Many Ways to “Praise Ye the Lord” This Easter
Contributed By Marianne Holman Prescott, Church News staff writer
- New resources help strengthen faith and celebrate the Savior’s perfect example and Resurrection.
Church members around the world are joining together to “praise ye the Lord” and celebrate Christ—His life, ministry, Atonement, and Resurrection—this Easter.
Whether through a special Easter hymn performed by the ward choir in sacrament meeting, an individual sharing thoughts of the Savior’s sacrifice and Resurrection publicly, creating a personal recording of Handel’s Messiah to add to the digital choir accompanying the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, or participating in the #Hallelujah social media campaign, Church members have made it a point to come together to share their testimony of the Savior.
“Easter is a celebration not only of the Resurrection of Christ but also of the universal resurrection,” reads a statement under the gospel topic “Easter” on LDS.org. “Because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, all people will be resurrected. Their bodies and spirits will be reunited, never to be separated again. Latter-day Saints know the truth of Paul’s statement, ‘But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. … For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive (1 Corinthians 15:20).”
An invitation on the website mormon.org/easter encourages all to “share the joy of Easter by posting a photo on social media of a loved one who has passed on—and whom you’re anxious to see again someday.” By using the hashtag #Hallelujah, people are able to easily search online.
More than a year after the Church History Museum released a series of online galleries highlighting the birth, life, ministry, and Resurrection of the Savior, people from around the world are still benefiting from the visual reminder of the Savior. On the Church History Department’s website, history.lds.org, are a variety of online galleries showcasing artwork from the Church History Museum collection and exhibits that allow people around the world to view important pieces of art from the comfort of their own homes.
“These beautiful works of art depict the Savior ministering, loving, teaching, and inviting us to come unto Him,” said Alan Johnson, director of the Church History Museum. “It is our hope that these images will continue to help inspire each of us to draw closer to the Savior and reflect on our personal commitment to follow Him.”
Four online galleries are available: the Birth of Christ, Life of Christ, Miracles of Christ, Teachings of Christ, and the Atonement of Christ. Online patrons to the museum from 149 countries have already viewed the images.
“These works of art have blessed the lives of my family and introduced some new and different images of the Savior that have added to our discussions about Him,” said Brother Johnson.
Whatever way a person chooses to participate, all of the resources available are an effort to strengthen faith and celebrate the Savior’s perfect example and Resurrection.
“Jesus Christ died for us and lived again,” it says in the #Hallelujah video online. “Follow Him and find new life.”
Christ's Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, by Harry Anderson, courtesy of the Church History Museum.
Christ Appearing to the Twelve after the Resurrection, by Scott Snow, courtesy of the Church History Museum.