Though Easter’s central importance to the Christian world is the miraculous and glorious resurrection of Christ, the U.S. is not the only country to celebrate the holiday in colorful and unusual ways. Some of these traditions can trace their roots and history to specific beliefs and events, whereas others—like our Easter bunny—have mysterious origins, but are nonetheless embraced during each springtime celebration.
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I had not expected this. The sorrow, the heaviness in my heart. A trip to the Holy Land, led by my brother Steve, had inspired me as I traced the footsteps of Jesus Christ and focused on His life and teachings. But an excursion to the Golan Heights had me standing on the crest of Mount Bental in a biting wind. My feet were planted on Israeli occupied soil, but my eyes were fixed over the razor wire border, gazing into Syria.
"If there is a moment when Christians should be ready to mourn the death of something, but to believe in the resurrection of something, it's Holy Week," said Father Brien McCarthy. "It is my belief that something is going to rise from these ashes," he said.
In the Anbar province, Iraq, near the end of March 2019, four Utah National Guard soldiers saw a surreal yet familiar sight: the Salt Lake Temple drove into view on the Al-Taqaddum Air Base. The men were 45 miles from Baghdad and 20 miles from Fallujah, Iraq's city of 200 mosques. In the heart of Iraq, the green trees and glinting angel Moroni of Temple Square was one of the last things any of these men expected to see.
The study was released by Wallethub and also found that Utah has the lowest separation and divorce rate of any state in the U.S. See the other findings from this study here.
A Lindon woman was arrested Friday after police say she set fire to two Orem meetinghouses of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, causing an estimated $600,000 in damage.