I hope everyone had a beautiful Easter weekend. My wife and I spent the weekend in Utah and made some great memories.
Two highlights came on the same day, Saturday. In the afternoon we went to the Tulip Festival at Thanksgiving Point. What an incredible display of beautiful flowers!
Unexpectedly, we stumbled upon a preview of a new project that will come in the future on the garden’s grounds. The project is called “The Light of the World Garden.” Artist Angela Johnson has beautifully portrayed scenes from the life of the Savior. Smaller scaled statues surround a full sized statue of the Savior walking on water. The plans call for each of the smaller statues being placed throughout the gardens in their full sizes. How beautiful that will be. To see more of my shots of these statues, please visit my Instagram page.
Saturday evening we had the opportunity to attend the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s performance of Handel’s Messiah with the Orchestra at Temple Square. Words cannot describe how powerful this concert was. Not only was the music touching, but so was the message. Jesus Christ is real. Oh that I have no doubt.
The best part is anyone can know it.
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)