Minister’s forum: Symbols of spring
During these beautiful spring days, I cannot help but look around and see the many symbols of spring, as all that has died or gone dormant comes back to life. Spring is here. Tahoe is one of the most beautiful representations of what spring is about. All that lives, dies for the winter and rushes into a miraculous transformation back to life in the spring. How I love spring, the time when the Earth physically comes back to life in a very real sense.
So many years ago, it was not coincidental that Jesus Christ was resurrected on a beautiful spring day; of all the seasons, it was during spring that the miraculous time of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection occurred. I would like to remind us that spring in all its splendor is a symbol of Christ’s resurrection. The renewal of life – green grass, a budding flower, chirping birds and their young offspring – allow us to reflect upon our Savior, Jesus Christ.
“And so, because our Savior lives, we do not use the symbol of His death as the symbol of our faith. But what shall we use? No sign, no work of art, no representation of form is adequate to express the glory and the wonder of the Living Christ. He told us what that symbol should be when He said, “If you love me keep my commandments” (John 14:15).
“As His followers, we cannot do a mean or shoddy or ungracious thing without tarnishing his image. Nor can we do a good and gracious and generous act without burnishing more brightly the symbol of Him whose name we have taken upon ourselves. And so our lives must become a meaningful expression, the symbol of our declaration of our testimony of the Living Christ, The Eternal Son of the Living God” (“The Symbol of Our Faith,” Ensign magazine, April 2005, 4-6).
May we renew our own commitment to Christ, who brought life back to the Earth and provided hope to all of us in mortality on this Earth. I know Jesus Christ lives and loves each one of us. I know that if we live as He lived, and keep His commandments as he has asked, we will find true peace and happiness in a world of turmoil. We will have the ability to recognize and appreciate the beauty in a world that sometimes seems overshadowed with negativity. Jesus taught, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27). And so I say unto all of us, let us stop just for a moment and look at the signs of spring and remember from whence it came.
-Travis K. Lee is bishop of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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