—3 Nephi 18:10
I had a wonderful Easter Sunday.
I spent the day with my family and extended family. I joined with many loved ones in singing hymns of joy and exultation at the wonderful news of Christ’s resurrection. Then we knelt as the emblems were blessed and we commemorated the sacrament of the Lord’s supper, as he asked his followers to do.
As I ate bread, I thought of His body, not only laid down and sacrificed for all, but raised again in triumph over death and the grave. Because he lives, I will live also, and my children will live, and you will live. Rejoice!
As I drank wine, I thought of his innocent blood, shed for all, and left on the ground as a testament of his suffering.
His Spirit testified in abundance to those present, that on this most sacred day of remembrance and celebration, He would have us remember Him in the way He taught.
He laid it out in terms so simple, it cannot be misunderstood:
And this shall ye always do to those who repent and are baptized in my name; and ye shall do it in remembrance of my blood, which I have shed for you, that ye may witness unto the Father that ye do always remember me. And if ye do always remember me ye shall have my Spirit to be with you.
And I give unto you a commandment that ye shall do these things. And if ye shall always do these things blessed are ye, for ye are built upon my rock. (3 Nephi 18:11-12)
He did, indeed, send his Spirit to be with us.
After partaking of the Lord’s Supper, I accompanied friends and family to living water, where I witnessed several baptisms unto our Lord. Coming up next on the agenda is a baby blessing, followed by a family dinner.
I feel to rejoice and shout praises unto the Holy one of Israel!
But back to the Lord’s supper: One thought to consider. There are two Sundays each year in which the entire membership of the LDS church is denied access to the sacrament. This year, Easter Sunday is one of those days.
We are told, instead, to gather and listen to men solemnly telling us to follow them.
This shall ye always do, indeed.
This shall ye always do, indeed.
Please don't take this as merely finding fault with the LDS leadership; that's not the point at all. Rather, the point is to stop and consider these things for yourself. What have you missed today by not commemorating His flesh and blood on this, of all days? What more might you have received? How might you have witnessed unto the Father that you do ALWAYS remember Him?
I hope to cause some few to awaken and consider their situation.
Having spent this Easter Sunday worshipping Him, and not men, I’m amazed at the difference between the two. It is a contrast that cannot be adequately explained, and must be experienced. It is joyful, holy, sanctifying and wonderful!
His promise is real! He does send His Spirit! It comes in the way He taught—not by merely speaking about Him, but by experiencing Him through His Sacrament.
And thus God breaketh the bands of death, having gained the victory over death; giving the Son power to make intercession for the children of men—
Having ascended into heaven, having the bowels of mercy; being filled with compassion towards the children of men; standing betwixt them and justice; having broken the bands of death, taken upon himself their iniquity and their transgressions, having redeemed them, and satisfied the demands of justice.