I loved participating in the #LIGHTtheWORLD Mormon.org Christmas initiative. It was amazing to see everyone serving others for Christmas, I literally witnessed the Christmas spirit returning; instead of me, me, me, it was Christ, Christ, Christ. When I heard that for the Easter initiative Mormon.org was doing #PrinceofPeace, I was so stoked I could not keep it to myself. I started to tell everyone about the Easter campaign, but I noticed I was running into the same questions over and over again. I felt that a guide would help people understand the purpose and participate in the #PrinceofPeace Easter campaign.
A FAQ Guide to the #PrinceOfPeace Easter Campaign
Why “Prince of Peace?”
The doctrine behind the #PrinceofPeace Easter campaign is found in Isaiah. “…and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
It does not matter who you are, it is an evident truth that the world is becoming increasingly chaotic. If you look at social media and the news it is overrun with negative stories and hate. From wars to rumors of wars, the world is in commotion, and social media is full of anger and hatred. It is this state that we turn our focus to Jesus Christ. We seek the peace that only He can bring as the Prince of Peace.
What is the schedule for Prince of Peace Campaign?
The Prince of Peace campaign will go live at mormon.org/easter on March 31st. (Till March 31st it will have last years information for the #hallelujah campaign.) The #PrinceofPeace campaign will run the length of Holy Week, starting on Palm Sunday, April 9th and culminating on Easter Morning, April 16th. Each day of Holy Week the focus will be turned to a Christlike attribute or principle that brings peace. There will be a video highlighting someone who embodies the principles. The principles, dates, and scriptures will be.
April 9 – Faith: Mark 5:36
April 10 -Compassion: Matthew 14:14
April 11 – Forgiveness: Luke 6:37
April 12 – Repentance: Isaiah 1:18
April 13 -Gratitude: John 11:41
April 14 -Scripture: Matthew 4:4
April 15 – Prayer: Matthew 21:22
April 16 – Hope: 1 Cor. 15:19, 22
What can I do to participate?
Just like with #LIGHTtheWORLD, each day there will be a social media push on the principle of that day. But, unlike light the world, the focus of the posts will NOT be your actions of following the Savior, but it will focus on the example of others. Each day you are invited to participate in an activity and to highlight someone in your life who exemplifies the Christlike attribute or principle of peace of the day. Posting on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, Twitter) telling a bit of their story and how they have inspired you.
Do I need to wait until Holy Week to post?
Absolutely not, you can start posting using #PrinceofPeace today! In matter of fact your chances of getting highlighed by Mormon.org and having your Instagram and Facebook posts potentiall shared skyrockets if you post BEFORE Holy week.
Do I need to highlight only Christians?
No! This is an excellent opportunity to reach out to all our friends of all religious backgrounds and highlight them! By doing this we are following the Saviors grand commission that we share the gospel with all the world. As we reach out to those outside of our faith and inviting them to join us in the #PrinceofPeace Easter Campaign we are truly inviting them to come unto Christ! Just like there are no limits to the love of Christ, there are no limits on who you can highlight.
Does the person need to be living?
No. You can highlight someone who has passed away, or who is not on Social Media. The key is to think about who has helped you, it could be your grandpa who had the faith to stand up against the Nazi’s in World War II and hide Jews in his house. It could be CS Lewis who’s writings on Faith led you to Christ. It could be your pastor or missionaries. Or even simply parents. It is rather easy to look around and find someone following the example of Christ.
What else can I do?
Probably the most important way to participate in the #PrinceofPeace Easter Initiative is to ask yourself introspective soul-searching questions like. “Who can I forgive to follow the example of Christ? “How can I show gratitude better?” or “What sins do I need to repent of so that I can enjoy the Peace that Jesus Christ brings?”
As you apply these principles you will find that Jesus Christ is not just the Prince of Peace for the world, but also for you personally. You will realize that the principles of peace are in fact the principles of the gospel! As you live the gospel you will enjoy the Peace that only the Prince can bring.
“Only the gospel will unite men of all races and nationalities in peace. Only the gospel will bring joy, happiness, and salvation to the human family.”
Ezra Taft Benson.
For more ideas check out mormon.org/easter on March 31st. And follow my page!