Elder Holland gave a talk titled “Where Justice, Love, and Mercy Meet” during the Sunday session of the 185th Annual General Conference.
“Today is Easter Sunday, Elder Holland said. “We should always remember, nevertheless this is the most sacred day of the year for special remembrance of the brotherly hands and determined arms that reached into the abyss of death to save us from our failings, from our sorrows and our sins.”
Elder Holland expressed his gratitude for the Atonement and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
He explained that we cannot fully comprehend the Atonement and Resurrection.
“We will not adequately appreciate the unique purpose of His birth or His death- in other words there is no way to truly celebrate Christmas or Easter- without understating that there was an actual Adam and Eve who fell from Eden with all the consequences that fall carried with it,” Elder Holland said.
He said today, Easter Sunday, we celebrate the gift of victory over every fall we have ever experienced, every sorrow we have ever known, every discouragement we have ever had and every fear we have ever faced.
“That victory is available to us because of events that transpired on a weekend like this more than two millennia ago in Jerusalem,” Elder Holland said. “Beginning in the spiritual anguish of the garden of Gethsemane, moving to the crucifixion on a cross at Calvary, and concluding on a beautiful Sunday morning inside a donated tomb, a sinless, pure and holy man, the very Son of God himself, did what no other deceased person had ever done in the history of the world,”
Jesus Christ loved the people of the world so much that he shed his blood for all man-kind.
He willingly followed the will of his father and took upon the burdens of the Earth, something we will never be able to fully comprehend.
“Of his own violation, He shed the burial linen with which He had been bound, carefully putting the burial napkin that had been placed over His face in “a place by itself,” Elder Holland said.