BYU study: Disconnect between Mormons and Easter

For 5-year-old Ezra Hyde, it works just fine that Jesus delivers the candy eggs instead of the Easter Bunny.

When he told his parents last Sunday after attending his LDS Primary class that Easter was about Jesus, they were pleased, thinking he'd grasped an important spiritual concept.

Then Ezra blended that understanding with what he has always remembered about the day and came up with the declaration that a new visitor would provide the annual largess of chocolate and jelly beans.

The mixed focus is not unusual for many Latter-day Saint families in their Easter celebration, according to a survey on the importance of Easter done by Keith Wilson, an associate professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University.

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints "do celebrate, but it's a minor celebration," Wilson said. He surveyed approximately 500 people in six different LDS wards as well as scores of BYU students to determine the importance of the holiday to active church members.

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