Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

With today being Easter I went searching for some cute graphic to share.  I found cute little bunnies with the words Happy Easter in really cute fonts, but somehow that just didn't do it.  As I thought about it more and more I decided to share the words and testimonies of modern day Prophets and The Twelve Apostles. 


If you are struggling to read the words in the photo above here are those words.....

As we commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ two millennia ago, we offer our testimony of the reality of His matchless life and the infinite virtue of His great atoning sacrifice. None other has had so profound an influence upon all who have lived and will yet live upon the earth.
He was the Great Jehovah of the Old Testament, the Messiah of the New. Under the direction of His Father, He was the creator of the earth. “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:3). Though sinless, He was baptized to fulfill all righteousness. He “went about doing good” (Acts 10:38), yet was despised for it. His gospel was a message of peace and goodwill. He entreated all to follow His example. He walked the roads of Palestine, healing the sick, causing the blind to see, and raising the dead. He taught the truths of eternity, the reality of our premortal existence, the purpose of our life on earth, and the potential for the sons and daughters of God in the life to come.
He instituted the sacrament as a reminder of His great atoning sacrifice. He was arrested and condemned on spurious charges, convicted to satisfy a mob, and sentenced to die on Calvary’s cross. He gave His life to atone for the sins of all mankind. His was a great vicarious gift in behalf of all who would ever live upon the earth.
We solemnly testify that His life, which is central to all human history, neither began in Bethlehem nor concluded on Calvary. He was the Firstborn of the Father, the Only Begotten Son in the flesh, the Redeemer of the world.
He rose from the grave to “become the firstfruits of them that slept” (1 Corinthians 15:20). As Risen Lord, He visited among those He had loved in life. He also ministered among His “other sheep” (John 10:16) in ancient America. In the modern world, He and His Father appeared to the boy Joseph Smith, ushering in the long-promised “dispensation of the fulness of times” (Ephesians 1:10).
Of the Living Christ, the Prophet Joseph wrote: “His eyes were as a flame of fire; the hair of his head was white like the pure snow; his countenance shone above the brightness of the sun; and his voice was as the sound of the rushing of great waters, even the voice of Jehovah, saying:
“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 110:3–4).
Of Him the Prophet also declared: “And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives!
“For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father—
“That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God” (D&C 76:22–24).
We declare in words of solemnity that His priesthood and His Church have been restored upon the earth—“built upon the foundation of . . . apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone” (Ephesians 2:20).
We testify that He will someday return to earth. “And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together” (Isaiah 40:5). He will rule as King of Kings and reign as Lord of Lords, and every knee shall bend and every tongue shall speak in worship before Him. Each of us will stand to be judged of Him according to our works and the desires of our hearts.
We bear testimony, as His duly ordained Apostles—that Jesus is the Living Christ, the immortal Son of God. He is the great King Immanuel, who stands today on the right hand of His Father. He is the light, the life, and the hope of the world. His way is the path that leads to happiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come. God be thanked for the matchless gift of His divine Son. 

Then as you can see at the bottom of the above document it is signed by several people.  The first three being the Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  The other twelve being the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.  

This next photo is of Christ appearing to the people in this continent showing the people the holes in his hands where the nails had been placed.  I love this picture.  In fact, I remember when I was a young girl and my mother painted this picture on canvas that hung in the Crismon Road Building of our church for many years after we moved away.  Oh the memories.  

This Easter season has been a busy one for our family.  In fact, you will not find many bunnies or baskets around my home because my children are all grown and every time candy comes into this house it gets devoured as soon as it hits the front door.  BUT, that is okay.  It doesn't bother me that I am not making Easter baskets this morning.  Instead we are getting ready for church.  To go and spend this Sabbath Day learning more about our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Learning about his teachings, his example, and about his life.  I know that he is the Son of God!  I know that with all my heart. 
 I know that if we will follow his teachings. make and keep sacred covenants, and try to become more like Him we will be blessed.  What a blessing His Atoning Sacrifice is in my life.  I know that because of Christ's Atoning sacrifice that I can be saved and receive eternal life, after all that I do, by his grace, I will.  

If you are wonder what the word Atonement means I found the following....

What is the Atonement??
As used in the scriptures, to atone is to suffer the penalty for sins, thereby removing the effects of sin from the repentant sinner and allowing him or her to be reconciled to God.  Jesus Christ was the only one capable of carrying out the Atonement for all mankind.  Because of His Atonement, all people will be resurrected, and those who obey His gospel will receive the gift of eternal life with God.

Jesus is the Son of God, our Savior and Redeemer.  Because of Him, death is not the end, and life takes on new meaning.  We can change, we can start over-and we can live again with God.  This Easter, celebrate His life and discover all that's possible because of Him.  (

May we NEVER forget the reason for this Easter season.  And may you and your family have a very Happy Easter.

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