I can’t remember the last time that General Conference fell on the same weekend as Easter. What a wonderful treat it has been.
We always try to separate the fun, silly traditions from the spiritual reasons that we celebrate Easter, so this weekend has been particularly full. We spent Friday night dying eggs for the hunt that took place Saturday morning.
Following the first session of Conference, we took the kids to the local train museum to ride the Easter Bunny Express, which has been magically transformed from the Candy Cane Express.
Maddie was too short to ride the train and was also too urine-saturated at the moment it came time to visit the Easter Bunny to see her, so she missed out on both this year. I was changing said diaper, so I missed the following encounter. Colin reports that Warren was unsure of the Bunny protocol– he knew he would get a treat but did he have to sit on her lap, like Santa? He awkwardly tried to back his keister up onto her lap, at which point the Easter Bunny shrank bank in horror. A 55-pound 5-year-old was apparently not in her contract to cuddle. Colin suggested he just take a picture with her to which Warren interpreted as stand directly in front of, blocking her out completely. Finally, Colin instructed him to just stand next to the bunny and smile. The resulting picture makes me laugh so hard. Everyone is at a safe distance.
What a joyful weekend. Not only did we get to spend time together as a family creating lasting memories of spring, but we got to spend time together as a family creating lasting memories of listening to the words of the prophet as he taught of Christ, our redeemer.
I love the leaders of the church. I am grateful for their bold and simple testimonies of our savior, Jesus Christ. This time of year makes me ponder the wonder of his sacrifice– his atonement, his suffering, his death– but it also makes me joyful for the knowledge that he lives! And he knows us personally. All that he has done, he has done for us.
Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me. Isaiah 49:16
The words of the apostles solidify this truth.
Happy Easter, everyone. Rejoice for He is risen!