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The "longing of the human heart," said Elder David B. Haight of the Council of the Twelve, "should lead to the One who alone can satisfy it - even Jesus of Nazareth."

Speaking Sunday afternoon, Elder Haight said, "Today is Easter - a day designated to solemnize the bodily resurrection of the Savior of the world.

"As members of His restored Church, it is imperative that we do our utmost to expand our understanding of His premortal commission, His early ministry, His unjust crucifixion, the agony of His suffering, His final sacrifice, and His resurrection. Each of us is profoundly indebted to Him, for we were purchased by the shedding of His own precious blood. We are surely obligated to follow His admonition, to believe on His name and to testify of Him and His word."

Elder Haight related the events of the Last Supper: "During the course of the meal, He revealed the terrible news that one among them would betray Him, and a deep sadness fell over all of them.

"While in that upper room, Jesus initiated the sacrament, took bread, brake it, prayed over it, and passed it to the disciples."

Then, quoting from The Life of Christ by Frederic W. Farrar, Elder Haight spoke of the " awful hour of His deepest [suffering]' " in the Garden of Gethsemane. The Savior "calm[ed] His spirit by prayer and solitude to meet that hour in which all that is evil in the Power of [Satan] should wreak its worst upon the Innocent and Holy [One].' "

Continuing, Elder Haight related Judas' betrayal, the arrest of the Son of God, the scourging and crucifixion. Again quoting from The Life of Christ, he said that Christ, realizing " `that His atoning sacrifice had been accepted by the Father, and that His mission in the flesh had been carried to glorious consummation, He exclaimed in a loud voice of holy triumph, "It is finished." He bowed His head, and voluntarily gave up His life.' "

Elder Haight then spoke of Jesus' burial and resurrection. "On the dawn of that first-ever Easter morn, the two Marys, along with other women, carried their precious spices and ointments to the tomb to finish preparing the body. They found the heavy stone rolled away, the body of Jesus gone, and two angels in white bearing witness that Christ had risen from the dead."

Not only did Christ appear to Mary and to other women, Elder Haight explained, but also He appeared to many others including His apostles.

Later, at the place of His ascension on the Mount of Olives, the Savior instructed His apostles and those whom He had commissioned to "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. . . ." (Matt. 28:19.)

"That is our mandate," Elder Haight declared. "This is why we go to all nations of the earth proclaiming His gospel."

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