There was an account recorded in a book called the Book of Mormon wherein Jesus Christ visited the people in the Western Hemisphere, the Americas, after He was resurrected. He showed Himself as the resurrected Savior, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God whom the prophets testified will come to atone for the sins of the world. The people whose lives were spared witnessed His coming and testified of that great and glorious day.
When I was a little girl [about 6 years old], I remember Easter was celebrated in our country [Philippines] focusing on the ministry, death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Because my family and I were the only members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, most of the religious practices I saw my relatives do appeared odd to my young, curious mind. One example was not taking a bath on a certain day because my grandmother said that God is dead. Nevertheless, I continue to look forward for Easter every year, there was that unexplainable excitement in my heart every time I hear people talking about God and watching stories about His life.
The whole week before and esp. on Easter Sunday media and entertainment industry were more involved in the celebration showing most of the time movies about God. Because we didn't have the luxury and convenience of watching TV at home, we would wait for that day when the nearest Protestant church would share something kind and special to the community. They would set up a projector theater in their churchyard with a huge, white linen mounted on a tall, concrete fence serving as a big screen then they would invite people to come in and enjoy the movie about the life, ministry and resurrection of the Savior Jesus Christ.
As soon as the sun would set, and the night called for the moon and the stars to spare some light, my dad, my brother and I would excitedly dance our way to that community church. As all other girls my age that time would feel, my eyes were filled with amazement and heart swelled with so much gladness and joy.
I have a profound memories of my childhood and of those days. My father would always tell us stories from the scriptures esp. about Jesus and the miracles the He performed. I felt like the scriptures would come to life when I would actually see it on the movie. But either way, what has really impacted my life, even as a young girl, was learning and knowing that Jesus is a loving God. His compassion for people has really touched my heart and my life. I then believed and has always believed that He would do the same thing for me [and you] and that He lives and I can always count on Him.
Since then, I have always placed Jesus Christ in the center of my life. I know that He will never harshly judge my weaknesses and shortcomings, but He is there to forgive if I repent of my sins. I know that He will keep His promise that He will come again to rule and reign with those who will faithfully endure till the end.
"For God so loved the world
that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in Him
should not perish but have everlasting life."
Easter is special to me. It is the celebration of the Lord's resurrection---HE LIVES! He obeyed our Father's will and overcame death . With that comes along the glorious truth that we too will be resurrected and that we can have the chance to live with God and with our family and loved ones in eternities to come.