Mormons Do Celebrate Easter. Day Eight.

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Jesus’s body lay in the tomb. A large stone was put in front of the door. The wicked priests asked Pilate to have guards stand outside the tomb to make sure no one went inside.
As Christ’s body lay in the tomb those days, many wept.  Some may have had doubt.  Some feared that they’d be persecuted for following Him.  Some had hope.  Some had faith.  Some waited patiently.  As Latter Day Saints, we believe that the people in the Americas experienced three days of darkness and mourning. (3 Nephi 8)
Garden Tomb of Christ
Another word on Easter.  Tomorrow is Easter Sunday.  I just finished dying eggs with the kids, and am preparing to stuff the plastic eggs after the kids go to bed.  But first – we’ll be reading the Easter story to them and discussing the significance of the day.
I actually enjoy the commercial aspect of Easter.  I enjoy the commercial aspect of Christmas too.  There are a few reasons – the joy I see on my children’s faces is unmatched, for one thing.  Mostly, however I enjoy the many teaching opportunities I have during these two seasons to point out the significance of the symbols used in celebrating.
Eggs, for instance, represent a new life.  Easter Lilies are white and represent purity – just as Christ was Pure.  The Lamb is representative of the Lamb of God.  The Easter Dress, or the wearing of new clothes is also a symbol of new life.  The rabbit or bunny represents abundant new life, a symbol that Christ’s victory over death can be shared abundantly.  The giving and receiving of gifts can represent the gift He gives us all. 
I do not personally believe the commercial aspects of any holiday are bad in their entirety.  Anything that causes my children to think about something in a different light, or enables them to ask questions and seek truth are not bad things. 
“And by the power of the Holy Ghost, Ye may know the truth of all things.”
Moroni 10:5.

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