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Happy Easters, everbunny.

April 08, 2012

Clever title, huh? I literally just thought of it right before I clicked Publish Post.

So, I picked a new favorite holiday.

I love Easter. I love how happy and sunny and warm spring is.
I love classes and Sacrament meetings centered completely around the Savior.
I love hymns all about Christ. I especially love hearing other people sing or play them.
I love Easter dinners and coloring eggs.
I love playing outside.
I love that Easter means less than two weeks until my semester is over.
I love realizing that I have a lot to be grateful for, and it's all because of my Savior.
I love studying His life, His sacrifice, His resurrection, His love.
I love hearing or reading other people's testimonies of Him.

I taught my first and last Relief Society lesson of the semester today. For the first half we talked about Sustaining Those Whom the Lord Sustains because that was the assigned topic. But then we switched over to Our Testimony of Jesus Christ because I was supposed to teach that lesson a few months ago and never had the chance. Plus it's Easter so we should talk about Christ, obvi.

We talked about scriptures from each of our books - Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon, and Doctrine & Covenants - that have strengthened our testimonies of Christ. I loved hearing what everyone had to share. We spent the most time in the Book of Mormon, 3 Nephi specifically, when Christ visits the Nephites. I especially love chapter 17 when Christ prays to the Father.

3 Nephi 17:16 "...The eye hath never seen, neither hath the ear hear, before, so great an marvelous things as we saw and heard Jesus speak unto the Father."

Can you imagine hearing the Savior pray to His Father? Two verses later it says Jesus finished His prayer and arose, "but so great was the joy of the multitude that they were overcome." Once they finally stood, Christ's joy was so full that He wept. Can you imagine seeing the Savior weep because your faith and righteousness had made Him that happy?

We spent so much time talking about 3 Nephi, and I just really loved it.

One of my all time favorite scriptures about Christ is in the Old Testament.

Isaiah 53:3-5 "He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed."

Those verses touch me every single time I read them. I know the aren't the happiest, but they make what happened so real to me. Not only His physical sacrifice and suffering, but the emotional as well. He loves us so much. I know He loves us so much, and He gave us the greatest gift we'll ever receive. I know Christ rose again, and I know because of Him we all will be resurrected someday, too. I know Jesus Christ is my Savior, and I know He lives today.

I Know That My Redeemer Lives


I know that my Redeemer lives.
What comfort this sweet sentence gives!
He lives, he lives, who once was dead.
He lives, my ever-living Head.
He lives to bless me with his love.
He lives to plead for me above.
He lives my hungry soul to feed.
He lives to bless in time of need.
He lives to grant me rich supply.
He lives to guide me with his eye.
He lives to comfort me when faint.
He lives to hear my soul’s complaint.
He lives to silence all my fears.
He lives to wipe away my tears.
He lives to calm my troubled heart.
He lives all blessings to impart.
He lives, my kind, wise heav’nly Friend.
He lives and loves me to the end.
He lives, and while he lives, I’ll sing.
He lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King.
He lives and grants me daily breath.
He lives, and I shall conquer death.
He lives my mansion to prepare.
He lives to bring me safely there.
He lives! All glory to his name!
He lives, my Savior, still the same.
Oh, sweet the joy this sentence gives:
“I know that my Redeemer lives!”
He lives! All glory to his name!
He lives, my Savior, still the same.
Oh, sweet the joy this sentence gives:
“I know that my Redeemer lives!”

2 comments :

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Thank you for your post; your testimony. Easter doesn't get enough recognition for what the holiday actually is and what it should mean to us. Hearing your testimony of our Savior makes me so happy.

Jake Emmett said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

One benefit of being bishop is influencing the hymns we sing in Sacrament meeting. I went with I Know That My Redeemer Lives for the closing hymn on Easter. It doesn't get much better than that.

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