Just last week Elder Mason Wells stood, helping a sister missionary get her airplane ticket. The machine they were using didn’t work, so they were sent to the back of the line. There was a loud noise, an explosion, and flames enveloped them.
 “I was looking down and all of a sudden a huge blast came from my right.” Elder Wells explained in a Deseret News article, “I believe my body was actually lifted off the ground for a moment. My iPad that was in my hands, I don’t know what happened, it just disappeared. I think it actually might have hit me in the head when it got blasted out of my hands. My watch on my left hand just disappeared… A large part of the right side of my body got really hot and then really cold, and I was covered in a lot of fluids, a lot of blood. A lot of that blood wasn’t mine.”

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Brussels airport just after the attack

What would you do if that was you? What if you were thousands of miles away from home, trying to serve the Lord and help His children with all your might, mind and strength and suddenly a horrific, life changing event happened?  Don’t you think that you would pause for a moment in anger, grief and anguish? I think that most of us would succumb to question “why me?” mindset. But not Elder Wells.
After the explosion Elder Wells made his way outside, sat near the street and felt the love of God. Later from a hospital bed, with his head burned, bruised and wrapped in bandages, speaking to international news, Elder Wells calmly said, “I know that if I can feel his [God’s] love sitting on a sidewalk next to a destroyed airport, God will talk to his other children, too. I know that he does listen to prayers, and that the prayers the people are [giving] now, they make a difference, because I’ve felt them.”
In this moment of calm, Elder Wells testified of a loving God, to literally the whole world.
This is the meaning of Easter.
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Elder Wells in his hospital bed

Easter is a day of new beginnings from old endings. It is a day symbolized by hands with permanent wounds that heal our spiritual scars. It is a day of blooming flowers and empty tombs. It is a day where the whole world looks towards Jesus Christ with hope that despite the wrongs in their lives, they too can begin again.

“For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent…. Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit—and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink—Nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and I partook and finished my preparations unto the children of men”. (D&C 19:16-19)

The Lord had the tenacity and love to suffer through the Atonement, with only us on his mind. Though not comparable, Elder Wells and the other injured missionaries better understand Christ’s ‘unjust suffering’ through their own tremendous pain, not as a result of anything they’d done wrong. Elder Wells embraced the spirit of the Easter in his closing remarks, “My only hope is that [the others are] OK”.

The storms in the world gather, much like they did on the day that Christ hung from the cross. However, this Easter, made even more sacred and poignant by recent suffering is a reminder that what Elder Wells said is true. There is a God. He does hear our prayers. He will come to us and he will protect, comfort and restore us. Sending us feelings of peace as we sit outside the ‘burning airports’ in our own lives.

Remember, for every Good Friday, there will be an Easter Sunday. I know these things are true.

 

 

I would love to hear your thoughts, you can send me an email at: [email protected]

 

More info about Elder Wells and the other missionaries here:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35879504

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865650862/New-details-emerge-from-media-interviews-with-Mormon-missionaries-injured-in-Brussels.html

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2016/03/22/3-mormon-missionaries-seriously-hurt-brussels-attacks/82115340/

 

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Hello, my name's Bruce! (You can go ahead and say it, 'Hello Bruce.') I'm currently a member missionary, formally a missionary member in North Carolina and I love the gospel! I work as a counselor at Especially For Youth (efy) and I love everything about preparing for, serving and returning from a mission with power.

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