An Easter Celebration by LDS Living + Don’t Miss This (Day 2 – Simon)

An Easter Celebration by LDS Living + Don’t Miss This (Day 2 – Simon)


Hi, I’m David Butler. I’m Emily Freeman. Welcome back! This is day two of our week-long Easter celebration. We will be spending time all week this week looking at Easter through the eyes of those who
were actually there. Today, we will be studying the story of Simon. Day number two. (music playing) Today we’re studying the story of Simon,
but before we actually meet Simon, we go through a lot of experiences with the
Savior that are that are really hard to read, and really sad, you know,
to know about. As He left Gethsemane He was arrested and He was taken and He was
tortured and He was beaten all through the night; probably didn’t sleep all
through that night. And then the next morning, He went through
a couple of different trials; heard all the people crying out to crucify Him. He was taken and mocked by the Roman soldiers, and clothed in robes that
made him look like a king and with a crown of thorns on his head. And then, it was Roman tradition to, you know, to embarrass a prisoner and make a big
scene about them even more; to have them carry their cross they would
be crucified on, up to the hill that he’d be crucified on. And it’s while Jesus is carrying that cross, on a back that’s already been whipped and just beaten, and he’s just at his lowest point. That is where we meet Simon, on that road,
as Jesus is carrying His cross. A lot of people have talked about who Simon is, and we actually don’t know anything about Simon, other than the fact that he came from Cyrene. Some people have talked about, he might have been a Jewish missionary teaching. Other people have said he might have
actually been from there. We don’t know. We don’t know his culture, we don’t know his race, we
don’t know anything about his background. All that we know is what we read here, that, “They compelled one Simon, a Cyrenian,
who passed by.” That’s it, that’s all we
know. Yeah, and you can find that scripture she read in Mark – chapter 15 –
that’s verse 21. And we love both of those little phrases about him; one, that he was just passing by. So this is an opportunity, that he
wasn’t planning for, there was a detour from his regular schedule. We like to call that a compassionate detour. A moment when something unexpected happens,
where you walk into a story and have the opportunity to serve
in an unexpected way. And it also says in that verse, that he was compelled to carry the cross of Jesus. So we don’t know, was he forced by a Roman guard to do it? Well, all we know is that he was there, and he carried the cross of Jesus when
Jesus couldn’t. He carried a burden that He was unable to carry at that time. We love that word compel, when we think about it; because it could mean force, but
it could also mean persuaded. Yeah, we feel like, that’s like a word that
when you feel this it’s almost like the spirit compelled me to do something, or
it persuaded me. Especially in a situation where there is somebody who is
in a time of great need. And we love the Simon steps into that situation, and he
shoulders a burden for the Savior. He can’t take away what’s ahead, but he can
shoulder that burden for a time, and we love the principle of that. I just can’t help but think about on that road as Jesus was carrying that cross, unable to do it. That whatever the situation was that He just must have looked over at Simon
and just how much gratitude He must have had. Those of us who love
and adore Jesus look at Simon and we think, “I wish I could
have carried the cross for you.” “I wish I could have shouldered that burden.” And we learned from His teachings that He takes it personally when we
carry a burden for somebody else that we know or don’t know. So, we have that opportunity to do that. So, this is our invitation for day two with Simon. On the first Easter, Simon
performed an act of goodness for somebody who was in great need. We hope you’ll sit together with your family, and think about someone in your area who’s
in great need. Is there somebody who’s shouldering a burden right now that is heavier than they can bear? What could you do to help out in that situation? Or maybe you’ll find one just spontaneously,
like Simon did, when you’re just passing by. We hope that you’ll be looking for those, all week long. And now for the activity and the tradition. This one is a really simple one. All you need to do is
get a roll of jute, and you’re gonna cut one off for every member of your family. And we just want you to
tie a simple knot on everybody’s wrist. In our family we call this a,
“forget knot,” because as you look at it all through the week
leading up to Easter, we want it to be a reminder to you,
that you are watching for somebody who’s shouldering a burden. And to try and be
compelled or persuaded by the spirit about how you could help. Okay, that’s it
for today. We will see you tomorrow as we study day 3,
which is Joseph and Nicodemus. See you then!

15 Replies to “An Easter Celebration by LDS Living + Don’t Miss This (Day 2 – Simon)”

  1. I would love to know who the artist is of Christ on the mantle in the back? Where can I get that picture? It’s just beautiful. I can’t stop looking at it.

  2. If I understood what I read in the verse in Mark 15:21 it says that he was the father of Alexander and Rufus so being a father he may have been heading home to his children when he took that wonderful COMPASSIONATE DETOUR. I like to think that he shared the experience with his family and the look of gratitude that the Savior must have shown him.

  3. I am so thankful to finally see Mormons celebrating Easter! All Christians follow the Paschal journey beginning with Ash Wednesday. I pray that this will be the impetus to start a tradition of observing Lent and also Advent and celebrating a lot of other religious holidays centered around Jesus and the Holy Family.

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