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.
With so many great LDS books out there, it can be hard to pick which ones to start with! Check out these 7 best LDS books you didn't know you should put on your reading list.
It's easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of great new LDS books released each year. With so many important topics broached by insightful authors, figuring out which books to read can seem daunting. Especially when our reading list already includes other must-read items like seminal LDS works, like Jesus the Christ.
We're here to help.
Looking beyond the standard works (which we realize are definitely #1 on any reading list) as well as beyond the standard doctrinal heavy-hitters you probably already have in your must-reads lineup, we've ranked 7 of the best new LDS books you should definitely add to your reading list:
#7 - Living in the Eleventh Hour by Robert L. Millet
Recognizing and preparing for the signs of the times is critical for all of us living in the latter days. In Living in the Eleventh Hour, author Robert L. Millet points our minds and hearts toward the future—to the glorious day that lies ahead. This encouraging work not only assists us a Latter-day Saints to recognize and better understand the signs of the times but also reminds us of our individual responsibilities as we prepare ourselves and the world for the much-anticipated return of Jesus Christ.
These 6 memes, pulled from Elder Bednar's new book, Power to Become, teach insightful lessons and offer meaningful challenges that, if embraced, will change your life.