After she woke up, a woman told her husband, “I just dreamed that you gave me a pearl necklace for our anniversary. What do you think it means?” “You’ll know tonight,” he said. That evening, the man came home with a small package and gave it to his wife. Delighted, she opened it to find a book entitled “The Meaning of Dreams”. When it comes to God communicating to man, Mormons do not believe in closed revelation (that is, once the Bible was given, heaven had no more to say). Instead, Mormons believe in open revelation (that is, heaven continues to speak to all people, if they’re Mormons). And in Mormonism, no man has a more direct line to the Pearly Gates than the leader of the Mormon church. Simply known as The Prophet, he is viewed as Moses in a business suit. And so a little while ago, “Prophet” Russell Nelson, woke up his wife in the middle of the night and informed her God had just told him He no longer wants the Mormon Church to be called the Mormon Church (instead, The Church Of Jesus Christ Of The Latter Day Saints). So no more “Mormon” missionaries, “Mormon” Tabernacle or “Mormon” Tabernacle Choir. (And sixty other areas the name “Mormon” is trademarked.) And no longer is the Book of “Mormon” to be called the Book of “Mormon”. The bottom line? God hasn’t “changed” his mind about the Mormon church. Call it whatever you want, it’s still the same old non-orthodox religion it has always been.
QUESTION AND ANSWER
THE ORIGIN OF THE EASTER BUNNY
Like the origin of Easter, the origin of the Easter Bunny has its roots that go back to pre-Christian history. The holiday was originally a pagan celebration that worshipped the goddess Eastre. She was the goddess of springtime fertility and her earthly symbol was the rabbit. So pre-Christian people worshipped the rabbit believing it to be Eastre’s earthly incarnation. When they were converted to Christianity, the pagan holiday, which occurred around the same time as the Christian memorial of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, was combined with the Christian celebration and given the name Easter. But the various ancient celebrations – new clothes, coloured eggs, sweet treats, spring parades, etc. – were kept and continue on to this day.
✓Note – By the way, the word Easter is found in the Bible. The KJV reads as follows in Acts 12:1-4,
Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.) And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.
So, here you have two ancient spring holidays. In Acts 12:3, there is Passover, as practised by the Jews. And in Acts 12:4, there is Easter, as practised by the Romans. So, the Easter bunny has been around a very long time, much longer than even that of Santa Claus.