On Easter Sunday, Christian Scouts around the world will celebrate the most significant event in the history of the world—the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. And for many Christians, today, Good Friday ends the 40 days of Lent that began on Ash Wednesday. For them this has been a time of fasting, prayer and service. Good Friday is a day of contemplation for Christians and a good day for a Christian Scout’s reverent reflection on the sacrifice Jesus made in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the Cross.
In Britain and America, most Scouts come from a Christian background. Christianity grew out of Judaism and is often associated with the Passover celebration which also begins today. But for LDS Scouts and their families, the central focus is on Easter Sunday: a day to remember His atoning sacrifice and resurrection. This year, Easter coincides with the LDS General Conference, which has always been an extra exciting combination in my past experience (which I think has been only twice in my life).
Whether you are with your Scouts or your family this weekend, we hope you’ll enjoy this message #BecauseHeLives:
With your family or Scouts, take time today to write down three or more ways Jesus Christ’s Resurrection makes a difference in your lives. Through social media, share what you have written. You may find copies of Elder D. Todd Christofferson’s talk “The Resurrection of Jesus Christ,” and other conference talks from this weekend, helpful in adding to your lists. Think of someone who needs the peace of Christ or who needs to know about the Savior’s Resurrection and share your message.
Author: Darryl Alder | Strategic Initiatives Director, Utah National Parks Council, BSA