Friday, March 30, 2018

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf on the blessings of Easter Sunday

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf (born November 6, 1940) served as a Seventy from 1994-2004, when he was called as a member of the Quorum of Twelve.  He served as second counselor in the First Presidency from 2008 to 2018.
"On Easter Sunday we celebrate the most long-awaited and glorious event in the history of the world.
"It is the day that changed everything.
"On that day, my life changed.
"Your life changed.
"The destiny of all God’s children changed.
"On that blessed day, the Savior of mankind, who had taken upon Himself the chains of sin and death that held us captive, burst those chains and set us free.
"Because of the sacrifice of our beloved Redeemer, death has no sting, the grave has no victory (see 1 Corinthians 15:55; Mosiah 16:8), Satan has no lasting power, and we are 'begotten... again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ' (1 Peter 1:3; emphasis added).
"Truly, the Apostle Paul was correct when he said we can 'comfort one another with these words' (1 Thessalonians 4:18; see also verses 13–17)."
- Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "The Gift of Grace," General Conference April 2015
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 The impact and meaning of the events of "Easter Sunday" are profound, and President Uchtdorf reminded us of all that meant to us, and how our lives changed because of it:

The expression "lively hope" used by Paul is particularly moving to me. The concept of "hope" is glorious as it is, but a "lively hope" is even more expressive: one that is vibrant, motivating, and real. We should feel that hope strengthened and renewed as we ponder and commemorate the events of Easter weekend!

(Compilation and commentary by David Kenison, Orem, Utah, 2018)

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