Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter

We woke this morning to, drum roll please . . . . No Rain. Lots of packing to do but no rain. Dad hid lots of eggs (66 total) first thing so after breakfast, Easter baskets, and a heated discussion about whether it was right to limit each person’s ability to find more than a fifth of the eggs or to divide up the eggs evenly after they’d all been found, the kids hit the yard. Eventually all the eggs were found but only because my dad was smart and drew a map of where they all were as he hid them!

We got a decent start home; sometime after 10 a.m. With two red coolers tied to the top and the van loaded down, we were off. The day before I was fiddling with my Mormon Channel app and realized that we could probably listen to General Conference on the way home. Michael set it up while I drove and we were able to listen most of the way to the pass and then most of the way after. It was great to hear, especially in a place where there really weren’t any other distractions.

Having General Conference on Easter is unusual I guess but it was nice to have the uplifting messages on the long ride home. Lots of things to think about on a day like today. I thought about the article we discussed at our Ensign meeting a week or so ago. It was about dealing with trials and how to learn from them. The author pointed out that the atonement, though often looked at as relief from sin and guilt, is so, so much more. According to the Book of Mormon prophet Alma:

“And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people. And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities. Now the Spirit knoweth all things; nevertheless the Son of God suffereth according to the flesh that he might take upon him the sins of his people, that he might blot out their transgressions according to the power of his deliverance; and now behold, this is the testimony which is in me.”

(Alma 7:11-13)

So the truth of the matter is, Christ suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane not just for our sins but our afflictions. Our pains. Our infirmities. He’s perfect and sinless but he gets us. And he can lift our burdens because, well, he already carried them. I need this. Because I know He won’t take my Stuff but He’ll strengthen me and make me equal to it all. And maybe help me see what I shouldn’t be carrying to begin with.

He is AWESOME.

“But there is a resurrection, therefore the grave hath no victory, and the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ.”

- Mosiah 16:8

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