Easter weekend is one of my favorite weekends. We are to celebrate the Resurrection of the One who was holier that all other. He was the Son of God, the Hope of Isreal, the Messiah, and our eternal Savior. He was Jesus Christ. As I look back to think about all the wonderful holiday's we celebrate this is one of my favorites. Looking past the beautiful colors, smells, and the cool breeze of spring, it is a time to look deeper into what our God has given us. The greatness of his heart to come, live, and walk the walk of not popular edifices, but love, respect, obedience and sacrifice. He bleed at every pore for you and for me. He hung on the cross while the suffocation whipsed out of his breath to conquer the trial of life.
"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)
He overcame death so that we might be lifted up as He did to be judged from our works, according to the desires of our hearts. As we follow his example by baptism and repenting to the end we will have eternal salvation, happiness, and life. I pray as you consider to follow his example, remember how he prayed unto the father (Nephi 19), read through the scriptures (Luke 4:21), and gave unto His disciples bread and water (Matt 26:26), you will do as he said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments."
I know these things to be true. If you have any questions about Jesus Christ and what He did for you, write me on face book or go this next link MORMON.ORG.
From the static, windy, world we live in today it is hard to know or understand what the Lord would have us do. He is our light and life and by following him we can and will find the peace in this life.
Jesus Said; "I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."
We make Choices everyday whether we follow Christ or not. I can promise you when you follow His example life will work out. We will be blessed. I invite all to "Choose" the Lord in all thy ways, in all thy doing, and by showing Him you will keep the commandments by entering into the waters of Baptism.
If you haven't gotten a chance to visit Ohio yet, I've got news for you: Your not missing too much! But if you've ever lived in Ohio; you know that football is the most popular sport. When I was in high school I enjoyed playing. Our school had a tradition of running the offense the exact same way it had been for decades. We ran the ball almost every play. That is just how the tradition was. And it worked well. Very well. But one year we decided to not follow the program. We switched to a spread formation, which is a passing offense. It only took 3 games for us to realize that we couldn't pass the ball around as well as we thought we could. We missed the playoffs that year, which could've been avoided if we had just followed years of success.
Christ is our perfect example in the flesh for us to follow. He was the Only Begotten Son of God. The attributes He inherited from His Father were amazing. He had power over death. He performed miracles upon miracles. He was baptized. He suffered and died on the cross. He rose on the third day. He didn't do it just to prove He could accomplish it. He did it for US.
The Savior's doctirne is clear for all of us: And he said unto the children of men: aFollow thou me. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, can we bfollow Jesus save we shall be willing to keep the commandments of the Father? (2 Nephi 31:10).
Jesus Christ was the greatest leader I've ever known. But He also was more than that. He was a follower as well. In the book of John, Jesus describes who's errand He was on. It was His Father's will that He sought for in all things. Everything Christ did was under the direction of the will of Heavenly Father. So what does that mean for us? Well have you ever heard the phrase "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"? If you haven't, you've never been to Ohio. Sometimes we feel like we don't have to come to church, or read our scriptures, or help others. Others feel like they need to be perfect now; like we can't ever make a mistake. No one is perfect. Everyone has done something wrong. We don't need to find our own way to heaven. Come to church. Do what is right. Be baptized by someone comissioned of Jesus Christ. It is only through Christ that we can be saved. Don't try to be perfect; only strive to be perfected by the One who lived the only perfect life. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.