3 Memories this Easter

Posted by Tamie on Sunday, April 12, 2009

This week I had 3 specific memores I wanted to share.

1. When I was in Truman Madsens BYU stake they handed our scripture cards to everyone encouraging us to memorize them. I was working on Isaiah 53:5. I remember exactly where I was walking (South on campus and nearly to the road) when I felt these words so powerfully that it's as if they were engraved on my heart:

"But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him: and with his stripes we are healed."

I knew it was true. I had been repeating the words all day and then, surrounded by other students and traffic, I was given a witness they were true.

As life has gone on and I've learned to trust in the atonement I have had more peace and joy. I know I can do anything, in the Lord, BECAUSE he's already overcome all of my obstacles for me.

2. Palm Sunday in Jerusalem. Thousands of Christians started at Bethpage with huge palm branches (many taller than us even). We walked the road Jesus took in his triumphal entry, on the donkey, to the city gates. Our little group of students began singing the Battle Hymn of the Republic. Gradually those walking with us, of all Christian faiths, began to join in the chorus. "Glory, glory, hallelujia! Glory, glory, Halleluja! Glory, glory, Hallelujah! His truth is marching on." Those words seem to vibrate my soul whenever Easter comes around.

3. I wanted to quote a powerful letter I got over 10 years ago from a dear French friend who was investigating the church. I just love how fresh and real and humble her testimony is:

"On this beautiful, powerful day of Easter, I am just longing for sharing what I have felt today. I can't explain how deep is my joy, I just feel like crying and telling everybody how happy I feel, I feel so strong...

Till, today, I just have seen Easter as the day of the DEATH of Jesus Christ. Why would you explain that I could be happy on such a day? I know today that Easter is more than the DEATH, it is the RESURRECTION: Jesus Christ lives! And for his reason we can be happy...

I don't want to go to bed because I don't want to sleep and forget what I am just feeling...

The thing I have learned thanks to the prayer, the scriptures, etc. is that we have to listen to our heart, to listen to our impulse, I have to pray, but I also have to be ready to hear the answer--they don't come immediately when we wait for them...

Tonight, in spite of my little worries I feel happy."

Her testimony and letter filled me with so much joy when I got it and, again, the truths of the gospel burned into my soul.

I'm grateful the Spirit brought these experiences to my remembrance this Easter. I join my voice with all Christians today in praising the Lord for overcoming sin and death. Hallelujah!