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Easter is Almost Here!

Easter is just around the corner.  It is such a wonderful time of the year!

Spring is coming, grass is greening, flowers are blooming, baby chicks and bunnies are everywhere – especially at the stores.  🙂

All these are a reminder of the greatest event that ever happened.  The atonement of Jesus Christ – His suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross at Calvary, His death, and His subsequent resurrection – affects every person.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”  John 3:16-17.

Jesus Christ has given everyone, everywhere, the free gift of resurrection, thus doing away with the sting of death.

“But there is a resurrection, therefore the grave hath no victory, and the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ.”  Mosiah 16:8.

That is the glory of Easter and spring – coming back from death.  And even better, through repentance we can be forgiven for our sins because Jesus Christ paid the price for them.  He has provided a way for us to return to live forever with God, our Eternal Father, and His Son,  Jesus Christ!

Easter, Celebrating Christ’s Atonement and Resurrection

What does Easter mean to me?  It is a time to remember the atonement, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ because these great gifts make possible the greatest gifts mankind has to gain!

“We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.

“We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.”  Pearl of Great Price, Article of Faith 3 and 4.

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to earth to show us the right way to live and to prepare the way for us to return to live with Him and with our Heavenly Father.  His great example has helped me live a better life every day of my life.  When problems arise, or I am unsure what to do in a situation, the stories and the teachings of Jesus help guide me to make the right choices.

As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I have learned the way that Christ prepared so that I and my family may follow in His footsteps, live the principles and accept the ordinances that Jesus instituted for those who desire to know the truth and return to live with Him one day.

Because Jesus was resurrected, everyone will be resurrected – body and spirit reunited once again never to be separated again!  This is a free gift that He provided for all.

In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus Christ paid for the sins of all mankind.  This is difficult to fathom, for our minds are so finite and small.  Yet, He accomplished this great price:

“For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent;

“But if they would not repent they must suffer even as I;

“Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit—and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink—”  Doctrine and Covenants 19:16-18.

This great gift is available to everyone, but it is a conditional gift.  To receive it, we must repent of our sins and strive to live a good and righteous life, following the example of Jesus.  We build our faith in Jesus, which allows us to learn more about how He lived and try to make the same types of choices in our own lives.

The reward for that is not only to be resurrected, but also to live with God forever and ever!

What greater joy could there be?

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  • What Is This Thing Called Death?

    A good friend passed away this week, and got me to thinking.  What is this thing we call “death”?

    Some would say that death is the end, a nothingness, ceasing to exist.

    If that were so, where is the meaning of life?  And how could the injustices, the lives of those who seem to suffer so much, or those who live without hope make any sense?

    Did we really just “pop” into existence only to be “snuffed” back out?

    That just doesn’t sound or feel right!

    Others say that death is the most horrific thing that can happen, leaving us hanging in a limbo for all eternity, or consigned to repeat life over and over, ever trying to improve minisculy.

    If that were so, would life be lived in constant fear of not making the grade, not learning enough, or of being over before we have the opportunity to show what we can do?

    Is that really why we are here, to blow it royally or to have to keep trying forever and ever?

    That doesn’t sound or feel right!

    Our loving Father in Heaven created the earth as a place for learning and growth for His beloved children.  He sends us, His spirit children, here to get a physical, mortal body.  Death is the separation of our spirit from our physical body (like when you take off a glove).

    Our body is left behind, while our spirit continues to live and moves on to the next phase of our learning and growth.

    If this is so, where is the meaning of life?  Are we really here to see if we blow it royally or have to keep trying to make it forever and ever?  Life means being able to do more than we could as just living spirits, having additional senses, abilities, and blessings!  Injustices or problems we have no control over that are not corrected here in our physical life will be taken care of after this life.

    Father in Heaven’s plan included giving every one of His children the opportunity to learn of Him and to choose to follow His son, Jesus Christ.  If they do not have that opportunity in this life (which a great many of His children do not have), His perfect plan includes the contingency for them to learn after this life.  All will be taught and allowed to choose for themselves whether to accept and follow His great Plan of Happiness!

    So, does it matter what we do while here in this life?

    Good question!  Yes, the more we learn and grow in this life the better off we will be in the eternities.  All of us have things we struggle with, that is part of mortality, and part of increasing in abilities physically, mentally, spiritually, and socially.  All that we learn here stays with us forever!

    We are also here to have joy and rejoicing in the goodness of God, in sharing what we do have with others, and to make a positive difference.  There is purpose to our lives, and the choices we make will impact our eternities.

    This thing that we call death is a step along the path of Heavenly Father’s plan.  It is passing through a door, leaving our body behind, meeting with our friends and loved ones who have already passed on, and one day – because of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection – having our spirit and body reunited in a glorified and perfected form never to be separated again, and finally receiving all that we have earned through our many choices throughout our lives.

    Now that makes sense!  🙂

    25 Days of Christ – Day 6

    “For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.” Moses 1:39.

    As wonderful as living with Heavenly Father for eternity is, there is one more gift He planned for us.  And that is to live there together with our families!

    The gift of being resurrected – having our spirit and body reunited, never to be separated again – is a free gift bestowed automatically on everyone, the wicked as well as the righteous, because Christ died and was resurrected.

    But the gift of eternal life – living forever in the presence of God – is conditional, made possible through Christ’s atonement when He suffered for all our sins in the Garden of Gethsemane.  We accept this gift as we repent of our sins and change our lives to become more Christ-like in our thoughts, words, and actions.

    The gift of living forever with Heavenly Father together with our families is the most beautiful gift He offers.  It is the crowning pinnacle of Heavenly Father’s plan, His Plan of Happiness!  But it is also conditional.  Certain principles and ordinances are required.  They include baptism, confirmation, ordination to the Melchizedek Priesthood (for men), the temple endowment, and the marriage sealing. With each of these ordinances, we enter into solemn covenants with the Lord.

     We are sealed together forever as families by someone who has the priesthood of God, the power and authority to act in God’s name.  Christ organized His church and bestowed His priesthood on His apostles when He was alive on the earth.  He restored His church and again bestowed His authority in these latter days upon His prophet, Joseph Smith.

    Today the sealing power of the priesthood that binds families together forever is found in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  This sacred ordinance, or ceremony, is performed in the temple, the House of the Lord.

    Because all who have lived on the earth have not had the opportunity to be baptized, or sealed, by proper authority during life on earth, baptisms may be performed by proxy, meaning a living person may be baptized in behalf of a deceased person. Baptisms for the dead are performed by Church members in temples throughout the world. They act as a proxy for the deceased.  In the temples all the necessary ordinances are performed, by proxy, for those who have died without receiving them.

    It is a glorious and beautiful plan that was designed long before the world was even created!  God loves every one of His children and desires all to return to Him.  Christ prepared the way so that all who desire to do so and are willing to follow His commandments, receiving the necessary ordinances in person or by proxy, will be partakers in the entire Plan of Happiness!

    25 Days of Christ – Day 4

    So, if death is the end of life, why does it matter whether we grow and progress in life or not?

    Of course, as we have reviewed in our 24 Days of Christ, birth was not the beginning of life!  So why would death be the end?

    Again Christ is our example.  He came to earth to show us the way to live, then died on the cross.  But on the 3rd day he rose from the dead!

    Mark 16:1, 5-6 explains, “And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him….And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted.  And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.”

    And later when Jesus showed himself to his apostles, He said, “Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.” Luke 24:39.

    “And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.”  Acts 4:33.

    Rather than death being the end, it is but a door we pass through to continue to progress throughout the eternities.  And the spirit and the body will be reunited, never to be separated again.

    The scriptures testify of the resurrection:

    • “Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.  And ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves” Ezekiel 37:12-13.
    • “I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction” Hosea 13:14.
    • “We shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection” Romans 6:5.
    • “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life” John 11:25.
    • “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” 1 Corinthians 15:22.

    What a wonderful message!  What great joy!  Christ was resurrected and He lives.  And we will all have the same blessing!