I’ve been thinking a great deal about the upcoming Easter campaign #PrinceofPeace that will go live March 31 at mormon.org/easter. It's beautiful. It has a similar feel to the #LightTheWorld and the activities and videos each day of Holy Week will be a great addition to our Easter celebration. I have been thinking about what I can post to add to the campaign these last few weeks; what would be meaningful, what would benefit "my audience?" At one point I was even lured by the idea of being featured in one of the media outlets, but that was not a significant reason for me to participate, phew. As I thought about the presentation and information given this was the idea that pierced my heart.
Christmas is an outward show of our love for Christ, while Easter is for inward reflection of our relationship with Him.
As I look back on my Christmas vs. Easter preparations, I can see that over and over again in my life. It has certainly held true this year as I have contemplated Easter the past few weeks and reflected on my relationship with Christ. I have spent more time in the scriptures the past little while searching, not for anything specific but just being immersed in the word of God and it’s been beautiful. I have prayed more, again nothing specific although plenty to occupy my mind and heart. As a result, I have felt closer to the Father, more peace, and direction.
The reality is then this:
There is nothing I can share that will bring you closer to Christ.
I would never be so presumptuous as to think that I have that kind of power or influence, nor do I want it. Your relationship with Christ is your own, and you have to put in the work, which in my experience takes very little effort. It seems like I give very little energy for huge benefits. However or in whatever manner you choose to celebrate Easter I hope that you will take time for the holy. "The Beauty of Holiness" by Carol F. McConkie was a great reminder. Look for ways to focus more on Christ this season.
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I have enjoyed thinking about these different attributes and the people who have influenced me, who had been an example of faith, compassion, forgiveness, etc. Their lives and experiences have blessed me in ways I can't express but cherish. There are some truly amazing people in this world. I have also thought about different ancestors whose stories I want to share. I am excited to share this Easter season with my family.
Another beautiful way to celebrate Easter would be to see "Savior of the World." Our stake has been working for months and months rehearsing this beautiful program. We have been fortunate enough to be able to use some of the set design and costumes from the original production as well as professionals who help with the production. A couple of my children have been involved in the production, and it's been lovely hearing them talk about the preparations.
Email me, and I will give you all the details. It will be beautiful.
If you are looking for something to study the Names of Christ booklet has proven meaningful for me, and I was so thrilled when the #princeofpeace featured the same painting as the booklet by Heinrich Hofmann.