By Madison Austin
Apr 19, 2019

Hope, Love, and Family – An Easter Message

On Sunday, Christian Scouts and families all over the world will celebrate Jesus Christ’s triumph over death. For these families, Easter is a day of hope and joy. It can also be a day of love and service in honor of Christ, who lived His life always in the service of others. Nothing is more Christian than loving and serving God and loving and serving others.

This Easter, we invite you to read how you can follow the example and teachings of the Savior by loving others, loving God, and making changes that will lead to lasting joy and peace in your life.

We have adapted the following message from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint’s interactive Easter website.

Love Your Neighbor

As you prepare for Easter Sunday, remember Christ’s teaching to love your neighbor. Even while facing impending death, Jesus took time to care for close friends — and complete strangers. As we strive to follow His example, we should extend our love not only to those in our close circle of friends but to everyone we meet.

Here are a few ways in which you can love your neighbor:

  • Give someone an unexpected compliment on the internet or in person. You never know when someone needs to be uplifted. Your kind words could change their day.
  • Pay attention. Look around and begin to notice the needs of others. Sometimes all it takes is a watchful eye to see ways you can lift and strengthen those around you.

Look to God

In the final week of Jesus’s life, He turned to His Father in Heaven for strength and support. This Holy Week, you can also turn to God as you try to make changes and improvements in your life. What can you do to strengthen your relationship with God this Easter?

Here are a few ways you can look to God:

  • Make a goal this week to pray both morning and night.
  • Search the scriptures for teachings about drawing closer to God.

Focus on Family

As Scouts and as Christians we understand the importance of our families. Jesus and His prophets have consistently taught about this as well. Unfortunately, our busy lives sometimes cause us neglect the people who matter most. This Holy Week, take time to follow Jesus’s teachings by giving a little more of your time to your family.

Here are a few ways you can reconnect with your family:

  • Connect to your ancestors by learning about them from your parents and grandparents. Then visit FamilySearch.org to learn even more about their lives.
  • Call your parents, grandparents, children, or other family members. They would love to hear from you. Resolve to talk to them more frequently.

Embrace Hope

Easter reminds us to have hope, no matter what mistakes we have made, tragedies we have experienced, or sadness we suffer. Jesus died for your sins, allowing you to overcome any weaknesses or mistakes if you will love Him, follow Him, and keep His commandments. If you find yourself struggling with a bad habit, Holy Week may be the time to rely fully on His love and strength to overcome it.

  • If you’ve wronged anyone, now is the time to apologize and make amends.
  • Dealing with depression or anxiety? Turning to Jesus can bring hope as you deal with this challenge. Explore more related resources here.
  • You could be the hope that someone else is looking for. Pray for opportunities to inspire or help someone this week.

Happy Easter from the Utah National Parks Council! If you have found inspiration from this post, share with us in the comments below.

We hope your holiday is filled with hope, joy, and the remembrance of our Savior.

Author: Madison Austin | Marketing Specialist, Utah National Parks Council 

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