Celebrating Easter

March 20th, 2008  |  Published in Goals, Mormonism  |  2 Comments

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I was talking with a coworker today, and we seemed to agree that Easter shouldn’t be all about hiding candy in eggs and wearing our fanciest clothes to church. It’s a great time to think of Jesus Christ, his Atonement, and the Resurrection of Christ. I’m not planning on locking out the Easter Bunny from our house, but that conversation did make me think about how I can establish traditions that bring more thoughts of Jesus Christ into our family’s Easter traditions.

In Elder Richard G. Scott’s devotional at Brigham Young University this week, he highlighted the importance of learning about the Atonement. Here is part of BYU NewsNet’s recap:

“The Atonement is that essential ingredient of our Father in Heaven’s plan of happiness,” Elder Scott said, “without which that plan would have no significant meaning.”

Although this challenge applies specifically to students at BYU, we can all learn from studying about Christ’s Atonement. As part of our Easter celebration this year, my wife and I are participating in part of our church’s Easter pageant, specifically in a scene that takes place at Christ’s tomb. It’s a very moving scene, and I’m glad that it has helped us remember our Savior this Easter season.

Elder Scott then challenged students to “establish a personal plan to better understand and appreciate the incomparable, eternal, infinite consequences of the perfect fulfillment by Jesus Christ.” He testified as an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ that one’s understanding of the Atonement will enhance the knowledge and skills learned at this university.


  1. Beth says:

    March 20th, 2008 at 9:01 pm (#)

    I love the pageant put on by our home stake — what a neat experience to be part of it.

    The missionaries essentially gave us this challenge from Elder Scott around Christmastime. It was a good experience to contemplate the Atonement; I learned a lot about how the Atonement applies to *me*.

    And Logan asked me the other day, “What’s Easter?” It was neat to try to explain, in simple terms, the wonderful story of the resurrection.

  2. Alex says:

    March 21st, 2008 at 8:37 am (#)

    The Easter pageant has been a lot of fun - I never remember doing anything like it before (you know I’m not exactly a drama-type person), but even I can remember two lines. It’s been fun to have Julia there, too. She’s the narrator’s understudy and did really well last week with only a few hours to learn her several lines.

    We’re excited to teach Emmy a bit more about Easter. I think she gets the lessons she learns in nursery a little bit, so it’s fun to see her “talking” to us in her hand gestures about what she learns in her lessons. She’s a silly kid.

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