Elder and Sister Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Easter Sunday devotional, April 16, 2017
1/ Sister Oaks
- The Father has great love for all of you.
- How could He show that love? By allowing the Savior to show, walk, teach, die, rise up, ask, help, and LIVE.
- The word Easter is only used once in the King James Version of the Bible.
- The Savior nurtured and healed. He did not ride a stallion into Jerusalem, as was the custom of kings and princes. He rode a donkey. His entry into Jerusalem marked the release from sin and death.
- He cleansed the temple — He can cleanse us.
- How should we use this Easter week? By remembering Life, Light, Love.
- If our devotion is fleeting, then re-commit this week.
- Gethsemane = olive press. Christ endured incomprehensible “pressure” in the Garden, the cumulative weight of our combined sins.
- Read “The Living Christ”. Place a copy where you can see it. Memorize it. The Oaks family did that and it changed their lives.
- Have faith, have hope, live like His Son.
2/ Elder Oaks
- The resurrection is becoming a more and more unique message from our Church to the world. Many Christians have backed away from a literal interpretation of the resurrection.
- He said, “Handle me and see…”. He ate food in front of them and with them. Thomas needed to see.
- The phrase, “…the doors being shut…” are significant.
- Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed. He is RISEN!
- He appeared both to individuals and to groups, as a witness of His resurrection. The Nephites felt his wounds one by one. Because I live, ye shall live also.
- Perfect frame, the prime of His life, perfect form.
- The literal resurrection of the Lord is fundamental to our religion. We need to increase our testimony of the Lord. We will be held accountable.
- If there be no resurrection, then our preaching is in vain. We have a “lively hope” because we know He lives.
- Mortal deficiencies are temporary — the resurrection is a RESTORATION. It gives us courage to face our own death and to bear mortal challenges.
- Our temples are firm witnesses of our conviction of immortality. We work in behalf of the dead.