Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Understanding Easter on a Deeper Level

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I know there are so many things to do around the holidays.  Easter is such an important holiday, but too often we get caught up in the Easter Bunny stuff and all the excitement for spring that we don't think about the deepest most important reason we celebrate this holiday.

Christ lives, yes he died for our sins, but he rose again.  We can live again and because of his atonement we have the power to rise above our sins, faults, weaknesses, and all the failings of mortality.  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints created this video to remind us:

Also visit: http://easter.mormon.org/ for more links and information regarding the importance of Easter.  I hope we can share this message with our children this Easter.

This is also a beautiful Message about Easter and the meaning of Christ's atonement in our lives:


I love the purpose of this site:
#StartingToday Campaign Encourages Change
Christmas is a time of good will toward others. New Year’s inspires resolutions. But how does Easter go beyond the superficial themes of Easter eggs and chocolate bunnies? That question is the focus of the new YouTube video, “Starting Today.”
Radiant, a new values-based content provider owned by boncom, will premiere the thought-provoking message for Easter this Saturday. Starting Today will inspire viewers to take a closer look at their lives and make positive changes.
“The central message of the video is that change can begin at any time because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ—the defining event of Easter,” Brandon Burton, the president of boncom, explained. “His life and teachings give us the hope and the help to bring about real, positive change in our lives.”
Starting Today isn’t just an inspiring short film. It’s a holistic campaign encouraging viewers to post personal resolutions on social media with the hashtag #StartingToday.
Radiant hopes that by sharing the video and their resolutions, social media users will inspire their friends and family to take action, too. startingtoday.radiant.org (http://apartirdehoy.radiant.org/ in Spanish), a Radiant -sponsored website, provides some suggestions for positive change, such as “forgive more” and “strengthen relationships.”
Radiant is dedicated to producing engaging, uplifting content. By creating great media experiences based on the time-honored virtues of integrity, morality, and human kindness, Radiant aims to help strengthen families, build faith, promote service and inspire greatness.

Starting today I will more consciously testify of truth to strengthen and inspire those around me.

I know that Jesus Christ is my Redeemer and Savior.  I am grateful for the hope he brings to my life.  He loves all of us beyond our ability to comprehend.  He understands all of our struggles and hardships.  He knows.  He is there for us. Through him, we have the power to overcome anything.  Amen.

Christ's atonement is so important in our lives.  I recently watched this devotional on the Atonement.  I know I've understood different parts of this message at different times in my life, but this one talk really helps to bring it all into perspective. It's so inspiring and eye-opening.

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