Jesus's death was not the end of the story. He is found today not "among the dead" but among the living.

After a week of studying the brutality of the Savior's crucifixion last week, this lesson is so uplifting and the most hopeful of all gospel messages. To know that Jesus broke the bonds of death and made it possible for all of us to live again is the ultimate "good news". 
But his message after coming back is also hopeful. Here He answers the question, "what now?" and gives every one of us the direction we need to go forward. 

I found this fabulous message on Twitter this week, tweeted by Carrie McIntyre. I copied and pasted this thought into my planner because it hit me where it counts and I know I can do better to follow the Savior's example.

When I stand before God, he will not ask me what I did about national borders, warring governments, global calamities, or the politics surrounding them. He will ask me what I did for “the least of these,” the people caught in the crossfire of world events, his desperate and suffering children.
Jesus Christ was not the Savior they were looking for. They wanted the man who would defeat the Romans. They wanted the politician or the general who would free them from mortal overlords. Instead he brought redemption. He healed the sick, fed the hungry, forgave the sinners, taught the gospel, and defended the meek. Then he commanded everyone to do likewise.
From dawn to dusk and the dreams in between, this world is telling you what to care about, and it isn’t your neighbor’s wellbeing. If your heart has no fertile spot for a seed of charity to germinate—friend, it is time to pause and reflect.


A Beautiful Message from Elder Ballard
I mentioned this video is my weekly email. I love that he points out in this video that "these" can be anything that is distracting us or moving us away from following the Savior.


A Beautiful Message from President Nelson
Even though this was a video he recorded for Easter with a Palm Sunday challenge a few years ago, the over arching message he shares about the peace and hope of the Savior's Resurrection is as relevant today as it ever was. 


Jesus is Resurrected
This short video from the Bible series put out by The Church is a great way to invite the Spirit to your personal or family study this week


The Road to Emmaus
The story from the scriptures about the disciples on the road to Emmaus is one of my favorite scripture stories. Maybe it's because I can relate to it so well. For one thing, I know as I look back on my life at some of my times of sorrow or struggle that the Savior was with me and I failed to recognize it.
But this story also makes me ask the question, if He were to physically appear and walk and talk with me now, would I know Him? I want to think that I would, but I know that I need to get to know Him through the scriptures now so that I am prepared to know Him when we meet someday.

One of the things that caused me pause in this video was the idea that the disciples were discussing what they had expected the Messiah to Be and to Do and how their hopes had been dashed when He was gone. I wonder how often I have thought of things in those terms, maybe not regarding the coming of the Messiah, but in the things I expect or think will happen in my life. I expect one thing, when it doesn't happen, I count it as a disappointment instead of questioning what it means and how it might be different, even better, than I expected.  


Jesus Appearing to Mary Magdalene
To imagine where Mary started at the beginning of her relationship with Jesus and the fact that she was the first to see Him as a resurrected being is hopeful to anyone that has felt lost or beyond help. I appreciated this understanding of Mary.