Saturday, April 11, 2009

Day 22 - { easter morning }

Tomorrow morning is one of my favorite times of the year. I love celebrating Jesus' Resurrection!

We had a wonderful trip to the Memphis temple today. We did our normal switcheroo routine, so that each of us gets to do a session, while the other enjoys the boys.


I love these pictures that DC took during his turn with the kiddos.


(My half of "enjoying the boys" was not quite as positive and full of the Spirit as you would hope, especially for just coming out of the temple. It started before we even left the parking lot--they were loudly arguing about what color the temple is! Sheesh. It was only downhill from there. My shining example of patience did hold out for about 20 minutes, though, which is longer than usual lately!)

Anyway, I think the best part, besides actually being in the temple, was the ride home. Hummer fell asleep, and the other two were watching "Wall-e" in the back seat, and so DC and I had nearly TWO HOURS of uninterrupted conversation. Now that is heaven. We talked about Benjamin, what we imagine he is doing now, why he doesn't have to experience earth life like we do, etc. We discussed decisions that need to be made regarding our sons here on earth. I asked my Darling how he thinks I am doing. Am I passing the test?

We realized that today was a very appropriate day to be in the Lord's House, performing work for the dead. As Mormons, we know that Jesus Christ, in the time between His death and resurrection, was in the Spirit World, organizing the missionary work for those in spirit prison (see 1 Peter 4:6, and D&C 138:30).

I love thinking that we spent this day before Easter helping with those missionary efforts by providing the ordinances for those children of Heavenly Father who need them to progress! Maybe Benjamin was serving alongside us today!


And now, some Easter thoughts. . . .

I hope I have written often enough about my feelings about my Savior, Jesus Christ, that anyone who even briefly reads this blog knows that I love Him with all my heart.

(Some of my favorite past posts about Him: My Truest Friend -- Ten Months -- Day 8 - {modern prophets} )

I wish that we celebrated Easter more thoroughly, more on the level that we do Christmas! One of my favorite Pres. Hinckley quotes is: ""There would be no Christmas if there had not been Easter."

And so I attempted to write some of my thoughts about what Easter morning means to me. . . .

(I know it's not the best poetry but hopefully it describes the beauty and hope I feel when I think about Christ's Resurrection. The scripture following gets the job done for sure. :)




easter morning

a tomb burst open

satan's power baffled

fatal crack in death's stone


easter morning

a life gently returned

tears spent and dried

a family firmly reunited




100 days of gratitude tagLet the mountains shout for joy, and all ye valleys cry aloud; and all ye seas and dry lands tell the wonders of your Eternal King!

And ye rivers, and brooks, and rills, flow down with gladness.

Let the woods and all the trees of the field praise the Lord; and ye solid rocks weep for joy!

And let the sun, moon, and the morning stars sing together, and let all the sons of God shout for joy!

And let the eternal creations declare his name forever and ever!

And again I say, how glorious is the voice we hear from heaven, proclaiming in our ears, glory, and salvation, and honor, and immortality, and eternal life; kingdoms, principalities, and powers!

~ Doctrine and Covenants 128:23


Praise be to God for the matchless gift of His Divine Son! I will sing to Him tomorrow.


Christian Baker said...[Reply to comment]

Yes, it was a wonderful way to spend the day, and to realize the appropriateness of going to the temple the day before Easter! Michelle is singing "I Know That My Redeemer Lives!" with Sister Carter in Sacrament Meeting tomorrow; I got to hear them practice this afternoon, and you can feel their testimonies of the Savior while they sing together.

Karrot Soup said...[Reply to comment]

We also spent Good Friday at the temple -- what a wonderful way to lead into Easter. At the last minute another couple in our ward decided to join us, so we were actually able to trade with them instead of each other, and be together in a session.
Thank you so much for your thoughts and testimony.
(And I love that they were arguing about what color the temple was...hilarious.)

Becky said...[Reply to comment]

Oh, Michelle, your beautiful testimony has truly filled my heart this wonderful Easter day. I love that Elder Holland called it "Resurrection Sunday". Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...[Reply to comment]

I am so glad that you had a wonderful day at the temple yesterday. If you and your DC ever want to attend together, I would be happy to host your boys for the day. Perhaps Darrell and I could go along and switch with you.
We really enjoy your fellowship.

snbjork said...[Reply to comment]

What a great way to spend your day. At the temple with your family. Sounds great! I appreciate your testimony and beautiful thoughts, as always. It has truly been a wonderful Easter Sunday for me. It felt great to be at church again (after conference last week and the week before being sick). I sang with the ward choir and was even asked to sing a solo. I hardly feel the spirit more powerfully than when I am singing about the Savior. It was a blessed Sacrament meeting for me. (The only way it could have been better is if Barry had been there--he stayed home sick--and if you had been playing for me.

You're wonderful, friend! Happy Easter!

Jen said...[Reply to comment]

How fun Michelle, Isn't going to the temple the best way to celebrate Easter! We also had a great time at the temple on Saturday! We loved your post and wanted to send a huge THANKS for sending us the Easter scriptures. We can't wait to do it again next year.

Andre said...[Reply to comment]

I just think you're great! Thanks for being an inspiration.

Mom/Nana/A. Nancy said...[Reply to comment]

Beautiful post! I'm so grateful for Easter--celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. What a wonderful gift to all of us!