Sunday, April 5, 2015

Because He Lives

"Today we celebrate the gift of victory over every fall we have ever experienced, every sorrow we have ever known, every discouragement we have ever had, every fear we have ever faced—to say nothing of resurrection from death and forgiveness for our sins."
-Jeffrey R. Holland

"It was a photo op I couldn't resist." -Bailey's mom

Happy Easter, everyone!  What a beautiful holiday it is, and it was extra special this year because General Conference fell on this same day!  It was cool to feel like I was celebrating with the whole church, and my favorite quote regarding the day was the one I put above from Elder Holland.

My Easter festivities included spending the whole day with Bailey!  We watched General Conference and hung out with his family, and in the evening we went up to my grandma's to hang out with my family!  It was really nice, and it was fun to see everybody.

Now about Easter.  How grateful I am for the atonement, which is what this holiday is all about.  Christ suffered and died for us, but the atonement is so much more than that.  Because of him, we can live again.  Because of him, we can be forgiven for our sins as he has already paid for them with his blood.  Those are amazing gifts, but probably my favorite part about the atonement is that not only did Christ suffer for our sins, he also suffered for every pain, sorrow, and affliction we ever will have.  Christ suffered in Gethsemane so that he would have a firsthand knowledge of everything that everyone will ever go through.  Because of that, we never have to face any challenge alone, as Christ has quite literally been in our exact same situation and will provide comfort and guidance through every trial.  How blessed we are to have our Heavenly Father who was willing to send his son to die for us, and how blessed we are to have that Savior who loves us enough to suffer the things he did.

Hope you all kept the meaning of Easter in mind today, and that you all had a lovely day!  I'll leave you with this video, which has beautiful cinematography but an even better message.

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