The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early,
when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre,
and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.
Christian holidays like Easter and Christmas were not widely celebrated in the United States during Joseph Smith’s lifetime. Such anniversaries were associated with Catholicism, and much of Protestant America saw them as symbols of “popery” and pagan in origin.
It was not that Latter-day Saints were ignorant of the meaning or existence of Easter Sunday. It was mentioned in some diaries for example, but its celebration was either non-existent or muted. Hence, among the surviving reports of early Mormon sermons, there is little evidence that the Easter holiday itself provoked any special homilies. As far as Joseph Smith is concerned there are a few candidates. Here are some.
He delivered short remarks on Easter Sunday, April 11, 1841 but the weather was bad and the meeting adjourned to the river to perform baptisms. On Easter, March 27, 1842, Wilford Woodruff only notes that Joseph spoke on baptism for the dead (certainly a uniquely Mormon topic of relevance). Easter, April 16, 1843, Joseph preached a funeral sermon for Lorenzo Barnes. The holiday is not mentioned in surviving reports. Finally, Easter, April 7, 1844 was the occasion of Joseph’s funeral sermon for King Follett. While this sermon is famous for many reasons, it is little known as, nor does it self-identify as, an Easter Sunday sermon. However, I think it qualifies for that in an important way. It is worth pondering at this Easter season.
In the present, it may seem remarkable that the word “Easter” is never even mentioned in the Journal of Discourses. This does not imply that topics centering on or deriving from the Easter events (atonement, resurrection, etc.) were avoided.
The aforementioned sermons qualify topically I suppose, but to find a focused “Easter Sunday sermon” in Mormonism, we look to the 20th century. My modern selection is one that reflects my own feelings and prejudice. For me, as much as any other I’m acquainted with, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s address of April 5, 2009 (not given on Easter, but celebrates it) captures much of the doctrinal and emotional power of the holiday in Mormonism. I hope you’ll take the opportunity to read, watch or listen to it. Also, please take a look at Kevin Barney’s discussion of the sermon here.
A happy and joyous Easter/Resurrection Sunday. God bless.
 A number of the Reformers made holidays an upfront casualty of separation. The Civil War’s modernization of death-dealing, dealing with the dead and the aftermath would be a catalyst for the rise of Easter as an American holiday. The Utah Saints stood mostly as observers rather than participants in that tragedy.
 There is a load of controversy among Christians on the proper date for Easter Sunday. I won’t go into that here.
 See Seymour B. Young’s remarks on the holiday during the April LDS General Conference of 1904. Scandinavian born Anthon H. Lund broke ground in 1901. Since the Joseph F. Smith era, conference Easter messages are common and the First Presidency began delivering an annual Easter message in the 1970s (perhaps earlier, I don’t know). The 2011 version can be found here.