Addressing general conference on Easter morning, Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve declared: "We celebrate this morning [Jesus Christ's] victory over death. We cherish our understanding and feel heartfelt appreciation for the Savior's willing atoning sacrifice on our behalf. His acquiescence to the will of His Father won the supernal victory over death and is the transcendent event in the history of mankind."
Elder Cook said, "As we ponder what it means to be Christians today, think about what our path of discipleship will require of us. "I suggest that we contemplate and in appropriate ways emulate what the Savior did [the] last two days of His mortal life."
He reviewed some of those events.
"First, consider the Savior's introduction of the sacrament. … As I contemplate that solemn occasion, my feelings are deeply touched. Sacrament meeting is the most sacred and holy of all the meetings in the Church."
Next, he said, "The Savior also emphasized love and unity and declared that we would be known as His disciples if we have love one to another. … The Savior's charge to His disciples to love one another and the dramatic and powerful way He taught this principle at the Last Supper is one of the most poignant and beautiful episodes from the last days of His mortal life."
Elder Cook said, "Many in this world are afraid and angry with one another. … We need to be civil in our discourse and respectful in our interactions. This is especially true when we disagree. … It is appropriate to disagree, but it is not appropriate to be disagreeable. Violence and vandalism are not the answer to our disagreements. If we show love and respect even in adverse circumstances, we become more like Christ."
Turning to another event, he said, "The Savior's promise of the Holy Ghost to the Twelve is of supreme importance in recognizing the pre-eminent role of the Holy Ghost, the third member of the Godhead."
He continued, "We live in a noisy, contentious world where it is possible to be viewing or listening to information, music or even pure nonsense virtually every waking hour. If we want to have the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, we must find time to slow down, ponder, pray and live so we are worthy to receive and act upon His promptings."
Speaking of a visit he made to the eastern side of Samoa after it was hit by a tsunami, Elder Cook told of a stake president, Sonny Purcell, who shouted to children to run for higher ground as the huge wave approached.
"As we met with the families in Samoa," Elder Cook said, "the significance of spiritually going to higher ground, living a better life and clinging to saving ordinances was abundantly clear. The Savior's example and life teaches us to spiritually avoid the low pathway where the things of this world dominate."
He said, "Today on this Easter morning we rejoice in all the Savior has done for us. He has made it possible for each of us to gain our salvation and exaltation. But we, like the Samoan children, must run as fast as we can to the high ground He has provided for safety and peace.
"One of the ways we do this is by adhering to the teachings of our living prophet, President Thomas S. Monson. He is an excellent example of one who follows the Savior."
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