“Easter and Signs of Spring,” Friend, Apr. 1997, 28–29
Long ago, Jesus Christ lived on earth. He taught people how to live righteously, He healed the sick and did many more miracles to help people, and He showed us with His own life how we should live. Then He suffered for our sins, died on a cross, and was resurrected—all so that we might live with Him and Heavenly Father and our own families if we, too, are righteous.
Easter is the time of year when we especially remember what Jesus Christ did for us. It is in spring, a time when leaves and flowers begin to grow. It is when some animals wake up from their winter naps. It is when fuzzy caterpillars sleeping in their cocoons come forth as beautiful butterflies.
Fragrant blossoms cover trees, and grass begins to grow green again. Buzzing bees start working busily to make honey.
Lambs and bunnies and other baby animals are often born in the spring.
Brown, wrinkled bulbs that were buried deep send forth green shoots that grow tall and have colorful flowers. The Easter lily blooms at this special time of year and reminds us that the Savior was “buried” in a tomb and came out of it resurrected and will never die again.
“Jesus said … , I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.”* That means that because Jesus Christ died for us, and was resurrected, we will all be resurrected, too, after we die, and will then live forever. And if we have faith in Him and obey His commandments, we can live with Him and Heavenly Father then.