Sunday, April 12, 2009

Sunday Will Come

Happy Easter! This weekend has been full of activity, starting with an Easter activity at our church on Friday. The night consisted of various people acting as people from the Bible and Book of Mormon, acting as Joseph Smith, and our missionaires, testifying of Christ. In my room was Mary Magdalene, who powerfully testified of meeting the Savior after his Resurrection.

Below is a recent talk (October 2006) from Elder Joseph B Wirthlin. When he gave this talk I was 6 months pregnant with Natalie, and pretty sure my pregnancy was never going to end, and very worried about having another c-section and breech baby. His words brought comfort to me then. Last week I found this copy of Conference and was reading all the talks, amazed at how many spoke to my current worries and problems. This talk was again a comfort.

Sunday Will Come by Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin

I think of how dark that Friday was when Christ was lifted up on the cross.

On that terrible Friday the earth shook and grew dark. Frightful storms lashed at the earth.

Those evil men who sought His life rejoiced. Now that Jesus was no more, surely those who followed Him would disperse. On that day they stood triumphant.

On that day the veil of the temple was rent in twain.

Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of Jesus, were both overcome with grief and despair.

The superb man they had loved and honored hung lifeless upon the cross.

On that Friday the Apostles were devastated. Jesus, their Savior—the man who had walked on water and raised the dead—was Himself at the mercy of wicked men. They watched helplessly as He was overcome by His enemies.

On that Friday the Savior of mankind was humiliated and bruised, abused and reviled.

It was a Friday filled with devastating, consuming sorrow that gnawed at the souls of those who loved and honored the Son of God.
I think that of all the days since the beginning of this world's history, that Friday was the darkest.

But the doom of that day did not endure.

The despair did not linger because on Sunday, the resurrected Lord burst the bonds of death.

He ascended from the grave and appeared gloriously triumphant as the Savior of all mankind.
And in an instant the eyes that had been filled with ever-flowing tears dried. The lips that had whispered prayers of distress and grief now filled the air with wondrous praise, for Jesus the Christ, the Son of the living God, stood before them as the firstfruits of the Resurrection, the proof that death is merely the beginning of a new and wondrous existence.

Each of us will have our own Fridays—those days when the universe itself seems shattered and the shards of our world lie littered about us in pieces. We all will experience those broken times when it seems we can never be put together again. We will all have our Fridays.

But I testify to you in the name of the One who conquered death—Sunday will come. In the darkness of our sorrow, Sunday will come.

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