Be sure to keep an eye on these bright, new LDS artists. With their talent and skills, they sure are going places.
Deseret Book recently conducted a scholarship competition for aspiring, new LDS artists. The money was raised from prominent LDS artists auctioning off custom pieces of artwork. These artists included Annie Henrie, Del Parson, J. Kirk Richards, James Christensen, and Liz Lemon Swindle. From thirty applicants, they chose four winners and three honorable mentions. Each of the four winners received $3,000 towards their education in their chosen art medium. These are definitely some artists to watch for in the upcoming months!
Ham. Potatoes. Muffins. What's not to love about a perfect Easter feast? But then again, what IS the perfect Easter feast for Mormons? Take the poll and tell us!
Every family does Easter their own way. It’s not like Christmas where a tree, stockings, and presents are all expected to be in the house by December 25th. Some families do an Easter egg hunt. Some do a candy hunt. Some families eat a honey-glazed ham. Some eat potato salad. Some families eat funeral potatoes. And some don’t. (And those people are just plain crazy.)
My family is definitely a ham-and-potatoes-on-Easter kind of family. Without fail, there is a Honey-Baked Ham and funeral potatoes (or sometimes potato salad if there’s time) on the table for every Easter dinner. I thought this a most appropriately delicious Easter meal. And that’s why I was so surprised when a coworker told me that turkey—not ham—was the norm for Easter. But after that, another coworker piped up, saying that roast beef was the way to go . . . Really? A roast-beef Easter? Inconceivable.
So it dawned on me: what do Mormons really eat for their Easter feast? Take the poll below and tell us the menu for your perfect Easter dinner.
Between the Easter Bunny and colored eggs, it can be easy to get lost in the secularism of Easter. Here are some tips for keeping the celebration focused on Christ.
For both children and adults alike, Christmas is, and probably always
will be, a much bigger and more attractive holiday than Easter. Further,
the date of Easter makes it difficult to plan for and get excited
about, while Christmas is fixed for western Christians on December 25.
The date of Easter, dependent as it is upon a lunar calendar, moves
around from year to year, often catching us by surprise. But in his
Christmas message in 2000, President Gordon B. Hinckley made it clear
that Easter really is the more important of the two holidays: “There
would be no Christmas if there had not been Easter. The baby Jesus of
Bethlehem would be but another baby without the redeeming Christ of
Gethsemane and Calvary, and the triumphant fact of the Resurrection.”
With this in mind, many Latter-day Saints wonder how they, as individuals and as families, can use Easter and the days leading up to it to better celebrate the Atonement of Jesus Christ—his overcoming sin and death through the Redemption and the Resurrection. Over the years, my family has found that using the ways we celebrate Christmas as a guide can help us make Easter a more meaningful holiday, making it a learning and teaching opportunity as well as a real opportunity to worship together.
With all the stuffed bunnies and colored eggs crammed on store shelves this time of year, it can be hard to find Christ-centered gifts that help you celebrate the true meaning of Easter.
Today, we've collected 9 Christ-centered Easter gifts and have listed them below. Plus, you can save an extra 25% on any or all of these gifts when you buy them from DeseretBook.com. Just use promo code A25OFF at checkout.
For more ideas on how to have a Christ-centered Easter, read "5 Minutes a Day to a Christ-centered Easter Week."
1. Easter Walk: A Treasure Hunt for the Real Meaning of Easter
Follow Tyler and Amy as they take a much-anticipated Easter walk with their grandpa. Using clues from the scriptures, they find six objects that symbolize specific moments in the Easter story. For example, they find something sharp to remind them of the Savior’s crown of thorns and something made of wood to remind them of the cross. As they walk, they learn important lessons about Easter and its particular message for their family — and yours.
Make your Easter more meaningful this year by following the events of Christ's life as recorded in the Bible and the Book of Mormon in the week before his resurrection. All it takes is five minutes a day.
Yesterday was Palm Sunday, which marked the beginning of the last week of Christ’s life over 2,000 years ago. It was on this day that Christ entered Jerusalem on the back of a donkey while all those who recognized Him as their King shouted “Hosanna” and laid a path of palm leaves. As we approach this sacred week in history, it is important to step away from stuffed rabbits and dyed eggs to really reflect and focus on the Savior.
Bookmark or pin this page to revist every day (follow us on Facebook or on Twitter for reminders), and then click through to read brief summaries of the events in Christ's life each day of the week along with a quick less-than-five-minute activity to help keep your family focused on the true meaning of Easter.