Thursday, April 2, 2015

Ezra Taft Benson on Christ and Easter

President Ezra Taft Benson (1899-1994) was called to the Quorum of Twelve Apostles in 1943, and served as the 13th President of the Church from 1985 until his death in 1994 at age 94.
"Without Christ there would be no Easter. Without Christ there can be no fulness of joy. In our premortal state, we shouted for joy as the plan of salvation was unfolded to our view. (See Job 38:7.)
"It was there our elder brother Jesus, the firstborn in the spirit of our Father's children, volunteered to redeem us from our sins. He became our foreordained Savior, the Lamb 'slain from the foundation of the world.' (Moses 7:47.)
"Thanks be to God the Son for the offering of Himself. And thanks be to God the Father that He sent Him. 'For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son.' (John 3:16.) ...
"The Lord testified, 'I came into the world to do the will of my Father, because my Father sent me. And my Father sent me that I might be lifted up upon the cross.' (3 Ne. 27:13-14.) And so He was.
"In Gethsemane and on Calvary, He worked out the infinite and eternal Atonement. It was the greatest single act of love in recorded history. Then followed His death and resurrection.
"Thus He became our Redeemer—redeeming all of us from physical death, and redeeming those of us from spiritual death who will obey the laws and ordinances of the gospel...
"And now, what must we do this Easter season—and always? Why, we must do the same as the Wise Men of old. They sought out the Christ and found Him. And so must we. Those who are wise still seek Him today."
- Ezra Taft Benson, "Joy in Christ," Ensign, March 1986, pp. 3-5
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Apostles are designated as special witnesses of Christ, and they often share their special witnesses of Him. After a lifetime of studying and following the teachings of the Savior, President Benson shared this testimony soon after he became president of the Church.

President Benson offers this Easter season reminder to all who are wise enough to listen and heed:

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