The First Presidency Easter message

The significance of notable events is often diluted or lost entirely in celebrations and observances. This is frequently true of Easter, when it is the holiday that some celebrate, rather than the deep significance of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The greatest events of history are those which affect the largest numbers for the longest periods. By this standard, no event could be more important to individuals or nations that the resurrection of the Savior. Because of it, all of our Heavenly Father's children will be resurrected."I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live." (John 11:25.)

With the approach of spring, of another Easter morning, there wells up within faithful Christians the world over a glorious assurance of hope, a brilliant ray of peace, for He lives! Death is overcome!

But the victory over death is not the only benefit arising from the resurrection of the Messiah; He not only freed all mankind from the bonds of eternal death but, through His atonement, forgiveness of our individual sins may be obtained. He made it possible for all, through faith, repentance, and obedience to the ordinances and covenants of His gospel, to be forgiven of their sins.

We testify that Jesus is the Christ. He lives. He broke the bonds of death. He is our Savior and Redeemer, the very Son of God. We humbly repeat what we often sing:

"I know that my Redeemer lives! He lives, all glory to his name! He lives, my Savior still the same; O sweet the joy this sentence gives: I know that my Redeemer lives!"

The First Presidency

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