Saturday, March 29, 2008

Easter 2008

"With all my heart and the fervency of my soul, I lift up my voice in testimony as a special witness and declare that God does live. Jesus is His Son, the Only Begotten of the Father in the flesh. He is our Redeemer; He is our Mediator with the Father. He it was who died on the cross to atone for our sins. He became the first fruits of the Resurrection. Because He died, all shall live again. “Oh, sweet the joy this sentence gives: ‘I know that my Redeemer lives!’ ”May the whole world know it and live by that knowledge, I humbly pray, in the name of Jesus Christ, the Lord and Savior, amen." - Pres. Thomas S. Monson

Although I couldn't say the above as eloquently as a prophet of God I too know that the Savior lives and he is the Son of God and my personal Savior. What a wonderful thing to know.

Since we were little ones so many years ago, my parents have done well to separate the commercial side of the Easter holiday from the spiritual. All growing up we celebrated "Bunny Day" the Saturday before Easter. This tradition still continues and I am sure that I will continue it with my own family. This year my wonderful parents aka the Easter Bunnies brought me a basket of goodies which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Sometimes receiving something is great but more than anything the fact that you know that someone is thinking about you means the world to you. This was one of those instances, I loved the little treat basket but I loved even more the fact that I know my parents love me and are mindful of me. Thanks a million!

Sunday I went to a real family ward, it has been a while since I have gone to a "real ward" such a broader range of people and wisdom levels! I loved it, I met so many great people including Kaye a widow of three years, she shares my middle name -- a deep bond already. This my friends is just what I needed. Again, a tender mercy for me.

For Easter dinner we went to my Grandma and Grandpa White's house, two of the best examples of loving as the Savior loves. What wonderful people they are, their lives have been lived only in the service of their God. It is heartbreaking for me to see them hurt not only physically, but to see my Grandpa's heart break as he is physically unable to serve as his spirit is willing to do. No doubt their place is reserved in the mansions of their Father.

Ooh yeah, and I of course had to do a little something something for the little nephews being the almost favorite aunt that I am, I just love these little guys! LOVE THEM, black eyes and everything!


Keli and Jacob Langston said...

Great post! We are very blessed aren't we? I can't wait to see the family!

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Erika Bassett said...

I've always admired you for your great testimony and how you serve others. It takes a great person with a lot of love to do what you do. You're one of the most selfless and Christlike people I know!!! And I love you for it! I'm glad to know that your family is doing so well. Thanks for your help with my car situation! Hope you enjoy conference. Talk with you later.