)
The eternal nature of the family unit.
The Lord is our leader.
Follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost.
Be ready to receive the gentle tug of the Spirit.
We must be willing to completely alter our course to follow the Master.
We must teach our spirit and our body to work together to follow God’s commandments.
…all mankind may be saved by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.
We must have absolute faith in the Lord.
Abraham’s faith empowered him to follow God’s lead with exactness.
Obedience is more difficult for some than others.
In the gospel there are many “one size fits all” solutions.
A formula to know between wrong and right.
Obedience is an emblem of our faith.
God will rescue us when we are obedient and faithful.
Someone who is all wrapped up in themselves makes a very small package.
Obedience is a choice between our limited knowledge and power and God’s unlimited power and omnipotence.
The blessings of eternal life are available to everyone who is faithful and obedient.
Lawrence E. Corbridge (Quorum of Seventy)
Can it be this simple? Ask God and He will answer? Yes.
In Joseph’s hast to know, he was not hasting. He prepared to talk to God.
The prophecy that Joseph’s name would be had for good and evil is still being fulfilled today.
There will always be the force of opposition to the plan of life.
Look for Him and expect to find the dirt flying.
Why not leave him alone? Because he taught the truth.
The truth will always be opposed.
You are more than human. You are a child of God, the Eternal Father, and may become like Him.
Revelation has not ceased. The heavens are not closed. God will speak to you and me.
Through the Atonement of Christ all mankind may be saved…
Everything did not begin at birth. You lived with God before this life.
Marriage is intended to be eternal. The family is the patter of heaven.
Joseph did not dream all of it up on his own. He had the help of heaven.
He was either a pretender or a prophet.
Prayer is the pattern to know the truth of all things.
God is our Father. Jesus is the Christ. We worship Them.
Michael John U. Teh (Quorum of Seventy)
Faith gives us hope that everything will work out eventually.
In times of calamity the Lord refocuses us.
It is critical that we learn to recognize when we have enough.
Do not let the spiritual and eternal take a back seat.
It is not necessary to own the latest and most sophisticated things.
For where your treasure is there will your heart be also.
Focus on things that will constitute our treasures in heaven.
It will be well for us to acquire Christ-like attributes .
More quality time and effort in strengthening family relationships.
Serving others is a hallmark of a true follower of Christ.
Understand the doctrine of Christ and strengthen our testimony.
Treasure your temple recommend.
No matter what happens, always pay tithing.
May our hearts always be found in the right place.
Marcos A. Aidukaitis (Quorum of Seventy)
The internet provides many opportunities for learning.
No one should dig through garbage.
By their fruits ye shall know them.
Many can and will recognize the fruits of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
We can know the truth by experimenting on the words ourselves.
The gospel message should be delicious to us.
We are invited to test the word, and are told the outcome if we follow the instructions.
We can know the truth by personal revelation.
“I will tell it in your mind and in your heart by the Holy Ghost.”
Study it out and pray in faith to know if it is right.
Faith without works is dead. Ask in faith. Nothing wavering.
A greater portion of the word is given to those who do not harden their hearts.
Faith requires work.
If we are sincerely seeking the truth, we will do all in our power to find it.
We must ask in faith with an honest heart, believing that we will receive revelation.
Trust in the Lord and His promises.
God will reveal truth to those who seek it.
The journey to find truth is worth it.
D Todd Christofferson (Quorum of Twelve Apostles)
Christ’s existence is independent and everlasting.
Both as Jehovah and Messiah He is the Great I Am.
We can have ultimate trust and confidence in His power to overcome all else and grant us everlasting life.
Christ’s victory over death ended the human predicament. Now there are only personal predicaments.
Not only a perfect and just God. Also a perfect and merciful God.
We are all accountable to Him for our lives. Our lives are His.
Jesus is a divine being.
Because he was resurrected, Jesus had to have been a God. The Only Begotten Son of the Father.
The grace of Christ is real.
Faith is more than imagination and psychological invention.
Repentance is both possible and urgent.
The Savior’s miracles were real.
Because of Christ death is not our end. In our flesh we will see God.
Did the Lord in reality die and rise again? Yes.
“I testify of all that follows from the fact of His resurrection.”
Thomas S. Monson (President)
A wonderful conference.
The prayers have drawn us nearer to heaven.
We have been uplifted as we have participated together.
Read the messages when they become available.
May we resolve to do a little better than we have done in the past.
Be kind and loving to those who do not share our beliefs and our standards.
Heavenly Father will guide and bless us as we put our trust in Him.
May our homes be filled with love and courtesy and the Spirit of the Lord.
May we ever be found doing the work of the Lord.
He is indeed our Father. He is personal and real.
Closing Hymn: Come, Let Us Anew (217)