Because of Him

All week long there has been a social media blitz by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (aka: the Mormons or the LDS church) regarding the blessings that we as individuals have because of the Savior Jesus Christ. This blitz is all focused around a video that was created by the LDS church that touches on the single most important sequence of events in the history of mankind: the suffering in garden, the public trial, the scourging by the guards, the crucifixion on the cross, and the resurrection from the tomb. Yes, all of those individual events are important to include in the mention of the most important sequence of events.

This weekend we have the opportunity to celebrate Easter…or we can celebrate the Easter Bunny. I choose to celebrate Easter. Why? Because of Him…

Because of Him I can repent of my sins and be made clean and whole again.

Because of Him I will see my father, brother, grandparents, and all other loved ones that have passed on from their mortal existence…including those I have yet to meet.

Because of Him I don’t have to be lonely…ever.

Because of Him I don’t have to bear the weight of my world by myself.

Because of Him I will be with my wife for eternity.

Because of Him I can rejoice in my trials knowing that they are for my good.

Because of Him I can turn those trials into testimonies.

Because of Him I can trust that my daughter, one of his missionaries, will be protected.

Because of Him I can enjoy everything in the heavens above and earth below.

And most importantly,

Because of Him I will see him face to face.

And when I do my senses will be more in tune with Him than anything else. I will see the love in his eyes. I will hear the compassion in his voice. I will feel the wounds in his hands and feet.

He is the breath of life. He is our Savior, Redeemer, Comforter, Advocate, Brother, and Friend.

He is God’s son.

He is the reason I am alive today and…

Because of Him I will conquer death.

What do you enjoy in life because of Him? You don’t have to be a Mormon to believe, and you don’t have to be a Mormon to like the video that the LDS church made for this Easter weekend. You don’t have to be a Mormon to be blessed.

But because of Him, you can.

Just another view from a Palmtree.

Because of Him

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Not Super Sunday, but a super Sunday.

For most people, today was not just Sunday, it was Super Sunday.  For me it was just another Sunday.  I didn’t watch a single down of football, learned through Twitter who won, and didn’t feel bad about missing it all.  Not even the half-time show with Madonna and all those other stars.  Who were they?

I lost interest in the NFL years ago.  First of all, I decided that there were better things that I could do on a Sunday than sit and watch football.  First and foremost, I go to church.  Second, and just as important, I spend Sunday with my wife and kids.  It is the day that we don’t have anywhere to go, except for church…so we get the whole day together.

It helps that my wife doesn’t like watching football.  No influence from her to watch the game.

Last year we decided to have a Superbowl party.  We invited another family in the neighborhood to come have dinner with us, snack on some treats, and play card games.  And we never watched a single play of the game.

Can it technically be called a Superbowl party if you don’t watch the Superbowl?

Anyway, If you have read my blogs or my profile, you know I am a religious person.  When I was young and still attending Primary, I was taught the 10 Commandments.  I always had an idea what the   commandment about keeping the Sabbath day holy was all about, but as I grew older and wiser, my understanding grew.

I eventually got to a point in my own understanding that I decided not to spend the Sabbath watching sports.  This is one of the ways that I choose to keep the Sabbath day holy.  If you choose differently and disagree with my choices, that is your prerogative.  I won’t be offended.  I know that I am in a minority of people that choose to live like that.

So today for me was not a Super Sunday like it may have been for the millions of others that were interested in the Superbowl.  But, to me it was a super Sunday.  I had a great day.  I heard people bear testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  I spent time with my family and a couple of neighbors eating dinner and playing games.  And I don’t care that the Giants won and wouldn’t have cared if the Patriots won either.

But that is just the priority order in my life.  When you don’t have an interest in something, you don’t make it a priority.  My interest is in spending time with my family having fun…not watching a bunch of over-hyped, over-payed athletes in a game I don’t care about.

And when you have advertisers leaking their commercials during the week leading up to the game, you have even less incentive to get me to watch.

So for those of you that watched and enjoyed the game, good for you.  For those that watched and didn’t enjoy the game, I am sorry.  For those that didn’t watch the game and still enjoyed their day, welcome to my world.  At least my Sunday world.

Just another view from a Palmtree.