Of the Christian related Holidays, my favorite has to be Easter. There’s still the secular and fun element of my little children running around to find Easter eggs the Easter Bunny hid, but there’s not the amount of attention to shopping, wrapping presents, and avoiding the true meaning of the holiday that we see at Christmas. Easter is an easier day to celebrate and remember the real message of the season. It’s more of a sacred day since children aren’t running around playing with presents. We can be more contemplative of the sacrifice of the Son of God.
From the Book of Mormon, we read accounts of ancient prophets who also testified of Christ. When brought together with the accounts in the Bible we have two witnesses that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that he died for us to pay the price of sin and provide a glorious resurrection. This is the most fundamental core point of our doctrine.
Alma 22:14 (speaking of the Atonement of Christ)
14 And since man had afallen he could not bmerit anything of himself; but the sufferings and cdeath of Christ datone for their sins, through faith and repentance, and so forth; and that he breaketh the bands of death, that the egrave shall have no victory, and that the sting of death should be swallowed up in the hopes of glory; and Aaron did expound all these things unto the king.
Alma 40:23-26 (speaking on the resurrection)
23 The asoul shall be brestored to the cbody, and the body to the soul; yea, and every limb and joint shall be restored to its body; yea, even a dhair of the head shall not be lost; but all things shall be restored to their proper and eperfect frame.
24 And now, my son, this is the restoration of which has been aspoken by the mouths of the prophets—
25 And then shall the arighteous shine forth in the kingdom of God.
26 But behold, an awful adeath cometh upon the wicked; for they die as to things pertaining to things of righteousness; for they are unclean, and bno unclean thing can inherit the kingdom of God; but they are cast out, and consigned to partake of the fruits of their labors or their works, which have been evil; and they drink the dregs of a bitter ccup.
Here is a video the LDS church recently released about the real message of Easter. Yes, Mormons celebrate Easter for all the right reasons.