How do Mormon’s feel about Easter?
Easter is possibly one of the most important holidays to the Mormon’s. At Easter, the world celebrates Christ’s ressurection. The ressurection of Christ is more than just his rising from the dead on the third day- His triumph over death started in the garden of Gethsemane, where he suffered for the sins of the world. On Easter, we celebrate Christ’s life, suffering, death and ressurection.
Easter is a time when Mormon’s, and many other Christians, feel a deep gratitude for what Jesus Christ did for them personally. Without His sacrifice, we would have no hope on this earth. We realize that everyone falls short, and that only in and through Christ can we be saved in the eternities.
Mormon Easter Pageant
Easter is the celebration of a most sacred and singular event. One way that Mormon’s celebrate and remember that event is through an Easter pageant, which plays out the King James version of the story of Easter.
The pageant is the world’s largest annual outdoor Easter pageant. It has been ongoing since 1928, and has a cast of over 400 people. It includes live animals, a spectacular stage, and is viewed by tens of thousands each year.
You can read a good synopses of the Mormon Easter pageant here.
You can understand how Mormon’s feel about Easter by reading this article. Here is a bit of it:
Those who hated Jesus thought they had put an end to Him forever when the cruel spikes pierced His quivering flesh and the cross was raised on Calvary. But this was the Son of God, with whose power they did not reckon. Through His death came the Resurrection and the assurance of eternal life. None of us can fully understand the pain He bore as He prayed in Gethsemane and subsequently hung in ignominy between two thieves while those who looked at Him taunted Him and said, “He saved others; himself he cannot save” (Matt. 27:42; Mark 15:31).
With sorrow unspeakable those who loved Him placed His wounded, lifeless body in the new tomb of Joseph of Arimathea. Gone was hope from the lives of His Apostles, whom He had loved and taught. He to whom they had looked as Lord and Master had been crucified and His body laid in a sealed tomb. He had taught them of His eventual death and Resurrection, but they had not understood. Now they were forlorn and dejected. They must have wept and wondered as the great stone was rolled to seal the burial place.
The Jewish Sabbath passed. Then came a new day, a day that ever after was to be the Lord’s day. In their sorrow Mary Magdalene and the other women came to the tomb. The stone was no longer in place. Curiously they looked inside. To their astonishment the tomb was empty… [continue reading]
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