I was reminded yesterday that many in the Christian world will be participating in the yearly Ash Wednesday ritual this coming week. It is viewed by many as the traditional beginning of Lent. My daughter was visiting yesterday and asked questions about it and said she did not understand what significance it had. I explained to her what it meant and why Catholics felt it was important, as I was raised Catholic.
I am now a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. As the Easter season soon approaches, I join with many others around the world who will be thinking about the significance of what our Savior Jesus Christ did for us so long ago. I no longer participate in the Ash Wednesday practice as I did as a child as Mormons do not participate in this ritual nor is Lent part of our doctrine or practices. Rather, we try to think of repentance as a daily thought and need, and reflections about the Savior as a daily commitment. My feelings about, and love for the Savior have deepened as the years have gone on. I am deeply grateful for what He has done for me because of His atonement. The outward practices I once participated in have now been replaced by a daily, living observance in how I try to live my life and think about sacred events such as Easter remembrances.