From my limited knowledge, meaning I've basically looked it up on lds.org and done some Googling, is that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints doesn't officially recognize Ash Wednesday or practice Lent because it was a ritual that was created during the Great Apostasy. By the way, I think moderate mormon did a great job explaining this topic.
But here's my go at it!
After the deaths of Jesus and his Apostles, the principals of the gospel and the Church were corrupted by men who made unauthorized changes to the Church and the priesthood ordinances. Because of this, the Lord took the priesthood from the earth. During the time that this priesthood not being on earth is known as the Great Apostasy.
When Joseph Smith was visited by Jesus and Heavenly Father it began the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ to earth. You can read more about the restoration.
|The First Vision|
Wow, that's deep for a car ride to school, am I right?
Ok, so I really did a quick abbreviated version of this but my kiddo understood and we both got a little more knowledgeable about it all so I think that was a success. It's amazing how my son guides me to actually learn more about myself and my spirituality.
So if whether you are practicing or not today, Happy Ash Wednesday ya'll! We're all children of God so let's make it a great day! And thanks for giving me the chance to just share my practices with you.