Easter and the Literal Resurrection

April 17, 2006

Our Easter Celebration yesterday was excellent. The young men showed extra reverence while breaking, blessing, and passing the sacrament. Our Bishop gave a powerful talk/sermon on the themes of justice and mercy in the Gospel and the Atonement of Jesus Christ, reminding us that through the Atonement, the repentant find mercy and the unrepentant find justice, for mercy cannot rob justice. Later in the day, we enjoyed a wonderful dinner with family and friends.

Because our day was full of worship and the company of family, I couldn’t be bothered to post an Easter message, although that shouldn’t be taken to mean that I, or other Latter-day Saints, do not put due emphasis on Easter in their devotion. I believe that Latter-day Saints have a unique view on this–shared only by the primitive Christian Church. One day late, therefore, I offer some of my thoughts from the Archives (Easter 2005) about LDS beliefs in the literal (and not symbolic or figurative) resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ on that first Easter:

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