Richard Neitzel Holzapfel and Kent P. Jackson, Editors. Provo, Utah: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, in cooperation with Deseret Book Company, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2011. Hardbound, 6×9″, 144 pages. Brigham Young University Easter Conferences, 2010
Through a variety of observances, ceremonies, and celebrations, Christians around the world express their faith that their Redeemer lives. Annually, Christians celebrate his life, his death, and his gift to mankind at different times and in different ways. These can be wonderful times to bear testimony of him, to express gratitude for him, to show our love to him, and to increase our faith in him.
Beyond those occasional moments of formal devotion, how do Christians adequately express love and gratitude for all Christ has done and for all he continues to do? The Lord provides the answer: “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). As we do things that require faith in the Savior, our faith in him increases. We may not want to do some things, but he makes it possible for us to accomplish every assignment – be it building a boat, retrieving some brass plates, having a child, filling a calling, caring for someone with emotional or physical challenges, settling differences or overcoming anger or any other difficult chapter in our life. Remember that every act of love given, every sacrifice made by us, and every assignment fulfilled is but a tiny reflection of the Savior’s unending love, sacrifice, and help.
As we often find ourselves in challenging circumstances, let us remember that in the greatest act of love and sacrifice ever performed. Jesus defeatedall the forces of evil and wrought the Atonement and the Resurrection for the eternal benefit and joy of all mankind. What an example! May each of us, like him, accept every duty offered us and continue faithful until someone in authority says, “It is finished.”