What I want my children to know about today:
I love Easter! I love spring! I love new life, warm sun, blooming flowers and buzzing bees. I love dying Easter eggs and jelly beans. I love new Easter dresses and fancy meals with family. I love family.
It is because I love family, I know that heaven wouldn't seem like heaven without my family near. I am so thankful for Easter. It is because of Easter that eternal families can even be. See, Jesus died for you, and for me. He died that we could be make whole again. He died that we could repent and become better. Jesus felt our pain, He felt our sorrow, He is the only one that can even know our own unique and individual pain. It is because of this, we can go to Him and know that He understands exactly what we are going through. Not kinda, but completely.
I can not even began to understand how the Savior could have accomplished such a task, all I know is that I believe He did, and for that I am truly grateful. Believing didn't come easy to me. My testimony has been fought for and continually is held onto by deep, passionate prayer, scripture study, song, temple attendance, church attendance and by making the choice to believe over and over again.
I do believe though, and because I do, I have seen miracles in my life. I have felt my Savior's love. I have felt His arms around me when I needed to. I have witnessed miracles in the life of those around me. I have watched as people have been those miracles to each other.
I love my Savior. He truly is real to me. He is as real as any other long distance friend that I have. I can't see them, but I communicate with them. Maybe it isn't through text, phone, or face time that I communicate with my Savior. The modes are different, but just as real.
I know that He died, and was resurrected. That is what I want you to know today my sweet children, that I believe. I love Him. Because of Him, we get to be an eternal family. For that I am so deeply grateful.