Easter Week in History
This week of Easter brings a lot of emotions to me. I am sad and empty because this is the week in history when Jesus was betrayed and beaten. This is the week in history that Heavenly Father knew was coming. Jesus knew it too. The tragedy on Good Friday was pre-ordained and part of Our Father’s Plan of Salvation. My heart weeps for Jesus. My heart also weeps for our Heavenly Father. The Father of us all stood by and watched his first born, his only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, atone for the sins of all the world. Every ‘Good Friday,’ I stand all amazed at the love he has given me. I try to understand, and I cannot. I know that someday I will. But for now, I feel lost in grief.
I find joy, comfort, love, and faith in the day of Easter. I have a personal testimony that in Jesus Christ died on the cross to save us. Our beloved Lord knew that He would return to rescue us. 3 days after Jesus died, He triumphantly returned in body and soul to testify of His Glory. Jesus is a fully resurrected spirit, His Body and Soul rejoined as one. The Scriptures testify of this truth.
Please love your neighbors as you love yourself. This is the 2nd greatest commandment of all.
We know satan. The devil himself. He is around…waiting for his chance to tempt us to do his bidding…..make a mistake, commit a sin, use profanity, use pornography, you name it, if it’s bad; he want you to do it, We are stronger and smarter than satan, He can easily be defeated. How? Prayer. Scriptures. A contrite heart that asks for forgiveness. You’ve got this. www.janemoe.com
The call to preach Christ’s gospel isn’t new. Many prophets were com- missioned during Old Testament times to declare God’s word to all inhabitants of the earth. John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus Christ’s ministry, and then He appointed twelve apostles to teach His doctrine. After He died and was resurrected, He once again appeared to the Apostles and gave the following directive: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19–20; see also Mark 15:16). That mandate is no less important today than it was during Christ’s ministry two millennia ago.
In fact, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints promise as part of the baptismal covenant that they’ll share the gospel. Those who enter Christ’s Church promise “to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that [they] may be in, even until death” (Mosiah 18:9). As Church members go to the temple and complete additional ordinances, they pledge to serve God with “heart, might, mind and strength” (D&C 4:2). I believe that the greatest service we can give to Heavenly Father is to help Him fulfill His work and glory of bringing to pass the “immortality and eternal life” of His children (Moses 1:39).
No one is perfect. We all fumble. I make dumb mistakes. However, that’s where Christ’s Atonement comes in. He is the only way we could possibly live with Him and Heavenly Father again. Through His Atonement and Resurrection, we’ll not only live again but we can be made clean so that we can dwell eternally in heaven. However, for us to get there we must repent. We show our desire to repent and be made clean by agreeing to be baptized. And then after that, we need to repent whenever we make a mistake. For me, that means repenting not just monthly or weekly but every day. Maybe I was impatient with someone or didn’t follow a prompting from the Holy Ghost to serve someone. Sure, those aren’t big things, but even they need to be repented of if we want to be completely clean. Don’t delay repentance. Not only will repenting bring you peace but it will also mean that you’re prepared to meet God whenever He decides it’s your time.
Do you ask yourself this question? I have. However I have found the answers within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I KNOW Heavenly Father loves me. I have read His Scriptures, and The Holy Ghost has confirmed His Gospel. What do I mean by Holy Ghost? Jesus has taught us that there is a third member to our beloved Godhead: Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and The Holy Ghost (also known as the Holy Spirit). Jesus promised that He would not leave us “comfortless.” And He has kept that promise. We have the ability to hear or feel a “small, still voice” that arises in our bodies when we are feeling the truthfulness of His Word. For example: when I first read The Book of Mormon and I pondered its truthfulness a feeling of peace, wonderment, goosebumps, and a warmth in my chest, came over me. At that time, I was not an LDS member. I had no idea what I was feeling. I asked the LDS missionaries that were giving lessons to me and my husband. They explained that this ‘feeling’ was Heavenly Father’s way of testifying that this is His Word. That I can trust and believe in what I was reading and feeling. Since then, I have also prayed to Heavenly Father asking Him questions. When I get this ‘spiritual’ feeling that makes me warm with goosebumps, this is His truthfulness. When I attend The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I feel His presence and warmth. I know that Heavenly Father is real, that He answers my prayers, and that He loves me.