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How Do Mormons Celebrate Easter?

By Mormon.org

Easter is a fun Christian holiday filled with family meals, Easter egg hunts, and eating festive chocolates and candies. Some Mormons do celebrate Easter by taking part in these typical Easter traditions; their main focus is celebrating the religious significance of Easter—the gift of Jesus Christ, His life, His sacrifice, and His Resurrection.

Mormon Easter Observances

Similar to other Christian denominations, Mormons have a special service on Easter Sunday. Most Easter services and Sunday School classes review Jesus’s crucifixion and His Resurrection from the accounts recorded in the New Testament and Book of Mormon. Mormon congregations also sing Easter hymns during their church service.

Focusing on the Life of Jesus Christ

In Christian religions, people study Jesus’ life, teachings, his sacrifice and Resurrection. He provides us the perfect example of who we can become. Jesus was obedient to God and His commandments. He served others and healed them through His power. He taught us many important lessons such as:

  • Devotion to God
  • Kindness toward each other
  • How faith can make us strong and help us to do whatever we need to do
  • Keeping the commandments and covenants with God
  • Remembering God in everything we do

  His example showed what you can do to follow God and be better people in your family and community.

The Greatest Miracle

Mormons believe that Jesus suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the Cross. He suffered for your sins and sorrows and atoned for your sins, and for those of everyone who has ever lived and ever will live.

Jesus, our Savior, being able to feel and suffer individually for everyone’s pains and sins is a marvel in itself. But another miracle came after that, after His Apostle Judas Iscariot betrayed Him and Jesus was crucified. Even though He died and His body was placed in a tomb, He rose from the dead.

On the third day after His Crucifixion, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb where Jesus’s body had been laid, but the stone in front of the door had been removed and Jesus was no longer inside the tomb (see John 20:1–2). Mary and Jesus’s disciples thought His body had been taken, but shortly after finding the empty tomb, Mary (and later his disciples) witnessed Jesus in His resurrected state (see John 20:10–20).

Universal Resurrection

Mormons celebrate Easter because they love and honor Jesus Christ.  They celebrate that Jesus rose from the dead and literally lives today with a tangible body. But they don’t celebrate His resurrection only. Because of Him there is a universal resurrection for all mankind.

Because of the Atonement of Jesus, His ultimate sacrifice for you and everyone, every person to ever live will one day be resurrected. After death, their bodies and spirits will be reunited and will never again be separated. Christ died for you, and He lives again for you. “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:22).

 God’s greatest gift that He has given us was his Only Begotten Son, Jesus. Because of this gift, we never need to feel alone. Our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love us and are always there for us. No matter what you’ve done or where you’re at in life right now, through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and his resurrection, you can also find new life.