Skip to comments.Mormons have sub-par Easter services [testimony from a Mormon]
Posted on 04/08/2012 6:19:43 PM PDT by Colofornian
There were some interesting comments from the poll yesterday. I wont say that our poll is representative of Mormons in general, but I do agree with the results. As of the time I wrote this, 75% of people who responded to our poll say that Mormons have sub-par Easter services. Why is that?
Last Sunday was Palm Sunday. SteveS noted that there were 0 references to Jesus entry into Jerusalem, no shout outs to Palm Sunday festivities celebrating Christ as Lord and Son of God. No hosannas shouted that day. Hardly any references at all to the upcoming Easter holy day.
Actually, I checked, and the word Easter was never mentioned.
Jared noted a 1994 talk from Dallin Oaks that In too many of our classes, in too many of our worship services, we are not teaching of Christ and testifying of Christ in the way we should.
So, I thought it would be interesting to see what Oaks spoke about in Conference. His talk was titled Sacrifice, and he does talk about the Atonement and sacrifice of Christ. But the word Easter is completely absent, as is Palm Sunday. Why? What is it about our leadership that seems to ignore Palm Sunday completely? And why was Easter (just one week away) never mentioned at General Conference? (I checked for the word Easter in every talk, and it was NEVER mentionedI checked the Womens meeting the week before and it wasnt mentioned there either.)
I wish Mormons celebrated, rather than simply observed, the Easter holiday. It would be nice to have more of a celebration of Easter; I really like Easter gets the short shrift for celebrations, but I think that Christmas celebrations in our church are lacking as well. Four years ago, I posted the question, Why dont Mormons celebrate Easter? It is my #2 post this month! I always receive a spike in hits for that post around Easter. If you do a Google search asking do Mormons celebrate Easter, my post comes up on the #8 position (In past years, it was as high as #2).
Is this one of those things we do to be a peculiar people? Jehovahs Witnesses dont celebrate Easter either. Are we trying to be more like them? No, because we love Easter Egg hunts, and candy. Why do we emphasize the wrong aspects of Easter?
Many of us read the Christmas story before Christmas. How many of you read the Easter story before Easter?
For more evidence on this, see: Why don't Mormon's celebrate Easter? [Asked by a Mormon] [see also all the links in post #1]
From the article: What is it about our leadership that seems to ignore Palm Sunday completely? And why was Easter (just one week away) never mentioned at General Conference? (I checked for the word Easter in every talk, and it was NEVER mentionedI checked the Womens meeting the week before and it wasnt mentioned there either.) I wish Mormons celebrated, rather than simply observed, the Easter holiday. It would be nice to have more of a celebration of Easter; I really like Easter gets the short shrift for celebrations, but I think that Christmas celebrations in our church are lacking as well. Four years ago, I posted the question, Why dont Mormons celebrate Easter? It is my #2 post this month! I always receive a spike in hits for that post around Easter. If you do a Google search asking do Mormons celebrate Easter, my post comes up on the #8 position (In past years, it was as high as #2).
(This is one Mormon testimony I agree with...as far as sizing up Ldsism...)
JWs believe that Jesus was only resurrected spiritually - not bodily.
Based on the horrific supposed treatment from the Central American or South American "Jesus" in the book of Mormon @ the time of the Mormon Jesus' death, I can see why Mormons are too impressed with the Mormon Jesus of Easter time in the book of Mormon.
The Mormon Jesus, per the Book of Mormon, either drowns or buries village after village after village...Perhaps almost 100,000 people!
just wondering what kind of stupid issue is this? Mormons don’t celebrate Easter enough?
Welcome to the Other Side of Reality...the Anti-Mormon Zone...
This is the religion forum, this is a religion/religious discussion.
mormonism doesn’t celebrate Easter at all or barely.
Perhaps you can sign on to the Wheat and tares.org site...look at Mormon commentators' comments...solicit other comments exactly why they think they are sub-par.
Certainly one of the comments of this article is that he felt Mormons observed Easter -- but didn't celebrate it...[There's a difference, ya know...that difference is felt even in children as to how parents approach the birthdays & other special events of their lives]
(Thank you, Magritte, for your anti-perceived anti-Mormon comment)
No problemo. All in a days work.
(Oh, that's right...it's just another "workin'" day for ya, given that the Sunday isn't the Sabbath to you & Resurrection Sunday/Easter must be almost totally meaningless 2U, eh?)
Actually, had a pretty good day. Visited with my relatives as is the Easter tradition, tossed around a few stories, looked at family pictures.
Hope your day was good. Enjoy the religion that you’ve settled on in this diverse country we enjoy. You could have easily been born in India and would most likely be a Hindu or a Muslim, and you would be scoffing at the Resurrection story and today would just be another day.
‘Mormons Have Sub-par Performances of ‘You’re a Good Man Charley Brown”
Well, I have never expeienced “sub-par” Easter services in any LDS congregation I have attended in 42 years.
Today was a igreat example of the same. Our Savior was emphasized after the completion of pour main services. After partaking of the sacrament in rembererance and reverance of His atonement, His resurrection was celebrated and His victory over death referenced and worshipped as it should be.
The article has it right, it is not representative of what most LDS members think or experience.
Anyhow, that’s my experience today, Easter, 2012.
Its an anger issue.
Keep in mind that it is only in the last 100 years that Christmas is perceived to be the most important Christian holiday. For most of Christianity’s history, Easter has been the most important annual celebration of Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants. This is because the crucifixion and resurrection of Our Lord is the whole purpose of Christianity.
That Mormons and JW’s don’t celebrate Easter speaks volumes.
Yes...altho technically for the earliest Christians over the first few centuries after Christ's death the most important day of recognition was Pascha -- Passover (where we get the word "Paschal Lamb" from)
There's a verse in Exodus where the Lord said He wanted this celebrated FOREVER... [no Old Testament/New Testament or Old Covenant/New Covenant distinction]
The blood of the Lamb -- the Paschal Lamb (Jesus) + His Resurrection is what changed the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday.
I guess that proves Tiger is not a Mormon.
Apologies if I misunderstood your post and you already know this.
Pascha and Easter are the same holy day. That’s why Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday are known collectively among liturgical Christian churches as the Paschal Tridiuum.
Here’s a brief history on the topic from OrthoWiki:
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